How I Stopped Smoking with Hypnosis

No longer am I a slave to cigarettes, nor do I spend my “spare money” on expensive cigarettes or feel ashamed about stinking as I flit around Portland with my friends. Many years ago I was hypnotized and was able to quit smoking. Now I am one of those proud, obnoxious, ex-smokers who make friends smoke outside the house.

The biggest problem I had with smoking was the modeling I was providing for my children. Stopping smoking was a thundering message in itself to my children about my values and taking action to make caring for myself a priority! It wouldn’t matter what I said or did, if I continued to suck on a cigarette, the message would be that smoking is acceptable. Portland is a great place to raise healthy children and I didn’t want mine watching their parent participating in harmful behavior which ran contraire to my espoused views living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of oneself. Sucking up poisonous gases was not something I wanted to show my children was okay. Nor is it okay to mistreat ourselves. Addressing hard problems? Tackling a tough addiction? Not giving up? You bet! Let’s show the kids that this is how we roll!

Because I was finally successful, (I haven’t smoked for 15 years) I wanted to learn why and how hypnosis works and have considered for sometime learning to hypnotize and help others. My friends knew I had used hypnosis to quit smoking and began being interested in hypnotherapy also. But when they asked me what, exactly, a hypnotherapist does, if hypnosis works and, if so, (eye brows raised) how, I was unable to provide concrete answers. I know it works because hypnosis worked for me and I have spoken with countless co-workers and others, who have used hypnotherapy to quit smoking, lose weight and deal better with anxiety and more.

Being a critical thinker, I wanted solid information. From Wikipedia (September 20, 2011) I learned…

The U.S. (Department of Labor) Directory of Occupational Titles (D.O.T. 079.157.010) supplies the following definition:

Hypnotherapist –

  • Induces hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter
    behavior pattern through hypnosis.
  • Consults with client to determine the nature of problem.
    Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how
    hypnosis works and what client will experience.
  • Tests subject to determine degrees of physical and emotional
  • Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and
    techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and
    analysis of client’s problem.
  • May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning.

The more I learned the more I wanted to learn! Last summer I impulsively and enthusiastically bought 5 books on hypnosis from a local and independently owned bookstore named after a prominent street in SW Portland. (Starts with a P) One of the things I am excited about is the ability to help folks with problems without using drugs, and a method that works fairly quickly. After lots of summer barbeques, raft trips and a couple of home improvement projects, sadly I must report that by September, on my mighty quest to learn hypnosis, I had read grand total of exactly 56 pages of one lone book. Clearly my path to learning how to hypnotize others was not to be a self directed one. But I really wanted to learn to help folks.

At this point I signed up for a class to learn how to hypnotize others to help them quit smoking, to relax, and live a healthier life using hypnotherapy or nlp. (neuro-linguistic programming) I have spent one weekend so far learning and am looking forward to more. The hypnotherapy course is 150 hours long and is very through. My friends have volunteered to have me “practice “on them. This should be good fodder for future entertainment and articles.

Another helpful resource has been the Portland Hypnosis Center. You may want to check this resource out. These articles opened my eyes to the wide range of problems hypnotherapy can assist with:

  • addictions
  • bed wetting
  • body image
  • controlling spending
  • depression
  • fears
  • forgiveness
  • gambling problems
  • habit patterns
  • problem solving
  • self confidence
  • self esteem
  • sleep disorders
  • sports performance
  • stopping smoking
  • stress & anxiety
  • weight loss

I will keep you posted as this learning journey continues. But in the meantime, I
would encourage everyone, but especially parents, to consider using hypnotherapy
to help you with problems and to be the best role model possible. Hats off to all the

-Lisa Becker

  1. I just wanted to say great job! What an accomplishment to be able to say you’ve truly quit smoking. 😀 Go Lisa!

  2. Research has shown that although less than 10% of people who try to quit smoking using will power alone manage to do so, up to 60% of people who utilise hypnotherapy successfully get rid of their addiction. This is an extremely high percentage, especially considering the fact that using nicotine patches and other similar medications only boosts the success rate a few percentages above that of will power alone.

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