Fast Track to Smoking Cessation – Hypnosis on the Gold CoastGreg Thompson
The good news in Australia is that fewer and fewer people are smoking, and when they do smoke, they light up less often. Between major price increases and stiffer laws—especially in Gold Coast and the rest of Queensland, where it’s become really hard to find a place to smoke legally—the number of regular smokers is about half what it was twenty years ago.
The bad news is that a lot of Australians are still hooked on nicotine. A good three quarters of them say they want to quit, and many try to quit, often more than once, but most of the things they try have a disappointing success rate.
One approach is group counseling or individual cognitive behavioral therapy. They help some people, but they are also expensive and time consuming, and tend to have a high dropout rate.
Acupuncture and acupressure have attracted some smokers, but once again, the success rate is low. The same is true for things like electrostimulation and laser stimulation.
If you go to your family doctor you are likely to get a prescription for Champix or Zyban. They work for some smokers, but are expensive and come with an array of side effects—agitation, sadness, nausea, headaches, muscle pain, nightmares and diminished sex drive.
Then there are nicotine replacements—gums, patches, inhalers—that have their own side bad side effects; and, of course, you are still hooked on nicotine, just in a different form.
There is a better way—hypnosis.
Hypnosis costs less than at least some of the other approaches. More importantly, it works. Hypnosis has a very high success rate. That is because the smoking habit has multiple causes, and hypnosis attacks that habit on multiple fronts.
First is the physical addiction. You light up, get the immediate pleasurable effects, and feel pretty good. But withdrawal happens quickly, you start craving another fix, and so you light up again. Hypnosis attacks the craving directly.
Nicotine affects your mood. It can lift you up if you are down, and calm you if you are agitated. A skilled clinical hypnotist will help you smooth out the ups or downs.
You may be afraid that if you stop smoking you will gain weight, and it’s true that one of the “advantages” of smoking is that it dulls your sense of smell and taste. Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways of managing weight.
So if you are a smoker, and you are ready to stop, hypnosis is a good way to go. It is cost effective. It works, and works quickly. And the only side effects are feelings of accomplishment and pride in having beaten the nicotine beast.