Are you really addicted to smoking?

Questioning smoking addiction

From over a decade’s experience of working successfully with smoking clients, I have observed that the belief cigarettes, or nicotine is highly addictive can keep people stuck with the habit. It can act as a disempowering limiting belief.

Tobacco companies  actually like the idea that people believe nicotine is highly addictive as they know it’s part of the psychological trap & illusion that can keep people stuck smoking. Even nicotine replacement therapy companies promote this idea as it helps sell their products such as sprays, gums and lozenges. Calling that a ‘therapy’  in itself is also highly questionable.


Our beliefs can have a powerful effect on our actions and behaviours. Many habits and substances can be labelled as addictive both psychologically & physically such as caffeine, sugar, sex, watching TV, drinking tea, chocolate, sweets, even exercise and work.  The problem is if we call these things addictions in the sense that we are not in control, it can become an convenient excuse or reason to keep doing the unwanted habits or behaviours.

I have seen clients who smoked for 20 to 40 plus cigarettes a day for decades completely quit after one hypnotherapy session and report back weeks and months later that they had little to no cravings. On the opposite end of the spectrum I have come across people who smoked under ten cigarettes a day for only a few years who felt anxious, stressed and angry after a few days of being smoke free.

So whats causing these various outcomes & symptoms? For the people who find its difficult there can be several reasons. Such as they didn’t want to take personal responsibility. They were not prepared to deal with some of the temporary withdrawals that can occur. They didn’t learn how to have more empowering thoughts, feelings or responses in situations where they used to smoke.There can also be more complex psychological or emotional reasons as to why people find it difficult to quit which need to be addressed first. Unresolved stress, anxiety and trauma can often be at the root of the problem or “addiction”.

Once again this is where new groundbreaking psychological treatments such as the Havening Techniques become very useful. Havening can quickly clear away any traumas, or negative emotions for a smoker, which can then make it easier for them to quit once and for all. These techniques can also be used to to specifically reduce or remove cravings and compulsions too. If you then do a good stop smoking hypnotherapy session the probability of succeeding become even higher.

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