Changing any habit that we do daily is a challenge for most people and to quit marijuana is no different. When you decide to quit smoking pot, there are a number of things you may want to consider ahead of time, so that your not thrown off guard when they come up. From having realistic expectations of quitting, understanding the temporary withdrawal symptoms, the most common times that relapses occur, and how many attempts most successful ex-weed smokers endure before reaching success. This article will discuss these four main events that occur and give suggestions that can help improve the rate of success dramatically. The first step is making your plan.
When people decide that its time to quit smoking cannabis, it is important to remember that quitting isn’t easy. It’s important that when you make a plan that you have realistic expectation of quitting marijuana. It may not be easy but its not impossible either. Just this year alone over one million Americans quit smoking weed and now you will be one of them. Make your plan as realistic as possible and understand what symptoms you will encounter.
There are a number of withdrawal symptoms that every quitter of pot must face. But what is more important to understand is that withdrawal symptoms are temporary and will fade away with time. In fact, typically they will only last one or two weeks before they disappear . After one or two months you develop momentum, and reach the point where you decide to never smoke another marijuana joint again. Knowing how long to expect withdrawal symptoms is one thing, but knowing about common relapse times is critical too.
Most relapses occur shortly after the decision is made to quit cannabis. The first week after quitting marijuana is the time where most relapses occur. This is when withdrawal symptoms begin to build up and become the strongest, and the body is still very dependent on the weed. For most people, this will be the hardest time of all and it is at this point that you must use all your personal resources, your friends, family, willpower and the tips in this article to get you through this most critical period successfully. Along with this, relapses can also occur later on in the process.
It is important to realize that for many people, the second most frequent time for a relapse is in the first three months after quitting pot. Typically it can happen when situational triggers such as a stressful event occurs. It is in situations like this when people reach for the weed automatically, simply because they have developed a strong association to smoking marijuana and relaxing. This type of situation is very common for the simple reason that it is quite difficult to prepare ones self until it happens, so it becomes increasingly important to recognize it if it is to happen to you. The critical element is to remember that smoking cannabis is simply a habit, and all habits can be broken, even if it takes many attempts.
In fact the statistics show that most successful ex-pot smokers did not necessarily quit the first time. It appears that most of the successes happened later on, after several failed attempts. You may find yourself to be one of those people who can quit marijuana on your very first try, and I hope you do. But the message is clear, if you’re not one of those people, make sure to decide now, to never give up, and try as many times as necessary until you reach your goal.
Once you consider in advance the major pitfalls on the path to quitting cannabis, you will have the foresight to avoid these troubles and your success will be practically guaranteed. Knowing and preparing for these contingencies and following through until you have quit will put you into ranks of those successful men and women who have overcome the dependence and quit marijuana. You will have realistic expectations, you will known how long to expect the withdrawal to last, avoid the most common relapse times, and never give up until you are free. This way you know exactly what to expect as you begin the journey today to quit pot for good.
by Peter Hill