SRS I think I'm addicted to weed

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  1. wimp

    wimp New Member

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    I hate to admit this, but I am. I go to college away from home and whenever I am at school, I have a very strong desire to smoke weed. When I am at home away from college, I can go without a desire to smoke weed, but when I am at college, I can't stop. I have even been smoking upwards of over half an eigth a day, staying up all night, and missing my classes.

    I have gone long periods of times without smoking weed. During finals I went without it for over 2 weeks, but once I take another hit, it's like all I want to do is smoke weed. If I am somehow forced by circumstance into not smoking for 2-3 days, that desire is greatly decreased and I can control it somewhat until the next time I have a session.

    I think I'm addicted because I can't stop as easily as I should. I don't look at my responsibilities and say No, I can't, like I used to. It's oh one hit won't hurt, but it always turns out to be more.

    Yeah, I have a drug problem. :hs:
     
  2. johan

    johan Active Member

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    Whereabouts in Cali do you live?
    You could try the Las Encinas Hospital, or how about Sober by the Sea.
    That's good too.
     
  3. Jay Pheezy

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    Hmm.. I believe that scientifically or w.e there is no such thing as being addicted to weed, but I understand your case. You gotta find hobbies or something to fill that free time that you could smoke it. The main thing is keeping yourself busy all the time. It's going to be very hard but you can do it. Also, you proabbly would be getting better help in the Road to Recovery section..
     
  4. jdog12

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    alot of time i just smoke out of being bored/nothing else to do... when i find myself busy w/ school and work i end up cutting back alot. find yourself something to keep busy.. try to stay away from weed influences, and remind yourself of how much money you will save if you just quit.
     
  5. PuppyCat

    PuppyCat O.T. Mom

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    I don't think you are addicted per se, I just think you are a pothead. (If that makes anys sense). However, you seem aware that you smoke too much pot, just do it on the weekends. Sounds to me like you are bored or feel the need to smoke to fulfill something lacking in your life. I smoked pot just about everyday for about 25 years and I went to class, had my shit together, and was successful in my undertakings. I guess it comes right down to the individual and how focused they are. You should not get stoned, skip class and be lazy. Obviously you know better. If you want to stop, seek help. Get busy doing something. Stop trying the empty nothing. Or as Eligh would say "Go to a Meeting". Moreover, smoking pot nowadays is just so bloody expensive. How can you afford to smoke so much? Do you survive on Kraft Dinner? Time to get your act together and make some decisions.
    Don't forget to floss.
     
  6. Persona

    Persona Eternal Punishment OT Supporter

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    I have the same problem like you only I do it because school is so stressful. When I come home, I don't ever think about smoking; it's only when I'm at school.

    school ftl :(
     
  7. bowrofl

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    To all you people who say "oh, you're not addicted..." that's bullshit. Just because it's not a physical addiction, doesn't make it any less of an addiction.

    The bottom line is that marijuana is really addictive, mentally. I am in the exact same boat as you. You have to force yourself to stop. Weed is fine... in moderation. All of 2005, I was stoned. I am trying to cut down to weekends only so I don't fuck up in school. You should try it yourself. Think of smoking on the weekends as treating yourself for being a good dude by not smoking during the week. Try to not be around people who smoke when you don't want to, cuz it will be hard to resist taking a toke. Just be strong, and surround yourself with people who will give you the support you need.
     
  8. Alberto Eduardo

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    I've been down that road man.

    And pot does have a very strong mental addiction. Two straight years, and a bit toughter then you. The scary part is, is that nowadays it's not 'just weed'.

    As for quitting, get rid of your pieces, papers, everything. If that means selling them or throwing them away. Drink lots of water and lots of healthy food to help get the stuff out of your system. The first week or two is a bitch, you may get some headaches and will be easily irritated. But after that it's easy street.

    Remember, it's all 'in the head'. :)
     
  9. Peyomp

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    Marijuana is physically addictive. The idea that its not is based on pre-90s data. Newer studies have repeatedly demonstrated the physical mechanism of addiction.

    Get with the times, potheads.
     
  10. svetlanalemon

    svetlanalemon A little blood and vomit on the car seat...

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    why jeopardize your future with a temporary satisfaction

    seek help or go cold turkey

    its not easy
     
  11. z31maniac

    z31maniac *insert witty remark*

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    I smoked 3-6 times a day everyday for over 4 years while in college.

    I stopped by slowly weening myself off of it, so I would be able to pass a drug tests for employers after I graduated.

    Instead of wake and bake, lunch and before you go to sleep. Went to wake and bake, sleep. Then only at night a couple hours before going to sleep. Then every couple of days, then once a week, you get the picture.

    I have only smoked twice since Jan of last year, and while I would like to smoke more, not as much as I used too. I still have not found a permanent job since graduating in Dec of last year.

    Do it slowly and it will be much easier. And like these guys said, find something to occupy your time.
     
  12. arpz

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    Wait, what's that on your nose, I think you got some bullshit slipping loose. Please link us to these studies so we can be enlightened.

