Problem/Goal: Quit smoking cigarettes
Date: September 9th, 2011
Technique: Suggestion therapy
Summary: I wanted to quit smoking and I knew two people who quit using the same hypnotist. The hypnotist had minimal training and did sessions out of his living room. He was an ex-smoker and ex-drinker and was very open and honest about his life. We did a one hour session and he used a basic script of suggestions focusing on how disgusting cigarettes are. I remember getting the idea to smoke more cigarettes than usual the week prior to this session. I do not recommend this technique; it has severe health risks, but I smoked two packs a day for a week straight and hated how I felt and hated the gross taste in my mouth. While in hypnotherapy school I found that hypnosis is most effective in people who have a strong emotional desire for change. I inadvertently did this and I believe it helped me in being able to quit in one session. Quitting after one session is not normal and has been found moderately successful with aversion hypnotherapy.
Belief: I’m addicted to cigarettes and will never be able to quit smoking.
Results: I had cravings for two weeks, but the hypnotist provided me with straws to chew on to help with the oral fixation habit. After two weeks I never wanted a cigarette again and the programming was so effective I went back to being disgusted by the smell of cigarette smoke. I will never pick up a cigarette again, regardless of what terrible life situation pops up.