How Do Celebrities Quit Smoking?
Written by - Hannah Simmons
What does Matt Damon, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Charlize
Theron, and Ellen DeGeneras all have in common? They quit
smoking using hypnotherapy. Celebrities have discovered the
effective results of hypnotherapy and have used it to conquer their
own smoking habits.
When hypnotherapy is mentioned as a way to quit smoking, it is
often met with skepticism. However, due to numerous scientific
studies and hypnotherapy becoming a legitimate and increasingly
popular form of quitting smoking, it has been proven to have a
higher success rate in achieving your smoke-free life than
conventional stop smoking aids such as nicotine replacement
therapy like the nicotine patch or electronic cigarettes.
Researchers at the University of Iowa combined more than 600
studies of smoking cessation programs involving 72,000 people
from North America and Europe. Hypnosis was found to be over 3
times more effective than nicotine replacement therapy and 15
times more effective than quitting cold turkey.
A comparison study of smoking cessation treatments was
conducted by North Shore Medical Center and Massachusetts
General Hospital. 26 weeks after discharge, 50% of patients who
received hypnotherapy exclusively were non-smokers compared to
the 25% of patients who didn’t and only 16% of patients who used
nicotine replacement therapy alone.
Types of Addiction
Smoking addiction if a combination of two types of addiction. There’
s the physical addiction, then there is the mental, or psychological
addiction. Although nicotine addiction is considered one of the
strongest addictions, even more addictive than cocaine, the good
news is that the physical side of things doesn’t last very long. In
fact, some believe that you will lose the physical cravings for
nicotine in as little as 3 days.
The real struggle for smokers is overcoming the mental addiction.
The smoker has essentially trained their subconscious mind to
make smoking an “automatic” behavior. These are the habits and
rituals that a smoker has developed over the years such as
smoking when they wake up, just before they go to sleep, after they
eat, when they drive, when they drink coffee or alcohol, and so on.
How Hypnotherapy Helps You Quit
So what will hypnotherapy do? Rather than just treating the
physical urges that are part of your smoking habit, hypnotherapy
targets the subconscious drive behind the addiction, and breaks
the positive associations with cigarettes that the mind has formed.
This is replaced by an empowering, smoke-free perspective the
hypnotist offers through verbal suggestions that deem smoking as
something undesirable – or unnecessary – to do. Gradually, these
suggestions take hold and diminish the smoker’s impulse to smoke.
Furthermore, hypnotherapy is considered to be a far more safe
and natural method to quit smoking with and is non-habit forming.
This cannot be said about most of the stop smoking aids we
currently have on the market.
But going to a hypnotist can be expensive. As much as $200 per
one hour session, and requiring as many as 5 sessions for the
entire treatment. If you’re a celebrity like the ones mentioned
earlier, then this isn’t a problem. But can the average smoker afford
to go to a hypnotherapist? Well, that question is left to the
individual, but consider that a pack a day smoker will spend in
excess of $2000 a year on cigarettes, not even including the
increased cost of life and health insurance, and doesn’t include the
drastic cut in your ability to earn.
18 Comments Comments are closed
Carl G.Feb 12, 2014
Quitting smoking is SO HARD – I’ve been smoking since I was 14
years old. My wife and kids can’t stand it and my smoking gives my
wife headaches. She’s pregnant right now and I’ve been trying to
quit for her and the new baby coming our way. Finally tried
hypnotherapy after seeing stuff about it online and doing all the
other quit smoking methods and I’ve been smoke-free for a few
months now. It gets easier the more I listen to the CD.
Jim J.Feb 12, 2014
Are people really quitting smoking with hypnotherapy? Seems
difficult to believe just listening to someone telling you smoking is
bad for you is simply going to work.
Marco S. Feb 12, 2014
I suffered chronic bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory
problems due to smoking for so long. I’ve tried e-cigs and patches
repeatedly and they never stuck. My doc told me I was heading for
lunch cancer if I wasn’t able to quit so hypnotherapy was a last
resort. I didn’t believe it would work for the same reason you said,
Jim. So I am amazed right now that it’s actually keeping me off the
cigarettes. I’ve only been off cigs for 3 months, but the urge to
smoke is definitely not as strong as it used to be.
Zadie S. Feb 13, 2014
Me too. I’ve tried patches, meds, e-cigs, and all of them were a
hassle to deal with and eventually cost more than they were worth. I’
m looking for a cheaper alternative that ACTUALLY works. Don’t
think that is likely, but I want to check out CD. It’s free and I’m willing
to have a go at it. Seems less of a hassle too.
