Can Hypnotherapy Help You Stop Smoking?

woman having massage( — When most people think of hypnosis, they think of a hypnotist in a magic show, dangling a pendulum in front of someone while saying, “You’re getting sleepy …” but that is not what hypnosis is all about. In fact, many people who want to stop smoking turn to hypnotherapy to achieve their goal.

Hypnosis involves using relaxation techniques to bring a person into an altered state of consciousness known as a trance. While in a trance, the person becomes more apt to accept suggestions, ideas and images provided by the hypnotist. The trance state also can help people better understand their bodies and their emotional and psychological responses.

Research does not support hypnotherapy as a proven means to help people stop smoking. A scientific review of existing studies found no evidence to suggest that hypnotherapy worked better than other smoking cessation aids or no treatment at all.

However, some individuals have reported success in quitting smoking with the help of hypnotherapy. For hypnosis to be successful as a way to stop smoking, the person has to have faith in the therapist and be OK with being in a passive and susceptible state of mind.

History of Hypnotherapy as Treatment