Stop smoking weed: overcoming your psychological dependence.
There are many reasons that you may want to stop smoking weed, besides the fact that, in many places, it is not legal. Many workplaces do drug testing, and will not hire anyone with marijuana in their system. You might not like the way it makes you feel any more. You may have to stop smoking weed because you can no longer afford to buy it. Whatever your reason, the way to quit is to understand the addiction.
It is a social driven drug which is why it’s so hard to quit.
Weed is a social drug, so it makes sense that many people can not bring themselves to stop due to peer pressure. Many weed smokers maintain that weed is not addictive and, in some ways, they are correct. Marijuana is not physically addictive. It is, however, mentally addictive, which means that although you may not physically need it, you will very much want it. Symptoms of withdrawal include insomnia, anxiety, and vivid dreams. None of these are nearly as bad as the withdrawal symptoms from cigarettes so, whatever you do, do not use cigarettes as a crutch to stop smoking weed! Many people do this and find themselves in much worse situations because of it.
Come to terms with your personal identity.
Come to grips with the fact that you are going to want the drug, and see if you can figure out why. To most people that smoke weed, it is part of their sense of identity. They see themselves as a weed smoker first, and anything else second. To combat this, consider the reason you want to quit. Develop a sense of identity around that reason, and focus on it. Is it a job opportunity? Develop a sense of identity around the job, which obviously would include not smoking weed.
If you are serious about quitting.
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Are you wanting to smoke because others are pressuring you, or acting like you are silly or stupid for trying to quit? Remind yourself that you are quitting for yourself, not them. If they cannot respect that, it may be time to find new friends. Explain to them that what they think and say have no bearing on your reasons for wanting to quit. If you feel comfortable, explain to them why you want to quit. If not, don’t.
Like so many things in life, quitting weed requires a little bit of self discovery, and a lot of self restraint. If you really want it, though, you can do it.