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Quit Smoking

Why Am I Addicted to Smoking? and How Can Hypnotherapy Help Me Quit Smoking!

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Addiction happens when someone compulsively engages in behaviour such as smoking. This is when you’re craving for a substance or a behaviour that comes from an emotional or psychological desire. Your brain is so powerful that it can produce physical symptoms like withdrawal, including cravings, irritability and insomnia. Even when bad side effects kick in and people feel like they’re losing control, addicts can’t stop smoking.

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What Are the Symptoms of Smoking Addiction?

You may experience a range of symptoms and they will vary from one person to another. Below is a range of symptoms that you may experience that will cause you to want to smoke. These symptoms keep you smoking just to cope.

Emotional Signs of a Smoking Addiction May Include

  • Angry
  • Sad
  • Anxious
  • Guilt
  • Resentment
  • Resentment
  • Shame
  • Useless
  • Not good enough
  • Worthless
  • Unlovable
  • Lost
  • Helpless
  • Trapped
  • Confused
  • Lonely
  • Isolated
  • Failure
  • Exhausted
  • Hopeless
  • Numb
  • Empty

Other Signs of a Smoking Addiction May Include

  • Seeing changes in eating habits, sleeping habits, or weight.
  • Feeling sick or shaky when trying to quit.
  • You’ve been unsuccessful in trying to quit.
  • It’s a way to forget your problems or to try to relax.

Symptoms of Withdrawal from Smoking May Include

The symptoms of withdrawal will include all or some of what is listed in the above section “What Are the Symptoms of Smoking Addiction?” but the intensity will be greater than when engaging in the smoking addiction which eases these withdrawal symptoms. Which is driving them to take up the smoking addiction again, which is why it’s so hard for them to quit smoking!

What Are the Complications of Smoking?

Dangerous Chemicals in Tobacco Smoke

Tar

Is the word for the solid particles suspended in tobacco smoke. The particles contain chemicals, including cancer-causing substances (carcinogens). Tar is sticky and brown and stains teeth, fingernails, and lung tissue.

Carbon Monoxide

Is a poisonous gas. It is odourless and colourless and, in large doses, quickly causes death because it takes the place of oxygen in the blood. In people who smoke, the carbon monoxide in their blood makes it harder for oxygen to get to their organs and muscles.

Oxidising Chemicals

Are highly reactive chemicals that can damage the heart muscles and blood vessels of people who smoke. They react with cholesterol, leading to the build-up of fatty material on artery walls. This leads to heart disease, stroke, and blood vessel disease.

Metals

Tobacco smoke contains several metals that cause cancer, including arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, lead and nickel.

Radioactive Compounds

Tobacco smoke contains radioactive compounds that are known to be carcinogenic.

Effects of Smoking Tobacco on the Body

Effects of Smoking on the Respiratory System

  • Irritation of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box).
  • Reduced lung function and breathlessness due to swelling and narrowing of the lung airways and excess mucus in the lung passages.
  • Impairment of the lungs clearance system, leading to the build-up of poisonous substances, which results in lung irritation and damage.
  • Increased risk of lung infection and symptoms such as coughing and wheezing.
  • Permanent damage to the air sacs of the lungs.

Effects of Smoking on the Circulatory System

  • Raised blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Constriction (tightening) of blood vessels in the skin, resulting in a drop in skin temperature.
  • Less oxygen is carried by the blood during exercise.
  • Stickier blood, which is more prone to clotting.
  • Damage to the lining of the arteries, which is thought to be a contributing factor to atherosclerosis (the build-up of fatty deposits on the artery walls).
  • Reduced blood flow to extremities (fingers and toes).
  • Increased risk of stroke and heart attack due to blockages of the blood supply.

Effects of Smoking on the Immune System

  • Greater susceptibility to infections such as pneumonia and influenza.
  • More severe and longer-lasting illnesses.
  • Lower levels of protective antioxidants (such as vitamin C), in the blood.

Effects of Smoking on the Musculoskeletal System

  • Tightening of certain muscles.
  • Reduced bone density.

Effects of Smoking on Sexual Organs

Male
  • Lower sperm count.
  • Higher percentage of deformed sperm.
  • Genetic damage to sperm.
  • Impotence, which may be due to the effects of smoking on blood flow and damage to the blood vessels of the penis.
Female
  • Reduced fertility, menstrual cycle irregularities, or absence of menstruation.
  • Menopause reached one or two years earlier.
  • Increased risk of cancer of the cervix.
  • A person who smokes is aged over 35 years and taking the oral contraceptive pill has a greatly increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

Other Effects of Smoking on the Body

  • Irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
  • Increased risk of painful ulcers along the digestive tract.
  • Reduced ability to smell and taste.
  • Premature wrinkling of the skin.
  • Higher risk of blindness.
  • Gum disease (periodontitis).

