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For most people, the absolute worst way to attempt to stop smoking  is through the use of willpower. Like moods and emotions, willpower  fluctuates. One day it is strong. The next day may be a down day, and  willpower fades. It is usually neither consistent nor effective.

Among stop-smoking procedures there are countless methods,  programs, substitute products, pills, chewing gums, self-help tapes and  books, etc. Many are designed to help build up the personal power to  resist or overcome the addiction. Hypnotherapy does not work at  achieving the strength to resist. It is designed to eliminate the  desire. Instead of giving up something that a person enjoys (a  sacrifice), the individual's goal is to be rid of something that isn't  wanted-a much more agreeable position psychologically.

Reasons for Smoking

Identification and Replacement. Identification is the situation in which the smoker indulges in the habit because others whom he admires  do so-parents, peers, entertainment or sports figures, etc.  Identification smoking is the most common and the easiest to eliminate.

Replacement smoking occurs when smoking is used to replace some  deficit in life-lack of companionship, love, acceptance, self-esteem,  security, independence, etc.-or to replace some pre-existing habit such  as overeating, reaction to anxiety or boredom, etc. Replacement smokers often derive sensual gratification from smoking: they enjoy touching or feeling the cigarettes, tapping the pack, seeing the flame of a lighter or the curling of rising smoke, or the smell of the burning tobacco.  Often the lighting of the cigarette (or cigar or pipe) in itself becomes a ritual. Replacement smoking is quite often a true and severe  addiction.

The Nature of Smoking

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Stress  Management

Since smoking is both physical and mental, success in a  stop-smoking effort must change not only the mental attitude, but the  physical reaction. Through hypnosis it is possible to change the taste  of a cigarette from pleasurable to unpleasant. When this is  accomplished problems often related to the cessation of smoking tend to  be avoided. Castor oil (or other bad tasting medicine) may serve as an  example. When a person gives up the ingestion of castor oil there are  no withdrawal symptoms, and there is no need to compensate for the lack  of the medicine through overeating, sucking hard candies, etc.

In some cases a gradual reduction in the number of cigarettes  smoked proves successful. Of many procedures available the  hypnotherapist will select that which is most appropriate for the  individual client. In some cases, effective cessation of smoking can be achieved in a single session. In other cases three, four or five  sessions may be required. Individual sessions have the advantage of  being adjustable to deal with the causes of the habit, the  gratifications provided, the characteristics of the clients and similar  matters not fitting group work.

It is important to determine just what personal need is satisfied  by smoking. Some smokers seek to fill a need to nurture  themselves-lessen loneliness or get a "pick-up" at the start of or  during the day. Others feel smoking will relieve stress or provide  moments of relaxation. Still more feel cigarette smoking makes social  contacts more comfortable. The problem is that a habit adopted to meet a special need often proves destructive, eliminating the need by  destroying the smoker.

The risks entailed in smoking have been stressed and analyzed for  years. The aversion techniques of psychotherapy, when utilized in  hypnotherapeutic applications, can produce dramatic results. Data on  why, when and where smoking is indulged can reveal information helpful  in planning stop-smoking therapy.

Visualization to Quit Smoking

One of the most powerful attributes of the human psyche is the  visualization ability. Many hypnotherapists, working with many types of problems, program clients to accept the belief that, "What the mind can conceive, you can achieve!" This concept is common in fields of  meditation, positive thinking, spiritual faith and others.

Hypnotherapy can help develop and focus the powers of  visualization. And since visualization is frequently undeveloped in  clients, and since it can be learned, hypnotherapy can serve as a  teaching modality.

In stop-smoking programs the ability to visualize one's self as a  non-smoker, free from past effects of the habit, filled with new health, energy and vitality, is a major asset. Visualization enables the  client to picture in the mind cigarettes as unappealing, bad tasting,  foul smelling and otherwise revolting. Likewise it is possible to  picture and otherwise sense clean breath, healthy appearance, and  sensitive tastes.

Through visualization a smoker can perceive himself/herself as  looking healthier, more active, in better physical condition, with  easier breathing, stronger lungs and similar advantages, Through  hypnotherapy senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste all can be enhanced and used to modify reactions as necessary to achieve goals.

Once a smoker has achieved success in a stop-smoking program it is  necessary to reinforce the programming that led to the cessation of the  practice. Smoking habits are acquired over a long period of time. Even though the smoker may have quit smoking, the habit is likely to still  be active. But like most activities, if not used, it tends to fade and  disappear. The hypnotherapist will take measures to reinforce the  programming during the period (perhaps a couple of months) required for  the habit to weaken, providing a personalized tape to maintain success  until the habit itself is gone.

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