Stop smoking with hypnosis
You probably don't need us to tell you about the dangers of smoking, or you wouldn't be reading this. But we've included some information below, in case you would like a reminder.
We have had enormous success with getting people to stop smoking. However, hypnotherapy will only work if someone is really determined to stopping. Before we can get you to stop, we will establish your commitment, to be certain that we can help.
Patients must understand that when stopping smoking, there can be no going back or telling themselves that they can have just one 'socially'. Once you stop smoking, that is it, for ever.
Before coming to Soulworks, it is worth discussing your plans with your GP just to be sure there are no underlying conditions/contraindications. It generally takes only a single session, lasting up to two hours, to stop you wanting to smoke, now and for ever. Before the session, we will ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire, so that we can understand your particular situation, and assess your motivation. During the session, we will agree your goal, identify any anchors that may help and any direct suggestions to use, as well as aversions that may help. This may need clarification.
The risks of smoking
Smokers risk getting more than 50 serious health conditions. Some may be fatal and others can cause irreversible long-term damage to your health.
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. Around 114,000 people die every year from smoking-related illnesses.
Smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers. It also causes cancers like mouth, lip, throat or larynx cancer, oesophagus, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach or pancreatic cancer.
Smoking damages the heart and blood circulation, increasing the risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease (damaged blood vessels), cerebrovascular disease (damaged arteries that supply blood to the brain).
Smoking also damages the lungs, causing conditions such as chronic bronchitis (infection of the main airways in the lungs), emphysema (damage to the small airways in the lungs), pneumonia (inflammation in the lungs) and influenza.
Smoking is also a leading risk factor for a range of respiratory diseases and conditions.
Smoking - why stop?
When smokers stop the benefits begin immediately.
- After 1 month - skin will be clearer, brighter and more hydrated.
- After 3 - 9 months - breathing will have improved, coughs and wheezes vanish. Lung function may have improved by up to 10%.
- After 1 year - the risk of heart attack and heart disease will have fallen to about half that of a smoker.
- After 10 years - the risk of lung cancer will have fallen by half.
- After 15 years - the risk of heart attack and heart disease will be of someone who has never smoked.
- Stopping smoking increases the chances of living a longer and healthier life.
- Stopping smoking reduces risk of death or serious illness due to smoking-related conditions, such as lung cancer, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Stopping smoking means you can stop harming others through
- Financial gain - if a patient smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, that's approx. £6.13 a day (2010 prices). Over a year, that's a saving of almost £2,237.
What about the NHS?
If you are not sure about hypnotherapy, we should point out that your doctor may be able to help, by prescribing various treatments available through the NHS. These treatments include:
- Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) - this works by releasing nicotine steadily into the bloodstream at much lower levels than in a cigarette, without the chemicals present in tobacco smoke. It also helps control the cravings experienced when your body starts to miss the nicotine from smoking. Forms of this are via patches, chewing gum, inhalers, tablets & lozenges or nasal sprays.
- Bupropion - medication originally designed to treat depression
- Varenicline - currently the only medication that has been specifically designed to help people quit smoking.
- Nicotine-assisted reduction – used to reduce rather than stop smoking entirely
Take it one day at a time, and congratulate yourself for each day you don't smoke! Remember the reasons for giving up, and what is being gained by not smoking.
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