Smoking and other addictions

We all have emotional needs that need to be met, for example a connection with others and the world around us, safety and security, fun and a sense of achievement, control and meaning in our lives.

Smoking and other addictions can meet some of those emotional needs. This may seem like an odd idea, that a problem you are trying to solve is meeting an emotional need, but this is often what happens which can make quitting seem more difficult. The craving can become a habit in itself and it can be hard to see a way out.

We have all seen the group of smokers standing outside (under a shelter if it’s raining) having a smoke and a natter. What emotional needs are they meeting? Community, friendship, a sense of belonging? Imagine you were one of them and then you quit. What are you going to do instead?

Quite often we don’t think about what we are going to do to replace the habit we don’t want anymore. The addiction can feel as though it is part of our identity.

In research carried out by Professor Richard Wiseman involving 5000 participants there were five tools found to significantly increase chances of people achieving success with goals they had.

1. to have a clear step by step plan

2. to tell friends and family about their goals

3. to focus on the positives/benefits associated with achieving their goals

4. to have rewards in place for each sub-goal (often small rewards that were looked forward to)

5. to make plans, progress, benefits and rewards as concrete as possible - expressing these in writing

I will take you through the 5 steps, helping you discover what purpose your addiction is serving and how you can replace it with something healthy. You will discover how to nurture yourself in other ways. Hypnosis is a very effective way of embedding these new desired behaviours.

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