Effects of Smoking on Babies

  • Increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.
  • Weaker lungs.
  • Low birth weight, which may have a lasting effect of the growth and development of children.
  • Low birth weight is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes in adulthood.
  • Increased risk of cleft palate and cleft lip.
  • Increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Passive smoking (exposure of the non-smoking mother to second-hand smoke) can also harm the fetus.

If a parent continues to smoke during their baby’s first year of life, the child has an increased risk of ear infections, respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and bronchitis, sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) and meningococcal disease.

Diseases Caused by Long-Term Smoking

A person who smokes throughout their life is at high risk of developing a range of potentially lethal diseases, including:

  • Cancer of the lung, mouth, nose, larynx, tongue, nasal sinus, oesophagus, throat, pancreas, bone marrow (myeloid leukaemia), kidney, cervix, ovary, ureter, liver, bladder, bowel and stomach.
  • Lung diseases such as chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes obstructive bronchiolitis and emphysema.
  • Heart disease and stroke.
  • Ulcers of the digestive system.
  • Osteoporosis and hip fracture.
  • Poor blood circulation in feet and hands, which can lead to pain and, in severe cases, gangrene and amputation.
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis.

Current Statistics

  • In 2014/2015, one in seven (14%) Australians aged 15 years and over smoked daily, with an additional 2% smoking irregularly. This represents 2.5 million Australians who smoke daily, with more than 200,000 smoking irregularly
  • Three in ten (30%) Australians reported ex-smokers, with over half having never smoked (55%).

Smoking by Gender

  • In 2014/15, Australian males aged 15 and over were more likely to smoke than females
  • More than 1.6 million Australian males aged 15 and over smoked, 90% of which smoked daily. More than 1.2 million Australian females aged 15 and over smoked, 91% of which smoked daily.

Testimonials

Quit Smoking

Very effective treatment and amazing results!!! This has been the only thing that has helped my boyfriend to quit smoking! We can't thank you enough Rodney!

Steven Nelson and Adriana.

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Quit Smoking - Cold Turkey to Patches and Finally the Solution

After trying everything to quite cigarettes, from cold turkey to patches, I scoured through the internet to find another means to give up.

I hen found Synergy Hypnotherapy website, and while somewhat skeptical, I decided to contact Rodney.

At first, I did not know what to think or expect from hypnotherapy. However I was willing to try anything to give up this habit that I would use unconsciously fall back on when anxious, stressed, upset, etc..

To my surprise, and to the surprise of everyone I knew, I left that hypno session as a non-smoker. Rodney worked miracles, peeling back the layers to find the source of my reason to smoke.

I remembered everything about the session, I was aware of what he was doing, however it was obviously that I needed that push.

I strongly recommend Rodney and Synergy Hypnotherapy to anyone looking to give up cigarettes.

Sam 28 year old Manager

Sam 28 year old Manager

Quit Smoking after 20 Years

Having been a smoker for 20 years and trying every method of quitting under the sun, my last hope was hypnotherapy. I was skeptical yet desperate, and so my google search led me to Synergy.

I made my appointment for a week later and smoked as much as I could in that week as the fear and anxiety of not smoking escalated. After my session with Rodney, I walked out of there and amazingly I did not smoke! One hour turned into 2 hours, then into days, then weeks and then months! I had never gone more than a plane trip without a smoke so for me it was a miracle. The urge to smoke had gone!

I relapsed after 3 months and Rodney offered me another session free of charge. Since that session I have not smoked and no that I never will again.

I will be going to treat an existing anxiety problem soon.

Thankyou Rodney for helping me re-gain my life.

Ben

Ben Ash Finance

How Do You Develop a Smoking Addiction?

There are many reasons why a smoking addiction begins. In the case of smoking, this affects the way you feel, both physically and mentally. These feelings can be enjoyable and create a powerful urge to smoke again.

Being addicted to smoking means that smoking will cause withdrawal symptoms or increased stress levels if you try to quit smoking. Because this can be unpleasant, it’s easier to carry on smoking, and so the cycle continues.

At the heart smoking addiction is a desire to avoid something unpleasant and escape or at least feel better or relax by engaging in the smoking. The relaxation or enjoyable feelings of a smoking addiction are real.

Below is a list of some things that may cause a person to develop a smoking addiction. Also, all the things listed in “What Are the Symptoms of Smoking Addiction?” above can cause someone to develop a smoking addiction.

