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5 Limiting Beliefs That Thwart Stop Smoking Efforts

Posted by – October 19, 2014

EFT, short for Emotional Freedom Techniques, blasts through these beliefs and then you can simply choose to stop smoking without a craving or discomfort to be felt. Why? Because these 5 beliefs keep that smoking desire in place. All are from my clinical experience with EFT and successful stop-smoking sessions. Without further ado, here they are.

  1. “I must always be perfect”. This belief makes people so nervous, they need a cigarette to calm down.
  2. “I will get fat”. If you use EFT, the root causes why you may wish to smoke are the same why you may wish to overeat, and both are obliterated at the same time.
  3. “I will be irritable”. You smoke because smoking takes away the irritability. Not-smoking does not cause irritability but merely unmasks it.
  4. “I will become one of those horrible non-smokers who keep shouting at their smoker friends to go outside”. EFT does not change your personality. It merely takes away the desire to smoke and leaves you calm and composed.
  5. “I will become a different person”. I have yet to see it. What do you expect to happen, that you turn yellow, blue, green, look like an alien? Another daft misconception.

Any other excuses? When you have finished reeling them out, try EFT. You may be very pleasantly surprised!

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Kinesiology-Based Bio-Feedback In My Cape Town Stop-Smoking Session

Posted by – August 18, 2011

Most people in Cape Town take a number of sessions to quit smoking, unlike my UK clients, who usually stopped in one session. This is because there are more factors tying a Capetonian to smoking. So we are left with a dilemma. A smoker who wants to stop smoking needs some reassurance that the methods are working. But the methods are chipping away at the smoking in each session rather than releasing it all in one. So I have come up with a reduction plan, which is becoming increasingly popular. At the end of each session, I would sit down with the client and agree a maximum number of cigarettes a day that they felt they could cut down to, giving them the confidence that their treatment was working.

However, although most now ex-smokers on this plan have done very well, some smokers came back discouraged that they could not stick to the plan. The problem was that the reduction was determined by the the clients’ subjective wish to succeed, want to save money on sessions and cigarettes, and need to be in control. It was not an objective assessment of the state of mind of the client. It usually was perfectly spot-on and worked, but when it did not, that was not good enough for me. I started doing kinesiology-based muscle-testing to objectively find root causes of the clients’ smoking desire, and that was both full of great revelations to the client, and it was also a great way to go beyond denialism, the greatest block in any smoker’s path to recovery. Once the smoker was face-to-face with what their mind-body was clearly saying, they owned it and worked with me to let it go. This was a great success. And then, I thought why not use the muscle-testing for an objective measure of the reduction that is right for each particular ex-smoker-to-be?! Well, I am pleased to say that it is working a charm.

Kinesiology-based muscle-testing is a way of using a muscle to tell us objectively what is going on in the mind-body. This ranges from pathogens to food intolerance to emotions. Muscles used for this bio-feedback mechanism are usually in an arm or leg. The muscle chosen gives two types of feedback; strong, and weakened. “Marcelle” (not her real name) came to see me in my Cape Town treatment studio for stopping smoking. At the end of her session, I wanted to know how many cigarettes she could reduce to. I was concerned, because we had a holiday coming up when she had to wait longer for her second session that I would have liked. She smoked 15 cigarettes a day when she came to see me, so I was worried about gauging this correctly. The muscle-test came up with a strong muscle when she repeated “I can easily reduce to 12 cigarettes a day”. And so we used this number for moving forward. Had we not used muscle-testing, Marcelle may have tried to cut down further, only to end up disappointed. This way, we knew what we were dealing with.

The target of 12 a day had indeed been successful. And then Marcelle’s mother made a very abusive visit, and Marcelle turned to cigarettes as a way out of the distress. So we treated this, and at the end of the second session, We tested for number of cigarettes again. 14 Gave a strong muscle, as did 12. At 11 cigarettes a day, the muscle started to wobble, and at 10, the muscle lost its strength. So we agreed to cut down to 11-12 a day until the next appointment.

