The three-part session
Most smoking-cessation methods and books focus primarily on the conscious mind. The foundation of these methods is using conscious willpower to train in a new unconscious non-smoking habit through repetition, which takes time and can, of course, be very challenging.
Other methods, such as NLP and hypnosis, focus primarily on the unconscious mind. These methods are very effective at removing unconscious cravings, but, of course, they don’t remove the conscious motivation to smoke. And so, after hypnosis one can still decide to smoke, if that is what one wants to do.
The MINDCODE method is different from other methods. We work with both levels of mind, by combining the best of both approaches, to make your transition to a freer healthier lifestyle as easy as possible!
Firstly, the pieces of the smoking puzzle are systematically revealed to your conscious mind, changing your conscious perception of smoking, so that you are able to see the truth of smoking the way that a non-smoker does. The goal is to increase your conscious motivation to stop smoking, so that you WANT to remain a non-smoker for life.
Secondly, we communicate with your unconscious mind. The five ways in which the unconscious mind is naturally programmed can be self-directed, meaning that the unconscious mind receives its direction from the conscious mind. Using techniques derived from NLP and waking hypnosis, we appeal to the unconscious mind to cease the smoking habit and adopt a healthier way of living.
Lastly, we practice a breathing technique. Unfortunately, most smokers that stop smoking experience a 3-day nicotine detox. The effect of the detox can include a sensation of anxiety. Fortunately, with the assistance of the unconscious mind, the detox effect can be completely overridden, or at the very least drastically reduced. And the breathing technique assists in alleviating anxiety, within a few breaths.
Following the session, if you are not finding it easy, you have telephonic support for a period of 7 days. This is to ensure that you do successfully make it through the detox period without smoking.
The five stages of change
They found that people that go through a particular process to make a behaviour change are more successful than those who don’t. That process is called the Trans-theoretical Model or simply the Stages of Change.
The key for permanent change
While progression through the Stages of Change can occur in a linear fashion, in real life circumstances a nonlinear progression is common. Often, individuals recycle through the stages or regress to earlier stages from later ones, due to the fact that people often do not succeed in maintaining changes in their lifestyle.
The key prinicple that facilitates progress and prevents relapse is decisional balance, which is a comparative weighing-up of potential gains and losses from making the change. Simply put, for someone to stop smoking permanently the cost of continuing to smoke must, at least in their own mind, outweigh the cost of stopping smoking. And similarly, the benefits of stopping smoking must outweigh the benefits of continuing to smoke.
When decisional balance is weighed in favour of stopping smoking the whole process becomes a lot easier. The MINDCODE method is designed to assist you to achieve your decisional balance in favour of stopping smoking and staying stopped.
Most compulsive behaviours express themselves through a physical craving, including “addictions” to watching television and playing internet games. Almost any behaviour that is repeated consistently, where there is also an anticipation of a reward from the behaviour, will eventually develop a physical craving.
Prior to 1993 the definition of compulsive behaviours was quite distinct from the definition of addictions. The word addiction used to refer to a substance dependency. Now the word addiction applies to any behaviour that is repetitive in nature over which we feel we don’t have control. No substance required.