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Motivation to stop smoking weed

Is cannabis addictive?  Yes, it can be.

So, what is your motivation to stop smoking weed?

If it’s coming from the outside, you may want to evaluate. A nagging parent, girl/boy friend or probation officer may initially motivate you to stop smoking weed. But without being personally motivated, the likelihood that you will quit weed and STAY QUIT is rather low.

So how can you get and stay motivated to be clean?

Here, we present four (4) tools from SMART Recovery® that will motivate you to quit smoking weed. SMART stands for Self Management And Recovery Training. This program is sometimes known as an alternative to 12-step programs and teaches self-help techniques based on psychological principles. As a scientific recovery program, SMART is recognized by the NIH, by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Society of Addiction Medicine as an addiction recovery resource.

Can these exercises help you stop smoking weed?

Yes.

So if you want build and maintain motivation to stay away from weed, complete these four exercises in self-empowerment. To learn more about SMART Recovery and tools for abstinence, check out the SMART website.

1. Learn about the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of behavior change

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Check out TTM as the dominant model of health behavior change among psychologists on the internet. Basically, there are “stages of change” you go through as you try to stop smoking weed. In the TTM model, you go through stages of change including:

  • Precontemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance

Moving forward from the Precontemplation Stage is key to quitting weed and starting a life free of marijuana. Although you will probably fluctuate between these stages from time to time, once you have made a strong commitment to a drug free life, you can easier maintain abstinence.

2. Complete a Cost Benefit Analysis

Compare gains and losses of smoking weed in a formal analysis. A Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a simple exercise that helps you evaluate what you gain and what you lose when you stop smoking weed.

To complete a CBA,take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the center of the page, and one across the center of the page to make 4 quadrants. At the top of the page, write: Smoking Weed. In the top left quadrant, put Advantages (benefits & reward), top right put Disadvantages (costs & risks). Just above the bottom two squares in the lower half of the quadrant ,write: Quit Smoking Weed. In the bottom left quadrant, put Advantages (benefits & reward), bottom right put Disadvantages (costs & risks).

Now start to fill in the blanks.

  • Advantages of smoking weed might include euphoric effect, entertainment, stress reliever, etc. Disadvantages might include medical conditions, relationship problems, work problems, legal problems, etc. Then, label each item in your list with an ST (short-term) or LT (long-term).
  • Now, compare the short and long-term items. Usually, the “Benefits” of continuing to smoke weed are short-term, while the “Costs” are long-term.
  • Then, carry your CBA with you wherever you go. If a craving to smoke weed or an opportunity appear, review the list to remember that the long-term costs outweigh the short term benefits.

3. Complete a Hierarchy of Values

To complete a Hierarchy of Values, list the five most important things in your life, in order of importance. These will vary by person, and may include family, job, health, faith, finances, happiness, etc. (STOP READING HERE UNTIL YOU MAKE YOUR LIST.)

Now ask yourself, “Where is smoking weed on my list of values?” Did weed make the Top 5? Even though you may not value smoking weed as one of the most important activities in your life, smoking often has a major impact on each and everything that is valuable to you!

Now, consider the impact that smoking weed has on each of your top five values, and make plans to focus on the things that are most important to you. Compare this with continuing to smoke weed or eating weed to get high. Instead of rolling a spliff, baking a cookie or packing a bowl…get involved with your family, go exercise, talk to a friend or do something else that can enhance the values on your list.

4. Plan and visualize change

Complete a Change Plan Worksheet to help you to “map out” the changes you want to make as you quit smoking weed. This is important to starting to getting clean. You will list what changes you want to make, why, how, who can help you, signs of success and how likely you are to achieve the change. Once you have a map of what you want to do, you can put a plan in place for making those changes happen.

Can you quit smoking weed?

Absolutely. For more ideas about staying motivated to quit weed, check out the FREE motivational ideas available on the SMART Recovery website. Plus, the SMART Recovery Handbook has additional tools to help you to build and maintain your motivation and is available here: Handbook for SMART Recovery.

How to quit smoking weed

Are you having problems quitting weed? Need some support? Please let us know. We’ll be happy to answer real questions or concerns about getting off weed with a personal and prompt response.

