Neuro Linguistic Programming is possibly the best method to quit smoking since it addresses the root cause and desire for smoking. When smokers decide to quit, often their first few attempts are in vain as they resort to superfluous band-aid remedies such as nicotine patches, chewing gum, etc. Such alleged addiction cures are only temporary solutions. Ask any smoker if they’ve been successful in quitting by using nicotine patches. More often than not, you will find that smokers tend to relapse very quickly when they rely on such superficial solutions.
It is a common myth that smokers cannot quit smoking due to their addiction to nicotine. However, medical experts believe that within the first few days of quitting; the nicotine is completely cleared from our body. What is left behind is the emotional and psychological addiction to cigarettes. The unconscious mind is where the true cause of concern lies. It is difficult to drive out your addiction when your unconscious mind has not been tended to or repaired. And this is where Neuro Linguistic Programming comes into play.
Simply put, Neuro Linguistic Programming is based on the relationship between neurological processes and one’s behavioral patterns that are established over a period of time due to one’s experiences, habits, or as is in the case here, programming. NLP thus is a method that allows you to reprogram your unconscious mind and eradicate your smoking addiction.
Unlike other methods Neuro Linguistic Programming reduced dependence by empowering a person and helping them realize the full potential of their mind and emotions. NLP practitioners often use hypnosis to make their therapy sessions more effective.
Hypnosis works well with NLP by making it easier for the therapist to communicate with their client’s subconscious mind.
The first step in Neuro Linguistic Programming through hypnosis is to address the linkage that the unconscious mind has between smoking and pleasure or relaxation. An example of such a linkage is when you were a child and every time you got restless; your mom would give you a toy to play with. Such periodical gratifications got so deeply instilled in you that your unconscious mind developed an immediate connection to toys whenever you were restless. Smoking addiction is similar to this. When you light a cigarette to seek relief from stress, your unconscious mind develops a linkage so strong that each time you get stressed you crave for a cigarette.
Hypnosis and NLP help to eradicate this linkage or dependence on smoking for de-stressing by simply reprogramming your mind in a manner that it starts reacting to stress differently. For example, with hypnosis and NLP you can train your mind to take a few deep breaths and focus on a calming feeling instead of smoking cigarettes whenever you are stressed.
Neuro Linguistic Programming also addresses the habitual component of addiction. In your unconscious mind, certain experiences or habits are directly and consistently associated with your addiction. For example, some people need to smoke whenever they are driving, or reading, or watching TV. Hypnosis will allow your unconscious mind to disassociate such experiences with your smoking addiction.
You may seek NLP and hypnosis help through, self help books/e-books, Cds and DVds or by visiting a trained therapist.
Neuro Linguistic Programming will work wonders for your smoking addiction. In fact, it is by far the most effective way to cure your addiction simply because it rectifies the habit from within your deep emotional and psychological recesses. However, for this method to work, you must at least have the desire to quit smoking and should have made a conscious choice to put a stop to your cigarette dependence.