Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Can you afford to give up smoking? Can you afford not to?

People often question the cost of hypnotherapy to stop smoking. €250 seems a lot of money to spend on anything in the present economic climate. So – what do you get for your money? Every smoking cessation session is tailored to the particular needs of the individual client. It is geared to identifying the particular good feeling that each smoker accesses when they indulge the habit, and then teaching a simple technique that allows them to access the same feeling, only without a cigarette.

This process is reinforced by a hypnotic session of about 30 minutes duration which is recorded live onto a personalised CD for the client to take away. The repeated suggestions on the recording quickly install the new habit in the subconscious mind over the next few days and the job is done. A free second session is included as part of the therapy, if the client should ever feel they need it. There is no time limit placed on this. Interestingly, at the time of writing, the uptake for second sessions is only about 1 in 17 people, which implies a good success rate. 

Certainly it is much more successful than the popular method of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), usually in the form of chewing gum, patches or inhaler devices. In clinical trials the success rate with NRT was only 6.75%. This was about twice the success rate of the control group who were given a placebo (unmedicated gum or patches).It is usually recommended to use NRT for three months.  At a cost of about €25 per week this equates to €325 for your 6.75% chance of success!

The other alternative is the prescription drug Varenelicline (“Champix”) which is not without side-effects. At the time of writing, this costs about €94 per month on private prescription in addition to the consultation fee charged by your family doctor. So, once again the cost for three months therapy is about €350. Success rates in clinical trials were 19%

Of course the final alternative is to not give up at all! The health hazards of smoking are very well known and well documented, but the financial cost is high too. Take a look at the table and do the maths. How soon could you have that item you desire; that holiday, car, iPad or whatever?  And if you keep smoking until age 70, if you are lucky enough to last that long, how much will it cost you? What could you buy with that money? What could you do with those extra years and that extra money?

Find out more by visiting the Riverside Hypnotherapy Clinic website or the article on stopping smoking at this link. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk about your own individual smoking habit. If you want to stop, I can help you make it happen.