What is this drug called Champix (Varenicline)?
Champix is a non nicotine drug that has been developed specifically for stopping smoking or smoking cessation and is only available on prescription from your GP. It is designed to block the rewards from, and reduce craving from cigarette smoking. Thats the theory anyway. Its a 12 week course begins while you are still smoking with a two week starter pack. Before you start your course of treatment you should decide on a date in the second week – usually between day 8 and day 14 when you will stop smoking. it’s a bit like Zyban and in fact i am not qualifed to state the difference, but my views on Zyban have been stated before so just search or just ask and i will let you have them.
Please research the drug before you take it and DO NOT buy it online it really is not safe to do so.
Howard The Hypnotherapist
When smokers think about quitting smoking they may think about what it is they are trying to deal with or stop. A question I often get asked is (depending on how easy or hard people find it to stop smoking ) whether smoking is a habit or an addiction.
If you were to ask smoker or non smokers alike? “Is it more difficult to stop – a habit or an addiction?”, you would no doubt get a majority saying that an addiction is far harder to stop. In fact calling something that we get an urge to do, an addiction, can rob us of our power. It is like saying ‘I can’t stop because I am addicted to smoking’ or ‘I can’t stop because I am not in the smoking is control’. Any addiction will have people believing that they have little or no control. This is part of the issue with stopping smoking. If smoking is viewed as a total addiction, and have accepted the above perception of an addiction, then you have now made quitting smoking much harder in your mind.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is quite a general term. There can be different types of addiction such as a physical or a psychological addiction.
A physical addiction is when the body craves for something.
A psychological addiction is when the mind believes it wants or needs something.
Now, coming back to stopping smoking, is it a physical or psychological addiction, both or something else? This area has many differing opinions. After all with over 4,500 chemicals entering the body with any single puff it would seem logical to assume that there must be some physical addiction. Yet when sleeping for 6 to 8 hours everynight and then waking up in the morning the vast majority of smokers will NOT smoke in between and most now won’t smoke immediately upon waking.
First they may have breakfast, or wash, or have a cup of coffee first before lighting up, or light up as the kettle is boiling to have that first cigarette of the day. If smoking really was a 100% physical addiction then surely the body having been without those 4,500 chemicals during sleep would be craving for a cigarette so much that the smoker would have to light up immediately. However in almost all the case of the hundreds of people I see and have seen over the years this just this does not happen.
Every airline I know has a full non-smoking policy even most airports have an exclusion zone which is only going to get bigger with time. Not get news is you are going on holiday what a way to start it.. anyway some fights might last for 12-14 hours or more with waiting time. Most travellers are fine on a plane and this would be impossible is smoking cigarettes was a 100% physical addiction. What do you think? Does this make sense to you or do you think your experience is different to the above?
So is smoking a physical addiction a physiological or something else?
Let me know your thoughts.
…according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. Willpower, it turns out, counts for very little” – New Scientist, October 1992
In 1992 a meta-analysis by Frank Schmidt and Chockalingam Viswesvaran reviewed 48 studies, covering 6020 subjects. They found that the average quit rate for those using hypnosis was 30%.
Numerous studies have shown that the success for stopping smoking using hypnotherapy is much higher than nicotine replacement products. In 1968 Von Dedenroth reported in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis a stop smoking success rate of 94% over an 18-month period.
It is considered that the success rate will depend on the techniques used by the hypnotherapist (and these will vary from hypnotherapist to hypnotherapist, as there is no standardized procedure but you need to look for a hypnotherapist who has been practising for a long time. i have found that price is a good indicator or quality in this area.) and the desire for the smoker to stop smoking. make sure they have a system in place and beware of the turn up and we will take things from there hypnotist working from a converted garage or spare bedroom.
Hypnosis works to help you break the habit of smoking. It can also help you become more calm, so that there are little or no “withdrawal” symptoms on stopping smoking. Many non-smokers report how easy it is to stop smoking using hypnosis.
Hollywood celebrities Ben Affleck, Samuel Jackson, Ellen Degeneres, Matt Damon and Drew Barrymore have all used hypnosis to stop smoking. So how about you are you ready to stop smoking controlling your life?
We are based in Buckinghamshire in Milton Keynes where we have professional offices and great staff to look after you whatever the issue. Find out more about stopping smoking in Milton Keynes the easy way with advanced hypnosis.
Here’s the thing I like about smokers they can be the most optimistic people around. That I like but I prefer people who are realistic about that optimism.
Of course you want to stop smoking and I know this to be true of every smoker. The reasons are complicated but I can know this from 2 questions which I have asked hundreds of smokers over the years and have always and I mean always got the same response.
You want to quit smoking once and for all but just before you do here’s a list of statements you will have said or will say into the future.
So you have decided that you do want to stop smoking but not until after….
- That wedding
- The Stag/Hen night
- The Holiday
- The World Cup
- The New Year
- The funeral
- The exams
- The interview
- I have moved house
- When I’m 20,21, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65,
- When the kids behave themselves
- When my sisters husband gets his act together
- When my friend/partner/relation/daughter does it with me
- When I have/don’t have the money
- Fill out your reason’s here ______________
So you see there will always be a excuse for not stopping smoking, or there will be a better time to quit smoking. Yet, there will always be up and coming events in our life. As soon as one is over there will be another and another and another. If you always wait for the next one to be over with before you stop smoking, you will always be waiting to stop. In the early days I used to follow enquires up and I quickly realised that some people love talking about stopping smoking but never get round to it.
I sometimes joke that everyone does stop smoking eventually the wise ones get to have a life before they have to leave this world.
You know that you can’t keep putting it off. If you need extra help or support to stop smoking then seek that help out. Whatever you do don’t wait because statically smoking really is not good news for you or the people around you, but you know that anyway.
If you would like to have a chat about just how easy stopping smoking can be then please feel free to call us on 0800 0 19 13 66. We have been stopping people smoking in and around Milton Keynes for the past 8 years and work from professional offices in Central Milton Keynes.
I would like you to be optimistic for the best of reasons and without that dread that lurks behind many many smokers that maybe this next cigarette will be the one that tips me over the edge.
If you would like the help of an experienced stop smoking hypnotherapist which is a great way of stopping smoking then just contact us to find out if this is going to be right for you.