At the next appointment, I was delighted to hear that not only was the 11-12 a day target realistic, but it was even bettered. The reason why was that Marcelle had tapped during a mother visit where her mother was again being abusive. Marcelle told me that she asked herself whether it would be better to tap and look silly or smoke and feel defeated, and she decided to tap. And so she was able to remain strong and even exceeded our expectations. If you are not familiar with tapping, this is a revolutionary new self-help and practitioner-application method called EFT that can help make you stronger. At the end of this session, we muscle-tested again. A maximum of 10, 9, 8, and 7 cigarettes a day all gave a strong muscle. The muscle started to wobble at 6 cigarettes a day and went weak at 5. And so we set a target of 6-9 a day.

After this, an unexpected ongoing disastrous situation happened in Marcelle’s life which the muscle-testing could not have predicted. We then changed the treatment to one of disaster management rather than forward progress. When the situation finally stopped, Marcelle went back to the program with a plan of 7 cigarettes a day. We then kept reducing till Marcelle reached zero number.

The muscle-testing made a big difference in showing Marcelle what her subconscious mind really wanted. This is because you cannot truly stop smoking unless all parts of you are in agreement. And many a smoker who is unsuitable for a one-session stop smoking program wants to fool themselves that they will stop in one session, and then they feel hopeless and ashamed when they fail. This is not to say that many smokers quit in one session. Many do. Of course they do. However, in high-stress places like Cape Town, where Marcelle is, most smokers need a bit longer than one session. And this is where muscle-testing can really help the person move forward. When the smoker literally sees their subconscious mind speaking to them, they do listen. It is a very powerful tool indeed.

© Suzanne Zacharia 2011. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author of the Stop Smoking E-book at http://www.quit-smoking-ebook.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com

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Finally – Stop Smoking Success For This Well-Deserving Cape Town Lady

Posted by – August 18, 2011

“Marcelle” (not her real name) quietly handed me her progress sheet today with nothing on it. She said the reason it was unfilled was because she had not smoked! Yes! She has now been smoke-free for a week! I am absolutely delighted, and she is very proud of herself.

When I first met Marcelle, she did not want to stop smoking. But since seeing how easily her relatives stopped, she asked to see me. This is what is so poignant about this case. Her relatives stopped in 2-3 sessions, but she needed longer. Had Marcelle come for treatment without knowing how easy it was for them, she would have probably given up giving up, like many others do, if they find out it is going to take longer. They do not understand that it is a personal thing and start blaming the process, the practitioner, anything that the hooked mind will direct the anger and frustration at. Anything, that is, except the real causes. But Marcelle trusted the process that she had seen work for others. She realised it was a personal thing, and everyone goes at their own pace. And she is a non-smoker now.

There was big theme running in Marcelle’s sessions. This was a childhood full of abuse from her mother. Now, before you think of psychology, banish that thought from your mind. Think energy healing. The problem with most talk therapy is that you talk about the problem, bring it to the surface, making the wound raw again, and not be able to do anything with it except get insights and try to get used to it. With energy healing, we simply release the energy disruption, or energy imprint, left by the traumatic events. This does for some people bring up traumatic memories of counselling or psychotherapy. If you suspect this may happen with you, and you are going for EFT energy healing treatment, then simply let your practitioner know that you have this problem. Then, they can work on releasing the trauma of going through psychotherapy out of your system first. Anyway, luckily, Marcelle had not been through this kind of trauma, and so we were able to go to this energy disruption and chip away at it session by session. After the 14th session, enough of it was gone, and Marcelle became a calm non-smoker.

 

Two important things happened in the 13th and 14th sessions. One was that we worked on some of the things her husband did which reminded her too much of her mother. And so we released that connection and the attached pain. Another is that I suspected the smoking was stubbornly refusing to go because Marcelle was undergoing a tough time with her child who was mixing with the wrong crowd, and she could not cope with the stress on her own. I wondered if this was a way for Marcelle’s subconscious to bring her back to see me for healing. And so I tapped on her as I said that she does not have to smoke to see me, and I would be more than happy to see her to support her through this difficult time. I really do not know for sure about this factor, but I treated it anyway, in case it may be a secondary gain. And today, Marcelle came to see me for just the stress-release, and it was great to see her face beaming with pride as she announced her success!

