Many adults pursue a wide variety of options when they are looking to stop smoking. While the pharmaceutical industry offers nicotine replacement products such as inhalers and patches, medical reports show that smokers only achieve a quitting rate of 15 percent when using these items. Other prescriptions can offer a higher success rate when combined with additional treatments such as counseling, but the most effective method of facilitating smoking cessation is aversion therapy.
Smokers typically find that smoking provides a pleasurable, rewarding sensation. Using aversion therapy, psychologists aim to replace these positive reactions with unpleasant feelings. Rapid smoking, the most popular form of aversion therapy, involves several minutes of continual smoking until the participant begins to experience nausea.
In another version of aversion therapy, the smoker receives small electric shocks throughout the smoking process. Schick-Shadel Treatment Centers conducted a study of 327 participants using this method. After one year, more than 52 percent of participants had stopped smoking.