Marijuana may have played a large part in your life for a number of years, but I'm glad you realize that now is the time to finally stop smoking weed. Firstly, I should congratulate you, as you are about to take a long and tough journey, and that in itself takes a lot of courage. You should also be aware that you are likely to face many barriers along the way, but the following 5 tips can show you how to deal with these and stop smoking marijuana.
1) Take control of the situation - I would hazard a guess that many of your friends currently smoke marijuana. Well if you're trying to quit, hanging out with these friends could be extremely difficult. In fact, you are far more likely to relapse and start smoking again.
I would suggest that for the first few weeks at least you avoid the friends you typically enjoy smoking marijuana with. In addition to this I would remove all temptation from your path, and throw out any weed paraphernalia that you own. This should include anything that is remotely connected to your "habit".
2) Trick your cravings to go away - A craving (any craving) is generally limited to a certain amount of time. Think about the number of times you have had a food-craving, and because you are unable to feed this need, the feeling soon subsides. The exact same can be said when you feel that you really have to smoke some marijuana.
I would typically advise you to ride out the feeling for approximately 15-20 minutes and you should notice that it has gone. You will also find that each time you put off the decision to smoke weed it actually becomes easier.
3) Change your thought process - Many of us are held back by a pot addiction because we believe it is something that we need and therefore cannot live without. How often have you told yourself that you are only able to do something if you smoke some cannabis first? Trust me when I say that you do not need marijuana or cannabis, and you can definitely live without it.
4) Take part in activities that are totally unrelated to smoking - I often relapsed into smoking cannabis after quitting due to boredom. Unfortunately, it took me a fair while to realize that I would now have far more time on my hands (as I had extra energy and didn't simply want to lie on the couch all day), and so I should look to fill this void.
I have always been fairly fit, so I just upped the amount of exercise I did. I also go for walks most evenings, I have started to read a lot more, and with all the extra money I have saved, I like to treat myself once in a while. You need to find something that will keep you busy and keep your mind off the marijuana.
5) Always remain positive - When you initially stop smoking weed you will be filled with negative thoughts. How will I cope? Who will I talk to? What happens if I start smoking again? This is the perfect opportunity to remind yourself how well you are doing.
What good things have come out of you quitting marijuana? How long have you managed to go without? Are your friends and family pleased with you? There are so many positive aspects to stopping smoking weed, but sometimes we just need to give ourselves a little shove in the right direction.
After 15 years of struggling with a marijuana habit I know just how tough it can be to finally stop smoking weed.
We could all do with a little helping hand and this is exactly what I would like to offer you.