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    Default depression, anxiety, and marijuana

    Hey everyone,
    So first off I want to say thank you to everyone involved with this great support website. I took my first hit of the drug about a year and a half ago. Since then, I have gone through a few times of relatively heavy use, with periods of abstinence in between. I am now a freshman in college, and my usage has increased exponentially since I moved away about 2 months ago. My parents had no clue about me using until last week, when they saw my bank account, and there was really only one way to explain where all of the cash I had been spending on bud went. I promised them that I would quit, went for a week without using, and then lit up again on friday night, as I had come home for the weekend. 5 friends and I went through the majority of a quad of dank bud on friday night. Anyways, I was talking to a friend (non-user) last night about what I had done the night before, and my mom overheard me. Needless to say, she was furious, and now both of my parents know the entire story of my addiction. I have relapsed about 3 times over the course of me trying to quit. The problem that I find is that the drug is so prevalent where I go to school, so much so that, in certain areas of campus, you can smell that aromatic smoke on an almost daily basis. I have severe depression, which began after my girlfriend broke up with me around may of last year. At that point, I had not touched the drug for 4 months, I had thrown away my grinder and bud jar and everything, and I was not even thinking about cannabis. When she broke up with me, however, I got right back into using, and my use has escalated since then. How do you people do it? I have also had OCD since I can remember, and have been on venlafaxine for almost 4 years. the drug helps my OCD in the short run tremendously, and also relieves my depression temporarily. I have begun to believe that my life has no purpose, and that nothing is worth doing except those things that bring immediate pleasure. Therefore, my grades are suffering (this is new, I did very well in high school, took as many AP courses as my school offered, and am a commended national merit scholar, meaning that I am among the top 1% of scorers on the PSAT in the nation; I also did very well on the SAT, and all of my AP tests in school), and I feel like my entire life is out of control, or under the control of THC at this point. I have lied to my parents, broken my family's trust, and missed out on many good opportunities to spend time doing fun and productive things because I was lighting up with my stoner "friends". How have you people recovered from this? What do you do when you feel like lighting up to take away the feeling that life is meaningless and nothing that you do will ever matter to anyone once you die? Thanks to anyone who can help get me out of this.

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    Hi ned41 and welcome to the forum.

    It’s sounds like you have got yourself into a bit of a situation, but it’s probably not a bad thing that you were caught recently, it may actually be the shove that you need to get back on track, you have been using for a year and a half now if you carry on for much longer you will start to become the type of longer term user that usually finds it much harder to quit, the sooner you quit the easier it will be, it really will be best to get a handle on the situation now.

    I know all about using the drug to self medicate for problems like depression and OCD, I suffer from both of those things myself, but in the end although it may have brought some short term relief long term it made both of them a lot worse, from my experience the drug really isn’t a good drug for dealing with those type of things, if you need some kind of medication for them then that’s something that you may have to get sorted, if what you are taking at present isn’t working then it may be something that needs to be looked at again with the help and advice of your doctor, but like I say using the drug for those purposes long term usually doesn’t do much good.

    In terms of finding pleasure that doesn’t just involve the short term quick fix, that’s something that’s a bit more difficult and is the kind of thing that you are probably going to have to do a bit of work in order to achieve, you need to think where you want to go, what you want to be doing, what are your long term goals, what are you going to have to do to achieve these? You probably need to reassess you life in a fairly significant way. But these are all things that you do have the power to do something about, it isn’t necessarily going to be easy but there is every chance you will be able to do it if you want it bad enough.

    Anyway that’s just my take on it, have a think about those things and see where it leads you from there. I am sure you can do it.

    Take care, thanks for posting and please keep us posted on how it goes.

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    Thanks so much, I really appreciate the input. I'm on day 4 now, and the cravings are getting fairly bad, but so far I have been able to deal with them. Hopefully I will continue on the right path, and be able to resist those damn cravings.

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    No problem happy to help. Just take it one day at a time.

    Take care and hang on there.
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