Is Hypnosis Effective for Stop Smoking? By http://2stopsmokingtips.com
Introduction• For some years now, hypnosis has been employed for resolving life issues such as obesity, drug and alcohol addiction, pain and stress management, grief resolution, cigarette smoking and so many others. For some years now, hypnosis has been employed for resolving life issues such as obesity, drug and alcohol addiction, pain and stress management, grief resolution, cigarette smoking and so many others.
Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis• Of a truth, many studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of hypnosis for smoking cessation; we shall examine a few of them below:• An October 1992 study listed hypnosis as the most effective way to stop smoking. Said to be the largest study ever scientific comparison of methods of kicking the habit, the research team (Frank Schmidt and research student, Chockalingam Viswesvaran of the University of Iowa) were on a mission to determine the most potent way to quit smoking.
Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis(2)• To achieve their objective, the team used a meta-analysis, employing the results of more than 600 studies totaling nearly 72,000 people. The results, which were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and included 48 studies of hypnosis covering 6000 smokers, clearly gave hypnosis the pass mark, claiming it was three times more effective than NRT (nicotine replacement therapies) and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.
Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis(3)• In 2001, yet another study gave hypnosis for smoking cessation a 90.6% Success Rate. During the research, hypnotic methods were integrated with a rapid smoking treatment protocol. Of 43 consecutive patients receiving this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years after treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.
Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis(4)• The results of this study (co-ordinated by Joseph Barber of the University of Washington School of Medicine, Departments of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine), was published in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis in July 2001, under the title:Freedom from smoking: integrating hypnotic methods and .
More Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis• Hypnotists who were reveling over the 90.6 success rate study got their bubble burst when another research with a dissenting voice was conducted and published. It stated mater of factly that hypnosis as a stop smoking therapy needs further investigation.• According to the research, which appears in the May,2000 edition of International Journal of Clinical and Experimenta , smokers who want to quit with hypnosis should tread with caution.
More Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis(2)• The researchers (Joseph P. Green, associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University’s Lima campus and Steven Jay Lynn, of the State University of New York at Binghamton) examined 56 studies of hypnosis and quit smoking to ascertain if the investigation empirically supports hypnosis as a treatment.• Even though they concluded that smokers who go through hypnosis had a higher abstinence rate than smokers who had no intervention, it was difficult to ascertain if hypnosis had any benefit above other treatments – such as behavior modification – that were often of appreciable benefit to smokers desirous to quit.
More Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis(3)• While stating that it was premature to approve hypnosis as a well-accepted treatment for smoking cessation, Green noted that often times, hypnosis is combined with other, more all-embracing treatments, and this makes it very difficult to ascertain which individual therapy got the smoker to drop off cigarettes.• He also mentioned non-standardization of hypnotic processes as a huge challenge; “across the studies, hypnosis treatments varied in the types of questions that were asked; the number of treatments each subject underwent; and the inclusion of other smoking-cessation interventions.”
More Studies on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis(4)• While concluding that there is little or practically no reason to believe that hypnosis is any more effective than other approaches to smoking cessation (including but not limited to self-help therapy, taking medication, using nicotine replacement therapies, acupuncture, as well as individual and group counseling), Green says smokers who want to quit should be offered a potpourri of potentially effective treatments and left to make the choice that best suits them.
Yet Another Study on the Effectiveness of Hypnosis• As if that was not enough, a Cochrane Review published October 2010,under the title: Does hypnotherapy help people who are trying to , concluded; “although it is possible that hypnotherapy could be as effective as counselling treatment, there is not enough good evidence to be certain of this. We have not shown that hypnotherapy has a greater effect on six-month quit rates than other interventions or no treatment.”
What Do I Do Now?• Where does all these leave us? What do we do in this age and time when all you see are adverts promising you a one-time success with hypnosis for stop smoking? Just one thing – tread with caution. This is because:• we believe there should be a standardized procedure for hypnosis in treating smoking addiction• we believe hypnosis can only be called an effective way to quit smoking if it can stand alone and not be combined with other comprehensive treatments• we believe will power (which is absent in hypnosis) is highly needed for stop smoking
Conclusion• We can go on and on but the bottom line is; tread with caution when it comes to using hypnosis to quit smoking. We are not saying it is not effective, all we are saying is be careful and do your due diligence before committing to it!!!• Read more about hypnosis to stop smoking in Paul Mckenna’s Book titled Quit Smoking Today without Gaining Weight.
Thanks for Reading!!!• For more incisive articles, please visit: • http://2stopsmokingtips.com