måndag 9 november 2009

Quit Pot in 3 Easy Steps

By Jessi Linden

Are you struggling with marijuana addiction? Do you wish you could quit pot, but find that it has become such an ingrained behavior that it's almost impossible to stop? Would you like to develop healthier habits to help you relax, and combat stress and boredom? Many people today are suffering from a weed addiction, from mild to severe, smoking on a weekly, daily, or even hourly basis. These users develop a psychological dependency on the drug for it's calming and relaxing effects, and over time, depend on it as a reliable fix for boredom, anxiety, and stressful situations. Once this habit is formed, it becomes quite difficult to quit pot, and even more difficult to develop healthy and sober ways to manage everyday life.

If you are one of the many people suffering from a marijuana addiction and not quite knowing what to do to, there are three tips that can you to quit pot and regain control over your life. These strategies may be challenging at first, but if practiced with persistence, will lead to a new pattern of learned behavior that will replace marijuana use.

The very first thing you can do seems very simple (it's an important one that many people overlook), is to admit your addiction to yourself and come to terms with it. Why is this step so important? Because as long as we are in denial or go back and forth between loving and hating weed, we can never pin it down and defeat it. One day you may smoke and feel incredibly guilty and want to quit, and other days you may crave it and feel like it isn't so bad after all. This mental ping-pong game keeps you from formulating a decision and solid plan to rid yourself of a troubling addiction.

The second step is to put a plan into order. Choose a guide or method, and stick with it. Some people may find that cold turkey works, and they simply cut it off right away. For most people, it's not that easy. Help may come in the form of a book, audio programs, therapy sessions, or even treatment. Other people just simple write down their own plan on how to deal with it because they know themselves and what is good for them better than anyone else. Everyone has their own way, but be sure to work out your thoughts, formulate a plan, and stick with it.

Lastly, don't feel bad if you slip up one day. Don't count your relapses as failures. It's bound to happen when trying to break an addiction. Remember that no one is perfect, and almost nobody gets it right on their first try -- especially if you have been smoking for many years. Each day you don't smoke is a success, and falling back for one day does not matter in the grand scheme of things. As long as you keep a mind set focused on the outcome of being weed-free, and keep going even if you slip up, you will eventually reach your goal, and rid yourself of marijuana addiction.

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