Interesting article about the effectiveness of hypnotherapy for smoking cessation. Article by Nina Emkin. Emkin holds degrees from UCLA and Sarah Lawrence College and has written for DipDive and Citysearch. She currently lives in Los Angeles and also wrote for The Fix about relapse and coming out as an alcoholic. Extracted from the Huffington Post, First Posted: 02/11/2012 11:18 am EST Updated: 02/11/2012 12:29 pm EST Click here for full article
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…”It wasn’t scary,” she (Mary) remembers. “I was quite unaware that I was being hypnotized. The hypnosis was just deep enough for everything she said to take root. She (the therapist)told me that I shouldn’t ever touch another cigarette, not to think I can smoke and get away with it, and that one cigarette can restart the addiction over again. It was very easy. I was really quite surprised.” Margaret hasn’t taken a puff since.
Margaret, Jonathan, and Nelson: three different smokers with three very different hypnosis experiences. But all quit — at least for a while. Is there a common thread? And why did it work for Margaret and Jonathan, but not for Nelson?…According to Dr. Ken Grossman, a clinical hypnotherapist in Sacramento, “The only quality that makes someone a good candidate for hypnosis is that they want to stop. What makes someone a poor candidate is that they have no desire to stop.” McGrail agrees, adding, “There are very few people that will not allow themselves to be led into a hypnotic state.”…