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5 Steps To Quit Smoking Pot – The Beginning

To quit smoking marijuana you need a plan of action, a way forward and a reason and motivation stronger than your cravings to get through it. Many people who try to quit however do so in a haphazard way thinking that it will either be easy and having no plan except to stop or perhaps they know it is going to be hard and their plan of action is hampered by fear and a lack of understanding of the driving forces of their addiction. Steps to quit smoking pot at the very beginning are a vital thing to lay the groundwork for a successful break from smoking marijuana but do need to be modified for circumstance. Here are 5 steps you can take immediately to get you started!

1. Remove Temptation to Smoke Marijuana
There is a certain amount of intellectual dishonesty that many addicts entertain when they resolve to quit smoking weed that is a major indicator of not really committing and allowing a relapse and that is often to do with not removing the temptation to smoke completely. If you really want to quit do not leave anything to do with smoking pot around the house for instance. Get rid of all your stash, all your bongs and smoking paraphernalia as well as lighters or any ‘stoner’ culture stuff like posters and so on. Purge it from your life to remove longing and triggers for cravings. If you let it become EASY to take it back up again you are actually leaving the door to relapse wide open often out of fear of change and fear you cannot handle life without it.

2. Start a Quitting Marijuana Diary
Marijuana addiction is primarily a psychological problem can be a period of highs and lows emotionally as you struggle to come to terms with cravings, social changes and often becoming more honest with your situation and problems in your own life. During this period you will have periods where you will on top of the world and intensely proud of yourself. These periods can often be punctuated with others where you may feel so low and desperate for some pot that you will forget that incredible natural high. To this end it is vital to keep positive and keeping a diary of those high points (not the low ones!) is a really good way to remind yourself when you are feeling down of what you have accomplished and how good it feels to be clean to motivate yourself and remind yourself of how far you have come.

3. Start a Detox
The chemicals in marijuana are not nearly as addictive or as strong as some other drugs out there but the primary ingredient THC does do things to your body and can make quitting marijuana harder as it works its way out of system and can give major mood swings, insomnia, vivid dreams and other mild but difficult withdrawal symptoms. To lessen the effect of this eating well, drinking lots of water and exercising regularly is a good way to speed up the process and is just a good idea anyway.

4. Reveal Your Intentions To Quit Smoking Pot
The social implication of quitting pot has a much larger impact on your success than many people give it credit with many marijuana smokers have a social network of other smokers who may see nothing wrong with their lifestyle. Some face ridicule and ostracism from these friends or have a self imposed exile from these friends in order to stay away from temptation and second hand smoke which has its benefits but can have added social stress because of this. Trying to keep it secret though is just going to be a burden on your efforts so being open and honest with those around you will gain people who will help you get through it if they are supportive and may weed out (forgive the pun) those that you probably do not want to be around anyway. However this can seem a little harsh because most other pot heads may become cold towards you not because they do not like your new direction but because they will see it as an insult against their own smoking and lifestyle, if you can reveal your plan to quit smoking marijuana to them in a way that conveys a message of acceptance of their lifestyle and a without hurting their feelings while promoting that this is just the right thing for your life at this point you may be able to keep these friends and perhaps even gain more allies who will help you too!

5. Discover Your Key Motivation
Another tip I cannot stress enough is that motivation and willpower are key to quitting weed and this element must be handled well. In the end your will to quit must be greater than your cravings and urges to get high and a loose idea that you will be better off without it is not good enough. You must develop a single idea, a single vision of what you want your life to be like after quitting marijuana and always have this in the forefront of your mind. Some choose family, some choose success, some choose health but there are also a million other stories out there with their own key motivators. Choose one and stick to it as it is your life raft to cling to while seas are rough and you feel like drowning!


Quitting Marijuana – Dreams, Memory & Symbolism

Many people who start on the path to quitting marijuana experience strange and vivid dreams. Some say they are just very weird and nonsensical and other describe them as nightmares but the common element that many who experience such dreaming soon after they have stopped smoking pot is the clarity and vividity of such dreams which has surprised and often scared them.

I was thinking on this and wondering if it has to do with marijuana and it’s effect on memory. Many studies have shown that excessive usage of marijuana can lead tom short term memory loss and over a longer period long term memory loss as well as absent mindedness and a general lack of clarity.

How this links to memory is that I was reading up on how they believe that dreams are a way for the mind to sort out your memories when you are asleep leading to better cognitive functions and better clarity of memory.

It seems to me that the chemical processes in your body and mind that are going on when you smoke marijuana inhibit the functioning of memory and often problem solving abilities too. When we give up smoking marijuana and the body starts to clean out the THC and other impurities then our brain starts improving its memory and functions again which leads to the vivid dreams as the mind furiously works to repair the damage the pot has done and perhaps they might seem all the more real and clear because it has been so long since an ex addict has had such dreams.

On the other hand many people believe in the symbolism of dreams and how they have meaning if you can interpret them and with marijuana being primarily a psychological addiction there must be many pent up emotions and problems just waiting to come to the fore when a marijuana addict becomes clean of the drug and with themselves.

Perhaps it is a mix of both with marijuana addiction inhibiting memory and brain function and the reasons for being addicted inhibiting people from exploring the psychological issues that they face? In any case I believe that having such drams should not be something to be scared or frightened of but instead to be embraced when quitting marijuana as it is obviously a sign that something is changing and if you are committed you know that giving up weed is a change for the better and so are your dreams!


How To Overcome Addiction To Pornography

With access to pornography so incredibly easy due to the nature of the internet the number of people viewing online pornography has skyrocketed and its loss of taboo status to almost be a norm for many people has led to a sharp increase in people who have become mired in the world of smut. How to overcome pornography addiction has become a major topic because of the enormous numbers of people who have realized that it has gone beyond cheap thrills and occasional titillation and has started to control their life.