I will be continuing to see Marcelle for as long as she wants to. It certainly is cheaper and healthier than cigarettes! I am also helping her to re-gain her health after all those years of smoking damage. Well done, Marcelle. You hung on in there and refused to give up. And you are a big success. Thank you so much for your story.

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Marcelle enjoyed EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), kinesiology-based muscle-testing, and 635 nm cold laser. All are energy methods. All are suitable for anyone unless they have schizophrenia or are suffering with psychosis, in which case a mixture of gentle kinesiology-based methods and Reiki can be used. None of these methods are against any religion or interfere with other treatments.

Marcelle did it. Now there is no reason why you should not.

© Suzanne Zacharia 2011. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author of the Stop Smoking E-book at http://www.quit-smoking-ebook.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com

 

Stop Smoking EFT Tapping – Continuing Success

Posted by – July 12, 2011

More and more people are seeing the benefits of stopping smoking using EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques. “Marcelle” (not her real name) started seeing me after two of her relatives quit with me in Cape Town. One quit in 2 sessions, and the other quit in 3. Marcelle´s daughter had also seen me for EFT, and she is doing great. Marcelle´s stop-smoking journey is a little more challenging, but she likes doing it with EFT, because she is loving the side benefits of this method.

Marcelle arrived at her session with mainly good news. She is on my smoking-reduction plan, reducing the number of cigarettes smoked daily as her need for the habit declines with the EFT. This is what EFT does. It removes out of your system the irritation, nervousness, and other unpleasant feelings that are often mistaken for nicotine withdrawal. As an energy healer, it is my experience that these feelings are not nicotine withdrawal at all, but are the feelings that are conveniently drugged away by the nicotine whilst the person is smoking. When enough of these underlying unwanted feelings are removed with EFT, there is no longer a need to smoke, and the person quits smoking. Anyway, Marcelle´s plan in-between this and the previous session was a maximum of 6 cigarettes a day, and she had had days of 2 cigarettes and days of 5 cigarettes. This is good.

 

Amongst about 10 successes, there were a couple of hiccups. On two days, and only two days, since our last appointment 12 days previously, she had smoked an unusually high 10 cigarettes. So we set about working on those specific days. It transpired that on those days, her young children and her grandchildren, whom she was looking after during school holidays, were making a lot of noise, being over-active, and not wanting to go to bed after 9 pm. Marcelle would go and have a cigarette on those occasions, when the stress with all the children became too much for her. She did not enjoy those cigarettes but just reached out for them. “It’s a habit”, she said. I replied, as I tapped on her, that the habit was to reach out for a cigarette instead of using another coping strategy. I asked her on a scale of 10-0, if she were to relive that night, what number cigarette desire would she have? It was an 8. So we set about tapping. We tapped on aspects like “Even though they’re all so noisy, and it’s too overwhelming…”, “Even though they keep moving about, and it’s just too much energy to cope with…”, and “Even though they won’t listen…” and got it down to a 3 out of 10. Then we tapped around the thought that because her mother had abused her, Marcelle would never hit the children or shout at them. I suggested that maybe she felt like shouting but the cigarette calmed that down. Then we worked on better coping strategies for this situation. We found that an energy grounding visualization would be helpful, so we practised it in the session. The way it works is that Marcelle taps on her ColllarBone continuously without words, as she visualizes all the extra energy absorbed from the children flowing out of her body, from the top of her head, through the centre of her body, through her legs, through the soles of her feet, and into the ground. The energy would then be absorbed by Mother Earth, where it would be recycled into something more useful.


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We worked in this way on the second children incident which triggered the second spike in Marcelle’s smoking. We got both of them down to about a zero. I then set Marcelle a new target of 2-5 cigarettes maximum a day. She happily and calmly accepted this new target. I gave her another progress sheet to fill in, and we had a pleasant conversation as she was on her way out. She is always relaxed after these sessions, and they are helping her to be a stronger and happier person overall. I love this added benefit of working with EFT. It strengthens you from deep within.