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41 Responses to “Motivation to stop smoking weed
Rebecca
5:34 am February 26th, 2012

When I was going through your blog, it was giving me even more motivation to stop. Its going on 3 months now that`s I’ve diminished the use of marijuana, although I’ve had my “slips“… I’ve cut down more than 3/4 of what I used to smoke. Its really great to have a blog like this up to give people like me the chance to realize what exactly were doing to ourselves. In my blog that I created 3-4 days ago, I basicly explain my story, and what helped me get through it a lot easier. Im going to add your link to my blog =) if that’s ok? And one more thing. Thank you!!

11:37 am February 28th, 2012

Hi Rebecca. I can totally relate. I used to smoke weed every day to cope with life. I haven’t smoked for 8 years now, and life is so much better. If you need help finding motivation, just let me know. Do you have a goal of total abstinence or of occasional smoking?

Rebecca
5:55 pm February 28th, 2012

That’s amazing!!! Being smoke free for 8 years. That’s a great accomplishment!!! Congratulations!
I really do feel like I’ve done enough of it. I want to be completely finished with weed. It`s just my will power is not oh so powerful as I’d hoped it to be. But I keep trying to tell myself I’m doing a lot less of it than what I used too. I’m smoking about 2 a day compared to all day 3 months ago. Every day that goes by, makes everyday that much more easier. I’m almost finished with it, and I can’t wait until I can kick it to the curve. Thank you again so much for your support and care.

2:34 pm February 29th, 2012

Totally.

Do the people you hang around smoke also? It REALLY helped me to start hanging with people who were out of the cannabis club. And I started doing things I always wanted to do, like yoga. Is there some sober activity that might help you get away from MJ?

Rebecca
11:52 pm February 29th, 2012

I do spend a lot of my time with people who smoke, and one is my boyfriend. They are however supporting me with quitting. I have to admit though, when they say they’re going to smoke, I do feel like I want to smoke more. What I’ve been doing to get my mind off of it is going back to school. I started back the 22 of January, so it is all new. It has been about 3 years since I’ve been at school, but I am back. If wanna know anything about my story with marijuana use, check out my blog. =) My blog is new and I would like your feedback with what you think. Maybe you can give me a few more suggestions on getting my mind off of it? I would really appreciate it. Any support is extremely helpful. Maybe something to do at home?? I was thinking about making origami or something to occupy my time. What do you think?

2:31 pm March 1st, 2012

Hi Rebecca. If you’re really into origami, go for it. But if it’s just a past time, I think that it can get old pretty fast. To be honest: It’s going to be really difficult to be around a BF who smokes. Every time he gets high, it will trigger a craving for you.

Check out these articles written by SMART Recovery volunteers, who have some great ideas for replacing unwanted behaviors with new ones.

http://addictionblog.org/author/smart-recovery/

And do something you really LOVE. Is that origami?

jake
8:55 am May 13th, 2012

well i was a international taekwondo fighter i never had many friends or a great family but taekwondo it kept me going through life when i was 8-17 years old but when i was training for selections too th national team i did my hamstring really bad immeadiatly after that my parents broke up and moved a good 1hour between eachother. my mother and fathr both gotv a girlriend and boyfriend which theyve kept immediatly after i found out they seperated (my stepfather is a club dero bikie member), as i had no outlet (taekwondo) i quickly found myself tasting weed and alcohol with new found friends (they wernt the best friends we are “gangbangers” as americans would call us anyways long story short i was left with 3 weeks in remand in hakea jail for assult money for weed after that i found oyt that my stepfather was a bikie so i got angry with my mum and him so i started voiceing my angers that my mum went from a perfect husband(my dad) too living with a bikie immediatly and the last time i saw my dad he pulled a kitchen knife on me and i retaliated with pulling a bottle on him but i was the bigger man and walked away after losing all my family i lost all my friends and girlfriend. i live with my grandparents i have no friends no family no hobbies im in the process of joining the army even though i dont want too but i see it as my only way out of this life im trying too quit weed becaus u have too have clean urine too join bt i cant find a good enough reason too quit every second im concious i want too kill myself iv tried anti depressants they dont work only weed does but its temporary and when it fades im even worse then before i go through a ounce a week and i dont know how much longer i can do this for though i cant see life without living worth living mabye i was cursed from birth

4:09 pm May 14th, 2012

Hi Jake. I can totally relate. Weed was my release from life. But then came a time when I felt worse after I was high than ever before.

