How to Quit Smoking Pot
Familiarize yourself with the tools and techniques and learn "how" to quit smoking pot before you attempt.
Most people we hear from have been flirting with the idea of quitting for months, if not years (usually years). The desire to quit smoking pot has been a tiny voice that steadily grows inside, nagging more often and speaking a little louder each day. Usually, the desire to quit is strongest when you are about to roll a joint, or smoke a bowl or whatever your preferred method is. Until now, it has just been a nagging thought, temporarily interfering with your ritualized prep-time before getting high.
Today, something is different, you have sought help… information… testimonials from other people who have quit successfully. You are wondering "how do people actually quit smoking weed"? What does life feel like without getting stoned every day? What do people do to avoid the same old routine? How do people get over the intense bouts of jonesing that seem to scary to face? What happens to your accomplices? All these questions will get answered, so relax and keep reading.
Visit the Ex-Chronics
Most chronics will fail without the knowledge and support from others who have succeeded. It is important to read about those that have come before you.. You are a unique person, but your desire to quit smoking marijuana is shared by thousands of people, which means that thousands of people have quit successfully before you were even a seed in your mothers bud. Some of these people have been motivated enough to share their stories (including me) because they want to show you how it can be done and hopefully make the process easier for you.
Do Some Book Learnin’
Understanding why pot habits can evolve into debilitating addictions (I use this word reluctantly) is of paramount importance. Understanding the emotional triggers that led you down this path is going to help you identify why you started getting high more often while most people just dabbled at parties, on weekends, or maybe just a few times a year. There is a great book called Understanding Marijuana on one of the other pages on this site… you’ll see it… if you are interested in reading a scholarly and painstakingly objective analysis of good old Mary Jane, you’ll like this book. I will caution you not to get too fascinated with the topic, after all, this is something you need to think about a lot less.
Break Your Brain!
The human brain loves repetition. Unfortunately for you, you are about to royally piss off your brain. Seriously, your patterns and routines that make up your pot habit have given your brain exactly what it thrives on…. repetition. So, addiction to marijuana isn’t just chemical, it’s about gratifying your brains’ need to complete repetitive tasks and thought processes over and over again. Modern neuroscience has shown this to be true and offers us some valuable tips and techniques for changing the way we think. Breaking your brain from it’s own addiction to routine, and replacing the old patterns with new ones is something you probably haven’t contemplated until now, but it’s going to be a repeating theme as you read through this material.
Break Your Routine
If you are planning to quit pot for good, then you are going to have to change the "where", "when" and "who" of your daily routine for a while. You simply cannot revisit the same places at the same times with the same people and expect that you will somehow summon the strength to abstain when presented with that familiar and comfortable old shoe. Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the importance of this one… Do some serious planning and make a new schedule for yourself. Inform the people you used to regularly smoke up with that you aren’t going to make the usual get-togethers.
Make the Decision
The most important step in your journey to quit smoking pot is going to be your own resolve. No technique or tool I teach you is going to work if you haven’t made up your mind 100%. I caution you not to make the decision while you’re high, after you smoke your "last joint" or about to fall asleep after you last hit. Do it when you are awake, alert, and somewhere away from the place where you normally smoke up. This decision will be the cornerstone of your entire effort to quit pot.
Going through a major life change is an exciting and positive development for you. Tell someone you trust that you have made the decision to quit smoking pot. Informing your partners in crime is always a good idea – just tell them you are quitting, and you can’t hang out for a while. In my case, I told one of my best friends that I was quitting, which was difficult for him to understand since we had smoked weed together for almost 15 years. But, he supported my decision, and only tried to suck me back into the old lifestyle a couple times before he realized I was done for good. You can tell whoever you like, but I believe that it’s important to get it out there and make it real.
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