Covert sensitization is a reliable and effective form of treatment. It has been used very successfully in the treatment of alcoholism, cigarette addiction, cannabis addiction, compulsive gambling, exhibitionism, obesity and juvenile delinquency. (Cautela, 1967). This treatment approach may also be applied to cigarette smokers. David Kraft, a member of BSCAH, and fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, has used this approach successfully over the last few years. He pairs the unwanted behaviour with a feelings nauseous: before the client picks up the cigarette. He combines the aversion with other techniques, including ‘the non smoker walk’ and split screen imagery. He also gives suggestions that cravings will be non-existent or hardly present. The result being that many clients have few cravings. In the paper that Dr Kraft recently published, the client had no cravings whatsoever, and he said that this was significant in helping him to stop smoking once and for all.
Smoking has a deleterious effect on every organ in the body.
London Hypnotherapy UK is dedicated to helping people give up smoking once and for all. The treatment is a complete abstinence programme, but is long lasting.
David Kraft is an experienced psychotherapist who is based in Harley Street London. He has published 17 papers in academic journals and continues to research. He is a fellow of the RSM and a member of BSCAH.
David Kraft does not recommend individuals going to lay hypnotherapist. He suggests that individuals requiring treatment should go to an accredited health professional, psychologist or registered psychotherapist. David Kraft, of London Hypnotherapy UK and London Psychotherapy, recommends BSCAH and the UKCP.