What are alternative methods to stop smoking tried by people instead of hypnosis?
Let’s consider for a moment the various alternative methods available when trying to quit smoking (in whatever form) since if any of these can work for someone then it’s a great result.
It’s important to assess whether a method is successful and by that I mean, a method that results in the smoker no longer thinking about smoking or being restricted in how they behave around smokers.
1. ‘Trading down’ to roll-ups
One of the alternative methods many smokers use to try to reduce the amount they smoke is by switching from packets of ready-made cigarettes over to roll-ups. They often tell me that they felt they found themselves smoking less per day, however, the desire to smoke never seems to leave them along. For smokers who come to me for help and who’ve tried this method I explain that they’re living in a permanent state of stress, trying to ‘not think about smoking’ between every roll-up and that’s never going to be a successful way to quit.
Research has also shown that smoking unfiltered roll-up cigarettes, whilst cheaper, is more harmful as they have no filter.
2. ‘Cold turkey’ or willpower
This is probably the most well-known alternative method to quit – it’s certainly the cheapest. Simply setting a quit date and then stopping on that date is a way that many people have attempted to quit. It’s cheap (ie Free) and requires no visits to anyone for help. Unfortunately, however, depending upon what’s going on in the smokers life at the time they quit cold turkey it can be a very uncomfortable procedure.
Over the years I’ve had quite a few people come to me for help to quit smoking, after they’d actually quit! Yes, you read that right. They many have quit smoking years before, however, they are still caught up in always thinking about having a cigarette but not wanting to do so. It’s something which is dealt with in the HypnoQuit® procedure but hard to deal with using a cold turkey or willpower only approach.
3. Patches or Tablets
Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT’s) include such products nasal sprayx, inhalers, lozenges, chewing gum and transdermal patches. These each deliver a controlled dose of nicotine to relieve withdrawal symptoms while the person tries to quit.
Because of the large budgets of Pharmaceutical companies these two approaches are heavily marketed into the medical profession and are sold across the counter in many pharmacists. Whilst they do work, many users report significant side-effects, some so severe that they choose to stop using their tablets or patches.
The most well known products are Zyban® and Chantix® / Chanpix®. They target nicotine receptors in the brain and are intended to help by easing withdrawal symptoms by blocking the effects of nicotine if people start smoking again.
- Dry mouth
- Feeling feint or dizzy
- Smoking cigarettes whilst using NRT’s
4. Swapping over to e-cigs
Whilst this seems to be a healthy intermediate step towards quitting totally, there are many more problems associated with this approach than users might realise, as evidenced here.
5. Traditional hypnosis
Hypnotherapists have been helping people to quit for decades, either in individual appointments or in group sessions.
It was back in 1958 that the American Medical Association’s Council of Mental Health approved hypnosis “as a safe practice with no harmful side effects”.
It used to be thought that a smoker had to be ‘told’ to quit because it was believed they could not decide to quit for themselves, however, the most recent research about how our minds work has shown this to be inaccurate and a less directive approach has now been found to be more effectively accepted by our subconscious mind.
As a modern, non-invasive, non-chemical method that employs the most current and up to date understanding as to how the brain controls habits and creates new patterns HypnoQuit® is without doubt the most unique and effective way to help smokers to quit.
Whilst any of the above options *might* work for you, it’s important to ensure that you have NO cravings, NO feelings of ‘missing out’ and NO fears of spending time around people who smoke. It should also not be something you need to ‘top up’ and most certainly not something which requires any ongoing expenditure – pay once and keep the results for the rest of your life.
You should be able to become, once again, a natural non-smoker and so if the method you’re currently using doesn’t provide all of the above, then please feel free to speak to me about how HypnoQuit® could well be right for you.