STOP SMOKING PROTOCOL
CHAPLAIN PAUL G. DURBIN, Ph.D.
Normally only one session is required for stop smoking. A client can return for a second session without charge if scheduled within 30 days there is no additional charge.
SESSION ONE: Normal first session pre-talk with the following additions. I point out that though I agree with the powers that be that it is difficult for many to stop smoking, I do not considered smoking a nicotine addiction. I consider that smoking is a habit and therefore the nicotine patches and nicotine gum are successfully in less that 10% of those who use them. One of the characteristics of the subconscious mind is that anything that the individual develops into a habit, the subconscious mind considers that it is needed for the well being of the individual. The subconscious mind does not care or consider that the habit may be harmful to the individual so therefore attempts to sabotage any effort to change the habit. Ask the "Questions for Smokers" and "More Questions for Smokers"
QUESTIONS FOR SMOKERS: METHODIST HYPNOTHERAPY SERVICES
1. How long have you been smoking?
2. Why did you start smoking?
3. Did someone you looked up to smoke? If yes, who?
4. Have you tried to stop smoking in the past?
5. What method did you use to stop smoking and what happened?
6. How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?
7. How much do you pay for a pack of cigarettes?
8. How could you better use the money saved by being a non-smoking?
9. Can you list three reasons why you want to stop smoking?
10. What fear’s might you have of quitting smoking?
11. Name other people who will appreciate your being non-smoking
12. Do you believe that smoking is harmful to your health?
13. Do you ever experience shortness of breath?
14. Do you have a smoker’s cough?
15. Do you have any other health problems related to smoking?
16. When do you enjoy a cigarette the most?
a. When you first get up in the morning
b. With Coffee?
c. As a reward
17. Do you smoke in your car, auto, vehicle?
18. Do you take a break just to smoke?
19. Once you go to sleep at night, do you regular get up during the night to smoke?
20. Do you tend to smoke while you are talking on the telephone?
21. Do you smoke to feel confident?
22. Do you smoke more when you feel bored?
23. Do you smoke more when you are upset?
24. Do you smoke to replace overeating?
25. Do you sometimes think of your cigarettes as your friend?
26. Are you ready to quit smoking?CHAPLAIN NOTES:
After suggestibility exercises and induction has occurred, the following scripts are used by using information from the client to individualize with emphasizes on the clients suggestibility as to direct and indirect suggestible.
SCRIPTS FOR FIRST SESSION:
"YOU CAN BE A NON-SMOKER": You have decided to stop smoking. This is your own decision. You are doing this for your own benefit, and for your own personal well-being. I want you to image that is one year from today, (date by month, day, and year from this session) and you suddenly remember that it has been a year since your last cigarette. You are really thankful that you made the decision to stop smoking. It has been months since you had a problem with smoker’s cough, (here list all the client’s reasons for wanting to stop smoking such as) you are much more active because you no longer are bother by shortness of breath, you have more money to spend on things that are more important to you than cigarettes, the stink of tobacco in your house and car is a thing of the past. You are thankful that you came here to stop smoking. This means it is easy for you to get rid of the smoking habit through hypnosis.
In fact, you have already stopped smoking, because you are realizing how calm and relaxed you are right now, even though you don't have a cigarette in your hand or your mouth. This relaxation that you are experiencing is a very peaceful, calm state which you produced yourself. In the same way you become calm and relaxed every time you take a good deep breath and exhale. As you breathe out, tension leaves your body and a calm relaxed state takes over.
Now, let your memory bring to you awareness a time when you accomplished something that brought you a sense of pride and well-being. It may have been a mission accomplished or a goal attained, it might have been something that you did for yourself or something you did for someone else, it might have been recently or long ago. When that memory comes to your awareness, node your head "yes." Now feel that good feeling. Feel it physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Now anchor that good feeling by touching the first finger and thumb of the hand in which you normally hold a cigarette. Now, whenever you have a desire for a cigarette, instead of reaching for a cigarette, take a good deep breath, touch the first finger and thumb together and as you exhale and the need and desire for that cigarette will leave your mind and body and in its place will be a sense of pride, accomplishment and peace. (Repeat three time)
You know that you need food to provide your body with proper nourishment but you eat at the appropriate time and the appropriate amount. You refuse to exchange an eating habit for a smoking habit. You feel good about yourself and you can maintain your current weight or even reduce if you so desire. You need water for proper body maintenance, but there is nothing in a cigarette which your body needs. Each hour, each day, each week, every month you go as a non-smoker your lungs get cleaner, healthier, pinker...Your heart functions more normally because it no longer has to pump the extra weight of nicotine and tar through your body. Your circulatory system functions more properly because it no longer has to carry the extra weight of nicotine and tar throughout your body. Day by day in every way you are getting healthier and healthier as a non-smoker.
