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Here’s a quick story, then we’ll help you stop smoking pot.

Having grown up and gone to high school in the late 1970’s I can tell you all about rag-weed, ditch weed, dirt weed, “shit weed” because back then, just about all the weed where I was at, was bad.

Also back then, we paid $10 for a “lid,” which was basically one ounce or a little under.

When I was 16, after hearing all of my friends talk about getting high, I decided I would give this a try.

A friend who lived around the corner knew another friend whose brother was a pot dealer.

So I forked over my $10 and waited for delivery of my first “lid.”

I have to admit I was strangely excited…

2 days later I finally got a call from my friend.

He had my stash and told me to come over and pick it up.

Of course, back then, it was customary to give your “friend” a couple of joints for his troubles.

Joint.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

 

Anyhoo, back then there weren’t any “head shops” around, so I made my first “bong” out of a pickle jar and a broken pot pipe stem my friend had given me. Not sure where he got that?

I waited until my parents left for a few hours and decided now is the time for me to see what getting high was all about.

I loaded up a huge bowl, lit it, sucked in the smoke and sat down to see what happened.

5 minutes and 10 hits later… Nothing.

Believe it or not, I smoked that entire lid by myself over the next couple of weeks and nothing happened.

I was so disappointed.

Next time I just bought a “one finger” bag cuz, I figured why waste my money if this stuff doesn’t get “me” high.

Same thing. I smoked and smoked and nothing happened.

This all went on over the course of about one month.

Then one fine day walking home from high school, I ran into a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in almost a year.

They asked me if I want to “get stoned.”

I told them I would love to, but after 2 unsuccessful scores, I was doomed to never know what getting high was like.

They laughed, said you gotta try this shit, so we sat down in an alley close to my home to do some bongs.

After about 5 hits, we decided to continue walking home.

I stood up & then it hit me.

I felt light as a feather and very relaxed.

I laughed at everything I thought about.

This was awesome!

 

 

My friends started laughing and headed down their street as I rounded the corner to my house and there out of the blue, my father was home early… the first time in months.

Now I am sure most of you out there who got high at a young age had to learn to “maintain” as we called it, around your parents…

But I had to do it on my first time getting high. Bummer man.

Which by the way, that high was the best of my life. It is true that the first time is the best…

My attraction to pot stayed with me through high school and into my early 20’s.

Then one day I had passed out at a friend’s house after a Friday night of drinking.

I woke up to 4 or 5 people smoking this really nasty smelling pot, and that was my queue to stop smoking the shit.

I walked away from it stone cold. That smell grossed me out for life…

You know what was crazy?

I had a few friends who were trying to get good jobs, but couldn’t stop smoking pot long enough to focus on getting hired.

Guess that commercial back then that said when you smoke pot, nothing happens, was true…

 

Vintage 80s Anti Marijuana PSA – “Nothing Happens”

 

Now back to you…

I wondered how I was able to stop smoking pot so easily and they struggled so.

When we are young, teens through our 20’s, we feel indestructible.

We smoke, drink, do drugs, have unprotected sex (probably more so back in the 70’s versus nowadays), and we could stay out late and go to work early, almost unphased by the lack of sleep.

But these days it is much harder, even when you are young, to burn the candle at both ends and build a successful life.

 

So, if you are trying to quit smoking weed, here is some help for you.

If you feel that pot is taking over your life and taking the place of your friends, hobbies, and favorite ways to pass the time, then it’s time to quit smoking and get your life back on track.

Marijuana may be psychologically addicting, which means that you need to be mentally prepared and willing to give up your habit.

If you are looking for help getting your old life back and dropping your old habits, you’ve come to the right place.

There are many methods to quitting the Marijuana habit such as “cold turkey”.

 

Cold Turkey:

– In this method, it is important to get rid of all paraphernalia and anything that will remind you of the habit.

– Destroy all remaining weed by flushing it down the toilet and make sure to erase all numbers out of your phone that could be equated with dealing the substance.

– It is important to make it clear to everyone around you that you intend to quit and then begin building your support system.

You will likely go through a withdrawal of some sort but remember that this is only temporary.

 

To find success and really quit smoking pot, you should find replacement activities to keep your mind and body occupied.

Activities could range from taking a walk to reading or simply talking with a friend.

You know your body the best, so it is important to do what is best for you.

Sometimes people just need to change their daily routine to become successful and other times they need a completely different method which we will address next.

 

Another method is seeking professional help or going to rehabilitation.

In this method, you could simply meet with a mental health counselor or you could check into an in-patient rehab.

If you have already decided that this method is the best for you it is important to call your insurance company to find out what will and will not be covered.

Some types of insurance will only cover a therapist and other private insurance will cover an extended stay at an inpatient facility. 

Just like in the first method it is paramount that you develop a support system that you can count on.

You may need someone to talk to or you may need something more professional; like a sponsor.

 

Inpatient rehabilitation has proven to be a successful approach to treatment…

but sometimes there are several factors that deter people from seeking help.

The most common problem is affordability.

Not everyone has great private insurance, and even if you have a form of state insurance such as Medicaid there is not always a guarantee that you can find a place in a good rehab facility.

Another factor that discourages people from attending rehab is the thought that it will affect their job.

Not everyone has the ability to leave work for thirty days to attend an inpatient rehab.

There are some laws in place to protect you if that is what you choose but for the most part, people are afraid to lose their job.

 

The last factor that stops people from seeking professional help to stop smoking pot, is they simply do not know where or how to find the help.

Individuals on a waiting list can still visit their primary health care provider for medical advice.

They can also join support groups and begin a 12 step program such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) or NA (Narcotics Anonymous) until they are able to enter a rehab facility.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid seeking treatment for addiction, but you don’t have to hit rock bottom before asking for help.

Treatment is more effective when people seek help before their addiction becomes severe, and recovery is easier if you start sooner rather than later.

If you need help, please give us a call at 855.980.0315