The simple answer is yes it can. Let’s explain why.
To realise how and why, you’ve really got to turn the way you see withdrawal symptoms upside-down.
The common belief is that ‘withdrawal symptoms’ are caused by the body longing for a chemical to which it’s addicted. This isn’t the case with smoking.
You smoke because you psychologically get something out of it…
That last sentence was important enough to say it again… You smoke because you psychologically get something out of it…
Whether it’s to get away from work, or the kids for ten minutes, or to relieve boredom, whatever…. you do it for a reason. Smoking means something to you.
Imagine someone having their car stolen. How do they feel?… Angry? Irritable? Wound up? Depressed? Stressed? Longing to have it back?
Why? Because they’ve lost something that meant a lot to them, and got nothing in return.
Smoking is the same… you do it for a reason… it makes you feel like you’ve taken time for yourself, it makes you feel a little bit better… you do it for a reason… you get something out of it.
Now, if you just consciously decide to stop smoking by willpower alone, you’re deliberately depriving yourself… and your subconscious doesn’t like it that way… so it tries to make to smoke again, by making you realise that something’s missing.
Look back again at how the chap who’s had his car stolen feels… Angry? Irritable? Wound up? Depressed? Stressed? Longing to have it back? – If you’ve tried to stop smoking by willpower alone and have had ‘withdrawal symptoms‘ , then these feelings probably sound familiar.
What’s happened is that you had consciously decided to stop smoking, and those withdrawal symptoms are just the subconscious mind letting you know something’s missing. In psychological terms it’s known as ‘cognitive dissonance’.
If your subconscious mind knows right from the start that it’s ok to stop smoking, it doesn’t need to remind you that something’s missing… and the withdrawal symptoms simply don’t happen!
That’s how hypnotherapy can help you stop smoking with no ‘withdrawal symptoms’.