Since the American Medical Association (AMA) approved the use of clinical hypnosis in the 1950s, hundreds of thousands of people have found hypnosis as an effective way to stop smoking, lose weight and otherwise improve their lives. To quit smoking, many hypnotists now even offer a one-time, half-hour individualized session. Since most insurances typically do not cover hypnosis, the fee for this half-hour session service may be more affordable than other treatments. Although some people may benefit from group hypnosis, most people find individual sessions to be preferable.
Each individual session often consists of a brief discussion of one’s previous smoking behavior and common reasons why people might initially smoke; a discussion of the hypnotic process; strengthening one’s conscious motivators to want to stop; and a simple hypnotic trance induction with a post-hypnotic suggestion of smoking cessation. Most people are quite susceptible to hypnotic suggestions if they match what they want.
It is not uncommon for many two-pack a day, twenty-plus years, smokers quit after their first session. Following personal treatment, follow-up with a self-hypnosis audio program for smoking cessation is recommended. Reinforcing hypnotic suggestions by listening to your self-hypnosis recording daily for at least two weeks should help ensure a more positive treatment outcome.
Since 1992 according to New scientist, it has been known “Hypnosis is the most effective way to give up smoking.” Its quote was based on a study cited within Journal of Applied Psychology, earlier that year.
There is even evidence-based clinical research that single-session hypnosis can be just as effective (if not more effective) than any other treatment program with smoking cessation. Although I often recommend combining hypnosis sessions with another treatment method that your family doctor or pharmacist may recommend, it is not a necessity for effect
The best indicators of success with this approach to quitting are one’s previous ability to successfully complete for at least a month; and one’s desire today to be smoke-free. Self-hypnosis audio recordings and reading smoking cessation seem to serve as a nice addition to the individualized session. The Internet provides a wealth of free smoking aids, including smoking cessation MP3 downloads!