New Year’s Resolution to Quit Smoking? How Hypnotherapy Can Help
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking, but for some people it seems like it’s a resolution that’s made year after year. If you’ve ‘quit’ smoking multiple times now, perhaps you haven’t actually quit at all. Moreover, it isn’t much of a ‘resolution’ if you lack the resolve and willpower to enact real positive change and give up those durries for good.Smoking addiction is powerful, so this isn’t meant to be too harsh on those that still suffer from an addiction to cigarettes. Indeed, cigarette addiction is often compared to addictions of harder narcotics, although cigarettes have less of a social stigma than open narcotics use.If you’re looking to stick to your resolve and make a New Year’s Resolution to give up the smokes this year, hypnotherapy may be an effective method of treatment.
Is the Price a Deterrent?
Firstly, many people believe that the enormously expensive price of cigarettes will drive people to quit. This is not exactly true, although many economists and government agencies employing these economists use what’s called a Pigouvian Tax to determine the optimal price of taxable commodities and goods. This method of determining taxation on cigarettes has many flaws and criticisms, but one thing’s for sure: higher taxes bring more money into government coffers.A packet of 20 cigarettes in Australia is currently (as of 2022) $23.86, which is among the highest prices for cigarettes in the world. The Australian government has been gradually raising the price of cigarettes by 12.5% year over year.Do you know how much of that goes to taxes? A little over $20 goes straight to the government. If you’ve ever picked up a packet of ciggies over in Bali or Thailand, you may have seen them going for virtually nothing and that’s because those governments hardly tax tobacco, if at all, so you’re strictly paying for the product.In brief, the price of cigarettes is not an effective deterrent. Cocaine and other narcotic substances can be extremely expensive, but that isn’t stopping individuals from buying them nor are laws prohibiting their purchase. Giving up cigarettes, however, can be extremely healthy for you (personally) and for your wallet, all things considered.
Methods of Quitting Smoking
There are many tried and (often) true methods of giving up on tobacco, but the effectiveness of one method may vary depending on the individual, their willpower, level of addiction, and many other factors.For instance, nicotine patches and chewing gum have been around for decades and can greatly reduce cravings. They cannot, however, replicate the physical habit of holding that cigarette between your fingers and lighting it up, drawing it near the mouth to take a puff, and so on. These habits are part of the ‘ritual’ so to speak, and it may be tempting to just have a normal cigarette instead of vaping or using a patch from time to time. Before you know it, you’re fully back to being a regular smoker.
How Can Hypnotherapy Get You Off the Durries?
Hypnotherapy is different from traditional treatments for nicotine addiction in that it doesn’t actually provide you with the physical part (like vaping) nor does it supply your body with nicotine (like patches). Instead, it goes directly to the willpower of the individual, often hidden deep in the subconscious.Although hypnotherapy is not guaranteed to resolve smoking addiction (no treatment is), it is non-intrusive and has the potential to help individuals overcome their addiction for good.