I came to Morpheus to quit smoking, and I haven’t had a cigarette since—all because my hypnotherapist dealt with all the deepest reasons why I was smoking. He not only had me open up a dialogue with the part of me that enjoys smoking and integrated it with the rest of me, but he thoroughly addressed the stresses in my life that were driving me to smoke. Not only have I quit smoking, but I feel much less stressed! I feel way better than I have in years—like a huge weight I didn’t know was there has been lifted off my chest. And this major change took place in a single, two-hour session with him. Thanks!*
— D.K. (Producer, Toronto)
It’s Time to Break Free of Smoking or Vaping and Get Your Life Back
Hypnotherapy is a safe, easy, non-pharmacological way of quitting smoking or vaping. And it works! According to a study by the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, the success rate for hypnotized individuals in the study is 91%. Other studies comparing hypnosis with nicotine replacement therapy shows that the hypnotized group had a higher success rate than the group still using nicotine. Why? Because hypnotherapy recognises that smoking behaviour isn’t merely a biochemical dependency—it stems from thoughts, habits and beliefs. Hypnotherapy helps you get to the root of your desire to smoke (thinking like a smoker, rather than a non-smoker) and change it to a desire to become healthy, empowered and free.
Hypnosis: Your Key to a Healthy, Smoke-Free Lifestyle
All of your thoughts and actions are governed by two aspects of your brain: your conscious and your unconscious minds. Consciously, you don’t want to be a smoker. You know it can cause severe disease and premature death. You hate the stained teeth and fingernails, the bad breath, the dulled sense of smell and taste and the perpetual odour that comes along with the habit—not to mention the money you spend with every pack. Unfortunately, your unconscious mind holds ideas and beliefs too. And it is these ideas—which you may not be aware of—that perpetuate your desire to smoke.
Whenever there’s a conflict between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind, the unconscious mind almost always wins. For most people, emotion is more compelling than logic. That’s why we have to change your unconscious mind—your emotional associations with cigarettes, your daily rituals and habits, your sense of pride and empowerment—in order to quit smoking.
Physical withdrawal symptoms last only about a week. It goes to follow that if you are able to go without a cigarette for a week, your cravings should be gone forever. Of course, the reality is that it doesn’t usually work like that. That’s where nicotine replacement therapy fails: it operates on the principle that the solution is “outside” of you and therefore you can be cured with a chemical. However, hypnotherapy acknowledges the fact that your smoking is due to thoughts and experiences deeply rooted in your unconscious, and acts accordingly to free you from your dependence. You have the innate ability to become a non-smoker free of cravings—and hypnotherapy is the tool you need to access this ability.
Each session begins with your hypnotherapist inducing a state of deep relaxation. This opens your mind to beneficial suggestions and allows access to your unconscious, preparing you to receive suggestions for a new, smoke-free life. Your hypnotherapist will be able to identify deeper reasons why you smoke and the experiences and beliefs linked to them. Some of this information may come as a surprise to you. Your hypnotherapist will address these unconscious motives and, through the use of positive, motivational suggestions, invoke new ideas that support a healthy, smoke-free lifestyle. You were born a non-smoker, and as you reconnect with your former mindset, you will discover that your desire for cigarettes fades into the past.
We Understand Your Concerns
Many people are afraid to stop smoking because of the side effects of other stop-smoking methods. With hypnotherapy, these side effects are minimized or directly addressed. If any of these reasons are stopping you from becoming a non-smoker, hypnosis can help:
“Won’t I gain weight?”
This only happens if you’ve been smoking for comfort or as a coping mechanism. We’ll examine these deeper reasons for your habit, which means that you won’t be left with a void that could be potentially filled with food.
“How will I cope in social situations when I’m surrounded by smokers?”
Like any non-smoker, your first instinctive response will be, “No, thank you.” Hypnotherapy can’t take away your decision to smoke, but it can open up the choice to reject cigarettes, a choice that had not been easy before.
“How will I combat stress and anxiety without cigarettes?”
Your hypnotherapist will show you easy relaxation methods that can allow you to confront any situation calmly and rationally, the way that all your non-smoking friends and colleagues do.
No matter your specific concerns, we can address them directly with hypnotherapy.
Our Stop Smoking Sessions Pay for Themselves
In most cases, two sessions are all that our clients require to stop smoking and commit to a smoke-free future. This costs what most smokers spend on cigarettes in just one or months—which means all the money you save after that time goes directly into your pocket. In some cases, additional sessions will be helpful (but not necessary) to manage stress and to normalize the kinds of coping mechanisms that non-smokers have.
This investment will save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. And that’s just the monetary savings—you cannot put a price on your life, but you can choose an affordable stop-smoking program that will dramatically improve your health.
Scientific Studies Have Demonstrated the Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy for Smoking Cessation
Below, we’ve summarized some of the scientific research on how hypnosis can help you to stop smoking.
“We found that hypnotic aversion suggestions trigger brain regions related to aversion. […] Data collected from the follow-up time points demonstrated that the number of cigarettes smoked per day at 1 week and 1 month following hypnosis decreased, suggesting that a single hypnosis session can reduce the craving to smoke for at least 1 month in participants who are highly sensitive to hypnosis.”
Brain Imaging and Behaviour, published 2019
Is Hypnosis Right for You? If You’re Serious About Stopping Smoking or Vaping, Take the Next Step Forward
If all of this sounds good to you, call 416-556-4068 (Toronto) or 1-888-HYPNO-24 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and a Client Care Coordinator will be happy to schedule the first out of your two sessions.
If you aren’t ready to make the leap yet, ask for a free initial consultation either online through video conferencing or at our office to discover how hypnosis can work for you. This one-hour meeting allows us to figure out how we can help you, and it lets you understand our practices and principles a little better, so that you can make an informed decision. If scheduling is difficult for you, completing our self-directed consultation and requesting a custom treatment plan is another way to start. Otherwise, complete the form below and we’ll get back to you with our next availabilities.
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* The ideal results described on this site, including testimonials, represent the outcome of an ideal client. Your results might be different, and will depend on your hypnotic suggestibility, motivation to change, past history, and many other factors that are not in our control. In addition, our work as hypnotherapists is not medical care, psychotherapy or psychological advice.