Want To Quit Smoking? Learn With EFT Tapping
"Smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide, without actually dying." Damien Hirst
While we may have all seen the warning, "cigarette smoking is injurious to health" on cigarette packets or advertisements yet a smoker might filter the warning out completely.
In so many cases, smokers want to quit. They wish they could, but somehow they couldn't.
Not even the alarming research reports of deaths as a result of smoking or inhaling another person's smoke seems to deter them:
- The annual deaths, as a result of smoking-related diseases, were 7.1 million worldwide.
- Of the 7.1 million, 884,000 deaths were as a result of being exposed to second-hand smoking also known as passive smoking (1).
“Around 20-25 years ago, India launched an anti-smoking campaign that had the lines, "With a cigarette in my hand, I felt like a man". Contradictory to this smoking also causes impotence in men.
Of course, smoking is a choice and in my private practice I notice those who smoke and want to give up and have not yet managed to because of having something known as secondary gain.
Secondary gain is where you have the benefit of not giving up smoking. For example, chances are someone who smokes might have anxiety. The act of smoking calms the anxiety down.
The smoker is taking a breath in and out which calms the nervous system down.
So I really empathize with smokers and understand the reason they might not want to give up.
According to the research some of the negative effects of smoking are (2):
Pregnant women who smoke have a higher risk of:
There may be times that either you or your clients want to quit, but are unable to do so. They have tried so many things however nothing works.
In such a situation, an addiction may be difficult to break because addictive substances and highly intense actions trigger the release of dopamine in the individual’s brain (3).
One good way to beat an addiction and especially smoking is through Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
If you are new to EFT, you can download the free booklet below that gives you the detailed steps on how you can use EFT Tapping.
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Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.
Sometimes a smoker might want to smoke because they want to:
- Be on their own and away from people and immersed in their thoughts
- Feel part of the "gang" and in the crowd
- Feel the confidence and in control
- Relax after a stressful day
The important thing to remember is that 'smoking or any other addiction or craving can be given up only if the person is fully convinced that they want to.'
If a person is not fully convinced or does not really want to give up smoking, chances are that the urge to smoke may return.
So when working with a client who wants to quit smoking gaguing their commitment levels is a really good place to begin. More details on this step and the additional steps to help your clients stop smoking are below:
With EFT Tapping, what your client will find is that smoking leaves them rather than them leaving smoking. Advice your client that every time they want to smoke is to complete a round of EFT Tapping before lighting up.
It is important to remember that smoking, alcohol or any other addiction can be eliminated for good.
EFT can help dig deeper into the real emotion that keeps someone addicted to a substance and eliminate it from there.
In summary, EFT can help clients to quit smoking. As the emotions, memories and beliefs associated with smoking start to lift, smoking will leave your client versus the other way round.
1. The Tobacco Atlas, Deaths Issue
2. What are some negative effects of smoking? Reference.com
3. Your Brain on Drugs - Dopamine and Addiction and article by David Herschman, Bigthink.
4. The Effect of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) on Psychological Symptoms in Addiction Treatment: A Pilot Study, Dawson Church and Audrey Brooks
Disclaimer: The information on this website is purely for educational purposes and does not in any way replace the requirement for medical and psychological diagnosis and treatment. Please do seek professional medical and psychological diagnosis and advice for all medical and mental health conditions. It is advised to always book any consultations with qualified professionals.
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