You need to stop smoking for at least a month to be physically free from weed. I believe then that you can work on the psychological freedom. Do you have any addiction psychologists near where you live?

Kathy
6:37 pm July 19th, 2012

Im on day one today and going crazy. But I have been smoking weed everyday all day for 8 years and my life is going down hill. I have tried to quit many times before and always start back up. I was trying to find a blog or a website were people our going trough the same thing and some motivation! Thank you!

1:06 am July 20th, 2012

Hi Kathy. Good for you. The first three (3) days are always the hardest on any kind of detox. I’d suggest scheduling in lots of healthy activities, including things that you may have given up when smoking pot. And getting into healthy eating habits. Having something to look forward to during the day and scheduling regular intervals when you know that you have something to do can help manage the cravings.

Kathy
12:56 pm July 20th, 2012

Thank you I did that yesterday, on my way home from work I called my boyfriend and he came over right away to let me cry on his shoulder, that’s all I wanted to do for some reason. It’s hard trying to think with a sober clear head, I’m so use to getting high every morning. But I have been putting off a lot of important things and it’s time to get my life together. This is hard though, I also didn’t sleep well, but I’m determined to do this:)

1:04 am July 21st, 2012

I can totally relate. The thinking with a sober head is a process that will continue over the next few weeks and months. Don’t rush it…it gets better with time. And the emotional stuff is totally normal, albeit a strange sensation at times. I found it really helpful to talk with a counselor when I first stopped smoking weed, but figure out WHY I was so angry under the surface. Perhaps this may be true for you, too. But one thing is for certain: we may have started getting high for the fun of it, but smoking weed chronically is a sign of major escape from life. So, the continued use masks the real underlying problems. Take it one step at a time…and if you’re open to it, maybe check out a 12 step program, or something like SMART Recovery for self-help strategies on feeling better and finding direction in life.

Anthony
5:08 am August 5th, 2012

I’m 21 and have smoked weed since I was 13. I have always been one of those people to go around saying ” weed isn’t bad for you”, or ” how many deaths have you heard of from pot? It’s harmless.” but the truth is I’ve had many unnecessary hurdles to climb due to smoking pot on a regular basis for over 8 years that I never would have encountered if I never smoked it in the first place. In particular I had a great job set up with the USPS, which I ultimately lost due to a drug test. In this case I realized its not just about the damage it could arguably cause physically , but the fact of its illegality which caused to my life. I’ve recently made the decision to get clean and it’s only the first day of my sobriety from marijuana amongst other drugs I wrongfully involved myself in in moderation over the years, but even people with 30+ years clean had a day one at some point. It wasn’t easy to tell myself it’s time, but once I did, that little voice in my head saying to stop was finally stronger than the urge to hunt down my next gram. I’m excited for a positive change in my life, and so look forward to the benefits of kicking the habit. It’s just very good to come across sites like this and to be able to see comments of motivation between readers. In no way do I look down on those who wish to keep smoking , their life is theirs, and only time will tell if it is a good thing for them to continue or not. However , personally , I feel life is just now starting for me , and everything I should have been doing since the time I started can finally start being checked off my to do list. Thanks again ! And I wish the best for all on their journey to sobriety.

3:21 pm August 5th, 2012

Hi Anthony. What a wonderful turn for you in your life. It DOES get easier with time, although I found that once I saw that marijuana totally made me numb to things, it was easy to quit when I wanted a better way of life. I think that the Hierarchy of Values worksheet from SMART Recovery can help you: http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/library/Tools_and_Homework/Quick_Reference/HOV.pdf

And once you’re completed this, check out the other tools on their website. If you’re a self-taught person, this program can really help you.

Caitlin
12:57 am August 6th, 2012

I’m searching the internet for motivation so that I don’t go get some more weed. I’ve been smoking all day long, every day for years now. Tonight I feel terrible. I feel like I could jump out of my skin because I’m anxious and uncomfortable without it. Tonight is the first night.

It’s frustrating because I’d never spend that much money on a new outfit or dental work….but for weed….yes. And I never feel like exercising when I’m baked so my body is suffering because of it. When I think of the person I really want to become, she is brave and calm and can keep herself company without any trouble. But right now I feel like I’m thrashing inside and all I want is to roll a joint and take a drag. I hate this!

