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Hypnosis to Help You Quit Smoking

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
 
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Hypnosis to Help You Quit Smoking

image for second hand smokeSome people have had success using hypnosis to help them quit smoking. Can it help you?

Hypnosis tries to change subconscious beliefs and attitudes that may be getting in the way of your efforts to quit smoking. Often hypnosis includes relaxation methods, meditation, rewards, and counseling. There are different approaches to hypnosis. For example:

  • Making direct suggestions to smokers to change their perceptions about addictive behavior
  • Hypnoaversion—using hypnosis to instill an aversion to addictive behavior
  • Hypnotherapy—using hypnosis with psychotherapy and teaching self hypnosis
For hypnosis to be successful, you must be motivated to quit smoking. Without this motivation, hypnosis won't work. Although controversial, results with hypnosis alone appear to be modest. However, the probability of success can be increased if you combine hypnosis with other quitting methods.

Hypnosis for smoking cessation can be done in private sessions or in a group session.

RESOURCES:

New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis
http://www.nesch.org

Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
http://ijceh.educ.wsu.edu/

CANADIAN RESOURCES:

Healthy Canadians
http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca

The Canadian Lung Association
http://www.lung.ca

References:

Boston University website. Available at: http://www.bu.edu.

Ohio State University website. Available at: http://www.osu.edu.



Last reviewed August 2007 by Edward R. Rosick, DO, MPH, MS

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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