Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention.
Two studies show that a brief hypnosis program can be an effective intervention for smoking cessation with a certain percentage of people, and that even one session can be a help..
Researchers from Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center conducted a preliminary study of the efficacy of a 3-session hypnosis protocol for smoking cessation.
Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation.
At the end of treatment, 81% of these participants reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months posttreatment. Most (95%) reported that they were satisfied with the treatment they received. Recommendations for future research to empirically evaluate this hypnosis treatment are discussed.
Five to fifteen months after attending their treatment session, a randomly selected sample of 452 participants were interviewed, revealing that twenty-two percent of participants (n = 101) reported not smoking during the month prior to the interview.
In addition, use of other smoking cessation strategies since the treatment session were assessed. Interestingly, only 20% of participants who used pharmaceutical products to assist with smoking cessation took them for the recommended treatment duration.
The study concludes that hypnotherapy is a viable alternative smoking cessation treatment for some smokers.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award