8:09 pm August 7th, 2012

Hi Caitlin. Yup. Sounds very familiar. That creepy, crawly feeling inside your skin is right on. But it passes. If you can make it for a few days without weed, and then find a support system, you’ll be doing great. Do you have any idea of where to go for help?

Caitlin
2:23 am August 11th, 2012

It’s been 5 full days without weed. I don’t feel like I’m going to jump out of my skin anymore, but I feel rather depressed and sometimes very angry. All those feelings that had been masked by weed are now so close and raw.

My sister is a good support system and I have told a few friends about my goal to stop smoking and they’ve been supportive too. I looked for meetings, but there aren’t any where I live. I know I need to keep going without the weed. Right now, it just doesn’t feel worth it.

Night time is the hardest. As soon as the sun sets, I get an awful feeling inside and all I want is to smoke so that I could feel better. I wish I could disappear.

3:42 pm August 14th, 2012

Hi Caitlin. Good for you! Yes, feelings come back as we lose the chemical friend we relied on so much for relief (THC). It helps to tell yourself in the hard moments, “This too, shall pass” and to know that you will NOT feel the same way tomorrow morning as you do tonight.

Also, seek help immediately from a licensed psychologist who can work you through the psycho-emotional states that are familiar to you…so that you can create a life that you want!

Check out these worksheets (especially the HOV, Hierarchy of Values) to keep you going. These resources will help YOU decide what you want in life, and help you gather the strength to achieve your ideals.

http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/toolchest.htm

Caitlin
2:03 am August 17th, 2012

Thank you very much for your kind responses. I’ve never contributed to an online conversation before, but checking this website and reading through the comments has been helpful.

I’m approaching the 13th day without weed. Today I called the person I buy from and asked for some. My sister serendipitously called a minute after I sent the text to my dealer and I told her that I was preparing to buy some weed. We talked it through and I decided to call my dealer back and cancel. I felt angry that the truth is I can’t even have a little because I’ve tried it before and it never works. I felt angry at having to let the weed go and decided to fall asleep for a little bit to collect myself.

It’s night time now, and I’m still feeling down, but I know I did the right thing.

I’ll check out those worksheets. Thanks for all your help. My heart goes out to folks who feel like they can’t handle the pain in their lives and struggle with using in order to cope. It’s a cruel predicament we humans experience. Learning to keep yourself company is damn hard and scary, but it’s where the riches are.

11:30 am August 18th, 2012

Wow. That is real progress. I am so proud and happy for you!

The more you choose life w/o weed, the easier it gets. Also, can you talk with a psychotherapist and start cognitive behavioral therapy to help you understand (and start to change) your cycle of thinking? It sounds like you have a real capacity for this type of treatment, and can do well with a little direction.

Caitlin
1:46 am August 24th, 2012

Last year I lost my health insurance because I was laid off. I’m working multiple part-time jobs and none of them offer health insurance. I’m currently interviewing and applying for full-time work. Before I was laid off, I went to counseling regularly and enjoyed it. I’m very well-versed in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is similar to CBT. My therapist and I talked about my issues with self-medicating. Of course, she suggested clean living. Despite her suggestions, I continued smoking weed heavily.

I’m trying to quit because of the financial drain that buying weed causes and to cultivate a stronger sense of being present and “awake”.

However, the pain I feel without the weed is so vast. It’s been 19 days now, and I am just dragging along. It’s hard to hold on to the idea of clean living when I am not feeling the benefits. I felt a lot happier when I was smoking. Now I feel angry and low-spirited. I would like to see my therapist again, but each session is $110 dollars. That’s more expensive than buying weed!

10:06 am August 24th, 2012

Hi Caitlin. Call your therapist and request a price break for the sessions. Many doctors and medical professionals offer a different price for people paying out of pocket (up to 70% off in some cases) and can work out a payment plan with you. Talk with your therapist about money concerns, and that you’ve quit and ask for help! If you liked the therapy, it’s worth much more than the cost of a bag of weed! Believe me. And short term debts can be paid off, but for now, you need to commit yourself to recovery.

Sergei Mihhailenko.
4:00 am November 9th, 2012

We (all our society) have all to stay firm against weeds.
Weed is a product, which finally makes all users as an animals, which will need their job for having roof above their head, will need money for buying weeds dose and etc.Weeds make user happy for short period of time, which is enough for having rest and forget about surrounded problems.

