Mark Biggs had been a heavy smoker for 10 years, often lighting up to 30 cigarettes a day. Today, the 37-year-old human resources director is smoke-free and has been so for the past five years after undergoing two sessions of hypnotherapy. “I was shocked with the result. The first few weeks were tough. But, over a period of time, I had no problem being in the same room with smokers,” Biggs said.
Beryl Comar, a Dubai-based hypnotherapist, has the solution to kicking this bad habit with one or two hypnotic sessions. “It’s all in the words,” she said. Comar is a graduate of economics, geography and sociology, and also holds masters degrees in education and applied linguistics.
However, Biggs did not have a smooth ride. Eighteen months after quitting smoking, he found himself lighting a cigarette again. “I immediately contacted Comar. I haven’t had another recurrence in the past five years after that,” he said. Comar said the craving for nicotine is fuelled by a need for belonging. This can be remedied through hypnotherapy.
“The most important factor to achieve anything is a strong resolve, a complete dedication. It’s the same with hypnosis. If you are not certain about what you want to achieve, you might as well not go in for it,” she said. She said there are two areas of information storage and thought processes in the mind: our conscious mind and the subconscious. Hypnotherapy targets the subconscious mind. “There are two methods to get into one’s subconscious – through complete relaxation or through shock. The person will have complete control of his desires. So, any suggestions that he is not open to may be discarded by him.
A study by Pfizer shows 20 per cent of the UAE’s total male population smokes, while three per cent of females are smokers. as many as 42 per cent of males aged 17 are smokers Hypnotherapy is a very effective treatment to stop smoking. Through hypnosis smokers are ‘un-taught’ their bad habits quickly, easily and pain free.