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New Years Resolutions – Quitting Marijuana, Smoking or Alcohol?

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

new-year1The new year is the time everyone reflects back on the year that was and starts planning and making promises on what they will do in the new year. Then tradition of new years resolutions gets played out millions of times with everyone looking to be happier, healthier and wealthier. This has led to many people making the best decisions they could ever make in regards to thier mental and physical health which is to give up an addiction such as smoking marijuana, smoking cigarettes or drinking too much even.

If you plan to do this or are thinking it is a wise move there are a few statistics you should know:

  • 75% make it past the first week
  • 71% make it past the second week
  • 64% make it past the month mark
  • Only 46% get past the 6 month mark and are then back to their old habits

This is not designed to scare you away from making a resolution though. While more than half to fail to keep a resolutions there are a numb er of things you can do to help yourself  stay on the straight and narrow and achieve a lasting result.

  • Never make a resolution on an impulse especially is you are drunk or high.
  • Never make a resolution when you are in a negative frame of mind as a positive resolution is much more likely to succeed
  • Make a realistic goal for what you want to do. If you make it too over the top and it is unachievable then you may as well not make it because you are set up to fail.
  • PLAN YOUR GOAL! I cannot stress this enough. Make a plan to achieve what you want to do or your desires are just so much words on the wind.
  • Plan for a setback. We are not perfect and sometimes our desires for a better life do become muddied and you may break your resolution. Do not give up though, make sure you have a plan to get right back on with your goal even if you break your resolution because the process is a journey not an on/off button.

So if you are planning your new years resolutions take note, plan, be positive and you will achieve an end to your impulsive addictive behaviors! If you require some help for this task here are some resources for you to use.

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Tips on How to Quit Smoking Weed & Stop Living Life in a Haze

While the debate over marijuana, legality, health benefits and negatives rages on there are many people who are in strife who care little for all these arguments because they are addicted to weed and what the masses decided about the drug matters little when your own personal life is falling apart due to addiction which is a separate point completely to all the others. If you are one of these people and are looking for tips on how to quit smoking weed then first I encourage you to shut out all of the pro and anti marijuana campaigners because your struggle is a personal one not just with marijuana but with a psychological addiction which only has tenuous links to the particular thing you are addicted to.

This does not mean that there are not specific things you need to know about marijuana in this but it all must center around your personal struggle and not all the side bullshit that goes on to do with pot. To quickly summarize what you may need to know about cannabis is this:

  • Marijuana is not physically addictive like other drugs that have chemicals in them that you can become dependant on, while you can suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, vivid dreams, irritability, mild nausea and so forth by scientific measures pot is not a drug you can be physically dependant on.
  • Addiction is a mental disease that makes you believe you need something whether it be a drug or a behavior like gambling or sex. With Marijuana the mixed messages about the drug confuse people on what is addiction and what is dependence, if you are struggling to quit smoking weed you are addicted.
  • To confuse matters more many people who are dependant on a drug like heroin are also psychologically addicted in a double whammy that is terrible. This leads to a perception that pot is the same when it should be treated quite differently.

What this boils down to is that you CAN quit smoking weed but only if you treat this as a personal addiction that you can overcome by changing yourself and not blaming the drug first and foremost. This is not to lessen the deep pain, anxiety and helplessness that may come from living with an addiction at all nor is it to trivialize the task of climbing out of this pit of despair either as the demons of the mind are the cruelest and most punishing of all. These tips on how to quit smoking weed are just a way to set a framework you can use to realign the way you think which aids in the all important aspect of willpower which is the only real way to move beyond an addictive habit.

Quitting Smoking Pot is a Choice
Sounds obvious doesn’t it? However by choice what I mean is a carefully considered choice, a choice based on the knowledge of the benefits of quitting weed and the negatives of continuing to smoking pot. This is not a whim, a quickly drawn line in the sand or a spontaneous vow based on anger or fear or a whole host of emotions that have led to your initial acceptance that smoking marijuana is becoming hurtful to you. Choice is saying “I choose not to smoke pot” rather than saying “I love pot but I need to quit”.
This may sound like a whole lot of useless semantics to many however it is a proven psychological technique that the WAY we say things and the WAY we think of things effects the outcomes because language dictates more than a simple meaning but a whole host of other desires, excuses, fears and connotations when structured poorly. So make a choice to quit smoking weed and make it an informed choice.

