Our Theme for this month is addictions. All of us in some shape or form have an addiction, whether it be alcohol, smoking, internet or a behaviour we can’t let go. Our addictions range from mild to severe, from discrete to damaging.

Our egoic self runs the show convincing us we deserve another cigarette, another drink…

Addiction is a short term gain, long term chaos and destruction.

This week we focus on smoking. It’s time to quit!

Here’s what you really need to know about nicotine if you want to QUIT smoking for good…

Hi, Dr. Linda here, co-owner, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.

WOW congratulations on this 1st step towards quitting smoking for good. This information will give you a heads up on smoking and dismiss some of the common misconceptions smokers have.

Once you understand how smoking addiction works, you’ll be clear that you can quit easily, effectively and be happy whilst you are doing it using our tried and true program. I know sounds fantastic right!

This information is some of the essential background knowledge to read before your sessions that will help you smash the smoking trap easily, painlessly and once and for all. We want you in a positive headspace before you even meet us for your 1st consultation – so read on.

There are several misconceptions about smoking and nicotine that keep you trapped and addicted. These ‘myths’ are often started by the very same people who benefit from you purchasing the product.

This information will help you understand your addiction so you can avoid suffering and withdrawal pangs:

The 5 BIG MYTHS:         

1.Smoking is a ‘habit’
2.   Once a smoker – that’s it, you are trapped forever
3.   You will always suffer withdrawal symptoms once you quit
4.   The physical addiction to nicotine makes it difficult to stop
5.   Nicotine is not harmful

We won’t be going into detail about each of these myths here but here’s some information on how the nicotine trap works.

Nicotine, a colourless, oily compound, is the drug contained in tobacco that addicts you to smoking. It’s the fastest addictive drug known to mankind, and just one cigarette can get you hooked because of the impact nicotine has on the brain. Every puff on a cigarette delivers, via the lungs to the brain, a small dose of nicotine. Unlike other drugs this ‘delivery system’ of the drug nicotine is extremely fast as it hits the brain with each breath. If there are twenty puffs for you in a cigarette, you receive twenty doses of the drug with just one cigarette.

Nicotine is a quick-acting drug, and levels in the bloodstream fall swiftly to about half within thirty minutes of smoking a cigarette and to a quarter within an hour. This explains why most smokers average about twenty per day.
This information is so important that you should read it again and absorb it fully.

As soon as the smoker extinguishes the cigarette, the nicotine rapidly leaves and the body withdraws from the drug.

At this point lets dispel the illusion that smokers have about withdrawal pangs. Smokers think that withdrawal pangs are an unavoidable downside of stopping smoking. In reality, these pangs are mainly emotional. We are often more emotionally addicted to cigarettes than we are physically addicted – they become our ‘prop’. We feel they help us feel comfortable in social situations or they keep our hands busy by giving us something to do when we are tired, nervous, anxious or just plain bored. We also use smoking as a way to avoid other habits that carry a negative emotional weight such as eating. The sessions you do with us will address not only the physical issues you are worried about whilst quitting but more importantly the emotional issues as well.

Within seven seconds of lighting a cigarette fresh nicotine is supplied and the pangs end, resulting in the feeling of relaxation and confidence that the cigarette appears to give to the smoker.

When we first start smoking, the withdrawal pangs and their relief are so slight that we’re not even aware of their existence. In fact, some smokers report that in fact they hated smoking to begin with but due to social or emotional pressure they continue anyway. When we start smoking regularly we think it’s because we’ve either come to enjoy them or just got into the ‘habit’. The truth is we’re hooked emotionally but don’t realise it. AND we’ve created a nicotine gremlin inside our stomach – then we have to feed it.

All smokers start smoking for stupid reasons although this may not have been apparent at the time. We often start smoking to try to be like others, part of the gang or just to fit into our peer group. Nobody has to start smoking. The only reason anybody continues smoking, whether they be a casual or a heavy smoker, is to feed that gremlin and to deal with the emotional effects of not having their helpful little friend….