As well as EFT, Marcelle enjoyed a massage on this occasion. As a complementary health practitioner trained in the UK, I also do Deep Tissue Massage. Marcelle reported back pain when she walked, and so I gave her a back massage to start with. It only took 20 minutes of our session (my sessions are about 90-120 minutes each), and she reported much better ease of movement afterwards. Many thanks again to Marcelle for providing this case study so that others can benefit. you can follow Marcelle´s story on here. She will happily stop smoking completely. And I am so confident of her success that I am publishing her case study as it evolves.

If you attend a stop-smoking session with me, have an open mind and a willing heart. You too may end up with pleasantly surprising side-benefits!

© Suzanne Zacharia 2011. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author of the Stop Smoking E-book at http://www.quit-smoking-ebook.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com

Stop Smoking EFT and Kinesiology-Based Muscle Testing Cape Town – Marcelle, 3rd Session

Posted by – May 1, 2011

“Marcelle” (not her real name) is seeing me for stopping smoking. I have previously helped some of her relatives, and she wanted to stop smoking with me. She had tried before on her own and lasted about one day. She is now on my reduction plan, where we reduce smoking until she stops. This is a plan that works very well for smokers in Cape Town, where the pressures of life mean that quitting in one session is a rare possibility. This is unlike my home town of London, where most people could easily stop in one session. In Cape Town, I now use EFT tapping and Kinesiology-based muscle testing for treatment and accurate gauging of the reduction plan, and the combination works like magic. I am really delighted that Marcelle gave permission to write her stop-smoking journey, so that others can know just how easy and complete this combination can be.

 

The third session went off to a great start. Marcelle had reduced her smoking even further than expected. The reason was that despite a huge challenge which would have sent her straight to the cigarettes, she was able to remain strong by doing her homework! This was a simple adaptation of EFT tapping called rant-and-tap, where you tap on favorite or emergency points over and over again whilst talking or thinking about what is bothering you. This was Marcelle’s mother being abusive, and Marcelle handled the situation very well. I also think that treating some of the mother root causes had taken a good chunk of the reasons to smoke out of Marcelle’s energy system, leaving her stronger overall. Marcelle was justifiably proud of her achievement as she told me how she decided to tap as soon as she needed to, thereby being able to overcome what was a strong urge to smoke.

We then started looking for smoking triggers. I asked Marcelle to imagine she is looking at a DVD of her life, going back and forth in time, until it reached an incident or a time where she felt like smoking. This was after a meal. I asked her where she was in the DVD and who was with her. She said she was in the lounge on her own. So we tapped on that scenario, using wording like “Even though I have this after eating cigarette desire…” as well as what I call Ericksonian EFT, where I tell a thought-changing hypnotic story as we tap. The desire went from a 6 out of 10 to a 3 to a 2, where it stayed. Sensing that probing further was not appropriate, I decided it was good enough and moved on.

Next, I asked Marcelle about her smoking desire at a forthcoming social event. It was a 3 out of 10. I tapped with her on all aspects I could think of, but then she suddenly said that it was the car journey where she saw herself smoking. We had only just started to tap on that when out tumbled a surprising root cause. Marcelle had been in a terrifying car accident some 20 years or more previously. So we tapped on all the points whilst she told me about the car accident, so that we can release it from her system gently. I kept asking her questions about it that she had to answer, all very gently of course. And at the end of that tapping, the desire to smoke in the car was under a 1 out of 10. All very good!

We then tapped on the smoking desire when Marcelle got up in the night. This went from a 7 out of 10 to a 4 to a 2. We used wording such as “Even though I need this night cigarette…” and mentally walked through the processes we tapped.

And finally, we muscle-tested for the minimum number of cigarettes Marcelle could easily have, and this turned out to be 6. So I gave her a target of 6-9 per day to aim for till next time.

