Stop Smoking Without A Struggle With These 3 Alternative Addiction-Breakers

Posted on: 6 January 2016

Many, if not most, smokers eventually reach a point in their lives where they want to break the smoking habit, and seek out methods that can help them quit. But popular pharmaceutical smoking cessation tools often aren't as helpful as smokers would like – nicotine replacement therapy alone has been shown to have a 16.4% success rate after a year, and the addition of an anti-depressant drug only raises the success rate to about 30%. If you're a smoker who wants to quit, you may want to consider one of these alternative smoking cessation treatments instead.

Hypnotherapy: More than Just Hype

Don't be fooled by the portrayals of hypnosis that you've seen on television or in the movies – hypnotherapy is serious business performed by trained professionals, and many people, including celebrities, have found freedom from their smoking addictions thanks to hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy costs between $80 and $200 a session, and usually one to four sessions are required to help a smoker break the habit. Using breathing and visualization techniques, a hypnotherapist, like Gayle North Positive Change Coach or others, guides the patient into a relaxed state, and then plants suggestions in the patient's subconscious that have the effect of making cigarettes and smoke become distasteful to the patient.

Acupuncture: Relief Through Pressure Points

Acupuncture is a well-known alternative pain relief treatment, and in the same way that stimulating pressure points relieves pain, the process of acupuncture can also provide relief from the cravings and discomfort that accompany nicotine withdrawal.

Patients using acupuncture to quit smoking will see the acupuncturist most frequently in the early weeks of attempting to quit smoking. The acupuncturist will focus on pressure points behind the ears to stimulate the nervous system to induce a relaxed state and reduce nicotine cravings. The acupuncturist may also provide the patient with accupressure seeds – small beads placed on the ears to help self-treat cravings and withdrawal symptoms at home.

Herbal Remedies: Healthy Substitutions for Smoking

Some smokers who wish to avoid pharmaceuticals find relief in natural herbal remedies instead. Herbal cigarettes, containing herbs like mint, lemongrass, or clover, and containing no nicotine, can provide the hand-to-mouth sensation that smokers crave while they detox from the nicotine. However, once the dependence on nicotine is broken, smokers will need to give up their dependence on herbal cigarettes as well.

Herbs like St. Johns Wort and Rhodiola Rosea can help reduce cravings and provide users with feelings of relaxation and stress relief. Meanwhile, black pepper and cayenne pepper can both be useful in controlling nicotine cravings. These herbal remedies can be used alone or in combination with traditional smoking cessation techniques or with acupuncture and hypnotherapy. However, you should seek advice from a medical professional before beginning an herbal remedy regimen. Unlike hypnotherapy and acupuncture, herbs can have side effects or interact negatively with other medications.

You don't have to be a slave to cigarettes, and if traditional smoking cessation methods have failed you, you still have options. Try one of these alternative addiction treatments as soon as possible.  

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