Mae J Feb 14, 2014
I, for one, can’t deal with patches. Maybe I’m overly sensitive, but
patches constantly made me nauseated and e-cigs always tasted
funny to me – and I felt like I looked silly smoking them. A friend
sent me this link the other day and I just ordered my CD. Crossing
Lizz E. Feb 14, 2014
I’ve tried hypnotherapy and it worked for me! My cravings for
nicotine always won...I’m not into patches or e-cigs so going cold
turkey was my go-to method. Cold turkey is BRUTAL though. Just
tried hypnotherapy randomly and the biggest difference I see is
that my cravings and urge to smoke a cigarette is much less than
while I was a smoker. I consider that a miracle. I feel more in control.
Lori F.. Feb 15, 2014
Hypnotherapy helped with my cigarette addiction. I listen to it every
night and have been slowly weaning off the habit. I used to feel like
I NEEDED to smoke, but it now feels more and more like an option I
can push aside. Not only that, I have saved SO MUCH money from
not having to buy more cigarettes. It’s only now that I’m on my way
to quit smoking that I realized how much money I drained keeping
up the habit.
Marcie A. Feb 16, 2014
I’ve tried to quit smoking at least a dozen times and I’ve always
relapsed. It helps with my anxiety the most. Quitting is just so hard,
and honestly, I sometimes don’t even want to quit.
Josh M. Feb 16, 2014
I hear you. Whenever I try to quit my anxiety rages back and I gain
weight. It’s like I have to choose a lesser evil –destroy my lungs or
be a chubby basketcase? I’m at my wit’s end. I’m going to try
hypnotherapy out even if it does sound too good to be true.
Josh M. Feb 18, 2014
My doc said lung cancer can be a very real scenario for me if I didn’
t quit soon – they are in such bad shape. That scared me straight.
It’s my wake up call. I always heard about lung cancer being related
to smoking, but never really accepted it. Smoking just felt too good
to give up. I can’t afford to think like that anymore and I feel like I
need a mental/attitude change for quitting the habit to be
successful. I’m hoping hypnotherapy will work.
Marla T. Feb 18, 2014
Hypnotherapy has helped be kill a habit that was about to kill me.
Really. I obviously can’t speak for everyone who has tried it, but
after going through surgery to remove cancerous growth in my
lungs, I was willing to try anything to help me quit. I haven’t had a
cigarette for a year and half and I hope hypnotherapy can keep this
Grace H.. Feb 18, 2014
Wow, I’m sorry to hear that. If hypnotherapy is working for you thus
far, keep using it. I wish you the best.
Randy F. Feb 22, 2014
My family and friends are almost all non-smokers and hanging out
with them usually means them jokingly, and not-so-jokingly tell me
to quit smoking ALL the time. I can tell they really dislike having to
breathe any second-hand smoke (even though I try to be
considerate and smoke outside whenever possible). My willpower to
quit was always weak and brief, though. My wife suggested
hypnotherapy because she has a friend who does that for her
anxiety issues and even though I laughed at the suggestion at first,
I tried it out. I’m amazed to say it does work! At least for me it does.
I no longer need to smoke or feel weak-willed about it. My wife is
loving it and so are the rest of my family and friends.
Greg P. Feb 23, 2014
That’s awesome, Randy! My wife also really hates my smoking
habit and my kids like to hide my cigarette packs when I come home
from work. I keep promising to quit, but never successfully have
been able to do it. Makes me feel really guilty. I’m skeptical about
hypnotherapy, but seeing how there seems to be a few people that
had success with it, I’m willing to give it a try.
Randy F. Feb 23, 2014
You should, Greg. I don’t know if it differs from person to person,
but it really made a difference to how much control I feel now over
choosing not to smoke. I hope you get the same success as I did!
Cynthia R. Feb 25, 2014
Hypnotherapy is the one-stop quit smoking therapy you will ever
need. It works. Period. I wish I knew about this before I went through
all the other quit smoking junk that’s on the market. Would have
saved me a whole lot of time, money, and side effects. I can’t
recommend it enough.
Amy C. Feb 26, 2014
Hmm...really? I’m really sick and tired of other stop smoking aids
too. I’m pretty convinced there isn’t anything out there that can
really make you quit smoking...at least for me. Maybe I’ll try this. At
least it’s free.
Cynthia R. Feb 26, 2014
Amy, seriously, just try it. Wouldn’t hurt to try. Your health, wallet,
clothes, and house might thank you for it. Mine did. Being free from
nicotine dependency is something I wouldn’t trade for anything else
in this world...well, most things. ;)