    Get healthy, drink water, exercise, practice hobbies. College really does make me want to smoke a lot more, and usually it's less enjoyable then when I'm at home with friends. Try only smoking on weekends and keep yourself very busy. Also, don't smoke before sleeping because this can make you dependant on weed for sleep.

    You're not addicted, you just need to have a stronger will. I'll say that weed is like 4x the "addictiveness" of chocolate. It's so good in moderation but over doing it will lead to problems. One of the worst problems with weed is the lack of negative effects, or "apparent" negative effects, that's why you always think you can get high. I can do anything I want to do high. I used to think I would perform tasks better or the same as sober, this certainly isn't the case.

    If you really think you're addicted ask yourself, "would I suck dick for weed?" - if not then you're not addicted. :) Courtesy of half-baked.
     
  13. z31maniac

    z31maniac *insert witty remark*

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    ^Not entirely true. I wrote a countless amount of A paper's while under the influence. And did two presentations on weed in my speech, while still a little high from earlier in the day, and they both received A's as well.
     
  14. svetlanalemon

    svetlanalemon A little blood and vomit on the car seat...

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    anything can be considered "addictive" and "habit forming" if it conflicts negatively with your daily life and ambitions
     
  15. desertHABITAT

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    Get a job, and a good one. Its a real reason to stop. Not just passing the drug tests, but the reward of being payed also helps.
     
  16. z31maniac

    z31maniac *insert witty remark*

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    Guess you never received your high school diploma.:mamoru:
     
  17. svetlanalemon

    svetlanalemon A little blood and vomit on the car seat...

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    :ugh: wtf, i never gave a definition of "addictive" and "habit forming"

    i just said if something conflicts negatively which youre life, in this case a psychoactive substance, it can be considered addictive.

    :hsugh:
     
  18. selfpollution

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    Marijuana is an addictive substance. There are receptor sites in your brain specifically for cannibinoids. There are naturally ocurring substances in your body/brain chemistry that regulate appetite, sleep and memory functions. Similar, although not as extreme, to the receptor sites in you brain for enodorpins (enoginous morphine) that are the physiological reason that morphine and other opiates create hardcore physical dependence.
    In labratory settings they have blocked this cannabinoid receptor sites in marijuana smokers and non-marijuana smokers. The non-smokers experienced irritability, indigestion and sleeping and appetitie issues. The marijuana smokers experienced something akin to heroin withdrawl, vomiting, tremor, sleeplessness etc. Although in normal situations these receptor sites are not blocked, so the withdrawl sypmtoms are not as extreme, it does explain marijuana dependence and the mild withdrawl sypmtoms that people usually complain about.

    This is at least how I understand it.
     
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    http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun01/marijuana.html
     
  20. arpz

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    Doggy, maybe you should read the whole article before you go crazy.

    ""We know that a small but significant percentage of people who ever try marijuana become dependent and may need treatment," says clinical psychologist Robert S. Stephens, PhD, of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. "Yet there have been very few randomized, controlled trials to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment approaches--but that's finally beginning to change." "

    Many people have addictive personalities and they develop an attachment to substances, gambling, etc. Marijuana is just another substance which is abused by said group. So is it fair to label everyone as an addict for using responsibly as long as he doesn't harm him/her self?

    Your understanding of physical addiction is way over-simplified.

    "The marijuana smokers experienced something akin to heroin withdrawl, vomiting, tremor, sleeplessness etc."

    It is nothing like Heroin withdrawal - not even mildly. Whatever that study proves, it doesn't prove that weed is similar to heroin withdrawal. Heroin withdrawal is physical pain, like you can't breathe, you need air, you need heron. Read Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh if you want to learn about heroin withdrawal. No way weed withdrawal is a very mild heroin withdrawal. If you are a daily smoker you'll have some irritability because you're breaking your system. It's really not that bad.

    I can admit weed has some psychological addictive properties but guys make this decision for your self. MAN UP. IT'S NOT THE WEED, IT'S YOU DOG. Use your will, you don't need it. Best of luck Wimp, PM me if you need any help. I've gone through the same shit.
     
  21. eligh

    eligh Go To A Meeting

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    Most of this is nonsense advice, except for I spotted something decent from self-pollution. I suggest you attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, where you will be very welcome. You could also attend Marijuana Anonymous, but I would recommend NA over MA anyday, and it's much larger and easier to find.

    It's very easy to become addicted to gambling, marijuana, coke, pot, beer, or whatever. I found a solution to my active addiction within the steps and meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, I think it possible for you to do the same. That is all. Good luck.
     
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    naw dude, it sucks to be in NA when all you did is smoke weed. I sit in a room with discharges from san quentin who ahve been doing heroin for 15 eyars, i sit in rooms with killers and thugs...its not fun...trust me, MA is the way to go
     
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    no, its pretty accurate. in fact that is the basis for one of the best movies/book ever, Requiem for a Dream.
     
  25. eligh

    eligh Go To A Meeting

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    You fail to understand Narcotics Anonymous and addiction if that's what you truly think. Narcotics Anonymous is about the struggle for freedom from active addiction, regardless of your substance. People who are truly about the program will accept you as a member and maybe even hang out with you if they like you, regardless of the substance you used.
     

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