What Is the Cost of Not Quitting Today

Have you ever asked yourself how much money you are spending on cigarettes per week? Smoking hurts your health and your back pocket. A pack of cigarettes now costs more than $35 on average. Did you know that cigarettes have increased in price over the last 5 years by 64%? And if you think the cost is slowing down it’s time to think again.

  • An average smoker (on a pack per day) is spending between $200 and $250 per week. Once you quit you will be saving more than. $12,000.00 per year. If there are 2 smokers in your house…. You get the picture. Your investment with us is a miniscule price to pay for your health.
  • Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in Australia killing 1 Australian every 28 minutes or around 50 Australians daily, 350 each week, and around 19,000 every year.
  • Smoking causes 20% of all cancers, 21% of all heart disease and costs $12.7 billion a year in health care, lost productivity and other costs (1998).
  • The decline in the adult smoking rate has stalled on around 25% of the population, with smoking rates of women showing the least decline and rates of smoking amongst indigenous Australians remaining well above the national average.
  • A child who starts smoking aged 14 years, is 5 times more likely to die from lung cancer than someone who began smoking at 24, and 15 times more likely to die from lung cancer than someone who has never smoked (Doran, Girgis, Sanson-Fisher, 1998Australian Journal of Public Health vol22 no3).

What Happens When You Stop Smoking

According to statistics compiled by the American Lung Association, your body will begin going through the following changes as soon as you STOP SMOKING.

Within 20 minutes of last cigarette.

  • Blood pressure drops to normal
  • Pulse rate drops to normal
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

After 8 hours

  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

After 24 hours

  • Chances of heart attack decrease

After 48 hours

  • Nerve ending start regrowing
  • Ability to smell and taste improves

After 72 hours

  • Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
  • Lung capacity increases

In 2 weeks to 3 months

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases up to 30%

In 1 to 9 months

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases
  • Cilia regrows in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection
  • Body’s overall energy level increases

After 5 years

  • Lung cancer death rate for average smoker decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people

After 10 years

  • Pre-cancerous cells are replaced with normal cells
  • Risk of other cancers, such as those of the mouth, voice box, oesophagus, bladder, kidney & pancreas decrease.

ALL THESE BENEFITS ARE LOST WHEN YOU SMOKE EVEN ONE CIGARETTE A DAY.

Are you Ready?

We offer a 3-session package to QUIT.

This includes: 3X1hr sessions to

  1. Learning how to emotionally manage when you QUIT
  2. Learning how to physically manage when you QUIT
  3. Putting the whole lot together with Hypnosis and Stress Management techniques that you will have for life

Have you ever imagined what would it feel like to be a Non-Smoker for life?

  • All the money you will save which you could spend on holidays, the house, the wedding, the kids schooling, that car you really want etc.
  • Imagine the awesome increase in your self- esteem and the tremendous confidence you will feel because you are now in control!
  • The years you will add to your life as your smoking-related health risks decrease and a new healthy life style begins.
  • You might find increased energy levels and good health, as you breathe easier and feel better than you have in years!
  • Imagine the powerful sense of accomplishment you will feel. As a result of achieving this life-changing goal.
  • You might find the satisfaction of becoming a whole new person – the person you always wanted to be!
  • Never again having to sneak away and smoke in the shadows outside restaurants and other venues to feed your nicotine addiction.
  • Never having to suffer the disapproving looks of disappointment from friends or family members.
  • You will be setting a great example for children and other smokers.

Benefits for all ages

Are you under 35?
If you quit before age 35, then your life expectancy is similar to someone who has never smoked.

Are you under 50?
If you quit before age 50, then your risk of dying in the next 15 years is reduced by half when compared to people who continue to smoke.

For people of all ages
Best of all – quitting at any age doesn’t just increase life expectancy – it also improves quality of life!

If you are sick of worrying about your increased risk of suffering from emphysema, lung cancer or other deadly smoking-related illnesses. If you are tired of feeling powerless while other people seem to be able to ‘just decide to quit, don’t hesitate, book in to QUIT now.

