What characterises an addiction?
Addictions are vast and varied, however can perhaps be characterised and simplified by the following:
You no longer feel that you have the choice to stop
It ( the addiction) seems stronger than you
It also gives you a false sense of pleasure. Pleasure that invariably turns into pain or discomfort, physical, mental and or emotional.
Hypnotherapy is one of the most successful treatments for stopping smoking.
1 in 2 smokers will die from smoking related causes.
Some more facts on smoking from Action on smoking and health
Around half of all life-long smokers will die prematurely and on average, cigarette smokers die 10 years younger than non-smokers.
Smoking is associated with an increased risk of early natural menopause in women.
Smoking is a major risk factor for impotence in men.
If you were not born with a foetal addiction, you were not born addicted to smoking. Hypnotherapy uses parts negotiation to access the part of you that started the habit and quite simply suggest that it stops - sounds to good to be true? Take a look at this article from the American college of chest physicians on Science daily.
Many hypnotherapists claim a 90% success rate on using hypnosis for quitting smoking. As all hypnosis is self hypnosis guided by the hypnotherapist my question to you is:
Do you want to quit?
Not that your partner, children or doctor say you should quit, but that you actually recognise that smoking is toxic and poisonous, and you don't want to be another smoking statistic, reduce your life span and potentially die from smoking related causes, quite simply, you are ready to quit for your own health and wellbeing.
Just 20 minutes after quitting smoking, your body starts to repair itself, take a look at this timeline:
20 Minutes after you stop smoking
Smoking a cigarette increases your heart rate and blood pressure, that will be the 7000 chemicals you have taken into your body in a single cigarette.
Just 20 minutes after that cigarette your blood pressure and heart rate begin to turn to normal.
8 hours after you stop smoking
The Carbon Monoxide (the highly toxic gas we have alarms for in our homes to alert us if it is present in our environment) that is present in your blood stream from the cigarette lowering the amount of oxygen in your bodily tissue starts to reduce, allowing your oxygen levels to return to a more normal level.
24 hours after you stop smoking
Congratulations, you have already decreased your risk of a heart attack. Your veins and arteries are constricting less and your oxygen levels are remaining stable.
You have also allowed the nicotine levels in your bloodstream to significantly reduce.
48 hours after you stop smoking
Your previously damaged nerve endings start to re grow and your olfactory senses start to return, you may notice you already have an improved sense of taste and smell.
72 hours after you stop smoking
The bronchial tubes in your lungs have started to relax and open more, you will notice that you are starting to breathe more easily. Your lung capacity is also starting to increase.
One Week after you stop smoking
Smokers who make it to the one week milestone are 9 times more likely to quit. You have made a huge impact on your health and wellbeing in just one week. If you can make it to a week you can make it all the way.
2 weeks after you stop smoking
You have much improved circulation and oxygenation. Have you noticed how much easier it is to climb the stairs, run after the kids or the dog, go out for a walk or even a run? You may notice that you have less congestion in your sinuses and generally are breathing much better.
1 month after you stop smoking
The fibres that keep your lungs healthy are beginning to grow back. Along with your daily improvement in lung capacity, reduced sinus congestion, and increased energy levels you are feeling incredible.
3 months after you stop smoking
For women improved fertility can be noticed within 3 months of quitting smoking, early night anyone?
Walking long distances and exercising is becoming s much easier and you feel a desire to be more active.
6 months after you stop smoking
Have you noticed that you have managed 6 months, stressful events and life's challenges without a cigarette? You are not missing coughing up mucus and phlegm.
Your airways are less inflamed from the reduction of the 7000 chemicals per cigarette that you have not smoked in the last 6 months.
1 year after you stop smoking
There has been a dramatic improvement in your lung capacity and functioning,
You are breathing easier and coughing less. Your bank balance is looking amazing. If you smoked 20 cigarettes a day you have saved around £1950.
3 years after you stop smoking
Your heart attack rate has reduced to that of a non smoker.
5 years after you stop smoking
The risk of developing diabetes has reduced to the same as a non smoker. The risk of having a stroke is now also the same as a non smoker as a result of less sticky blood injected with smoke moving around your arteries. If you smoked 20 a day you have saved approx £9750
10 years after you stop smoking
Your risk of dying from lung cancer is now the same as a non smoker. Your cells that were previously pre cancerous are healthy cells. Your risk of developing other cancers including mouth, throat, liver and kidneys has also significantly reduced.
Smoking cessation with me is £150. The cost of around 14 packets of cigarettes, 2 weeks worth if you smoke 20 a day, but could save you losing 10 years of your life and offer multiple other health benefits.
Are you ready to quit? or
Are you dying for a cigarette?
Call or email me for a free consultation.