“Idle hands are the devils plaything”. An old saying but applicable to many situations including quitting marijuana addiction because how you manage your time is a crucial part of being able to give up pot for good.
Many steps of quit smoking weed you need to take revolve around willpower, understanding yourself and your addiction, cleansing your body of THC and others primarily dealing with the physical aspect of ending your addiction to Mary Jane and the all important psychological aspect too. This is fair enough but a little discussed part of quitting any addiction including marijuana addiction is how to manage your time so that you can overcome and avoid the obstacles that life throws your way.
Step 1 – Determine Your Marijuana Times
Some people light up in the morning, others after work and many before bed. Some are so addicted it takes up large portions of their day making the time not smoking all the more apparent and this needs to be discovered and monitored.
Get out a pen and paper and make a list of the times that you usually smoke pot, those times that are habitual and have probably become a ritual that is highly ingrained into your mind and actions. Use a calendar, an excel spreadsheet or whatever you need just note down all those times! This is because those times are going to be either the hardest times for you over the next few weeks and months or you can make them the easiest times by doing this.
If there are reasons and variations with each of these times note them down to. For example: “I always smoke a joint before the wife gets back from work” or “I always get high before heading out to the poker game/football games/etc…”. This will help with further steps.
Step 2 – Make a List of Alternative Actions
Each habitual time you have for smoking marijuana will need to be replaced by something else if you mean to quit pot for good. This may seem like an obvious thing to say but many people of great willpower and focused purpose have been undone by their addiction by poor planning and time management this way.
For starters those times the body is used to a high and while there is no great physical cravings the psychological need can be very strong. Having something to do to take your mind off the lingering thoughts of getting high is very beneficial because the more you think about something like this the more you will focus and obsess over it. When you have a plan of action for those times you can get carried away with something completely different and the cravings may not even surface.
I cannot tell you what to do with this time but it should be mentally occupying, stimulating or at least something that keeps you very busy! It should also be positive towards your life, do not just replace it with another addiction like drinking, cigarettes or pornography addiction. If possible it is even better to replace it with something that relates to your reasons for smoking at those particular times, if those times were stressful or a chance to do it without being seen or a way to psyche yourself or calm yourself down … whatever the reason if you can find a healthy, positive alternative at those times that will either do what pot did to some degree or even do exactly the opposite if that was a part of the problem then this is time well spent.
Step 3 – Find a Passion
The alternative actions are a good starting place to occupy marijuana time but sometimes they do not cut it or they are something you cannot do all the time and they start slipping away and the thought of smoking a joint hits you again when these smoking trigger times hit.
This step to quit smoking weed is essential for the short term and long term because before this, if you were addicted to weed, your passion was marijuana and probably not much else! There is a sort of journey of self discovery when we free ourselves of the slavery of an addiction and it can be scary and confusing sometimes but if you approach it in the right way you can often come out of it with a passion, something that will fill up the corners of your life that pot once occupied. This passion should not be a short term filler, should not be a fad or a hobby even; it should be something more than that.
Some people find music and art and creativity, other find spirituality and meditation, others may find exercise, yoga, boxing or a million other things. No one can help you find this but yourself but a commitment to this passion will make managing marijuana times easy because there is always something about your passion that will take that time up and before you know it pot smoking will be very low on a list of priorities or not there at all.
These steps to quit smoking weed may only be a part of the struggle to be free of marijuana addiction but are integral to the whole process of not just quitting pot but being free of weed which are two different things if you look at the wording. Stopping something does not imply it will always be stopped but being free means the choice is yours which is a much better solution.