Can Hypnotherapy help me quit smoking?


Hypnotherapy is for some a piece of the big puzzle when trying to quit smoking indefinitely.  There has been much speculation about hypnotherapy directly contributing to smoking cessation.  Recently, there was a study conducted by the American College of Chest Physicians, cited in CHEST Wednesday, October 24, 2007 article, and this study involved inpatient hospital patients who were diagnosed with a cardiopulmonary diagnosis and who smoked.  The question was to determine the positive and long lasting effects of hypnotherapy alone, Nicotine replacement therapy, and hypnotherapy along with Nicotine replacement therapy contributing if at all to smoking cessation.  Without going into specifics and overwhelming detail, the study concluded favorably to hypnotherapy being an effective mode of smoking cessation upon discharge from the hospital.  The results also compared the inpatient status in relationship to the person having a respiratory disease (cardiac diagnosis) vs. a pulmonary diagnosis.  Patients with a pulmonary diagnosis had less motivation to quit and perhaps required more sustained efforts in comparison to those with a cardiac diagnosis.  This means that someone who potentially had a good chance to quit but relapsed after a short timeframe upon discharge would have needed additional ongoing therapy and/or continued treatment including possible intensive inpatient/outpatient treatment.

This study was interesting in that the effects of the hypnotherapy did not alleviate the craving or the desire to smoke as one would hope, especially if it was your intention to quit entirely.  The study did not definitively illustrate hypnotherapy to be the best source of smoking cessation or a concrete and entirely dependable source at that.  It is not certain as to the outcome post discharge five years out or longer as these participants continue on their daily lives.  In communities from coast to coast, you encounter individuals who at times hit rock bottom and succumb to the idea(s) that a non-traditional way of addressing a problem will be the “right” way.  If you can go under an altered state of consciousness vs. under the knife or putting forth too much effort, then, that’s the preferred route to go.  It’s the constant struggle of wanting something that is within reach yet too far ahead of oneself without true work and effort on one’s part.  It is important to emphasize that the article addresses the effects of an added aid such as hypnotherapy to kicking the habit.  These techniques facilitate the drive a person has to smoking cessation, but they are not the “fountain of youth” solution a person desires.

That is an intrinsic drive and motivation the person has to develop and want from within to make the real solution to smoking cessation a reality in their world.  In summation and simply stated, hypnotherapy may be a good avenue for you to get a jump start on quitting smoking, but it cannot be the only source of or avenue to take in your search of smoking cessation.



Name: John Durham
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Hi, my name is John and I am proud to say that I am smoke free for almost 5 years! I have recently decided to start writing for to help those who want to quit the habit.  Quitting Smoking is a very difficult thing to do and hopefully this the resources on this website can help aid other to becoming smoke free.