Monday, 25 June 2012

Research Shows Hypnosis Is Effective In Assisting to Quit Smoking and other Addictions

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The South African Hypnosis Network [SAHN], has compiled a collection of Hypnosis Scientific research on the effectiveness of Hypnosis for Addictions, especially to quit smoking, the findings are quite interesting.

90.6% Success Rate for Smoking Cessation Using Hypnosis

Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent from tobacco use at follow-up (6 months to 3 years post-treatment). This represents a 90.6% success rate using hypnosis.


University of Washington School of Medicine, Depts. of Anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2001 Jul;49(3):257-66. Barber J.

87% Reported Abstinence From Tobacco Use With Hypnosis

A field study of 93 male and 93 female CMHC outpatients examined the facilitation of smoking cessation by using hypnosis. At 3-month follow-up, 86% of the men and 87% of the women reported continued abstinence from the use of tobacco using hypnosis.


Performance by gender in a stop-smoking program combining hypnosis and aversion. Johnson DL, Karkut RT. Adkar Associates, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana. Psychol Rep. 1994 Oct;75(2):851-7. PMID: 7862796 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

81% Reported They Had Stopped Smoking After Hypnosis

Thirty smokers enrolled in an HMO were referred by their primary physician for treatment. Twenty-one patients returned after an initial consultation and received hypnosis for smoking cessation. At the end of treatment, 81% of those patients reported that they had stopped smoking, and 48% reported abstinence at 12 months post-treatment.


Texas A&M University, System Health Science Center, College of Medicine, College Station, TX USA. Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2004 Jan;52(1):73-81. Clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation: preliminary results of a three-session intervention. Elkins GR, Rajab MH.

Hypnosis Patients Twice As Likely To Remain Smoke-Free After Two Years

Study of 71 smokers showed that after a two-year follow up, patients that quit with hypnosis were twice as likely to remain smoke-free than those who quit on their own.


Guided health imagery for smoking cessation and long-term abstinence. Wynd, CA. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2005; 37:3, pages 245-250.

Hypnosis More Effective Than Drug Interventions For Smoking Cessation

Group hypnosis sessions, evaluated at a less effective success rate (22% success) than individualized hypnosis sessions. However, group hypnosis sessions were still demonstrated here as being more effective than drug interventions.


Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210, USA Descriptive outcomes of the American Lung Association of Ohio hypnotherapy smoking cessation program. Ahijevych K, Yerardi R, Nedilsky N.

Hypnosis Most Effective Says Largest Study Ever: 3 Times as Effective as Patch and 15 Times as Effective as Willpower.

Hypnosis is the most effective way of giving up smoking, according to the largest ever scientific comparison of ways of breaking the habit. A meta-analysis, statistically combining results of more than 600 studies of 72,000 people from America and Europe to compare various methods of quitting. On average, hypnosis was over three times as effective as nicotine replacement methods and 15 times as effective as trying to quit alone.


University of Iowa, Journal of Applied Psychology, How One in Five Give Up Smoking. October 1992.

(Also New Scientist, October 10, 1992.)

Hypnosis for Addictions (Drugs, etc)

Hypnosis Shows 77 Percent Success Rate for Drug Addiction

Treatment has been used with 18 clients over the last 7 years and has shown a 77 percent success rate for at least a 1-year follow-up. 15 were being seen for alcoholism or alcohol abuse, 2 clients were being seen for cocaine addiction, and 1 client had a marijuana addiction


Intensive Therapy: Utilizing Hypnosis in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Potter, Greg, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Jul 2004.

Hypnosis For Cocaine Addiction Documented Case Study

Hypnosis was successfully used to overcome a $500 (five grams) per day cocaine addiction. The subject was a female in her twenties. After approximately 8 months of addiction, she decided to use hypnosis in an attempt to overcome the addiction itself. Over the next 4 months, she used hypnosis three times a day and at the end of this period, her addiction was broken, and she has been drug free for the past 9 years. Hypnosis was the only intervention, and no support network of any kind was available.


The use of hypnosis in cocaine addiction. Page RA, Handley GW, Ohio State University, Lima, OH USA 45804. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1993 Oct;36(2):120-3.

Significantly More Methadone Addicts Quit with Hypnosis. 94% Remained Narcotic Free

Significant differences were found on all measures. The experimental group had significantly less discomfort and illicit drug use, and a significantly greater amount of cessation. At six month follow up, 94% of the subjects in the experimental group who had achieved cessation remained narcotic free.


A comparative study of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the treatment of methadone addicts. Manganiello AJ, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 1984; 26(4): 273-9.

For more information

This information was compiled by The South African Hypnosis Network, SAHN at To contact SAHN please visit the website or call the founder, Leo Gopal on 078 455 11 757.

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Leo Gopal is master hypnotist, influence expert, seasoned marketer and philanthropist to name just a few.

Leo began his journey in the hypnosis world when he was in his mid-teens many years ago. He began with an almost obsessive, contagious passion that has been described as a hypnotic fever to learn the arts.

He was trained, coached and mentored by many of the greats around the world and realised that the world is full of people like him but not as fortunate to learn from such great sources as resources for learning hypnotism was kept for “adults”.

Along with another teenage Hypnotist, Nathan Thomas, Leo Gopal co-founded the International Association for Teenage Hypnotists (IATH) in 2008 where they gave free hypnosis lessons and tutorials emphasising ethics and safety freely to other teens.

The popularity of IATH grew and its founders were also getting older where they noticed that almost half the members on IATH were appreciating their work in the hypnosis world and were much older than their teenage years, so in 2010 for IATH’s third anniversary – they re-launched the IATH as the International Association for Youth Hypnotists (IAYH) which it still is today.

Leo Gopal is also the founder and president of an International Hypnosis Training Institute called Tulsi Hypnosis Institute which has its head offices in his hometown in South Africa. As you can see, Leo has an immense passion for teaching and spreading knowledge of hypnosis.

Being passionate about the human mind, how it operates and how its influenced, Leo also has a deep rooted background in marketing, sales, influence and networking which he also teaches for the benefit of his various audiences.

Believing in the goodness of humanity, Leo has also brought to South Africa the movement of Pay It Forward, which is a movement believing that one should do good deeds for others and not expecting it to be paid back in return but to open up the caring to pay good deeds forward and eventually have it return full circle.

Leo has undertaken various projects to improve the state of hypnosis and hypnotherapy which he mostly does through his quality hypnosis training. However, he has a huge focus in the development of hypnosis in South Africa and is the creator of the South African Hypnosis Network (SAHN) which consists of a Hypnotist/Hypnotherapist Directory and resource base, a Hypnosis community Forum and access to the The Hypnosis Guild of Southern Africa. The aim is to create unity and community with hypnotists in South Africa and providing them with the resources needed to best benefit the industry at large.

Other than those many projects, he has an immense sweet tooth especially for Lindt and Ferrero chocolate, has been nicknamed by many as "The Enchanter" for his hypnosis style and his favourite word is “Awesome”. :)