Discussion in 'On Topic' started by wimp, Mar 9, 2009.
i have terrible anxiety i get when i quit
While Marijuana is not a hard drug like heroin, cocaine or ice and has not been linked to cancer and heart disease like cigarette smoking the overuse of pot has ruined or inhibited many lives. Whatever your reason for wanting to know how to quit weed forever these tips for quitting pot may help you live the life you want to.
1. Understand your addiction
The first thing you must do is realize what your addiction actually is. You see, unlike cigarettes which contain nicotine which causes a chemical addiction in your body that gives you physical cravings for a smoke pot has no such chemicals. The addiction most pot smokers have is what is labeled a mental addiction. This means that there is no chemical or physical need to go an smoke some Marijuana, it is instead simply something you have come to believe you need because it is comfortable and the high you get feels good and you do not want to let it go; this is a psychological need;
2. Understand your psychological need
Once you can accept that your addiction stems from a psychological need you can move to understand that need. Is smoking an escape from a harsh reality? Is it simply a symptom of boredom? Is it because all your friends use pot too? The reasons we develop addictions are many and varied but understanding the core of it can allow you to set yourself free.
3. Find something to replace your addiction
This does not mean find another drug! It does however mean that while you try to quit pot you need to develop some coping mechanisms when you feel the need to use pot again. Finding something creative and fulfilling to fill that void can often lead to great things.
4. Develop your will to quit
As was said, Marijuana is not chemically addictive so quitting comes down to willpower. Now this does not mean that if you feel the need to use pot again you have weak willpower as psychological addiction can be very strong in people especially those who have used weed for many years. It does however mean that it will come down to what you do and the support the people around you offer, there are no pot "patches".
How to quit smoking pot is much easier said than done but it is very possible to quit weed forever if you understand your addiction and take steps to remedy this core problem along with some willpower and a drive to succeed you can do this!
I think the trick is to stop doing the things that usually end up with you smoking. For example, just hanging around your home. I know with my roommate and I, we never have anything to do at our place so what do we do? We get high. It's the environment you're in that results in smoking, I think. I never even think about smoking while I'm out doing other things though and aside from this I lead a very fulfilling life and I do a lot of other things.
That is also a cut and paste from a company that sells a product to "help" quit. It's not prescribed, and it doesnt work for most people. Maybe if you aren't addicted, it might.
I would recommend talking to a clinical therapist, because you are going to have anxiety when you quit, and you will need help to deal with that anxiety. If doing the above really worked, wouldn't you have already done it? Maybe you are addicted, maybe you need help. Remember, anything you say to a psychiatrist is protect by client privelege, you don't need to sugar coat anything.
There is also free pamphlets at all 12 step meetings you might find helpful, and at a lot of treatment places. You dont even have to talk to anybody.
Just force yourself cold turkey for a week. If you really have to, convince a friend to live with you for a week and follow you making sure you don't smoke.
The first 2-3 days not smoking suck realy bad, but once I've gone a week without smoking, I have no cravings at all.
That anxiety you feel is probably the way normal people feel all the time -- either that, or you have something you're constantly anxious about, and you've been using the weed to skirt around the issue all this time.
look dude, I'm gonna give it to you straight, stranger to stranger.
it's going to be a cunt of a time quitting.
but it's way better being a bit sad, having anxiety attacks and being a bastard to live with.
i'd rather 100 days of that.
your alternative is being dead. 100% guaranteed that your life will amount to nothing if you keep this shit up.
my uncle died, smoked marijuana daily and at the age of 40 was dead.
oh yeah and it took 3 people less than 6 hours to pack his room away and move it out of the apartment he was living in.
you've let yourself be led by this thing for too long, and you've made the first step in ending the strangle hold over your life.
do something about it man, get your shit together and build a life you can be proud of.
When I quit, I just decided one day to, and did. its hard to stick to, you're gonna be thinking about it, and beware, headaches are going to come