Stop Smoking with Cognitive Hypnotherapy
Cigarette smoking has been dubbed the no.1 cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the UK by GOV.UK, with around 78,000 related deaths recorded in 2016. Although numbers of smokers are on the decline, it is still one of the most common addiction problems experienced by millions of people across the country, and is a major cause of many severe illnesses and diseases.
According to a study conducted by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in 2017, more than half of people who smoke say they want to quit, but at the same time many people who smoke say that it is one of the hardest things to do. Any addiction is complex and is rarely down to just the substance and it's level of physical dependancy. Thanks to modern research and studies into neuroscience, we now know that any kind of substance dependancy has more to do with a person's core beliefs, values and historical experiences than the substance itself.
One of the leading reasons for starting smoking is wanting to fit in. Let's face it, who ever enjoyed their first cigarette? And why would you choose to do it again?? As a previous smoker myself I can remember the initiation process for hanging out with my older sister and her friends, by making me smoke two whole Super Kings (large) cigarettes. It goes without saying that this wasn't a pleasant experience but I still went back for more? This is a common story, most smokers have a memory of their first cigarette behind the bike sheds or late night in the park, and even though most smokers report disliking the taste or feeling of smoking for the first time, it is these senses of rebelliousness being a part of something which gets us hooked.
Having been a smoker myself for around 12 years, I understand very well the challenges faced when wanting to give up. But I also know that as soon as I had finally decided to stop for good (after numerous failed attempts), the cravings went away as if by magic. To me this was confirmation that the cravings, and supposed physical side effects, were all in the mind, and I now know that by removing the physical stimulus and connotations to the act of smoking, it is possible not only to let go of these cravings altogether, but to change the way we see smoking in a completely different way.
Through Cognitive Hypnotherapy it is possible to reframe the act of smoking and stop the cravings, physical side effects and any other idealisation of the habit for good. If you'd like to stop smoking and take back control of your life, health, money and time, please feel free to contact me to see how I can help you, or visit my Booking Options page to see how my stop smoking packages work.
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