Smoking is an addiction that kills. It causes cancer, ravages the body and the brain, and even destroys the sex drive. Yet, millions of people all over the world cannot get rid of this addiction.
Why exactly do people smoke when they know very well that it’s bad for them? Why would your brain, which is always looking out for your survival, allow you to do something that is so terrible for the health of your mind and body?
The simple answer is that we are all human, and sometimes it is difficult to imagine life without the pleasure that an addiction brings. People get addicted to a lot of things such as food, sex, working out, gambling, Internet, or alcohol. Smoking is not any different from the pattern of any of these addictions.
But the good news is that it is possible to get rid of this addiction. When used the right way, hypnosis is a really effective technique to help you quit smoking.
How Does An Addiction Work?
For any addiction to work, you first need an expectation that it is going to be good or pleasurable. When you engage in the addictive action, you get really excited and reach an almost trancelike state. The brain produces dopamine, a natural cocaine-like chemical, which causes this excitement. You also get a feeling of satisfaction with the release of chemicals called endorphins.
It is both endorphins and dopamine together that encourage a person to do essential things such as eating and drinking, having sex, and resting when tired. If your brain didn’t reward you for doing these things, you wouldn’t do them at all. But unfortunately, it is exactly the same reward system that has been designed for survival that creates addiction for even survival threatening activities such as smoking.
Habituation is an important aspect of addiction. The more you have something, the more you need to reach the same state of satisfaction. This too is a human development mechanism. When you master the skill, you get a pleasurable endorphin and dopamine rush. But the newly developed skills become second nature and to get the same pleasurable buzz, and you need to up your skill level. This is what gives you the drive to continue developing yourself.
This pattern of addiction, i.e. first building a tolerance to a pleasurable experience and then doing more of it to get the same pleasure, is what drove human beings to develop themselves, invent things, and enable civilizations.
But as you know, addictions can also backfire.
How Hypnosis Can Help You Quit Smoking
Only about 10 to 12% of the brain is conscious thought, the rest are subconscious. Hypnosis works because it helps you be in control of where you put your attention, and consequently make your own decisions.
Your brain has learned certain things related to smoking – that it is pleasurable, and that you cannot do without it. Hypnosis can help the brain relearn rapidly. You will be able to identify and modify the subconscious motivations that drive you to smoke. You can also do away with the associations that trigger smoking.
You will also learn coping skills to tide through emotional or stressful times without lighting up. Armed with your new skills and attitude, you will be able to get through the first few days of the chemical addiction relatively easily. Then you deal with the psychological addiction in further hypnosis sessions for long-term success.
Hypnosis is not a magic pill, but it is a highly effective tool to break all sorts of addictions. With a little bit of professional help and willingness to work on yourself, you will be able to get rid of your smoking habit for good.
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