Smoking is a notoriously difficult habit to stop. Some people
are able to stop on their own, or with use of nicotine patches
supplemented by psychotropic drugs. For others, little seems to help.
As a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst, and hypnotherapist,
I combine a number of methods in this work to help smokers understand the underlying psychological, physical, and emotional reasons for their smoking. These include cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness meditation, hypnosis, and psycho-education. However, I would rank group support as one of the major factors that leads to change. I have found
that by the end of a group, two thirds of the participants have quit, and the rest have developed increased motivation to end the habit.
Here are a few comments that group participants have made about the group:
“My natural tendency is to be overly self critical. Failed attempts at smoking so often would leave me with such guilt and shame, creating an even greater stress that made it more difficult for me to quit. The group provided an environment in which I think we could be more forgiving and generous with one another than we could with ourselves. The lightening of that stress was a great contributor to my success.’”
“smoking just isn’t that interesting to me anymore. I think that when I am ashamed about something, it makes me more attached to it. It made me want to smoke.”
“…I believe hypnotherapy is such a valuable tool in nudging beliefs and creating confidence that makes quitting less stressful. I still listen to our inductions…whether it be because I’m struggling with an urge for a smoke, or I’m just having a tough time falling asleep.”
“I think, for me, anxiety, guilt and shame are the culprits that draw me back to addiction. Our group and resulting tools helped me treat those sources in a safe and open environment.”
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