Quitting Smoking Via Hypnosis

Petra - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Has anyone done it? I'm a smoker who loves my ciggies and I've quit smoking several times - once for four years - and every time I've resumed my habit it has always been under very different circumstances. I've found that what worked for one successful quitting period has not worked for a subsequent attempt (the patch, Champix, cold turkey due to pregnancy).

Your thoughts, experiences, advice? Thanks, ladies.

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Dana - posted on 01/03/2011

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It was surprisingly easy after. There was a few times I wanted a cigarette but, I wasn't going to give in. Looking back, I think the whole, "you choose to smoke, you can choose to quit" was quite a powerful thing. It was like giving the finger to smoking, the old "F-you, I can do this, you're not going to beat me".

And let me tell you before that, I had zero will power about it. lol I never thought I could do it, I never tried to seriously quit. And I'm not one to be weak about anything but, I was when it came to smoking, I was addicted, plain and simple.



And there was no follow up sessions. The guy I went to worked with the Cleveland Clinic (it's a *really* good hospital in the States) and the American cancer society. That's why I can't stress enough that it depends on what "kind" of hypnotist you go to, not only should they be credible but, their method really matters. He also did other sessions of hypnotism on confidence and I think his hypnotism really had that aspect, it wasn't about making you think it tastes like dog shit or making you detest the smell of smoke or making you forget you ever smoked.

Petra - posted on 01/03/2011

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Thanks for the input, ladies. I'm thinking I'll give it a shot, and maybe pick up that book, Tara.

What was it like afterward, Dana? Did you walk out of there wanting a cig or were you done? I have a friend who this worked for - he came out of the trance, didn't want to smoke, but had this crazy impulse to buy $100 worth of the hypnotist's smoking cessation CDs etc. It was one of those multi-person sessions.

Jodi - posted on 01/02/2011

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It didn't work for me. I am just not susceptible to hypnosis :( But from everything I have heard, it is worth giving it a go. I do know people it has worked for.

Dana - posted on 01/02/2011

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It was pretty cool. I remember him talking about how we'll see a hallway with a door at the end and to open the door and walk through. I couldn't see a damn door so I kept thinking, shit this is not going to work! Then I remember him saying that I choose to smoke I could choose to quit, he was saying it in a really loud/odd voice, it reminded my of Monty Python and I thought I would start laughing any second, then he told us to open our eyes. I surely thought that it didn't work and that it was a wasted 15 minutes of my life, I then looked at the clock and it had been 45 minutes....freaked me out. lol

Katherine - posted on 01/02/2011

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I want to try it. The only downfall is that some people simply cannot be hypnotized and I have a feeling I may be one of them.
@ Dana, what was it like?

Dana - posted on 01/02/2011

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I quit using hypnosis after 17 yrs of smoking, my husband after 13 yrs and my MIL after 33 yrs of smoking. We all questioned whether it would work but, we only paid $50 a piece and thought it was well worth the try. We all walked out of there never touching one again and it's been 3 years (four in March).

I think it definitely depends on the method too though. I know people who went and they were made to think they never smoked before, of course they started smoking again. My theory on that is that they were attracted to smoking to begin with so they "rediscovered" it all over again.



With my hypnotist, it was more about the fact that I choose to smoke, now I can choose to quit. I don't remember much of it, I remember that part though and it's stuck with me throughout.

Rosie - posted on 01/02/2011

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i havn't tried it yet, but i do know of someone who swears by it. she was a 2 pack a day smoker.
for me the only thing that worked was wellbutrin. this is my third attempt at smoking, each time has been over a year, and then i go back. i had tried a smoke after i got pissed at my sons teacher, and it was god awful. i think i've kicked it for good. that slip up made me realize how fucking nasty they are.

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I quit for the simple reason that if i died from cancer, then my daughter would hate me for killing her mom. I didn't want her to feel like that. I want to do everything possible to make sure i stay here as long as i can for her. Being pregnant and other influences helped a lot too. Hypnosis works for some people. I'd try it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/02/2011

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I just wrote about this in another forum...I have done alot! Patch, nope...gum..absolutely disgusting, hypnosis..worked about 1 month. Pregnancy has done it...and auriculartherapy! This is the one that really worked for me!

Tara - posted on 01/02/2011

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The patch, that is how I quit this past fall. But I also had just had my wisdom teeth removed, lol, is that an option?? Worked great!

Seriously though, I have also quit several times.. different things for different times. I know people that tried hypnosis and it didn't work for them. I also know someone who tried the lazer therapy and it did work, but she was also very ready to quit, her dad had just died from lung cancer etc.

I think 99% of it is mental, your ability to conquer your own mind. You are the one who puts it in your mouth, you are the only one who can stop it.

I have a book called "Alan Carr's easy way to quit smoking" it works great for "cerebral types". It uses your own intelligence to jump start your will power. And I know tons of people who used it to quit. They kept smoking until the end of the book and by then they were so ready to quit they looked forward to getting to the last page so they could be done with it.

I have the book but haven't read it, I didn't need it, but if I ever start up again, that will be my route to take.

See if your library has a copy, you seem kind of cerebral to me... maybe you can use those extra IQ points to help you on your quest!!

Good Luck!

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