No Butt's About It ! It's Time to Stop Smoking
Holistic & Hypnotic Tools Work!
By Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, SRN, CPH
Clinical Medical Hypnotist
President & Program Designer
Sarasota Medical & Sports Hypnosis Institute
To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did; I ought to know because I've done it a
thousand times," said Mark Twain.
If you and Mark Twain have walked down the same road, it may be time for you to look at a new
way to get ready to stop, as well as to really stamp out this unhealthy habit once and for all.
For many smokers, getting ready to stop is the biggest step of all.
There certainly is no shortage of non-smokers or reformed smokers telling of the numerous
reasons why someone should not light up, and sometimes the telling can get out and out nasty.
The smoker often wonders why such a bad thing could be so enjoyable, and just as often, how one
can enjoy something that is so destructive. The other side of the coin is why someone would do
something so destructive when there is no enjoyment whatsoever!
What does this really say about the inner self, the ability to act intelligently, and to be in
control of one's self. How about self-respect, and self-value? What does this say about the
responsibility to oneself and family? Now, besides the detrimental physical manifestations
caused by smoking, the smoker is left to deal with his inner essence and soul, which appears
on the surface, to be out to destroy as well.
It helps the smoker to understand that there are several physical components to this addiction
besides the nicotine, and when these are managed holistically, the smoker can be in charge of
his health and well-being once again!
A person smokes to alter physical feelings in the body.
These feelings are actually body sensations caused by the thought processes, emotions and
stored stress. The act of smoking hypnotizes the person, assisting in the release of the stress
It becomes obvious, therefore, that new ways of releasing the stress chemicals must
be put in place before the nicotine is removed, making the transition to non-smoking smoother.
Step one is addressing the fear of non-smoking! I have never met a smoker who wasn't
experiencing some level of fear when approaching the idea of quitting, and this is very
understandable. The cigarette, or other smoking vehicle is actually perceived as a stress
reducer, and for most smokers this is their only stress reducer. Unfortunately, while it does
appear to reduce stress in the beginning, it is a very dangerous choice, and because of the
mind/ body reaction to the over 4000 chemicals, there is a powerful rebound stress reaction
As mentioned earlier, before the smoking devise can be removed, the smoker needs some new and
effective stress management tools. It is important for the smoker to learn how his body works
in response to stress, and the part the smoking plays in reducing stress. It is easy to
recognize when the person smokes, the mind/body goes into a hypnotic trance. The person is
often unaware of the actual smoking, and before awareness hits, the cigarette is finished.
Watch the eyes of any smoker, and you can easily see the trance state.
The mind is lost in the thought processes, and often very vivid pictures are played while the
smoke dances in and out of the lungs. It is important for the smoker to learn how to effect
this state without smoking. This is done by teaching the participant how to slow the brain
waves consciously, thereby slowing down the production of stress chemicals, as the over-active
mind slows as well. It takes only 1/200th of a second to effect this biochemical
change in the mind/body. Actually, this is much quicker than lighting up!
Step two is getting the nutrition in line for high-level
functioning! I've met hundreds of
smokers, but I have yet to meet a smoker who has great nutritional habits. The common pitfalls
are no breakfast, or a one high in sugars, caffeine and other high-glycemic foods. The lunch is
often just as sporadic, and grazing is a common habit. Favorite foods usually fall into the
category of being highly refined, and beverages are often high in caffeine, artificial
sweeteners, or alcoholic.
It helps if we understand that there is an underlying link to most addictions, and that is the
addiction to sugar. It becomes very important for the smoker to be educated about this
phenomena. If a person does not eat sufficiently for his lean body mass, and/or if there is a
family history of addictions, adult onset diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, high blood
pressure, and other circulatory diseases, that person may be very sensitive to high-glycemic
foods. This over-sensitivity presents itself with uncomfortable body sensations which feel
stressful. The smoker answers this biochemical feeling with lighting up a cigarette, in an
attempt to stop the stress reaction.
Step three is learning to quiet the mind and emotions!
Once the fear of non-smoking is
understood, and the food is in order, the smoker is already feeling better, and most likely not
smoking quite so often. This usually comes as a surprise, because the smoker has never felt
this level of calmness before.
The emotional states we experience are actually chemical reactions in the mind/body brought
forward by thoughts. They end up in body sensations, but all originated in the thought process
in the form of images. When we learn to notice our frequent "emotional visitors", especially on
lower levels, we can learn to release them, thereby causing a chemical change in our
biochemistry. The act of self-awareness, followed by choice puts us in control of our mind/body
processes. For most people, this is a completely new beginning, and breaks the
hopeless-helpless cycle. We call these tools mindfulness, awareness, and insight meditative
practices. They are extremely valuable in helping us learn to decrease stress hormones, and
produce healing hormones. This is the basis
of mind/body healing, not just for the smoker, but for everyone, with or without an actual
Step four is learning the power of imagery, imaginology, visualization and self-hypnotic
technique! We all have the power to access our subconscious mind. We do it all the time. The
aforementioned techniques allow us to direct the images, instead of receiving them randomly,
like an out of control computer. Once the mind is quiet, we can place images and suggestions
directly into the subconscious. For those looking to stop smoking, these images should be based
on the particular beliefs, and needs of the individual smoker. For some, health is a big issue,
but for others this may not be so. It is important for the mind to really see the problem, and
the goal completely finished.
The mind words backwards, and when it is well focused on the goal, and understands the problem
very clearly, it will assist in designing the action steps for achievement. There are many
tools and techniques for imaging, and deepening the hypnotic trance. They are easy to learn,
and very natural for the mind/body. The body wants to be healthy. It is looking for
homeostasis, or balance. When we engage the entire system in working towards health, expect the
very best. It will happen for you!
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, SRN, CPH is a Clinical Medical Hypnotist & Nurse Educator. She
welcomes you to her educational websites at http://www.hypnosis-audio.com &
http://www.sugar-addiction.com where she will answer your questions personally. She has been in
the field of medical hypnosis & addictions management for 30 years & is well known in her field