One of the biggest problems we start with when looking to break free of an addiction like this is the social stigma associated with it, many people would laugh if you admitted to having an addiction to porn that was inhibiting your life where if you admitted that you had an addiction to alcohol or a drug people would be more sympathetic. This compounded with the high number of people who have become addicted to the world of porn because of low self esteem means it can be a real uphill battle that many face on their own without any help.

That being said, difficult is not the same as impossible! To start with you must take some practical steps to limit the damage this problems causes and you must develop a resolve to quit and be done with it ‘cold turkey’ as they say because any ‘once off’ moments can be a very self defeating thing where the slide back into addiction can take hold. So to start, while you are committed to this course of action and are ready to take some action they this:

  • Unsubscribe to any pornography pay sites you have.
  • Delete all links & passwords to any pornography websites you have … clean out your internet history completely so there is NO trace.
  • Download an adult content blocker and install it. While you can always override it the blocker will help stop you browsing and getting caught up. Also if you have someone helping you with this get THEM to set the password without you knowing to make it more secure!
  • Find something else you can do when you get bored or frustrated online that will take your mind off your habit as boredom and frustration has been proven to be a major factor in building a pornography addiction.
  • Take some time to think of the ‘why’ of your addiction. How to overcome addiction to pornography requires serious, honest introspection and can be more important than willpower and actions like the points before as a behavioral addiction is usually a result of other problems in your life such as low self esteem, depression, stress or sometimes even anger against the opposite sex.

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Kicking the habit

Former addict, ex-convict says road to recovery a difficult one

CORNER BROOK — Brace yourself. This is the story of Nicole (not her real name). She is a 25-year-old woman from Corner Brook, a drug addict.

She was born into a “well-to-do” family whom she said cared for her deeply. No family members even smoked cigarettes, let alone marijuana. Snorting Ritalin or injecting Dilaudid. Well, was that even possible?

Nicole smoked her first joint at the age of 12. She was smoking cigarettes and saw the “cool” kids doing pot and tried it. She didn’t even like it at first; said it made her feel weird and scared. She began dating a guy, she called him a “bad boy,” a “regular pot smoker.”

Nicole become a regular pot smoker. She had draws with friends at school during lunch, afterwards in the evenings and on weekends. She was still 12.

Eventually weed “wasn’t cutting it anymore.” Oral Valium and Atavan, prescription drugs of choice on the street, followed.

“You name it, I’ve taken it,” she said.

Nicole remembers times at high school, being “whacked.” She ate pills during school hours, again on evenings and weekends. She saw the school’s guidance counsellor about her problem, was taken to the Humberwood Addiction Centre, but it didn’t do her any good. She wished her teachers and school counsellor had done more for her at the time; she believes they could have because they had to have known the extent of her problem.

She started to snort Ritalin, “the cheap man’s cocaine,” as she calls it. She got it from people at school, and in the community.

“Unfortunately, there are so many people out there getting drugs from doctors and selling them to children, which was my case,“ Nicole said.

She remembers being at school, trying to crush a pill, with the bell ringing for class, and snorting pieces of pill among the finer powder.

The Ritalin made her sociable at first. She said she became the life of the party. But it changed her. It made her “weird” and quiet, and she said things were getting worse and worse. She dropped snorting Ritalin; it was easy for her to stop. The weed and eating pills continued.

Nicole went to her high school graduation, but not as a graduate. She didn’t get all the required credits. She says she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life.

In 2002, she went through a break-up and became depressed. She said she didn’t care about herself or anybody else. At 18 years of age, a much older man injected her with Dilaudid. It was something she swore she would never do. She was afraid of needles and knew the consequences. Immediately, she said she was addicted.

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How To Quit Smoking Marijuana – The Reason Behind The Need

How to quit smoking marijuana is not an easy question to answer with a list of pointers and handy hints (though I have written enough of those as well) because the reasons people become addicted to marijuana is a mixed bag of problems in their life that creates a need to escape, zone out or even be more social if they have a group of friends that smoke. In the end smoking weed is about getting high to get away from something and when we become addicted to that high and you feel you NEED it then I becomes easy to blame the drug itself not the REASON you started smoking pot in the first place.

This article I named ‘the reason behind the need’ because I just wanted to focus on just one aspect of marijuana addiction which is the immediate reason you feel the urge and need to smoke. Many people call these cravings for pot much like a cigarette smoker craves lighting up but the difference is that nicotine creates a very strong physical craving that is also fueled by a psychological need born of a reason that you may or may not know or understand. To find, understand and explore this reason is a powerful first start in coming to terms with why you find it hard to stop smoking weed and can lay the foundation of a strong motivational drive to quit marijuana for good.

The reasons to smoke as I mentioned can be many and varied:

  • Abuse
  • Depression
  • Violence
  • Stress
  • Boredom
  • Lack of direction in life
  • and more …

Some reasons may be worse than others but they all do the same thing; send you looking for an escape. This escape inevitably becomes a habit and a coping mechanism for these reasons behind your need to smoke pot and often that need or urge you may get is TRIGGERED by a flare up of one of these problems.

This may not be a surprise to many who know these problems in intimate detail and know they smoke pot to get away from some harsh part of their reality but the frequent problem that occurs in this instance is they blame the weed for making matters even worse (which it often can) and think that they need to quit smoking weed and this will solve their problems too!

In the end knowing these problems, reasons and triggers for your need and urges to use pot will not tell you how to quit smoking marijuana but they can help you understand and plan ahead. If you know what will drive you back to smoking pot you can be prepared for it and if you can somehow overcome or alleviate those reasons you will also overcome or alleviate your addiction to marijuana.