eighty percent of the people I hypnotize to stop smoking
will quit after one session. That means that twenty
percent don’t quit after one session. Even of
those twenty percent, some will realize that something
was starting to help them. They just feel like they
need a little more help. Even of those twenty percent,
some will be able to quit by doing a follow-up session.
If a follow-up would ever be helpful, the cost for that
session is at a reduced rate.
There are people who will not be successful.
There are some people who really don’t want to
quit. They are trying to plese someone else. Example:
a wife who smokes and doesn’t want to quit and
a husband who wants her to quit. That wife will not
quit smoking with hypnosis. You can’t ever make
someone do something they don’t want to do.
There are some people who are not committed
to the idea of quitting.
When a person uses hypnosis to quit
smoking, they should fall into one of three categories
after the session is over.
1. The first category is what we call
“Almost as though you’ve never smoked before”.
If you fall into this category, when the session is
over it is very easy for a person to be a non-smoker.
There are no thoughts about smoking. There are no cravings,
desires, urges or withdrawals.
2. The second category is called “Automatic
Reaching”. Many of the cigarettes that people
smoke are cigarettes that they aren’t thinking
about. They are the habit cigarettes. When the session
is over, if you fall into this category, it is also
very easy not to smoke. Your mind has made the desired
changes in your thinking but the message hasn’t
made it to your hand yet. You may find that at certain
times, for an initial period after the session, your
hand still reaches to where the cigarettes used to be.
If you get rid of your cigarettes, as I suggest, you
can’t accidentally grab one. When you pull your
hand back without a cigarette, some thought will go
through your mind very quickly. “I don’t
smoke anymore. What was I doing?” After just a
few times of this happening, your mind will get the
message to your hand and will break that reaching habit.
3. The third category is called “The
Mind Battle Category”. If you fall into this category
you have to put in a little bit of effort not to smoke,
but it’s not like trying to quit on your own.
In this category, you should find that many of the times
that you used to smoke, it’s very easy not to.
However, there may be a few times that the thought comes
into your mind. If this is the case, there is a way
to get past it. If you can make yourself say “No,
I’m not going to smoke” and find something
else to occupy your mind for a few moments the thought
will go away very quickly. For people who do fall into
this category, each person will go through this as many
times as they need to. The maximum amount of times that
people have told me they’ve had to go through
it is 7 – 8 times. This also happens over any
period of time. It could be in the first few days or
it could be over a period of years.
When a person comes into my office
to quit smoking, I always ask them if they have ever
quit for any period of time or even attempted to quit.
Some people will have quit for years and begun smoking
again for some reason. Some people will never have been
able to quit for an entire day, but can go for a couple
of hours without a cigarette. There are people who will
walk out of my office and call me the next day, telling
me that “it didn’t work” because they
smoked a cigarette as soon as they left my office. The
first thing I do is ask them if they got rid of all
their cigarettes as I suggested. They, of course will
tell me they didn’t. Then I tell them that they
were told they may have to put in a bit of effort after
the session was over. If they smoked as soon as they
left my office, or in their car on their way home, they
really didn’t want to put in any time or effort
to see if it worked. On their own they could have waited
for at least a few hours, but they weren’t willing
to take that time to see what would happen. This is
not a case of hypnosis not working for them. It is a
case of them not working with the hypnosis.