THE HEAVY BACKPACK: (Go to "Articles 1" - "Hypnosis Scripts")
CRUTCHES: (Go to "Articles 1" - "Hypnosis Scripts")
THE GREAT AS IF: (Recommended for use with a client who is a high indirect suggestible. Go to "Articles 1" - "Hypnotic Scripts")
BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE: (If needed, can use Building Self Confidence. Go to "Articles 1" - "Hypnotic Scripts")
SECOND SESSION IF REQUIRED: Discuss with client what happened since he/she left office following the original session. What happened to cause client to pick up first cigarette? Get as much information as possible and integrate it into the hypnosis session.
SCRIPTS FOR SECOND SESSION:
PROGRESSIVE RELAXATION EXERCISE:
20 DOWN TO 1 -- INDIRECT INDUCTION: (Go to "Articles 1" - "Hypnosis Scripts)
STOP SMOKING #2: As you are relaxed and comfortable, you are now ready to allow your subconscious mind to make some pleasant changes within you so that you change from being a smoker to being a non-smoker. In fact, your subconscious mind is already directing your natural body processes to eliminate all nicotine, tar and other impurities caused by smoking from your sinuses, from your throat, from your lungs, from your blood, and from the rest of your body through your normal elimination systems.
You have accepted the responsibility for taking care of your own body. By returning for this session, you have made a commitment to protect your body from now on by deciding to never smoke again. You have made a wise decision. You are now in control and you are a non-smoker because you are dissatisfied with the way smoking affects you. I am suggesting to your subconscious mind that you need your body to live and you want to live the rest of your life in a healthy body, so you are determined that you have stopped smoking for your health and well being.
Now that you are a non-smoker, you know your body is healthier and stronger. You'll find that you feel much better now that you have discontinued the smoking habit. This is your own decision. You have ceased smoking for your own benefit, for your own personal well-being, for your own health, and for others as well, (and list other reasons client came for stop smoking.)
FREE FROM JAIL: You find yourself in a jailhouse and you are behind bars. As you look windows, the bars look like cigarettes and as you look at the jail cell door, the bars look like giant cigarettes. You also notice that the key is in the door and has been there all the time. You realize that you are in a prison of your own making. a prison of cigarette smoking.
As you feel the desire to be freed from this jail cell of your own making, you notice the key is in the lock of the door. You can unlock the door, move out of the prison cell and be free. If you are ready to be free from this prison cell of the smoking habit and be free, turn the key and unlock the door, and allow one of your fingers to rise. There it is, your first finger of your right hand is rising, as you unlock the door and free yourself. You are happy, you feel released, you feel free. You are free of the smoking habit and enjoy the free air of freedom.
You are happy to notice how much better you feel now that you are a non-smoker. You are happy to know that your subconscious mind has already started the process of cleansing the nicotine, tar, and other impurities out of your body through normal functions of your elimination systems. When you come out of this hypnotic state, you release all desire for smoking is completely gone from your mind and body.
You are happy to find that your will-power and self-control keep increasing, more and more each hour. You have stopped smoking already. You realize that you are peaceful and calm right now, even though you don't have a cigarette in your hand or mouth, nor do you have one burning in an ash tray nearby. Remember that you have a signal to help you whenever you have a desire to smoke or when you feel a need to be calm as you go about your daily activities. The signal is simple; instead of reaching for a cigarette take a good deep breath, touch the first finger and thumb together and as you exhale, the desire to smoke leaves your mind and body and you feel calm, relaxed, peaceful and you experience a sense of pride in being a non-smoker. You feel calm and relaxed. Now you have already stopped smoking, and you are in control. You know that your body needs water. Water is good for your body. It helps cleanse waste materials and impurities from your body. It helps eliminate the desire for snacks so that you maintain your present weight or even helps you to lose weight if you desire to do so.
Your body needs food to provide proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, potassium, and other nutrients to keep your body trim and healthy. You eat at the appropriate time and the appropriate amounts. You refuse to exchange an eating habit for a smoking habit.
Getting rid of the smoking habit causes you to have a feeling of fulfillment and gives you a strong sense of satisfaction and pride. You realize that being a non-smoker is very important to you and your health. It enables you to be an inspiration to a lot of other people who become aware of what you have accomplished.
You are already enthusiastic about your success at overcoming the smoking habit and in being a non-smoker. You are sensing a wonderful feeling of satisfaction from knowing that you are a non-smoker and you feel even better as, day by day, you become healthier and healthier.
When you are around other people who are smoking, it makes you proud that you are a non-smoker. Tobacco has lost its appeal to you. You may be able to enjoy the smell of tobacco when someone else is smoking but you are reminded by the smell (good/bad) how thankful you are to be a non-smoker.
