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No-smoking intent - still relevant
At the turn of the year, for many people it is at least necessary to create a good resolution to be implemented in the coming year. In terms of content, little has changed in this country in recent years. The top resolutions could all be under the heading of "preventive health care and maintenance" and all too often they are carried off into the year after next: losing weight to shape a bikini figure before the start of the summer season, regular sporting activities, learning stress-reducing measures and that Long overdue farewell to the daily smoked cigarettes, which are not only harmful to health but also financially burdensome.
Searching for the right method In a 2008 survey on the prevention behavior of Germans, more than half of the 491 smokers surveyed planned to quit smoking. But how to make the exit? Just stop smoking, as 71% of the men and women surveyed said they would? The rest of the smokers didn't dare to do so much on their own. They rely on outside support, be it in the form of medicines, seminars or other methods. One of these methods has (again) attracted special attention in recent years due to its rather high success rate: smoking cessation in the state of hypnosis. Despite all stubborn prejudices, serious hypnotherapy was slowly able to free itself from the haze of show hypnotists, which resulted in the scientific recognition of the method by the Scientific Advisory Board on Psychotherapy in 2006.
Therapy in hypnosis: more scientific than its reputation! The corresponding application was written on behalf of the German Society for Hypnosis (DGH) and the Milton Erickson Society for Clinical Hypnosis (MEG) by a working group led by Prof. Dr. Dirk Revenstorf as early as 2003. Under the leadership of the psychologist at the regional office of the Milton Erickson Society for Clinical Hypnosis Institute there, the effects of hypnotherapeutic methods on various disorders of health and behavior have been researched for years, as well as the studies of other research teams for the development of treatment concepts utilized. In over 200 studies, the empirical effectiveness in phobias, stress disorders, obesity, sleep disorders, psychosomatics, sexual disorders, acute and chronic pain, child wetting and tobacco abuse could be proven.
“Hypnosis non-smokers” clearly abstinent for longer The superiority of smoking cessation with hypnosis compared to self-directed experiments is shown in studies from 1998 (Heumann and Schmidt, www.meg-tuebingen.de/1-hypnose-hypnoseforschung.htm#rauchen) and 2006 (Revenstorf, ibid.): The surveys after four weeks, after three months and after one year always showed a clearly higher proportion of abstinence in the group of those who had used hypnosis to quit smoking. And in many cases after just three sessions. In Revenstorf's study, after one year, 48.1% of the hypnosis group continued to turn away from cigarettes, whereas only 22.6% of the control group could describe themselves as “non-smokers”.
Modern hypnotherapy requires medical and psychological knowledge. Modern hypnotherapy uses the hypnotic trance and the associated intense perception of inner images, memories and feelings in order to focus the client's attention specifically on finding a solution. New (or forgotten / overlooked) information should set processes in motion that solve old blockages, lead to alternative perspectives and activate beneficial behaviors. Measurable positive effects such as relaxation and immune activation also lead to more well-being and health.
Even though smokers are generally healthy people, Prof. Revenstorf warns against confessing to laypersons to give up smoking cessation with hypnosis, especially because there is a dependency relationship in the trance state and unpredictable reactions can also occur. The use of hypnosis requires medical, neurobiological and psychological knowledge as well as therapeutic experience. A practitioner with the license to practice a medical profession (doctors, psychotherapists, naturopaths) and appropriate further training would then be best suited to deal competently and responsibly with the client and his reactions to hypnosis. (Dipl.Päd.Jeanette Viñals Stein, naturopath, January 6th, 2010)
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