Clinical Hypnosis can assist you in transitioning to
the healthy lifestyle of a non-smoker.
Smokers may have ongoing health issues where Nicotine Replacement Therapiy (NRT) is contraindicated.
Hypnotherapy works fast through dissociation and change of cognitive behaviours of smokers.
The Federal Government will increase the tobacco excise again by 12.5% on September 1st, 2020.
A meta-analysis conducted by the University of Iowa in 1992, statistically combined the results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe, compared various methods of quitting.
On average, hypnosis was over 3.5-times more effective as methods where individuals tried to quit through self-care, e.g. assisted through self-help books.
By using clinical hypnotherapy I gradually reduced the amount of cigarettes I smoked daily and it helped me to manage nicotine withdrawal. I have stopped smoking after only four sessions.
St Leonards, NSW
Hypnosis has a therapeutic effect on substance dependence. However, its neural basis remains unclear, which impedes its further clinical applications. This study investigated the mechanisms of smoking treatment based on hypnosis from two perspectives: immediate and follow-up effects. Twenty-four smokers screened from 132 volunteers underwent hypnosis suggestion and performed a smoking-related cue task twice during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning (in normal and hypnotic states)... The reduced craving was related to the DLPFC-insula network, which reflected the immediate mechanism of hypnosis on smoking.
Cigarette smoking remains an important public health concern, and novel smoking cessation interventions are needed. Craving for cigarettes is a well-established target for intervention. Recent research has identified cognitive processes associated with craving, such as attentional bias to smoking cues, as targets for intervention. One intervention that may be effective in reducing attentional bias is hypnotic suggestion... hypnotic susceptibility did moderate the effect of hypnotic suggestion on craving, such that hypnotic suggestion reduced craving in individuals with high levels of susceptibility.
The purpose of this study was to determine whether hypnosis would be more effective than standard behavioral counseling in helping smokers to remain abstinent. A total of 140 current smokers were enrolled in a randomized controlled smoking cessation trial at an urban Veterans Affairs medical center... At 52 weeks, the validated quit rate was 29% for the hypnosis group and 28% for the behavioral group (relative risk = 1.03; 95% confidence interval: 0.56-1.91). It was concluded that hypnosis warrants further investigation as an intervention for facilitating maintenance of quitting.
Another randomised controlled trial, this time with patients hospitalised for cardiac or pulmonary illness, found that hypnotherapy is more effective than Nicotine Replacement Therapy in improving smoking abstinence in patients hospitalized for a smoking-related illness, and could be an asset to post-discharge smoking cessation programs.
Acupuncture, hypnotherapy, and aversive smoking are the most frequently studied alternative smoking cessation aids. These aids are often used as alternatives to pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation; however, their efficacy is unclear... Our results suggest that acupuncture and hypnotherapy may help smokers quit. Aversive smoking also may help smokers quit; however, there are no recent trials investigating this intervention.
Ericksonian hypnosis is the name given to the particular style of hypnotherapy used and taught by psychiatrist Milton Erickson and it describes a very specific form of hypnosis. Unlike traditional hypnotherapy, Ericksonian hypnotherapy is conversational, uses indirect suggestion, metaphor and storytelling to alter behaviour, rather than direct suggestion. Milton Erickson is considered by many as ‘the father of modern hypnotherapy’.
His work has influenced many forms of therapy, including short-term therapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and guided imagery.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a vehicle for therapeutic intervention. It is infinitely modulable and adaptable to any given issue. Ericksonian hypnotherapy is client centric. There are currently more than 400 different forms of psychotherapy and all have the potential to help someone.
Hypnosis bypasses the conscious processes and targets the unconscious to communicate information more effectively than in normal conversation.
Hypnosis brings the client “outside” of their usual experiences to let new associations arise, solutions being often outside of client’s own resources.
Clinical Hypnotherapy is client-centric. The client is never passive in hypnotherapy! We ask the client to own his or her wellbeing and therapy. The client is in the driver’s seat and remains an active participant: more often than not, the hypnotherapist will give the client tasking (change in habits and rituals, listening to an audio recording of the session...)
The REM phase of our sleep is the most powerful trance one can naturally experience: during our sessions, clients are effectively in an REM phase while awake. In and of itself, hypnosis cures nothing: it is used as a vehicle to reach a therapeutic target.
According to Milton Erickson, humanistic and modern hypnosis achieves “a highly focused state, in which the conscious mind does not interfere with an unconscious process”.
Those past few years, hypnosis has gained more and more exposure to the eyes of the public through its progressive incorporation by the medical world and its literature. Its efficacy on tangible issues like smoking cessation, pain management, sports performance, personal development is enough illustration for the general public.
We have Milton H. Erickson to thank for this as he helped modernize the field by making it a non-authoritative, flexible, conversational modality that can be adjusted to any case and any individual, ad infinitum. Erickson changed hypnotherapy for the best.
Stage hypnosis has no therapeutic value of course, but it has to be said that it illustrates the efficacy of hypnosis on the behaviours of volunteers, often drastically, for good or for bad. Always and only for show.
Although no consensus definition of hypnosis exists, the studies reviewed indicate that hypnosis involves the induction of a state of mind in which a person's normal critical or skeptical nature is bypassed, allowing for acceptance of suggestions. This state of heightened receptivity for suggestions (induction) is developed with the cooperation of the patient and is followed by the delivery of positive suggestions.
Hypnosis is also described as an “attentive, receptive focal concentration,” with the trance state being a “normal activity of a normal mind,” which occurs regularly, as when reading an absorbing book, watching an engrossing movie, daydreaming, or performing monotonous activity
Mayo Clinic - Proceedings, April 2005
The outcome of a recent HILDA survey managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR), indicates that relationships in which one partner smokes are at increased risk of separation of between 76 and 95 per cent over relationships in which both husband and wife do not smoke.