Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy

My patients consult me for smoking cessation most often because:

  • they had a health problem,
  • they want to set a good example for their children or grandchildren,
  • they (especially ladies) want to look better, have a beautiful skin, 😉
  • they want to save money and use it for other things, such as a nice vacation; cigarettes being more expensive in France, savings are impressive;
  • they do not want to smell cigarettes on themselves anymore;
  • regarding others, non-smokers are ever more numerous, so there is a growing sense of social isolation;
  • they have the impression of being a slave to  cigarettes;
  • they are often worried about their long-term health;
  • they don’t want to be out of breath after climbing a staircase, running after a bus

Pleasure and relaxation, traps of nicotine

The first obstacle they talk about, however, is the “pleasure” of smoking – the pleasure of relaxing from stress, with a coffee, a drink, with friends, after a meal.

“Pleasure” and “relaxation” are the traps of nicotine. One smokes to relax, but nicotine is a time bomb that causes physiological symptoms of anxiety. Because we feel the anxiety that is created by the nicotine in the body, we smoke. The addiction is then calmed, and because we no longer feel the symptoms of anxiety, we think it’s the cigarette that calms us – but it’s the cigarette that makes us more and more anxious, it is a vicious circle.

We believe that smoking is a great pleasure, and we can not stop it because we are afraid of not being able to manage our stress without tobacco. But when we smoke for the first time, the body makes it clear that we consume a poison: we cough, we feel sick.

But today, you want to stop smoking? You made several attempts but you took the cigarette?

There are several approaches to quitting smoking sustainably, and we will use every chance of success.

How does my stop-smoking method work?

It consists of the following:

One week of "smoking cessation preparation" at home

  • listening to a MP3 of smoking-cessation hypnosis training at home every day including research on the effectiveness and usefulness of this work,
  • maintaining records of your daily behavior with respect to tobacco; this valuable information will be incorporated into what I say during the main hypnosis session,
  • the slight modification of certain behaviors when you smoke to start to destabilize your habits and make the definitive cessation easier.

The big day of the main hypnosis session in the office (2-3 hours)

  • the assessment of your relationship with cigarettes (how and why you started, support factors or obstacles in your environment, if you have already stopped and how and why you have started again …);
  • psycho-education (how does nicotine work in the body, what are the symptoms of withdrawal …);
  • training in self-hypnosis, PLN techniques, visualization and relaxation to maintain your identity as a non-smoker, how to manage cravings, better live stress;
  • training in coping strategies in the three key situations where you are most likely to take up cigarettes again,
  • the main session of hypnosis for stopping smoking, informed by all that I could learn about you and tobacco.

After treatment

  • you leave with a series of small laminated cards, each with a useful thought, to keep with you and to read and reread, especially in case of smoking urges,
  • you also have a folder with three documents: to remember what you learned in the session, to keep your motivation up, to maintain good habits lastingly,
  • you are entitled to a support session at no extra charge within the next two weeks (the period of time required for physiological withdrawal)
  • I send you an MP3 of a relaxing hypnosis session to replace the cigarette in moments of stress; you also get a post-session hypnosis MP3.

What are the harmful ingredients in cigarettes?

They divide into three categories:

Nicotine

Nicotine is the addictive element in cigarettes … and it’s also an insecticide! It is produced by tobacco leaves to ward off pests.

In the human body, nicotine acts as a powerful neurotoxin, which stimulates the nervous system artificially. It starts with inhalation, but the effects disappear after a few minutes.

Nicotine has effects on our mood. It produces a short euphoria followed by a longer feeling of depression.

The cycle of addiction comes from the paradoxical no-win urge to smoke and the continual effort to offset nicotine’s chronic effects with the short-term relief that comes with smoking.

The long-term physical and physiological effects of nicotine are very similar to chronic stress. It is for this reason that smoking is not effective for you to “calm the nerves”. Smokers assume that cigarettes help them relax, but it is nicotine that creates the stress to start.

Nicotine is a deadly toxin. Two drops of pure nicotine on the tongue are enough to kill an adult man.

Carbon monoxide

We have already heard of people dying from carbon monoxide poisoning because of exhaust fumes or faulty gas heating.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that is invisible, odorless and tasteless. It is created when an organic substance, including tobacco and paper, burns. In the human body, CO attaches to red blood cells, replacing oxygen and causing asphyxiation in smokers. CO deprives the body of oxygen, causing shortness of breath and reducing energy.

Because the body needs oxygen to produce white blood cells, CO weakens the immune system, which means smokers get sick more often and take longer to get better.

Tar

The condensation of tobacco smoke produces tar, a yellowish, sticky, stinking substance that sometimes stains the fingers of smokers. It contains more than 5000 chemicals, of which 600 are toxic and 42 are carcinogenic. Tar in cigarettes poses a greater health risk than nicotine or carbon monoxide.

Tar chemicals may surprise: arsenic, cyanide, formalin (to preserve organs), ammonia (a disinfectant), cadmium (toxic metal in batteries), acetone (solvent), benzene (carcinogenic industrial solvent used in pesticides) and even DDT (notoriously dangerous insecticide).

If someone offered you a drink that contained all this, would you drink it? Would you consume more than 20 cans of it a day?

An average smoker consumes about half a liter of tar a year. It clings to the surface of the lungs and clogs them, affecting breathing and preventing any self-cleaning process.

Testimonial

  • "I was a smoker for all my life, but my health is not good, I'm in a wheelchair, and my physical therapist told me that there was a good hypnotherapist in the clinic who could help me stop smoking.  Deborah told me to wait because I had just lost a good friend, but we did the session in one day in the fall and I really wanted to stop.  I have not smoked since that day."
    Jeannine