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Quitting smoking is a battle that you can overcome

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Stop smoking in one visit? So Anderson hypnotherapist Marge Perry of Inspire Hypnosis told me when I spoke with her a few weeks back on my radio show about her smoking cessation program. I was surprised it could take just one visit to kick such an addictive habit.

There’s one big catch, however.
You have to really want to stop. It can’t be somebody else’s idea. It must truly be something you’re ready to do. If so, hypnosis can make it easier.

To be on the safe side, Perry schedules three visits with a smoking client. The second and third visits address issues that may have led to the smoking habit in the first place; stress, compulsive behavior, lack of self confidence, etc.

Perry’s stop smoking program is just under $600 and comes with extras like post-cessation support and long-term follow-up. Do the numbers: A pack-a-day smoker is spending about $150 a month, half my car payment.

Hypnosis works by addressing the subconscious mind. This is the part of our brain that advertisers hijacked years ago. By repeating ideas, images and patterns we were manipulated to think that the Chevy Citation was worth owning.

Hypnotherapy simply aims to reprogram patterns of behavior and belief. There is much more that hypnotherapy can do beyond helping you stop smoking, Perry says. It’s known to help relieve irrational fears, phobias, past emotional and physical traumas.

If you’re worried that you leave yourself vulnerable to some type of alien programming body takeover, it won’t happen. With hypnosis you only succumb to what you want to do: You’re totally in control at all times, says Perry. Forget all that movie hypnosis stuff.

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