You know it’s finally time.
Maybe you’re tired of smelling like an ashtray.
Maybe you’re fed up with yellow teeth, and stained fingers.
Maybe you’ve had enough of coughing and hacking and the pounding headaches.
Maybe you want to be done with feeling guilty about how you’re destroying your lungs, your heart, and your self-esteem.
It’s time to take a deep breath — if you still can after all these years or sucking on little paper tubes filled with poison — and walk away from tobacco.
Maybe it isn’t cigarettes that have you hooked, but cigars, or pipes, or maybe even nicotine gum! No matter. You know it is time to leave the nasty behind.
The chances are good that you have tried before, with nicotine patches, gum, medical drugs, or sunflower seeds, or prayer, or efforts to use willpower. You may have even succeeded for a while, only to fall back into the habit. That happens a lot.
Now it’s time to do something different — something called Quit Smoking Hypnosis (Brisbane) — and if you are reading this, you have already made the first step toward leaving the poison of tobacco behind. But even before you make that first appointment with the Hypnosis Therapy Clinic, here are some things to know about your tobacco habit.
First of all, it really is a habit. There is an addictive aspect to tobacco use, but that is the least important part.
Nicotine is the physically addictive part of tobacco, which means that when you ingest nicotine, and then it begins to leave your system, you experience withdrawal symptoms — headaches, upset stomach, restlessness, irritability, and problems concentrating are the main ones, and they are real. But nicotine has a half-life of only two hours or less, and the withdrawal symptoms only last a few hours beyond that. So when you smoke your last cigarette at night and go to bed, by the time you wake up in the morning, you are already done with physical withdrawal. The drug is out of your system.
It’s the Habit That Has the Power
Now, it’s true that nicotine is where it all begins. It is a powerful addictive and mood altering substance. It really seems to (for a while, at least) make people feel better; and it is unusual as a drug, because it seems to have different — often opposite — effects on people. If you are nervous, a cigarette seems to help you calm down. If you are down, a cigarette seems to perk you up. If you are distracted, a cigarette seems to help you focus. And nobody questions how one substance — nicotine — apparently seems to have so many contradictory effects on the same person. However, if we direct a touch of focused, clear thinking on those contradictions, we will unravel the web of lies and deceits created by nicotine itself and the multinational cigarette marketing companies. And that knowledge will be your first step toward permanent freedom from this enslaving addiction.
So you smoke, and because those apparent “positive effects” are immediate, they weigh more than the destructive aspects of tobacco, which are way down the road somewhere. Add to that the fact that the seemingly real “positive effects” are certain, and the negative ones are only probable. “Right now for sure” is always more powerful than “maybe someday.”
You can see, then, that there are many possible triggers for smoking. Anything upsetting, whether it is something bad from your past, a present irritation, or a fear of something coming down the road, can trigger that reflex response.
As you smoke, something else begins to happen. You develop a habit of smoking. Another term for that is “conditioned reflex.” What that means is that your mind and body have learned at the gut level that when you need to feel differently, smoking will make that happen. It’s analogous to what happens when the physician taps your knee with a little mallet and your knee jerks upward.
For instance, withdrawal from nicotine creates unpleasant symptoms, but you have developed a knee jerk response — light up.
As time goes by, that response spreads to other things besides nicotine withdrawal. At that point, any time you have a headache, or an upset stomach, or feel restless, or irritable, or have problems concentrating, you light up. Wow! Problem gone.
But only for a little while.
Here is another true thing about habits. You cannot break them. You can’t just stop doing something, no matter how much you know you should. As they say, Nature abhors a vacuum. Abandoning something creates a vacuum, and eventually that unwanted behavior will slip right back in to fill the empty space.
It’s really very simple: Every habit of action is run by a habit of thought.
If you think; “I’ve had a really bad day, so I’m going to have a cigarette and that will cheer me up” — that is an action that is run by a thought process.
If you stop the action of consoling yourself with a cigarette, but don’t take away the thought process (the belief) that led to that action, then almost all people will resume the bad habit of smoking.
The program, which uses hypnotherapy to quit smoking, identifies the habit of thought that runs the habit of action, and then it removes the habit of thought, and thus the habit of action is also gone.
The Hypnosis Therapy Clinic: Where Healthy Habits Are Born
The professionals at The Hypnosis Therapy Clinic will work with you to develop the tools you need to develop new, healthy habits that will replace the use of tobacco. In two extended sessions of intense work, plus an optional third if you desire it, they will help you identify the things that trigger tobacco use, develop the skills you need to make a breakthrough, and work with powerful hypnotic techniques to make your abandonment of tobacco permanent.
So here’s to hypnosis therapy to quit smoking. Here’s to health. And here’s to you!