Here are ten tips that will help you keep that commitment:
- Realize withdrawal may occur. Depending on how long you’ve been smoking pot, you may also experience withdrawal symptoms like cravings, headache, anxiety, sweating, and irritability. Know that these symptoms will decrease with each passing day and within a week or two the symptoms should then be gone.
- Steer clear of people who use marijuana. You know when you get around others who are smoking marijuana you are more tempted, so stay away from those who do so. Let them know you quit smoking and also don’t want to be tempted.
- Stay away from places that you used to smoke marijuana. You also want to stay away from places that trigger you to smoke. Just the smell alone can make you want to light up.
- Look at quitting one day at a time. If you start thinking in terms of quitting forever, you might feel overwhelmed, so think of it as one day at a time. Each day, commit to staying clean for just that day. It makes it feel less daunting.
- Take up meditation or yoga. If anxiety and stress are triggers, then take up a relaxation technique like meditation or yoga. Many people find such techniques to calm their bodies and minds.
- Get some counseling. Getting a good therapist is always a good idea to work out kinks in your emotional or behavioral life. It’s freeing to be able to be honest and open with a stranger and also a good therapist will assist you in overcoming pressing issues you may have been stuffing or running from.
- Make new friends. If your old friends are still in the partying mode, make some new friends that don’t use marijuana. Surely there are some cool people out there who want friends just like you!
- Attend a 12 Step group. If you’re struggling with quitting, attend a 12 Step Recovery group and commit to working through the steps. You can attend AA or NA. Get a sponsor and allow him or her to encourage you and keep you accountable.
- Make a list of the reasons you want to quit. When the urge to start smoking again comes, get that list out to remind yourself of why you want to be free from marijuana.
- Be accountable. Tell someone close to you that you really want to stay free from pot and also ask them to keep you accountable. This can be your sponsor if you choose to go to a 12 Step group or it can be a friend or family member. Accountability helps!
You can quit smoking marijuana and stay free from it with a commitment, dedication, resources, and some hope. You don’t have to let addiction control you any longer.
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