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    Default My weed story and why and how do I quit.

    Long-time weed smoker, something about 15 years of every-day smoking. Mostly in the evening but sometimes I let myself smoke from morning till evening.

    When I was younger I had lot of weird psychological drama, I was socially absolutely retarded and spend most of my time by myself, had psychologists prescribe be all kinds of major anti-depressants, some of which are illegal for prescription today. My parents had never wanted me taking pills, and I never did. I spent some time being the socially-awkward person I was, but then I learned of cigarettes and eventually weed (since the social-outcasts were the most accepting towards me). Weed helped me socialize, calm myself and be more empathic. It helped me get involved with other people. But that came with a tax.

    Weed became a habit and shortly an addiction. I bound weed with regular life, with work. Being a creative illustrator, I really hooked it onto the work and it became harder to work without it. But then weed started to create a mist in my head. I couldn't smoke every morning before work because it made me incapable of illustrating or performing anything that required technical innovation. I stopped smoking for a while, being really motivated on improving my illustration, it was around three months, started working out, but then I got into desperate times because of desperate love, had a puff and went straight back into addiction.

    Nowadays I smoke mostly in the evening, to play videogames. Weed completely clouds my brain when it comes to focus. But it gets worse, sometimes I smoke and i get incredibly anxious. I've had several panic attacks after smoking weed, during the first I called an ambulance since I thought I was having a heart attack. During most I usually pass out for a couple minutes. I think my body is telling me it's a critical time to end this.

    Since christmas, I tried limiting my dosage to 0,5gram a day max, and managed to not smoke for a day or two, usually accompanied by insomnia, sweating and depression. Currently I'm smoking weed every other day, but I think I need to go cold-turkey. Also I cut out cigarettes, but I smoke spliffs so not really.

    My question is onto the people that managed to quit. I'm not really sure if I should try and quit while I'm bound by several deadlines? I mean, I can't rightly tell if this is some cryptopsychological subconsious excuse, but I don't know if I need to keep busy or should i get free time? Please share your experience with quitting and maintaining a normal working life. What I'm afraid is trying to quit, becoming incapable of working and my life going to shit BECAUSE i tried to quit my addiction.

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    Hi juanG,

    I can relate to the experience of mistaking an anxiety attack for a heart attack. They can be very scary, but you can manage your anxiety with breathing exercises, or breathing into a paper bag, as the anxiety is caused by 'over breathing' where the balance is too much oxygen and not enough carbon dioxide from breathing fast and shallow.

    In terms of whether you should wait for the deadlines at work, I think you should be guided by what has worked best in the past. I am definitely the sort of person who tries to choose my moment where quitting is concerned. If you have had awful withdrawal symptoms in the past and you might be negatively effected maybe waiting for a better time is a good idea. The only thing that I would say is that it can take a lot of different things to align for you to get the motivation to quit, and that time is NOW. If you put it off, you might never find a good time.

    Maybe you could try something similar to what Andie is doing and reduce your dose so that when you do quit the withdrawals won't be as bad. This can take a significant effort to hold your use at the new level, and I would recommend that you get some support from a professional to help you to do this.

    For assistance with finding a reputable and accredited Marijuana Rehab Service Provider in the USA you can call the US Government’s FREE SAMHSA’s National Helpline on:

    1-800-662-HELP (4357)



    Good luck and let us know how you are going!
    Alice

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    Well, as I said, I'm actually limiting my dosage. I managed not to smoke for a couple days already, withdrawal symptoms included, but not as bad as some have in this forum. Interestingly enough, I've had a spliff yesterday. I know the weed that I had was supposed to be strong, but the amount didn't do that much. Still had some weird insomnia and dreams. Gonna put off weed for today.


    To be fair, I've not 'enjoyed' a spliff in a long time. As soon as I light it up, there are thoughts of regret and shame coming down on me. As this state persist, I will attempt to lower my dosage in preparation for cold-turkey. I will try and not smoke throughout the week at work, will see how it goes.

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    Hi juanG,

    I can relate to lighting up and then falling in a hole - it can be an overwhelming feeling to get high, and especially unpleasant sometimes.

    As you are just beginning, perhaps it is not clear to you what process you should take to quit. Experimenting and finding a good balance between work and cessation sounds like a good way to find out what works for you.

    Every step forward is a good day. It is so worth it to be free. It is so nice to not be a slave to some kind of substance and that is just for starters

    Have a great day!
    Alice

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