Action Vs Reaction
The writer Rita Mae Brown once said “A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.” and this should be a quote written down and emblazoned in your memory because this is not only good advice for life but also in the case of addiction. How often do you take action to smoke a bowl compared to as a reaction? How often is the ritual of smoking pot coming from a reaction to something: A bad day, a fight with your partner, an inconsolable sadness or rage. How often does it come from a seeming NEED to get high and zone out, a compulsion brought on my troubles or by habit compared to perhaps what it was like early on when it was exciting and fun.
Those that tally up way more on the reaction scale may find the reason behind the need for their addiction from the troubles that beset them and realize that the drug is just an escape and the problems behind it are what really needs to be solved. Some may find it easier to work on the reason behind the need first and others may take heart that a deeper understanding of your personal demons can give you the strength to quit smoking weed which will allow you to face those challenges with a clearer head and more success. This is action, control of your own life rather than a reaction to compulsion and external influences which is reaction and as the quote said makes you a slave to it and to marijuana in turn.

Plan
As you may have guessed I am a fan of the written word and the practical application of words on paper may be paramount here. The choice to actively seek a solution to your problems and a change in your life to quit smoking pot will propel you forward but how to do this comes down to planning, goals and motivation. The catch 22 of this is that when you are an addict sticking with a plan and keeping motivation and goals can be difficult and a single bad day can feel mix up all of this in your head and suddenly a single smoke does not seem so evil, then another and suddenly a week has gone before you realize it and the self loathing sets in.
STOP!
That is the direction you do not want to take and you know it! This is where ink can be a help if not your salvation because a psychological addiction is something in your mind, if you keep all your plans in your mind it is bounds to be influences by the negative thoughts that will plague you so why would you want the pure and good new ideas being corrupted there. My advice is to write things down, write down all the bad things about smoking pot, write down all the good things that will come from being weed free, write down you plan of attack whether it be quitting cold turkey or gradually limiting your smoking down to none at all. Write it down and keep it because those words do not change no matter how much your demands mess with your mind your pledge taken at your most insightful and enlightened point will always be there to set you back on the track you know you want to be on.

Persistence Outweighs Performance
Some people may have an easy time when quitting a marijuana habit but others may not, there are so many variables in this mix it is impossible to predict but there is one truth to it and that is that the end outcome of being free of your addiction is worth more than any failures you have along the way. Most people who try to quit any addictive behavior do not do so on their first try, nor their second and many more beyond that often. This is disheartening and depressing but it does not need to be if you do not want it to be. Every time you fall, every time you give in, every time you blunder on your goal to giving up weed you learn something new about yourself and about the world and each of those experiences is ammunition for the next fight. Victory goes to those who persist and learn and adapt and survive so when you call your performance on quitting into question remember it is not how easy it is, it is if you make it in the end and if you maintain the drive despite the pitfalls that will ensure your success.

For more tips on how to quit smoking weed from a guy who has kicked the habit himself and knows what it takes click below.

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Quitting Pot – The Nasty 4 Letter Word That Is Stopping You

There are many things that seem keep you from quitting pot: Social reasons, stress, lack of a plan and so forth but hiding behind these excuses hides a nasty little devil that we either do not recognize or we do but try to hide him all the same; it is a dirty 4 letter word starting with ‘F’

That’s right … it is FEAR (what did you think I was talking about?)

We all like to think we can do what we want but there are obstacles in our way that stop us when the reality is that fear plays a much larger part in it that we will care to admit and if you have a been a long time smoker of marijuana it only intensifies because the alternative seems to much further away.

Most fear is quite subconscious however and usually shows its influences in the form of procrastination “I will quit: next week … after my birthday … when I finish this last bag of weed” etc or more overtly as an imagined obstacle “I can’t quit yet I will: lose my friends … suffer terrible withdrawals … lose my creativity.” etc. In the end though we realize what must be done it just seems to hard right?

This is not isolated to quitting marijuana addiction though or even any other addiction but can be applied to so many things in life whenever we need to embark on something new, a change of lifestyle or a new project or anything that we can not control the outcome.

The key is to not let it stop you from doing the things you know you have to do!

Here are a few main ways fear infects you and stops you quitting the bad habits that are holding you back and remember that courage is facing fear and doing what needs to be done despite of it, it is not the absence of fear itself!

Fear of Failure

Innumerable psychological studies have shown that the fear of failure is the main obstacle to personal success. This is linked closely to self-esteem in that we so closely link any task to our own self worth and so rather than risk possible humiliation we never even try … and if we do try and we do fail it negatively reinforces it all over again.

So how do we get over this fear of failure and all the negative self worth baggage that comes along with it?

  • Admit to yourself that you are afraid of failure to quit smoking pot.

  • Understand that if you stumble and fail, give in for just one smoke etc that it is not the end .. just something to learn from.
  • Relish the learning experience, and reject the illusion of humiliation, this can seem hard but once it becomes an ingrained habit it is a tool you can use for everything in life.

