Quit weed today. I always used to tell myself I’d do it, but within a few days, I would be smoking again, and just as much as ever. Even though weed is not as destructive or addictive as drugs like cocaine, speed, or meth, it is still very capable of controlling a user’s life and affecting them negatively in many areas.
Regardless of what reasons brought you here, hopefully these suggestions can help you overcome your addiction to weed and help you in quitting marijuana.
1. Understand and admit you have an addiction to marijuana
Number one, you have to realize what it is to be addicted to weed. Unlike tobacco products, pot has no nicotine or other substances in it that will cause extreme chemical dependence or physical cravings. However, as marijuana’s THC (the intoxicating agent) levels have increased over the years, weed can create somewhat of an addictive chemical effect in the body. Drug tests measured through fat can show the presence of THC for months after a user has last smoked. That means there is a physical/chemical factor in why you feel the need to smoke and get high. However, the need to get high is still largely a mental habit you have formed, making it a psychological addiction.
2. Understand why you psychologically feel the need to get high on marijuana
Once you understand and accept that the source of your addiction is largely psychological need, that is, it’s all in your head, you can begin to analyze why you feel you need to smoke and then go on to control your behavior and thoughts in a way that will help you quit. Does getting high help you escape from a reality you don’t like? Do you do it to avoid being bored? Is it a social drug that you need to do to feel comfortable with your friends? There are many reasons that people become addicted, and understanding your own particular reasons on a deeper level will allow you to make new patterns and break your cycle of addiction.
3. Replace your addiction habits with new habits
When I say replace your addiction habits with new ones, I do NOT mean start doing a different drug. It means that whenever you would normally smoke weed, you need to start doing something else. Find a new hobby that you find satisfying. This will keep your mind off of smoking, and hopefully lead to a deeper and more fulfilling use of your time.
4. Strengthen your will and stay on a roll
Since marijuana addiction is mostly psychological rather than chemical, the ability to quit weed is really all about your willpower. This does not mean that you have weak willpower if you feel urges to smoke pot again. The mental aspect of addiction can be very powerful, especially if being high has been part of your routine for a few (or many) years.
An important part of achieving your goal of quitting weed will be having a good support network of people who understand what you are trying to do and will help you do it. There are no magic pills or patches to overcome weed.
Your goal to quit weed is easier said than done, but you can destroy your addiction to marijuana forever if you are willing to think the problem out, understand it, and take the necessary steps.