  • Genes ‒ you may be biologically prone to addiction.
  • Environmental factors, such as being brought up by someone with a smoking addiction.
  • A desire to relax.
  • A desire to block out difficult issues.
  • Trauma or stress.
  • Pressure at work.
  • Fit in socially.

So Let’s break it down even more I will explain in more detail. A person with a smoking addiction will feel angry, anxious, sad, not good enough, worthless etc then they will smoke. They then go into a meditative trance where they zone out and relax. So they relax when they smoke unlike people doing drugs or alcohol they actually feel better.

So they relax and feel better so they escape everything that is causing them pain. This is the heart of a smoking addiction it’s all about escaping emotional, psychological pain they may be experiencing and feel better.

However, it’s not that simple. We store our emotions in our body and we anchor them to our memories. So over time as you have more and more memories or experiences of smoking the more you store these emotions in your body anchored to those memories and you accumulate them.

So imagine emotions are not on or off they are on a scale of say 1–10 so when you’re young your anxiety level is low say a 1 and as you get older and accumulate more memories of anxiety that level goes up to say 3, 6, 7 etc till it reaches a point where you really feel it. You will be at this level 24 hours a day 7 days a week; It might fluctuate around this level but not by much.

So as you smoke your anchoring those negative emotions you’re trying to escape to the smoking addiction and your storing these emotions in your body anchored to those memories, and it builds up overtime.

As you are building up the negative emotions that trigger you into wanting to smoke, you’re also anchoring positive emotions (relaxing and feeling good) to the act of smoking and over time this will also build up making the smoking addiction stronger and it will take much more effort to quit smoking.

If you try to quit, you will have these intense negative emotions (anxiety, anger, boredom, sadness etc) really driving you to smoke and on the other side you will have really intense positive feeling (relaxing and feeling good) trying to lure you into smoking. It is really difficult to quit smoking and the statistics on quitting bear this out.

Treatments for Smoking Addiction

  • see your doctor.
  • Counselling.
  • Nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Cold turkey.
  • Gradually cutting down.
  • Prescription medications.

How Can Hypnotherapy Help You Quit Smoking?

Hypnotherapy that is designed to work with emotions and eliminate emotions is very effective in quitting smoking.

However, most hypnotherapy approaches don’t work to quit smoking addiction in this way most hypnotherapists work by introducing suggestions into your subconscious mind to change your thoughts and hence your behaviours, so it can work great with behaviour problems but not emotions. Unfortunately, most hypnotherapists are taught this behavioural suggestion type of hypnosis.

So this behavioural hypnotherapy can work to help people quit smoking it usually requires several sessions and sometimes it doesn’t work. Also, there can be a side effect of quitting via this method. I have seen lots of clients who actually went to a behavioural hypnotherapist and it worked they no longer smoked, unfortunately the reason why they smoked was because they would feel anxious, angry, sad, bored etc and they would smoke but now the behavioural hypnotherapist has taken smoking away as a behaviour so what do they do?

Well, they will substitute with another behaviour and normally they will turn to junk food and start snacking on this junk to make them self feel better and put on weight. This is usually when I would get to work with them for weight loss and I would have to explain why they put on the weight in the first place was because the behavioural hypnotherapist didn’t deal with the real reason for the smoking which are all the emotional triggers (anxiety, anger, sadness, boredom, etc).

Fortunately, I am trained in how to work with emotions, more importantly how to remove them, and the key to quitting smoking.

I have been working with clients for years helping them quit smoking by using hypnotherapy and other neuro-hypnotic re-patterning techniques.

This is achieved by removing or disconnecting the emotions from your memories; Remember your emotions are stored in your body anchored to your memories. So using these techniques, we can make your memories emotionless.

So we will remove all emotions that trigger you into wanting to smoke like anxiety, anger, sad, worthless, etc. We also remove the craving feeling that draws you into wanting to smoke so even if you thought about smoking you just cannot get that old feeling of wanting to do it.

At the end of my hypnotherapy sessions as a test I get the client to go back to all their bad memories and try to get any old emotions associated with them back, but hey cannot get any emotion associated with these memories, they just feel blank or neutral. I also will get them to test a variety of contexts in their life such as work, self, relationships, future, etc. But all of these different contexts and memories are the same they just feel blank or neutral.

Finally, I will get them to go back to all the times they can remember smoking and they won’t be able to get any of the old emotions, physical sensations from those memories, even if they try to get the old craving feeling back of wanting to smoke they can’t.

So at the end of the session these clients have quit smoking.

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