Fear of Success

Why the heck should anyone fear success?? If you want to quit smoking marijuana then why would we be afraid of being able to do it? This can be a tricky concept and is one of the hardest to puzzle out but basically it is because we are afraid of change and the new challenges that come with change that drive this, instead of thinking about positives we subconsciously associate success with all the problems that might come with it rather than the positives it will bring.

Success can also inject a few things into life that seem scary and can be overwhelming: Will your friends be hateful of your choice? Will you no longer be able to feel a high? How will you combat stress now? Any of these feel familiar?

Here are some tips to fight back against this type of fear:

  • Change comes no matter what happens, quit or keep smoking change will come so why not quit and face the change with a clear head and a fuller wallet?

  • Babe Ruth held the home run record and the strikeout record simultaneously. Keep swinging for the fences.
  • The positives that you get from quitting pot are not just the fact you will not be smoking and all that comes with that but it is the drive and determination and life lessons you will gain from the journey too.

Fear of Social Rejection

This can be a part of a fear of success but seems to have a special place for many people looking to quit smoking weed. Often your entire circle of friends may be smokers and the fear of them rejecting your choices can lead to you feeling like they are rejecting you as a person not just your life decision.

So, how do we avoid our fear of social rejection? Some do not do anything and do not even try but this is going to leave you unfulfilled and scared to do anything for yourself, so instead these tips may help you get over this fear.

  • Remember, you’ll never please everyone. Some people may be supportive and some will never be … who do you want to be your friends anyway?

  • Your life choices are your own, not theirs and it does not reflect on their choices either, if you let them know that and do not judge them then they have no right to judge you.

Fear of Risk

Like a fear of success this is a fear of the unknown, it is however more focused on being ‘safe’. No one ever got anywhere in life by not taking some risks and the same is true of stopping marijuana use because safety is about the status quo and not moving out of your comfort zone where everything seems controllable compared to the alternative.

Our brains actually are geared this way too which makes it doubly hard to beat this fear as we are hard wired to embrace consistency and familiarity. However better things are only there for those who seek the unfamiliar. Try to remember these things in your goals.

  • What is the worst that could happen? Will quitting pot really be that hard or difficult?

  • Risk-taking breeds self-confidence. Each step you take, each day you abstain from smoking will give you the energy to take the next step, face the next day until you conquer the fear completely
  • Do not over think it! Just do it!

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Using Meditation To Quit Marijuana – Does It Work?

Marijuana addiction is becoming more and more common as availability and ease of access to this “soft” drug increases. Many people cling to the high they get from pot and continually smoke to keep that high going as often as they can meanwhile they sink further and further into addiction until it does not become an enjoyable experience but an absolute need. Unlike cigarettes and other drugs however marijuana addiction is not a physical or chemical addiction but a psychological one which is where using meditation to quit marijuana can help people overcome this problem.

Pot, weed, cannabis, hash or whatever your name for it, marijuana can take a hold of ones life much like an alcohol or gambling addiction in that there is no cravings for chemicals like nicotine in cigarettes but there is a craving for the high you get from the action. Gamblers are addicted to the high of winning so much they will risk everything they have to get that high once more and the same goes for any psychological addiction. It is a dependence on that high they experienced the first times but it becomes dangerous when it gets out of hand leading to problems with health, money and social aspects of their lives.

This means there are no patches or chewing gum that can help you overcome cravings for marijuana; the cravings are simply a want so bad it feels like a need. This means everyone has a different way of coping with psychological addictions to make themselves realize they do not need to smoke pot and can have the willpower to quit. Meditation is one way that people have used to quit successfully because of its calming and introspective effects.
The benefits of meditation are twofold. Firstly it gives you another activity to take the place of smoking pot which enables you to spend your time on something healthier for you and replaces that time block in your life you once filled with an addiction. Secondly while meditating you can free your mind and body from the daily pains and bothers of life and can separate yourself from your anxieties cutting off that psychological craving that may be bugging you. Some find after meditation it does come back but repeated meditation eventually alleviates such things. People also find a certain “high” from meditation that is natural and healthy that they can use as a substitute for pot as well which is beneficial to all parts of their life.

Some claim that meditation is just a replacement addiction or action and does not solve the root cause of why someone became addicted to marijuana in the first place. Many take up such an addiction to get away from some pain in their lives and feel pot gives them an escape. I also believe this is true but you cannot solve these problems while you have an addiction but having the will to look at your life and find what it is that has driven you to such measures is very important and using meditation can be much easier. From a lack of direction in ones life to physical assault at home to high stress jobs psychological drug addition has many causes that need to be addressed.

So it is my firm belief that using meditation to quit marijuana does work and can only be a good thing for those that try and may lead you to a better state of being in a spiritual sense and a more stable life in a very realistic sense.

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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!

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