You are completely released from the smoking habit. You are happy to feel the freedom you now enjoy. In the past, cigarettes have controlled you, now you are in control. You feel like a big load has been lifted from you. You feel that you have been released from the prison of smoking cigarettes. You keep feeling healthier and cleaner each day.
(Additional scripts as needed)
HEALTH, SUCCESS, MOTIVATION: (Go to "Articles 1" - "Hypnosis Scripts".)
1 UP TO 20 -- COMING OUT OF HYPNOSIS: (Go to "Articles 1" - "Hypnosis Scripts")
THIRD SESSION IF NEEDED:
FINGER RESPONSE OR PENDULUM FOR THERAPY: IF NEEDED: You are relaxed and at ease now, and you continue to feel calm, relaxed and peaceful as I talk to you. You are experiencing the wonderful sensations that relaxation brings to you. You are relaxed and comfortable. In fact, you are becoming more relaxed with each breath you take. With each sound that you hear, you become more and more relaxed. You become more relaxed as you are experiencing wonderful peace of mind.
There are some questions which I would like to ask you. Now, these questions can be answered "yes" or "no". Unless I feel it is important to discuss an area with you to remove any blocks to your subconscious. This will be done only with your consent.
I am going to ask you some questions which can be answered either "yes" or "no". Your subconscious mind is able to answer each question I ask you. You may take a mental journey and let your subconscious respond to the questions.
Your subconscious mind is controlling the fingers of your hand. I request that your subconscious mind is pick out a "yes" finger, and that finger is becoming very light. In fact, it is lighter than air and just wants to float up. Don't resist it, don't assist it, just let it drift up. The "yes" finger is beginning to rise. That's good, your finger of your hand is the "yes" finger. Now just let your finger float back down, and as it does, you become twice as relaxed.
Now, allow your subconscious mind to pick out a "no" finger. Now, just let the "no" finger began to rise. Your subconscious mind is causing your "no" finger to rise. That's good.
SUBCONSCIOUS QUESTIONS FOR SMOKERS:
1. IS THERE SOME EMOTIONAL REASON WHY YOU SMOKE? _____________________
2. HAVE YOU GONE THROUGH SOME EXPERIENCE IN THE PAST THAT IS CAUSING YOU TO SMOKE? ______________________________________________________________
3. ARE YOU IDENTIFYING WITH SOMEONE ELSE, PERHAPS A PARENT OR SIGNIFICANT OTHER YOU SMOKES OR SMOKED? __________________________________
4. ARE YOU USING SMOKING AS A MEANS TO PUNISH YOURSELF? ________________
5. ARE YOU USING SMOKING AS A MEANS TO PUNISH SOMEONE ELSE? __________
6. ARE YOU TRYING TO HARM YOURSELF BY SMOKING? ________________________
7. IS THERE SOME CONFLICT CONCERNING SEX THAT CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR SMOKING? ____________________________________________________________________
8. DO YOU SMOKE BECAUSE YOU FELL GUILTY ABOUT SOMETHING? ____________
9. DO YOU SMOKE MORE WHEN YOU ARE LONELY? _____________________________
10. DO YOU SMOKE MORE WHEN YOU FEEL STRESS OR TENSION? ________________
11. DO YOU SMOKE MORE WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY? _____________________________
12. DO YOU SMOKE TO PAMPER OR APPEASE YOURSELF? ________________________
13. DO YOU SMOKE AS A MEANS OF DRAWING ATTENTION TOWARD YOURSELF ?_______________________________________________
14. IS THERE ANY SUBCONSCIOUS REASON YOU NEED TO SMOKE? (IF ANSWER IS "YES" ASK, "CAN YOU, OR DO YOU WANT TO DISCUSS WHY YOU NEED TO CONTINUE?)
15. IS IT OK WITH YOU SUBCONSCIOUS MIND FOR YOU TO GET RID OF THE SMOKING HABIT? _______________________________________________________________________
(IF ANSWER IS "NO" ASK, "CAN YOU, OR DO YOU WANT TO DISCUSS WHY YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET RID OF THE SMOKING HABIT? ______________________________
IF NO RESOLUTION GOT TO "THERAPY BETWEEN SESSIONS?"
USE ANOTHER "STOP SMOKING" SCRIPT
IF NEEDED FOR POWERFUL RELEASING CONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS NEED TO SMOKE USE "HAND TO FACE FOR THERAPY" AND IF HAND DOES NOT TOUCH FACE GO TO "THERAPY BETWEEN SESSIONS"
ADDITIONAL SCRIPTS FOR CHRISTIANS
SELF-INDUCED (HYPNOTIC) DEEP MUSCLE RELAXATION SCRIPT FOR CHRISTIANS:Go to Joseph L. Hess "Christian Relaxation Technique"