Marijuana use can lead to the development of problem use, known as a marijuana use disorder, which takes the form of addiction in severe cases. According to National Health Institute, approximately 30% of those using marijuana might have some degree of marijuana use disorder.
Additionally, the study asserts that those who begin using it before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana addiction than adults.
Marijuana is among the most difficult drugs to quit, and not because it’s more addictive than other drugs, but because addicts are more reluctant to let it go. They see it as their final vice.
In the article below, we look at the steps you need to take a fast way to get rid of marijuana addiction.
I’m Addicted to Marijuana?
However, the first step on the journey to recovery is recognizing that you have a problem with it; it helps to know how to recognize addiction to marijuana. Sometimes, though, it’s challenging to be objective when gauging your addiction or for your loved one.
Here are signs and symptoms of marijuana addiction.
Marijuana tolerance:Like any other drug, regular use of marijuana leads to dependence and tolerance. This is to imply you need more and more of the drug in order to achieve the same high.
Withdrawal:If you notice that in the absence of marijuana you start experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as loss of appetite, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, or sweating, then there’s a good chance that addiction has already set in.
Use of too much marijuana:If you find lying to yourself that you’ll only take a puff only to take the whole joint, then you’re probably on the road to addiction.
Other signs and symptoms of addiction include;
- Spending too much time to get high
- Smoking pot to escape reality
- Choosing friendship based on drug activity
- Getting high despite knowing the consequences
- Lack of responsibility
Three Effective Ways to Quit Marijuana Smoking and Addiction
If you feel that marijuana is taking over you; your family, friends, hobbies and favorite ways to pass your time, then it’s time to quit smoking and get back on track.
Below are three amazing tricks to help you get back on track fast.
1) Quitting Cold Turkey
The cold turkey technique is the harsh way to quit. It often refers to the process of simply halting your smoking habit. It’s a good plan for those who want results fast.
However, it’s harder, and for results, you need a game plan. Quitting cold turkey can be achieved as long as you have the support of your friends, and family and iron will.
Here are the steps of an effective cold turkey.
a) Throw out all your pot and your smoking paraphernalia
First things first, throw away or flush all your weed, bong, matches, roach clips, containers and any other material that make it easy to start smoking again. Just ensure you throw it where you’re sure you can’t retrieve it again.
Also, ensure you discard any triggers you may make you think about smoking weed. Either destroy it or give it to someone for safe keeping. Finally, delete your dealer from your contact and cut any communication with him, even on social media.
b) Make your decision clear to your support system
Even to the most mentally strong individuals, simply throwing away your marijuana paraphernalia is not simple enough to say you’re done. Therefore, for stronger willpower, disclose to your trustworthy friends and friends what you’re doing and ask for their support in quitting. You’ll probably find that they’re all thrilled to see you quit and are willing to help you quit wherever they can.
You can also disclose this to your trusted and close smokers, especially if they matter to you and still want to stay close to them. Explain to them that you’re not trying to make them quit. But would appreciate if they don’t pressure you into smoking.
c) Prepare for withdrawal symptoms
The worst part of quitting marijuana cold turkey is its side effects. See, your body stores THC for weeks and months after your last smoke, meaning that the weed is still secreted in your body in small doses daily. The small doses aren’t enough for a body that has built a tolerance to the drug. It’s difficult to fight biology, so you should be prepared for withdrawal symptoms such anxiety, insomnia, decreased appetite, irritability and an increase in body temperature.
You’re likely to have mood swings, where you’ll just want to give up. Fortunately, it’s only temporary and goes within a week or two. Try to hold onto the reasons why you’re doing this.
Falling back to the old habits is easier than you think. Therefore, you need to make lifestyle changes on your daily routine to avoid slipping back to the old habit. For instance, you can participate in an activity to take part in .i.e. join a soccer team, make a point of seeing friends, avoid staying idle and avoid any triggers that may awaken your urges. You can do it.
2) Quitting Weed Gradually
Now, when we say gradual quitting, we do not imply that you’ve to take a year or two to stop smoking completely. No, set yourself a date, approximately a month from now to be completely marijuana free.
And don’t make a date flexible; you need to pick a specific date and stick to it.
If you think that a month is not enough to really quit your habit, you should not set yourself for failure. If you think the process is going to be tough, you take even two to three months.
In order or this process to work, you need to have a gradual plan. Plan how much weed you’ll be using for each day.
Develop a logical plan such that by the time you’re at half point the recovery plan, you should be using half the amount of weed you’re using now. Also, aim to cut your weed portion as the days progresses.
Finally, to control your craving, and engage in value-driven activities that will see you achieve your results effectively and in a faster way.
3) Seek Professional Help
If all the above techniques fail, it’s time to seek professional help. You cannot go wrong with this.
Currently, no approved medication can be used to treat the marijuana dependency.
However, your doctor or psychiatrist or therapist can enroll you in in-patient rehab, or even counseling.
The decision to quit marijuana is entirely yours. True, the road is bumpy and full of challenges, but before you give up, just remember the possibilities and the goodness of a sober lifestyle that awaits you. Be good to yourself and never quit. Good things come to those who are patient and persevering, just wait and see.