We have done extensive research in tracking not only our client’s success, but the success of clients in similar smoking caesarians programs through the cooperation of hypnosis centers around the country. What we discovered is that approximately 83% of clients in a single session program remained smoke-free for a minimum of one year, compared with a two-session program where our client’s success rate increased to 89%. That may not seem significant, but successes after the first year increased dramatically with an additional session, from 72% for one session to 93% for two sessions. Adding a third session did not significantly change the success rate and programs consisting of four or more sessions actually decreased our clients success, largely due to many of these individuals not completing the program.
Let me clarify the reason that the two-session programs are more successful. It is not because of a perceived need for reinforcement of hypnotic suggestions. That simply isn’t the case. Once a thought, idea, or concept is accepted by the subconscious mind it is permanent. In fact only on very rare occasions do we “reinforce” suggestions from the first session. The second session is typically used to address issues that arise from the smoking cessation itself. These issues may include but are not limited to irritability, feelings of loss, boredom, oral fixations, imagined withdrawal symptoms, etc. Because there is no way to determine ahead of time how smoking cessation will affect you, we use this session to ensure your transition to becoming a non-smoker is pleasant, enjoyable, and, most importantly, permanent.