A Holistic Approach to Giving Up Marijuana Smoking

Are you desperate to quit the harmful addiction of marijuana smoking?

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Prolonged marijuana use can make you sad

You will find that taking a holistic approach is the best way to achieve success – where success is measured in no further relapses of marijuana use and the enjoyment of a happy and fulfilling life.

What is a holistic approach?

It is one, which, deals with both treating the symptom of marijuana addiction and the underlying reasons for engaging in the addiction. The latter is what constitutes the actual cause of the addiction. A holistic approach takes the actual individual into consideration, and focuses on factors such as:

  • Personality type
  • Social background
  • Medical illnesses

I’m addicted – what now?

The first step you must take is to treat the symptom.

Once a person has learned to deal with their underlying emotional pain/stress by engaging in addictive behaviour that behaviour takes on a life of its own and compounds the problems the person faces. It is imperative that the symptoms are dealt with immediately.

Aversion therapy to treat addictions:

People who do not suffer from a drug addiction have a natural aversion to the use of narcotics. Those who suffer from an addiction have had that natural aversion broken down. The natural aversion, necessary to resist drug use, can be repaired in a short amount of time.

  • A skill known, as ‘aversion therapy’ will instil in the person, a resistance to marijuana use.
  • An individual will require smelling salts or ammonia capsules to successfully complete this form of therapy. Then, when the person feels a need to smoke marijuana the person will go to a quiet room and speak out loud identifying the stress that is provoking them into desiring marijuana.
  • For example, if the person feels like smoking marijuana after fighting with a spouse, the person would say, “I just fought with my spouse and I am feeling stressed. I want to smoke marijuana. I am taking out an ammonia capsule and breaking it open while calling out the word: switch!”
  • The person breaks the capsule and then smells the capsule placed under his/her nose.
  • The person will experience an immediate strong reaction and must express their exasperation out loud. For example, “Wow! My nose is burning!” or “my throat is burning and my eyes are tearing up and this is because I wanted to smoke marijuana. Switch!”
  • The keyword ’switch’ is how the person will resume their description of the desire to smoke marijuana.
  • For example, the person might say, “I move my left leg to arise from my chair and head to my stash of marijuana. Switch!” The person then smells the ammonia capsule again and repeats their description of their reaction out loud.
  • The process should take ten minutes and involve at least five ‘switch’ sessions of smelling the ammonia capsule.
  • The key is to break down each minute step a person physically takes up to but NOT including smoking marijuana. After ten minutes, the person will execute a final “switch” and describe a positive mental image how they expect to feel after kicking the drug habit.
  • This treatment should be executed three times a week and when tempted to smoke marijuana.
  • In around two weeks’ time, the individual should develop a strong natural aversion to smoking marijuana. The usage of foul smells and other deterrents creates a negative mental image of marijuana use, which begins to tone down the addiction. The symptom of drug use is now overcome.

Why do people become addicted?

Marijuana addiction, like any other addiction such as alcoholism, pornography, cocaine, etc. is used as a means of sedating one’s own emotional state to manage emotional stress or pain. The type of stress spoken of here is not merely job stress but the stress that comes from deeper issues such as unresolved past abuse, a bad relationship with a loved one, feelings of failure, poor social status etc.


What will be the root cause of the stress that gives rise to a superficial need for smoking marijuana will vary from person to person but it must be dealt with in order to promote a healthy lifestyle, which has nothing to do with marijuana use.

Self-hypnosis technique

Here is where self-hypnosis plays a pivotal role. The practice of self-hypnosis allows a person to:

  • Quietly engage in meditation to still the mind of all thoughts, relax the breathing patterns, and then redirect thoughts on images of peace and light.
  • The regular self-hypnosis is a healthy style of behaviour that will fill the void created in a person’s life when the marijuana use is overcome.
  • Yoga and yoga meditation such as Sahaja meditation involves very similar concepts to self-hypnosis and is designed to re-build a person’s self-esteem.
  • It is important to find other healthy activities that will balance a stress to promote long-term sobriety. These skills become “life tools” in order to deal with problems in healthy ways that promote balance and serenity.

Cognitive Therapy

This form of therapy aids an individual to identify cognitive distortions (psychological parlance for a “lie”) that they tell themselves to engage in negative thoughts and behaviours that nurture depression or anxiety.

Anxiety or depression then drives the person to seek relief via drug use. It’s important to work at identifying the process many individuals’ undergo to undermine their own emotional stability.

In order to promote long-term sobriety, it’s worth the investment in time & money to seek professional help to identify and overcome dysfunctional behaviour.

This is a guest post from Micheala Connolly.


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