Hypnosis for Tobacco Cessation

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Hypnosis for Tobacco Cessation

Health Services provides hypnosis to UNH students at reduced cost, call (603) 862-2856.

Under hypnosis the cognitive part of the brain becomes more active.  It directly changes the perceptions of the subconscious mind so that the need and urge to smoke are no longer a habitual behavior. Clients can be “induced” into hypnosis in many ways. Typically this is accomplished by having the client concentrate on an object or point, and then hear suggestions that they are calm, and focused.  In time, the therapist can teach self-induction so that clients can perform self hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a procedure in which a certified health professional suggests that a client experience changes through the use of imagination to create mental imagery in any of 5 areas:  

  • Sensations
  • Mood
  • Thoughts
  • Memory
  • Behavior
Mental imagery is very powerful, especially in a focused state of attention. Ideas or suggestions that are compatible with what the patient wants, seem to have a more powerful impact on the mind. Hypnosis may be useful for smoking cessation because it can focus on modifying behavior and mood.

 

For Hypnosis

  • 90% of people are hypnotizable to some extent
  • Some individuals seem to have higher native hypnotic talent and capacity that may allow them to benefit more readily from hypnosis
  • If you have the ability to engage in imaginative processes (such as daydreaming) or you can sit at the computer for an hour and it seems like five minutes, you will probably be more responsive to hypnosis
  • People who are severely depressed should not undergo hypnosis
  • Optimally effective for individuals highly motivated to stop smoking