There are a number of withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping smoking including: nausea, headaches, anxiety, feeling miserable, difficulty in concentrating and increased appetite. People who use hypnosis to stop smoking typically experience none of those symptoms.
The reason is simple. The withdrawal symptoms are psychosomatic rather than physical. There will certainly be many people who would disagree with me on that point. But, bear with me until I explain my thinking.
When the typical smoker wakes up in the morning they are in physical withdrawal from nicotine. It’s the time of the day that they have the least nicotine in their system. When a client comes to me for hypnotherapy to help them stop smoking I will ask them how do they feel just as their waking up in the morning. The answers vary. Some of them will feel relaxed and drowsy. Some of them will still feel tired. And so far, not one of them has told me that they have a headache, are physically miserable, or are experiencing nausea until they can get to that first cigarette of the day.
If physical withdrawal from nicotine is the cause of the symptoms that people experience when they stop smoking, how is it that they don’t experience the same symptoms before the first cigarette of the day?
Being a hypnotherapist, I have unusual ways of thinking about things like smoking. It seems to me that most, if not all, of the withdrawal symptoms that people experience when they stop smoking are the result of internal conflict.
One of my clients called me a couple of days after her stop smoking session. She said that she wasn’t smoking, however, she was thinking about cigarettes are a lot and she was very irritable.
I told her that the irritability was the equivalent of her unconscious mind throwing a little temper tantrum. And using hypnotic language I reassured her unconscious mind that when she came back for a follow-up session that I would make sure that every last concern of the unconscious mind when it came to smoking would be taken care of we were finished. I told her unconscious mind I was can be completely thorough and make sure that every last benefit that it had been trying to get from the smoking, would be accomplished through healthy and effective new choices and habits.
As I was speaking to my client she was calming down quite a bit, and was cheerful by the end of our phone conversation.
When she came in for her second session, she reported that all of her withdrawal symptoms had disappeared at the end of our phone conversation. I kept my promise to her unconscious mind and helped her develop new, healthy choices so that all of her thoughts and impulses to smoke faded away to nothing.
If her symptoms were caused by physical withdrawal from nicotine how could a simple conversation cause them to disappear?
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Wesley Anderson, Doctor of Clinical Hypnotherapy