To find out more, call us on 5998 4554.

Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Smoking

There are millions of people around the world who suffer from various illnesses due to smoking cigarettes. Although the cigarette packet itself warns against cancer risks due to smoking, many smokers find it difficult to quit.

Many smokers have tried numerous techniques to quit smoking but failed. This is where hypnotherapy for smoking comes in handy. Many people have been able to quit smoking for good due to hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy works to prevent the habitual thinking, behaviours and emotional patterns that revolve around smoking.

These thoughts, feelings and behaviours are what prevents the smoker from understanding how easy it can actually be to QUIT using hypnotherapy.

When an individual makes the decision to stop smoking, it is important to change their perspectives around cigarettes. Hypnosis is one of the most effective methods of doing it. It is more powerful compared to most of the other methods used to stop smoking as Hypnosis directly addresses the subconscious mind. Overcoming our subconscious resistances is the hardest part of quitting and the subconscious mind is where hypnotherapy works best. In fact, hypnosis addresses your subconscious mind and offers it alternative suggestions to the one’s that keep you smoking. An experienced hypnotherapist gives these suggestions by putting your conscious mind to sleep.

Hypnosis works best when a person has truly decided to quit smoking as they are already committed to the process of quitting.

The hypnotherapist will put the individual into a deeply relaxed state. The unconscious mind is more open to suggestions when the conscious mind is relaxed. At that point and with your input the session will be aimed at changing the thought patterns a person has around cigarettes.

FAQ – Hypnosis

Most people have a limited understanding of the positive results that can be achieved in a professionally controlled hypnosis sessions. We would like to dispel some of the myths and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

Is it guaranteed?

If you need a guarantee you are not ready to quit.  Over the block of 3 sessions you are working with the practitioner, the practitioner is not doing this FOR you. You need to make the decision and the commitment for this to be the time for a change in your life.

How does hypnosis work?

Our minds work on two levels the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think, and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change the habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.

Will hypnosis work for me?

Generally speaking most people can be hypnotised. If you are the rare exception our combination of therapies which are combined in the 3 sessions anyway will still work very well for you.

How will I feel when I am hypnotised?

Most people cannot tell the difference between being hypnotised and sitting in front of the TV with their eyes closed. One thing people always report is feeling relaxed, excited and happy after the sessions.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnosis is safe however you must answer any questions accurately about medications you might be taking and other mental health care practitioners you have or are seeing. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. Hypnosis is not sleep, nor can you get stuck in a state of hypnosis. You cannot be made to do something against your will! Hypnosis is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.

How does hypnosis help me to kick the smoking habit?

Because smoking is a habit, it is controlled by the unconscious mind. Since hypnosis works directly with the unconscious, this is a method that makes sense. I can help you effortlessly transition into the healthy lifestyle of a happy non-smoker?

To find out more, call us on 5998 4554.

About the Author:

Linda is the owner and founder of Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre with her husband, Andrew. I believe the Body and Mind are one system which is dynamic and complex. You cannot have a thought without it being reflected in the body. It is this link between the two that ensures our mental and emotional wellbeing impacts our physical well-being and visa versa in both positive and negative ways. I also believe there are no ‘broken’ people.

After graduating from a Bachelor of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture and completing a Grad Dip in Education (Health) Linda went into practice as an Acupuncturist for several years. Linda continued to search for tools that embraced the wisdom of TCM but also incorporated the best of the leading-edge research into the brain and the way it works; simple and powerful tools for herself and her clients.

After discovering EFT / Tapping in 2004 and completing studies both from overseas and within Australia Linda now uses these techniques extensively in practice. These techniques can create dramatic shifts in people and the way they interact with themselves and others. Linda often hears from her clients that nothing has gotten to the root of their problems faster and they didn’t have to suffer in the process!

Linda is also a fully trained Hypnotherapist incorporating this into her sessions.

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