Quit Smoking Now!!! Program
The craving for smoking comes from the subconscious habit of wanting to smoke. It’s a habit and there isn’t a habit greater than the mind that created it. If it is a subconscious habit then it makes sense to tackle the habit at a subconscious level. This is where hypnosis; or clinical hypnotherapy works to remove the habit of wanting to smoke. Much has been said about the addiction to nicotine being the problem but let’s use the example of a smoker about to board a plane for a 10 hour flight. Prior to the flight they are chain smoking, on the flight the craving stop. They can’t get what they want so they stop wanting it. If it was nicotine it would be the other way around. The smoke before the flight would stop the nicotine craving and the lack of nicotine on the flight would create more and even greater cravings.
We are working with subconscious habits of wanting the smoke here and this is where we must work to resolve them.
What is the success rate?
Our smoking program has been tried and tested for over ten years. Although many suggest a single session of hypnotherapy to quit smoking, it is suggested in a number of survey’s conducted in America that only 25% who quit in the first session remain a non-smoker after 12 months. It also suggested that 4 to 5 sessions increases this up to around 70% of people who stop remaining a non-smoker after this 12 months period. The studies also found the group sessions were not as effective as individual sessions. For this reason we do not offer group sessions.
(These figures come from published papers of studies from the 1970’s and 1980’s and are mentioned in the “Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors” edited by D. Croydon Hammond, Ph.D.).
The use of recordings to listen to between sessions was not used much around that time, but there is no reason to doubt it would increase the long term effectiveness and results. Also the use of cognitive behavioural therapy and choice theory in the session prior to the hypnotherapy will probably also improve the results. I would think a conservative estimate for today’s techniques might be around an 80% success rate for a qualified hypnotherapist, which would still make it a very attractive option compared to other methods of cessation. Beware of people stating 97% success rates unless they can provide independent scientific proof of their claim. Also beware of people offering guarantees. It is against Victorian consumer law to offer a guarantee of an outcome. A money back guarantee would not be a problem. We, like other healthcare professionals such as Doctors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists do not offer guarantees. Inflated success rates and guarantees are often just an unethical marketing tool to get people in the door.
Our program is 2 sessions, one week apart and a set of 2 CD’s to listen to between the sessions. This brings the total session to over 8 for the week, but continued use of the CD’S will give more. The individual counselling and hypnotherapy sessions explore triggers and stresses; that can cause many people to fail to quit, and the CD’s reinforce the sessions.
Below are the 2 CD’s to liste to between the sessions