Ask Adrian – How does hypnotherapy work to stop smoking?

This is a great question to ask. The best way for me to answer it on Adrian Sonnex’s behalf is tell you about what happened in a stop smoking hypnotherapy session I recently attended.

Adrian received a call from a client who wanted to stop smoking. The first question asked is always ‘out of 10 how badly do you want to stop smoking?’ The client replied “a 10”. You still need willpower (your conscious mind) to stop smoking. The aim of the hypnotherapy is to get your conscious and unconscious mind working together to become a non-smoker. Otherwise, whilst your conscious mind is trying to stop smoking your unconscious mind is screaming out for every cigarette you are missing or expecting.

The client that came had been smoking consistently since the age of 17. On top of this he had been addicted to weed (cannabis) for the past 7 years. He knew it had gotten way out of control when he was spending over £800 a month on cigarettes and weed alone! So he sought out Adrian’s help.

Once the client had asked all his questions on how it works and what the outcome would be Adrian asked him to lay back, close his eyes, relax and focus on his breathing. After placing the client in a relaxed hypnotic state, the client’s eyes started rapidly moving under his eyelids. This is an indication of achieving the altered state of consciousness required for hypnotherapy.

Once in the necessary state, Adrian begun to make suggestions to the client’s unconscious mind that he is a “non-smoker and will remain so for the rest of your life”. He also made suggestions to help the client’s willpower by saying things like “If you are offered a cigarette, you simply say no thanks I don’t smoke” and “No matter who you are with, what you are doing or wherever you are you will never smoke”.

At the end when the client opened his eyes, he said he felt extremely tranquil, like he was awake but asleep at the same time, and present in the room but not at the same time. He claimed it was the calmest he had felt in a very long time.

So this is the process to stop smoking with hypnotherapy, what would happen if you gave it a go? Does this sound like a technique that would be useful for you? Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re still unsure of the process and if and how it truly works. Do you have any other questions about hypnotherapy or Mindfulness that you would like me to ask Adrian about?  I’d love to hear what you think!

About Adrian Sonnex

Adrian Sonnex, owns and manages wellbeinghypnotherapy.org.uk .He is a Mindfulness-based Therapist and teacher and a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist. He is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, General Hypnotherapy Standards Council, and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.
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