© Suzanne Zacharia 2011. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author of the Stop Smoking E-book at http://www.quit-smoking-ebook.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com

Stop Smoking EFT and Kinesiology-Based Muscle Testing Cape Town – Marcelle, 2nd Session

Posted by – May 1, 2011

 

“Marcelle” (name changed) is on a reduction plan to stop smoking for good. The way it works is as follows. Every session, we release as much as we can of the reasons behind the smoking. We are doing this with EFT, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Techniques or Tapping. Then we do an objective assessment, with Kinesiology-based muscle-testing, of how many cigarettes we can comfortably reduce to. We are doing this all the way to zero, and progress so far is successfully on track. I am indeed grateful to Marcelle for letting me write her story. It is written soon after it happens. This way, you can tell that it is real.

On her second session, Marcelle announced that she had indeed stuck to our agreed reduction plan for about 3 days. Then she struggled to cope with that number all of a sudden. I thought that was strange, because we had muscle-tested for accuracy in determining that figure. So I wondered what went wrong. Marcelle seemed very ashamed of herself and very despondent because of this. After further gentle questioning, Marcelle revealed what had really happened. Her abusive mother had visited around Day 3 and proceeded to deeply personally insult Marcelle’s teenage daughter, being very abusive and totally freaking out. Marcelle tried to verbally defend her daughter, but her mother carried on with the tirade of abuse. I asked Marcelle whether in the light of this information, it made sense that she was stressed and needed to calm herself with a cigarette. She agreed. We then started the tapping.

We started tapping on something like “Even though I have this feeling about when my mother came over and freaked out…”, interspersed with just tap-and-rant. Tap-and-rant is when you just tap on all the points you use whilst telling about what happened. This event came down from a out of 10 to a 4, and then a 2. We then tapped on all the points as started to figure out solutions to protect Marcelle from her mother and her children from their abusive grandmother. We came to many ideas, some of which Marcelle has successfully put in place after this session (I write this after our third), and as a result, Marcelle did very well with her reduction plan after this session. Next, I asked her for a time when her mother was abusive to her, maybe in childhood. Marcelle came up with a time when she was 12 and her mother accused her of stealing an item of jewellery and called the police to take her away. The police took the 12-year-old child away for questioning. This was in the old South Africa, so I can imagine this was not a gentle experience. The police believed Marcelle and called the mother to come and take her back home. Afterwards, the thief was found, but not reported, and Marcelle did not receive an apology either. This event started at an intensity of 7 out of 10, and with some inner child work, we reduced it to a 1. We then re-visited the recent mother freaking out incident, and Marcelle said it was now simply a “bright light”. She was peaceful.

We then muscle-tested for emotions and aspects that weaken Marcelle where cigarettes were concerned. We came up with Rejection and Sleep problems due to a hypothalamus challenge. We tapped for both, and then we muscle-tested for number of cigarettes to cut down to. This was 11-12 a day, and Marcelle was able to even reduce further, because she carried out her homework brilliantly! This was simply tap-and-rant!

In the next article in this series (which in most browsers appears just above this one), I tell you how Marcelle exceeded our expectations and how the third session revealed an interesting twist to the need to smoke in the car.

© Suzanne Zacharia 2011. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author of the Stop Smoking E-book at http://www.stop-smoking-ebooks.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com

Stop Smoking By Solving These Reasons

Posted by – March 28, 2011

So you want to stop smoking. It is good to take some time first to ask yourself why. The reasons why you want to stop can be a very strong incentive and motivation for you, and that is all good and well. But these are not the real reasons that I am talking about.

You may have expected to read motivation in this article to keep strong. For example, motivation about your health, your family, your looks, your teeth, all the money you will save, your smell, and your freedom from the constrictive habit, to name just a few of the common reasons. But just suspend your beliefs for a while and let me show you some other reasons.

