Hypnotism For Smoking Vs. Nicotine Patches – Which is More Effective?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Stop Smoking

How To Choose The Right Smoking Treatment

There are various ways you can choose to give up smoking, including nicotine patches, quit smoking hypnotherapy and good old cold turkey. But which method is the most effective and why? Read on for the answer:

It’s a well know fact that nicotine is one of the hardest drugs to let go of. It’s powerfully addictive and if you didn’t do much research it might seem that using nicotine patches might be the most effective way to slowly wean the body off its dependency on the drug.

But as with many situations it’s far more complicated than that. To really treat the problem properly you have to address it from all possible angles. A smoker who wants to quit for good has to think about several key factors:

1)Nicotine (your physical addiction);
2)The physical act of smoking;
3)The subconscious cause of your smoking problem

Nicotine patches only address the first element and that’s why New Scientist Magazine has deemed hypnosis to the most effective method of quitting smoking by far. The results of a study, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly showed that quit smoking hypnosis was three times more effective than Nicotine Replacement.

In fact, here are the statistics:

  • Hypnotherapy; 60%+
  • Champix (Varenicline) up to 22% (with side effects);
  • Accupuncture up to 25%
  • Zyban (Drug) with its side effects, up to 21%;
  • Nicotine patches up to 13%;
  • Nicotine Gum up to 11%;
  • Will Power 5%

One of the reasons that nicotine patches and gum don’t always work to get people to quit smoking is that the act of lighting up, holding the cigarette and inhaling are physical rituals that can be very hard to let go of. Hypnosis can replace the subconscious ritual with a determination to quit once and for all. So let’s look at the other two elements in detail:

The Physical Act of Smoking

Don’t underestimate the power of an ingrained habit. You may not be aware of this, but your smoking habit is fuelled by subconscious triggers that cause you to light up. Have you ever noticed that you ALWAYS want a cigarette right after a meal? Or when you’re waiting for something?

This is because so much of any habit, especially smoking is associated with other activities, or triggers. Rituals and habits are soothing and relaxing and not easily replaced. These triggers have been formed and reinforced in your mind over many years. A nicotine patch will do nothing to curb these triggers – but hypnosis can help you to break the cycle that has you automatically reaching for a smoke.

The Subconscious Cause of Smoking

There are two types of smokers – habit and anxiety. Habit smokers can often quit cigarettes far more easily because they are only dealing with habit-driven triggers. Anxiety smokers on the other hand, smoke when they’re stressed, anxious, angry, bored, etc…

So if the underlying cause for the need to smoke isn’t addressed then eventually, when the nicotine patches are removed then the urge to smoke will always come back. A skilled quit smoking hypnotherapy expert will treat the symptom AND the cause of your smoking problem so you don’t fall in a heap when you throw away your cigarettes.

Smoking related diseases are claiming lives every day. That’s a big motivation to quit; so if you’re going to quit you want to do it in a way that will give you the best chance of success. Enlisting the help of a qualified Melbourne hypnotherapist wins hands down.