Cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) and hypnosis are natural and safe treatments for quitting smoking. While not always effective for everyone, because of their safety and efficacy, they should be considered the first options when seeking help to quit smoking.
Because I am a psychologist and treat people with this problem, you may view me as self-serving. However, I just viewed the latest television advertisement for the smoking cessation drug, Chantix and it scared the death out of me. Of the 60 seconds of the commercial, the announcer spent 40 or two thirds of the time warning about the side effects of the medication- which could include DEATH! Given the significant and serious side effects this “prescription” drug has, drug therapy should be considered the treatment of last resort ( and it might be for some people!)
In my experience, some people will need and benefit by counseling because “smoking” is just the tip of the iceberg and until they recognize and effectively deal with the multiple sources of the stress in their lives, they will continue to rely on smoking as a coping method. To quit smoking without drugs it is important for individuals to recognize and then change some of their faulty assumptions, such as , ” I NEED to smoke.” ” I’m too old to change.” “It would be too hard.” Learning how to challenge self limiting beliefs is the core of cognitive therapy.
Another natural method to help quit smoking without drugs is through the use of hypnosis. Suggestions are customized to help reduce cravings, increase motivations and provide healthier coping strategies to deal with the core reasons while people smoke. The treatment program is usually between 3-5 sessions.
For those who want to try self-help first or to learn more about treatment options and methods, they can check out my pocket-sized guidebook, “Freedom from Tobacco”, available at the products section of www.cognitivetherapy.cc.