If you’ve ever tried to stop smoking using patches, gum or other nicotine replacement methods, you know that it generally doesn’t make the process of quitting much easier. There’s more going on than just nicotine delivery. In fact, nicotine clears your system in only a couple of days. So why do people who stop smoking using patches or gum report that their desire to smoke continues long after the chemicals are gone?
One of the main reasons is that smoking is a powerful HABIT not an addiction. Think about it. If you smoke a pack a day and each cigarette is about ten puffs… then you’re drawing your hand to your mouth about 200 times a day. What else do you do 200 times a day?
You’ve got to break the habit and stop smoking. That’s where hypnosis comes in. By helping you understand the habit and how you’ve reinforced the mental messages over the years, a certified Hawaii Hypnosis Center Smoking Cessation Specialist can help you achieve the goal through our specialized Quit Smoking Program.
And if you’ve ever quit smoking for months or even years and then returned to smoking, why is it you feel like it’s even harder to quit smoking the second, third or fourth time around? First, you’ve started reinforcing that smoking habit again and you’ve linked up some new reason for smoking – for example, “I was doing really well until X happened.” Now your subconscious mind not only has a HABIT to break, it’s got a REASON you have to overcome for the habit you have to break. Secondly, when you quit smoking and fail, you’ve built the neural pathways for that failure behavior. Basically, you’ve reinforced the difficulty instead of reinforcing the success.
Hawaii Hypnosis Center can help you stop smoking because our unique Quit Smoking Program addresses the misconceptions you’ve created in your own mind and gives you the power to overcome the reinforced habit. Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.
You May Have to Quit Smoking to Land Your Next Job
As employers around the country continue to announce that they will no longer hire tobacco users, smokers and e-cigarette users are looking for help in finally giving up their habit. Over the past week, Centura Health in Kansas and Colorado, the University of Missouri Health Care System, and Upper Chesapeake Health in Maryland, all announced that they will no longer hire tobacco users beginning January 1, 2015.
They join dozens of other organizations that are looking to lower health care costs, reduce worker absenteeism due to illness, and show that they’re committed to healthy employees. Currently 21 states allow private employers to screen for tobacco use as a hiring factor and even more states allow health care providers and non-profits to test.
“We continue to see more and more people coming to us looking to finally be free of the tobacco habit,” said Randy Hampton, co-owner of Hawaii Hypnosis Center and a Certified Smoking Cessation Specialist. “And while many stop smoking methods like cold turkey, patches, pills, and gum are seeing some success rates, hypnosis continues to provide the most effective way for people who really want to stop smoking to succeed in that goal.”
As health care costs continue to skyrocket, employers – especially health care companies – seem to be trying to set a new standard of health. They are requiring applicants to take blood tests that show nicotine whether it comes from smoking, e-cigs, or chewing tobacco.
According to the American Cancer Society somewhere between 4% and 7% of people who try to quit smoking “cold turkey” will be successful. Scientific studies of nicotine replacement such as the patch or gum, and drugs like Chantix and Zyban, show success rates using those methods increasing to about 20%. A 2001 study by the University of Washington School of Medicine followed 43 patients undergoing hypnosis to stop smoking and found that 39 of those patients remained smoke free on follow up 6 months later.
“If people really want to quit smoking, hypnosis with a certified smoking cessation specialist can really make the difference,” Hampton said. “At Hawaii Hypnosis Center we provide no cost follow up visits if someone starts smoking again after coming to see us.” Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.