Ellen DeGeneres used hypnosis to stop smoking on her show. Hypnotherapist and entertainer Paul McKenna hypnotized Ellen on camera and she became a nonsmoker instantly.
Contactmusic.com quotes DeGeneres as saying: “I quit smoking! I’ve been wanting to say it but I thought I can’t say, ‘(I quit) yesterday,’ then you’re gonna be, ‘Oh you didn’t really quit then.’ It’s been about two months now and I know I’m done completely.”
Later DeGeneres (as quoted by healthwithhypnosis.com) told McKenna: ”You’ve helped me tremendously and probably saved my life and definitely changed my life. Build up the good things in your life and the smoking will go away by itself.”
Drew Barrymore started smoking around age 10, and has called herself a “smokaholic” according to smoke-free.ca.
Drew successfully used hypnosis to stop smoking, but admits that she is still struggling with the habit. If she had come to see me in Atlanta for my lifetime hypnosis stop smoking program, I would tell her that, “We are not done yet. And, we won’t be until you are completely free of cravings.” The reason that the program offers unlimited sessions is that some people need more help than others. Stopping smoking can be more involved for some because they have a more complex set of beliefs and associations around smoking that need to be cleaned up.
Debra Messing, best known for her role as Grace Adler in the sitcom “Will & Grace” got a wake up call from her doctor when she had a nasty bout of bronchitis according to www.celebrities-with-diseases.com. According to Fox News the actress reported: “My doctor sat me down and said, ‘You’re quitting smoking today, period. If you have another cigarette, you’ll be in intensive care.” That warning motivated Messing to stop smoking with the help of a hypnotherapist.
In an interview with The Washington Post in 1999, Messing said that she is doing fine after having stopped smoking cigarettes. She also described “going through hell” in the first week after she stopped. And, it was with the extensive support from her family, friends and colleagues that she stayed a nonsmoker during that difficult time.
As a hypnotherapist, I would spend another session or several helping any client who was “going through hell” after she or he stopped smoking. Discomfort after stopping is simply a signal from the unconscious mind that there is at least one more belief or association that needs to be cleaned up. I do not consider a stop smoking program to be finished until my client is free from cravings or withdrawal symptoms, or unpleasant effects including weight gain.