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  • One Year Update - life after weed addiction

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    Since I completed my first year of not smoking weed, I thought I would give everyone an update, and hopefully a little bit of optimism. It was June 21st 2009 that I stopped smoking. The following couple of months were challenging to say the least. I struggled with bouts of anxiety, depression and an over all sense of doom. I noticed that the symptoms came in intervals. Suddenly a wave of anxiety and negative thoughts would hit me, and within an hour or so, go away. My dreams were very vivd and I wasnt sleeping well at all. I just felt “off” and not myself. In spite of the physical and psychological effects of the withdrawal, I found things that really helped me. Im a runner, so I ran a lot, and that helped. The more you exercise, the quicker the substance will leave your system. It also helped with the anxiety and depression. I drank a lot of green tea and I took the supplement theanine. Its found in green tea and it really does work with the anxiety. I submitted a post about it last year.

    The most important thing that I have to say is that you have to see through the withdrawal symptoms. You have to tell yourself that its not “you” but its a reaction of your body trying to hold onto what it think it needs to survive. No matter how anxious or depressed you get, you have to tell yourself that it will pass, and it will be worth it. When I was in the middle of the withdrawal, I thought it would never end, and I thought that I was doomed to be this way forever. That is not true, not even close to being true. Once the THC is completely from your body, you can completely recover.

    When you smoke every day, you fool yourself into believing that it is adding to your life. This is false. No outside substance can add to your life. You only become a slave to it.
    When you are high all day, your life is in a holding pattern. You slowly seek out solitude, and you avoid social situations. You never feel close with anyone, which is ironic because when you first start smoking weed, it seems to be the opposite. Everything that we need is already in our body. We dont need a substance to be happy, more interesting, more creative, or to laugh. We are all capable of that naturally.

    I sit here now, fully recovered and thankful that I stopped smoking forever. My career has reached another level, I feel closer than ever to my family, and I actually seek out social situations. I have a sense of calm, and assurance again. I have a sense of wonder about life and of the world that I lost a long time ago. I feel engaged back into life and that is the way it should be.

    No matter what you are currently going through at this moment, IT WILL PASS. And it is worth it, so KEEP GOING. Anyone is welcome to email me ([email protected]) if they need to talk or want advice. Good luck everyone, and you are in my thoughts.

    -Roy

  • #2
    Summer months are the toughest for me, especially the weekends, but then again so is fall, autumn, and Christmas and Spring...etc.....And round and round we go. I just tell myself that the day will pass whether I smoke or not and that I know I will feel proud of myself later on in the night and the next morning if I stay strong and do not cave into temptation, but if I do cave, then all those feelings of inadequacy and guilt will resurface and will be hard to shake the cycle again. But I like the wisdom in your insight! "It's not you but your body trying to hang onto what it thinks it needs to survive." I never thought of it that way. Good bit of wisdom. Thanks for that. My body or mind fights me with feelings of what a Shangri - La it would be to just grab a joint and enjoy the summer weather. Have a few beers - which inevitably leads up to 15 and that train wreck feeling the next morning - and enjoy life, for it is short. But I know that deception is a figment of my imagination and it's never as idyllic as I imagine it. The day passes, the sun sets and I'm left with the relief that at least I'm going to be able to wake up tomorrow feeling good and that I hadn't done anything foolish to derail the moment that I've built up. This is the first time in my life I'm trying to go a whole summer sober. One day at a time works best for me.
    ?For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.?

    -Jesus of Nazareth.

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    • #3
      Hey Roy

      Thanks for posting - your words are encouraging. Im on 5 weeks today and never felt better - have quit before for 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 6 weeks again but i know this time its for good. I am in a totally different place now mentally and i now know that the drug is something i will never be able to do socially - this is new to me this time as i always believed when quitting before that i would be able to do this. I now realise i cant go back and to be honest it doesn't bother me. I have gone through all the bad withdrawals and dont ever want to go through that again. I am feeling so much more positive now, i am mentally strong, socialising so much and feel like i have got the old me back. I do know that i have to keep mentally strong and keep my willpower up and have my guard up at all times when around the drug and that i should never become complacent and think one wont hurt - i am a recovering addict and always will be and the drug is my weak spot. I hope i can do it in fact, i know i can do it! thanks for sharing and well done to you, you are an inspiration to me and others.

      FQ

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      • #4
        congratulations! That is awesome. I hope that we can all reach that 1 year mark soon enough. It's great to hear positive feedback from someone that was once in our shoes.

        I'd say you deserve an award but we all know getting your life back is the greatest reward of all. congrats!!

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        • #5
          Hi again cutfarm

          Thanks for the update we really do appreciate it, 1 year clean is awesome! I knew you could do it. Keep up the good work!

          Take care
          Cannabis Rehab Admin

          If you wish to Use then Use, Your Body Your Choice, You're NOT a Criminal and I wish you well!

          My Choice is to be Drug Rehabilitated for 15 years because I Chose to be free from its Control on me!

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          • #6
            Thanks Cutfarm for the "real" life experiance that it can be done!

            Originally posted by Cannabis Rehab Admin View Post
            Hi again cutfarm

            Thanks for the update we really do appreciate it, 1 year clean is awesome! I knew you could do it. Keep up the good work!

            Take care
            I have been a daily user for many years. When I got married 26 years ago my wife and I were using daily. Now, all these years later we are divorcing due to her infidelity. That and an addiction to alcohol. Of course there's more to it than that, but let's say they contributed to the demise of our relationship. We both were drinking and smoking every day. We would try to stop by counting the number of bongs we did, convincing ourselves that we were doing well by only doing 12 a day! Now that I am single again and do not want to get into another addictive relationship I am about to flush some down the "loo", and I'm sure if I tell my x she will be mad. She will ask me why I didn't give it to her?! I also have the "gear" to remove. Bong, pipe, etc. I am leaving for a vacation in the morning to visit family and friends for 2 weeks and will stay at a lake house. The change of environment will help. My mind and heart have been telling me for years to stop. The time has finally come. Wish me luck!!

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            • #7
              Hey Roy I really like this post. Sometimes I too feel like things will never get better. A lot of what you said resonated with me and I will remember this when I am feeling like I want to smoke. Thanks.

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              • #8
                Good on you FQ!

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                • #9
                  One year clean ;>

                  Yes, finally, after 8 long years of spending my days in a smoky reverie, I have defeated my addiction. I was pleased to read all of your posts; it helped me realize that life without pot isn't only for me, it's for many who have been addicted. I know several people who can smoke now and then, but I was never one of those people.
                  I smoked because I was depressed, and I felt disconnected from the people around me. Pot created an artificial sense of unity, but that only lasted so long. For as soon as I came down, I would isolate myself. This would lead to smoking more to upkeep the high.
                  I attended a county college for literally 7 years. Yes, I hate to admit that, but I was that lost. I simply did not care that I had no direction. I only continued school to maintain the facade. It's not comfortable to admit to close family members that all you want to do is sit in a filthy room with stoner friends and discuss "life" issues. So, I took a few classes here and there, none of which I learned anything.
                  After a year, I have gained so much! I have never felt so capable of taking my life into my hands. I will be applying to graduate schools next spring, and that was something I never imagined I would be capable of doing. Pot is a crutch, and always will be, so let's say goodbye

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                  • #10
                    I'm glad to see you guys defeated the addiction that you have. I have some relatives who are still fighting off this addiction and I will encourage them to read your messages to give them hope that they can fight off this addiction of theirs.

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks for the update...it comes at a great time. I'm trying to detox right now. The withdrawals are terrible I feel so sad and depressed, but to hear that you are feeling good gives hope!

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