* Smoking to relax.
* Smoking to de-stress.
* Smoking when bored at work.
* Smoking in order to go to the toilet in the morning.
* Smoking with your coffee, because the two have always gone so well together.
* Smoking with a friend.
* Smoking to rebel against a parent or teacher.
* Because it makes conversation easier in social situations.
* Because it helps you when you have a drink.
* Because it reminds you of the strong bond between you and your smoking family.
* Because it helps you concentrate on your work or studies.
* Because it is a luxury, and you deserve a treat.
* If you stop, you will eat and eat and put on weight.
* If you stop, you will feel nervous or anxious.
* If you stop, you may feel angry and irritable.
* If you stop, you may have difficulty sleeping.
* If you stop, you may feel deprived.
* If you stop, you may feel moody.

So, amongst these are reasons why you smoke. Armed with these reasons, and maybe a few more of your own, you now have a list of reasons that bind you to the smoking. Release these reasons, and you release that link to smoking. Every one of these reasons is a block in your path to success. But with the right techniques, you can bulldoze your way through and smash every block to smithereens! You can release every one of those reasons out of your system and break free!

The best method I know of to help you do just that is EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques. known also as Tapping, EFT uses a combination of acupressure and releasing wording to set you free the really easy way. It is suitable for almost everyone, unless you have schizophrenia or psychosis, in which case other methods are recommended, such as the gentler energy techniques like Reiki or Kinesiology. Whatever route you take, I wish you every success breaking through those reasons and reaching that beautiful place of freedom!

© Suzanne Zacharia 2011. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author of the Stop Smoking E-book at http://www.quit-smoking-ebook.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com

Israeli Researchers Say Smoking Is A Habit Not An Addiction – Why I Disagree

Posted by – October 12, 2010

Israeli researchers have carried out a simple research monitoring cravings of smokers and have concluded quite correctly in my opinion that the hold nicotine has on people is psychological and not physical as in the sense of a heroin addiction.

However, the researchers have gone further and said that just because the need for smoking is psychological, then smoking is not an addiction. I disagree and would challenge this view of addiction.

There are many different addictions that grip the user and hold them hostage. Some involve no substance abuse at all. One example that comes to mind is co-dependency. This is when a person is attracted to destructive relationships. Amongst those are relationships with a physically abusive partner, a partner who continually cheats and is disrespectful, a partner who harms the children of their lover, and various other permutations. It is hard to call such a destructive way of life just a habit. I agree with practitioners who call such destructive behavior an addiction.

An addiction may well be physical, however what all addictions have in common is the psychological addiction. This even applies to heroin. For example, it was noticed that soldiers returning from Vietnam who had become addicted to heroin whilst in combat had a relatively good ability to stop becoming addicts afterwards, compared to the average civilian heroin addict. One may well say that the combat situation was temporary, whereas what normally attracts a user to heroin is pre-existing emotional reasons. And we all read about stars who go to rehab, are clean for years, and then suddenly get re-addicted.

In other words, it is important for us to recognize that despite any physiological effects of a drug, it is the emotional part that really makes the addiction. Pretending that the compelling emotional pull of a destructive behavior is just a habit is belittling the real reasons behind a serious addiction and belittling the real misery and ill-health suffered by countless addicts worldwide as a result.

In terms of energy psychology, an addictive craving is the result of an anxiety caused by a disruption of the subtle energy system of the mind-body. When we release this energy disruption, this anxiety is released and the cravings disappear. EFT, short for Emotional Freedom Techniques, often better known as Tapping, is a great way to release this energy disruption gently and effectively. It can be self-applied or the smoker can dive right in and work with an experienced practitioner.

 

© Suzanne Zacharia 2010. My name is Suzanne Zacharia and I am committed to spreading the word about health options. I believe that the more and better options one has, the more choice there is.

A virus caught along with 5 other students at university at the end of 1986, plus medical negligence, meant that I got smokers lung at a relatively young age. In desperation for help with my symptoms and quality of life, I turned to complementary therapy, and I have outlived one doctor’s prognosis by many years now.

I am now a complementary therapist, author of your Stop Smoking book at http://www.quit-smoking-ebook.com and trainer specializing in energy healing. Want to use this article? You can, as long as you credit me with it and invite your readers to get my FREE book “EFT How-To For You” at http://www.EFT-Scripts.com