The Boys' Growing Up in the Lord

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Question

How can I stop smoking marijuana? Every day I wake up, it seems as if I need it to feel like myself.


Answer

Most users of marijuana feel that they are calmer under the influence of marijuana, but the reality is that marijuana makes them not care as much about life. It is also deceptive. The withdrawal symptoms of marijuana are feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and a feeling that "they are out to get you." Thus, as you come down from your high, you feel anxious, so you are driven to smoke again to feel calm again. The result is that marijuana is providing an artificial calm that you seek out to avoid the artificial anxiety that withdrawal from marijuana produces.

Meanwhile the producers of marijuana are making oodles of money off you.

The first step to change is a determination to improve yourself. You have to want it so badly that you are willing to go through a period of misery to get through the withdrawal and return to sobriety. The first three days are among the worse. You need someone who can physically keep you away from the marijuana and who can put up with your ravings while it leaves your system. The next month will be hard. The impulse to use is strong, so you need someone to closely monitor you and who won't listen to any of your lies and schemes to get more weed. The next six months will be calmer, but you still need to be very closely watched. Somewhere near the end of that period you are going to suddenly find your mind clearing. You will realize just how bad off your thinking was under marijuana and how much better you feel. It isn't that the craving will be gone, it will fade. There will be periods where it will suddenly come back strong. All through this, what makes a person successful at quitting is his determination to be free of the shackles marijuana has placed on him.

This is where religion and belief help. When you strongly believe in Christ and know the importance of being sober, then such gives you extra encouragement to stand firm against the cravings. "Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Thessalonians 5:6-9).

Thank you so much! I'm going to do what you said and try to better myself.

Let me know how you are doing along the way.