18 May Quit Smoking
Smoking addiction is one of the most common conditions that health and mental health professionals treat. Studies show that hypnosis has a higher rate of success than any other known treatment in addressing this highly addictive habit.
The reason we work hard to help people kick the cigarette habit is because smoking poses such a significant health hazard to the smoker and the people who live and breathe the same air. There is a huge body of evidence – including thousands of clinical, epidemiological, experimental, pathological studies – that demonstrate smoking increases one’s risk of death and illness from a wide variety of smoking-related diseases. The U.S. Surgeon General has called cigarette smoking “the chief preventable cause of death in our society.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse has estimated in the U.S. alone, smoking is responsible for approximately 400,000 deaths per year.
Most smokers accept the fact that smoking is harmful, but many think of this risk as something akin to a game of roulette: They believe that each cigarette smoked is like placing a bet. The “prize” is a heart attack, lung cancer, or some other disease. If your “number’ comes up, you’ve had it, but if you are “lucky” and your number never comes up, you may avoid the hazardous effects of smoking altogether and live to a ripe old age totally unaffected by your smoking habit.
Two Primary Reasons People Start Smoking
There are two main reasons individuals begin smoking: identification and replacement. Identification happens mainly when an individual looks up to someone who smokes or when he wants to join a group where other people smoke. Replacement smoking occurs when cigarettes replace an earlier habit (overeating, feeling a lack of love or confidence). Sometimes the individuals enjoys as much pleasure from simply handling the cigarettes as from actually smoking them. At Hypnosis-LA, we use a questionnaire to recognize which situation applies and then we create a personalized plan for each client.
You can quit smoking if you truly want to, and there are so many reasons why it’s worth the effort. Here are just a few of the top reasons. According to the CDC:
- 90% of all lung cancer deaths are linked to cigarette smoking
- Your throat, lungs, skin, and blood and reproductive systems can all become adversely affected by smoking
- Smokers are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop heart disease and stroke than non-smokers
- Smoking can cause cancer throughout the body
The reason kicking the cigarette habit is so challenging is that smoking comprises both physical and mental components. Through hypnosis, we work to change a smoker’s physical reaction and mental attitude toward smoking by using positive suggestions to reinforce the subconscious mind and focus the conscious mind on the ultimate objective in order to achieve a successful result.
Los Angeles, Quit Smoking with Hypnosis
If you or a loved one desire to stop smoking, Hypnosis-LA can help. Contact us today for a free consultation. For your ultimate health and happiness, we are here to serve you.