Some people might say that marijuana is not addictive and that they can stop at anytime. However, when people attempt to stop they may find they experience symptoms like fatigue, lack of appetite, anxiety, cravings, and irritability. Furthermore, these symptoms can keep a person from ending their marijuana use. The discomfort of one or more of these symptoms can prompt them to return to marijuana use, sometimes even without a conscious decision to do so.
It’s common for people to turn to drugs and alcohol because they induce an altered state and therefore provide an escape from their problems, emotional or physical pain, and stress. Some feelings are hard to bear, especially if they are intense, and particularly if a person feels that they cannot express those feelings for whatever reason. Smoking marijuana numbs people of their feelings. But sadly, it can also keep someone in the harmful cycle of repeatedly using the drug.
If someone were ready to put their marijuana use to an end, they might consider the following suggestions:
Recognize that you’re going to experience withdrawal symptoms
Once you identify what your withdrawal symptoms are and what you can do about them, then the road ahead may not be as challenging. You’ll have an idea of what to expect and how to handle it.
Build motivation for staying clean
Make a list of the reasons why you want to quit. They may be things like you want to be able to focus more or you want to develop closer and healthier relationships with your family. Knowing why you’re quitting can help saying no to urges and cravings.
Recognize that cravings will be a part of your recovery
Again, if you know what you’re up against, and especially if you’re prepared with tools for facing cravings, then the road to recovery will be smoother than you think. However, it’s important to have a list of ready tools to use in order curb cravings when they arise.
Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings
The inner experience is most often what triggers a person to use drugs or alcohol. By paying attention to your thoughts and feelings, you might be able to identify the thought or the emotion that caused a reach for the marijuana. You can manage drug-seeking behaviors by being an observer of your thoughts and feelings.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
This might take time to develop. However, if you can eat well, sleep on a regular schedule, and exercise regularly, you may notice this helping with your overall emotional and psychological health. In contrast, sleep, healthy eating, and exercise often go out the window with regular use of substances. If you’d like to get clean, work on changing your lifestyle habits that support healthy and happiness.
These are suggestions for finally ending an addiction to marijuana. However, keep in mind that most people cannot end an addiction on their own. Denial and the repeated avoidance of emotional or physical pain can contribute to a cycle of addiction, which often requires the help of professionals to overcome.
If you find that these suggestions are not enough, call for professional assistance today.