I quite often get emails from some of you who’ve tried to quit weed for a few days, arrive home after a stressful day at work and immediately want to smoke a joint. Work is going badly, the kids are playing up, there’s a lot on your plate, there’s not enough on your plate – we’ve all been there!
Here is a typical email I’ve had from a visitor to this site:
“I can’t seem to quit weed. I’ve tried the breathing exercises but unfortunately they don’t seem to last longer than a few days. Then I get really stressed out and I really need to smoke.
I just can’t seem to get past the first few days. I’ve stopped before for a week with hypnosis but got really stressed and went back to smoking. It’s really starting to worry me as I am not enjoying it anymore but just can’t seem to get away from it.
Do you have anymore tips that may help with my addiction?”
Yes, we can help you!
First of all, you’re already half way there!
There are a number of clues in the above email that confirm that this individual is already well on his way to leading a happy, straightforward, weed-free life.
- He has obviously gone for extended periods without weed on a few occasions – if he’s done this once, he can do it again, each time making the quit last longer until he frees himself from the habit
- He has obviously stopped enjoying it – this always happens before someone quits smoking weed, they stop enjoying it. The paranoia, the isolation, the agoraphobia – it’s just not fun anymore. The novelty has worn off. Time to move on. Time to quit weed.
- He’s trying hypnosis. If you would like to try my method to stop smoking weed sign up for my free e-book and MP3 at the bottom of the page here.
If you’ve already quit weed and relapsed that’s a good thing!!! Don’t stop now. You’ve proved to yourself you can do it, even if it was for a few days, now you can try again and see if you can make it for a longer period.
In the meantime, all these episodes of reduced cannabis intake will help you quit the next time and you are much more likely to be successful. So, don’t give up quitting!
Keep on keeping on!
The problems our friend is describing above are extremely common. The great thing is that he has a desire to change. This means that the real person inside him is fed up of smoking and wants to quit. It may require a number of attempts to push him “over the hill” onto the other side where things will be easier.
What he needs is to experience a positive result from his efforts. If he gives up for a few days again and starts to notice some good things happen – which they will, it just takes time – this will give him the encouragement he needs to keep going.
So the next time you give up weed, try to fill the void with something you like doing, eating, music, reading, exercise, anything. Eventually your conscious mind will understand you’re better off without it and then you will stop craving. This breakthrough can be quite sudden – you just don’t know when it’s going to happen.
You just have to keep at it. No one ever succeeded the first time. And it’s different for everybody.
But meanwhile these episodes of quitting will do you good.
What about you?
Have you quit smoking weed for a few days only to relapse and beat yourself up about it? If so, don’t be so hard on yourself.
I would love to know what you think. Please let me know in the comments section below.