I know what you’re going through. For more than 20 years, I was a smoker. I tried quitting many, many times. I tried everything: cold turkey, pills, patches, and gum. I cut back—way back—to one cigarette a day. But all day long I’d think about my ONE cigarette and I’d watch the clock and count down the hours until it was time. It wasn’t long before I realized I was just as addicted to one cigarette a day as I was to one pack a day. Even worse – quitting my one cigarette a day was just as difficult as quitting my pack a day habit.
When I told my friends I quit, I was met with nods. The all-knowing, “we’ve heard that before!” response. But hypnosis taught me I had kept myself addicted, and the cigarettes weren’t really the issue. The issue was my subconscious association with smoking. I had inadvertently given cigarettes the power to rule my life.
After hypnosis, I felt as if the part of my brain that wanted to smoke had been surgically removed. Since 2010, I haven’t had the desire or cravings for a cigarette. And amazingly enough, I don’t have to worry about triggers like the smell of a cigarette or seeing other smokers. Cigarettes have absolutely zero effect on me.
A study presented October 22, 2007, at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians found that hypnosis was twice as effective for smoking cessation as quitting “cold turkey,” and over three times as effective as nicotine replacement therapy.