The short version… single session, lasting up to two hours, £125
The detailed version…
Smoking is a complex business with various components:
- psychological dependence
- physical addiction
- sociological drivers
- associative triggers
- stress demands
It does all sound quite complicated (and it is rather). Fortunately, we can stop smoking by breaking everything down into manageable chunks and dealing with this in a single session – a long session of perhaps two hours – but a single session nonetheless.
I refer here to cigarettes but all this applies equally to cigars, pipes and other variants…
Cigarettes are the delivery medium for nicotine – and nicotine is addictive. This is very well proven now and the World Health Organisation is in no doubt – the tobacco companies know this too – they certainly knew it way back in the 1960s (although they publicly denied it as that message would have run counter to their stated position that smoking was a life choice). Perhaps the last word on this should go to the lawyer acting for Brown & Williamson (a subsidiary of British American Tobacco) who privately said: “Nicotine is addictive. We are, then, in the business of selling nicotine, an addictive drug.” Of course, when they were found out, the tobacco companies in the US ended up paying out $368 billion in health-related settlements. But they could afford it.
Physical Addiction: If we are to successfully stop smoking using hypnotherapy, then we must deal with this physical addiction. I must say that it took me quite some time to work out how to do this. For the technically-minded, we use a combination of psychological triggers and controlled recalls. This works very well although physical addiction is by no means the main component of smoking. However, we need to get this right, which is why the Stop Smoking treatment requires a double session. It should be noted that you cannot be addicted to any drug whilst there is not a sample of that drug in your body. As your body will be completely clear of nicotine after four days maximum, the physical addiction ends at that point.
Detoxification: When I decided to stop smoking many years ago, this was the effect which was the hardest for me. It lasted about a week – which seems to be longer than for anyone else I’ve spoken to – and was quite unpleasant.
Various things can happen, although none of these might be present. You may get unpleasant tastes in your mouth or a mild cold – your system is purging the mucus and toxins. You may become light-headed as you now get more oxygen to your brain than previously – and this is what I had.
Fortunately we can deal with this in the session in a relatively straightforward way. Of course, we must deal with it correctly as we know that people can restart smoking within a few days just to be rid of the light-headedness, which would be a pity if we had managed to clear out everything else.
Psychological Dependence: This phenomenon comes into the category of automatic behaviour, which I discuss in the ‘Hypnosis‘ section of this site. We use a variety of techniques to nullify the psychological dependence and what we use depends very much on your profile. This section gets the fewest words here but takes most of the session time. We need to eliminate the behaviour and make sure it never comes back when you need a coping behaviour – and we all need a coping mechanism from time to time.
I have always tried to price the Stop Smoking treatment reasonably – such that the average smoker gets their money back in about three weeks after seeing me. I have kept the price at £125 since summer 2008. However, from 2018, it will be time for a review, details will appear here and we can expect a modest price increase.