How many inner conversations have you had with yourself about your smoking addiction? How many times have you mentioned to family and friends that you want to stop but seem to go on smoking despite the dangers and the expense? And how many therapies have you tried that just didn't succeed? If you are like most people addicted to smoking, you will remember such conversations and inner dialogs and may have felt nothing will really come through for you. Unless you tried NLP and hypnosis to quit smoking, you may have been correct.

If you sincerely want to quit smoking, neurolinguistic therapy with hypnosis is the reasonable choice for reliable cures. Hypnotherapy to quit smoking can target the most significant issues that keep you smoking as well as equipping you with resources and boost to be successful for good. This is not stage entertainment that is good for laughs and tricks, but a reputable therapy approved by the AMA since 1958, and one with accreditation and a strong code of ethics.

Hypnotherapy doesn't contradict personal morals and a reputable hypnotist will honor your privacy and protect your rights just the same as any other medical professional. You do desire a professional who is verified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and who supports their stringent ethical and professional standards. Included in their code is putting the mental and physical welfare of clients uppermost. They also shield clients from verbal, mental or physical, and refer any client as appropriate.

A well trained hypnotherapist has the background to address problem behavior, and hypnotherapy to stop smoking is the second most frequent type they practice. Using methods that are considered state of the art which may include the precision of NLP hypnosis and the ongoing extra support of self hypnosis stop smoking CD's as well as any physician directed modalities a physician might also prescribe for a patient. Using medical hypnotherapy does not mean other measures are excluded, but they may not be needed at all.

The reason that skillfully used hypnosis to quit smoking is the most effective method to reach success is that it addresses the three basic concerns in smoking. No method can work that does not address each issue fully and correct the problems each causes. Most people believe that the physical addiction to nicotine is the most important factor and the biggest problem, but this is simply not true. If the addiction to the compound called nicotine were the single reason for failure, most smokers would not fail four, five, six or even more times in their efforts to give up the habit for good.

Yes, nicotine is a dramatically addictive substance and for most smokers the physical dependence is very real and there are withdrawal physical responses that are also real. But did you realize these last only a short time? In fact, every bit of nicotine is flushed out of the system in just three days or less! For many smokers, it is the fear of withdrawal physical symptoms and not the reality that causes the most suffering and which may prevent even trying. Yet quitting without therapy has an average 5% success rate! Hypnosis to quit smoking reduces fear of withdrawal symptoms and blunts the effect of any that do result.

Another attribute of smoking cigarettes is that it provides calming and comfort, just as sucking on a pacifier calms and soothes a baby. Many people treat anxiety and stress with some form of oral activity like smoking cigarettes or eating. Hypnotic relaxation can substitute for the comfort factor obtained from smoking cigarettes, which reduces the cravings and produces stop smoking benefits instead. The mind can be conditioned to substitute the same feelings from other activities that are beneficial, not harmful. Neuro-linguistic programming techniques can teach the brain to remove any linkage between smoking cigarettes and comfort.

Finally, part of the smoking addiction is plain old Pavlovian habit formation to stimuli. Smokers learn to connect smoking with certain activities, from the movie cliché of smoking immediately after physical relations to having a cigarette while drinking or viewing television or chatting on the phone. Here stop smoking hypnotherapy can permanently eliminate the connection, and when the link is no longer present, there will be no trigger to light a cigarette when the coffee is poured or the cocktail is presented. The mind is trained to associate positive things with the former triggers, or to recall the benefits of quitting or the negatives of the smoke.

A professional clinical practitioner will use both positive and negative associations to replace conditioned associations with smoking, selecting those most meaningful for an individual patient. Stop smoking hypnosis is the only treatment modality that can precision tune the treatment to each of the three reasons for smoking and completely eliminate them. Virtually everyone quitting requires support, but only smoking cessation hypnosis effectively make you your own support team.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH invented the use of Neuro-VISION video hypnosis to stop smoking and received a U.S. Patent for his efforts. He offers a list of stop smoking hypnotherapy CDs which offer efficient help. Visit him for Free stop smoking self-hypnosis videos and hypnosis to quit smoking MP3 downloads.