Starting smoking is easy. If you are a smoker, you remember how easy, even though those first couple of times were no fun at all, probably downright unpleasant, in fact. But lighting up took no effort, no skill, no talent; and it was cool, right? All your friends were doing it.
Quitting smoking? Not so much. If you are like most smokers, you have tried more than once to end the habit.
Maybe you started by trying willpower. “I’ll just quit,” you told yourself, and you probably did manage to stay away from the seductive weed for a little while. But then you started again.
Next, you may have started going to a motivational support group. Being around other people who are trying to stop smoking can’t hurt. But you probably discovered fairly quickly that you needed more than that.
Maybe you tried the nicotine patch or nicotine gum. That didn’t work either, and no surprise there. You weren’t sucking on cigarettes anymore, but you were still dosing yourself with large amounts of their addictive ingredient, nicotine.
You may have given medication a try. There are a number of those, and many physicians are willing to prescribe them. Most of them are mood elevators, really meant to deal with depression, not the smoking habit. They have any number of drawbacks. First, they are expensive.
“So what?” you say. “So is smoking.”
True enough. But in addition to their cost, these medications have side effects that range from unpleasant to dangerous, including a risk in some people of suicidal behaviour.
And, on top of that, the research has shown that medication does not have much success in helping people stop smoking.
There is something that works—hypnosis.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy, as practised by Greg Thompson in Gold Coast, is a proven answer for smokers. It is fast and effective. It is relatively inexpensive, especially when you compare it to the cost of your cigarette habit.