These animals will not take care about election, will not take care about wars, unemployment, health and medical care, will not take care about anything which is not belonging to have a weed dose .
Who is interested in this?
First of all drug dealers, who wants to have more income.
Secondary – Politicians, when they want to have animals for future elections as they will be able to make extra money, by promoting Law, which supports drug legalization (of course drug and weds dealers will pay to Politicians to do so.)

We call our society as democracy society. But in case of legalizing weeds we are going to anarchy.

Democracy is a responsibility! Not an anarchy.

jack
10:39 pm November 21st, 2012

Been smoking thai and skunk for like 5 – 6 years, and constantly(everyday) for the past 2-3 years. i know its not good for my health and im finding it hard to study as im on my degreee. whats the best first step i can take?

10:46 am November 25th, 2012

Hi Jack. I think that the first step is to compare the benefits with the cost of smoking. Once you are convinced that, logically, the costs outweight the benefits…and that the benefits of STOPPING outweigh the costs, it’s a lot easier to quit. Check out SMART Recovery’s website for a cost-benefit analysis worksheet to help.

Sheena
2:38 am January 24th, 2013

Way to go to everyone on here taking that first step and at least trying to quit smoking weed. I’m trying to quit too and right now it suuuuuucks so baaaaaaad. I know I should fill my time with other activities but I just don’t feel like doing anything when I’m trying to quit, and the only thing that helps is reading comments from other “quitters” and other folks’ encouraging posts. Man, I wish they made the Patch, but for weed. The hardest part is staying motivated when you feel so crappy and you know you’d feel better if you just had some weed, but in the long run, you end up feeling crappy about yourself and try to quit again. It’s a tough go, so good luck everyone :)

Pete
10:34 pm February 11th, 2013

I remember the first joint I smoked, I was 16 and it felt as great as the last joint did a couple hours ago. Maybe that is the reason I have never quit all these years. I have a 11 year daily marijuana habit and I can really feel that it is about time I should quit. Perhaps its the social stigma or the fact that you always have to be dealing with certain people (criminals, thugs) , or simple the fact that you have to hide yourself in order to enjoy a bowl. Bottom line is I am tired! I am tired of have the feeling that I am not present in certain situations, or the urge to leave certain places just because I need to get high. Yea it may sound insane or nothing like weed, but this is what weed has been doing to me all these years. I’ve missed birthdays, family events, dates, work parties just because of this constant avoidance to be around people that did not ” accept” what I do.
Tomorrow will be Day one for me since i smoked the last of me weed a couple hours ago. It’s crazy how i am already freaking out just by knowing what is gonna happen.
I am not quitting because I feel sick or crazy; Although I am honest about the fact that I have an addiction, I don’t think these past 10 years have damaged my brain as much as some people say it does. Of course i do feel somewhat impaired when I’m high, such things as delayed reaction, decreased attention, fatigue,
I have recently graduated d on top 4% of my class while working full time, of course I had to study hard and obviously i would try not to be high when I had to get things done, which wouldn’t always happened; but what I mean is that I was always able to manage my addiction aside of my professional life. the problem is that I have been doing this for so long that I don’t know what I am without it? kinda weird?
I just feel like this has to come to an end, I am 27 years old a recent graduated therapist and while I preach to people what they should do, I constantly keep avoiding my own problems.
It is time for a change, and a chance to attempt to do what’s it right.
Thanks for the time guys
Pete

10:25 am February 12th, 2013

Hi Pete. I can totally relate. Being high can become such a “normal” state that you don’t quite know WHO you are or what you can really do without the weed. What worked for me when stopping was a psychotherapist and group therapy. 12 steps were good for me, too. But it’s not for everyone. Good luck and let us know if we can help you along the way.

Pete
3:15 pm February 12th, 2013

Thank you, I really appreciate the support ! I am very familiar with the 12 steps and truly believe in group therapy, but unfortunately I could not find one around me, that is why I was hoping to vent out here in your blog!
It’s Day one for me. It is maybe a little harder because i am currently studying for my state examination and I have lots of free time in my hands. The main thing I believe is to keep yourself busy!!
Perhaps the only withdraw t that I can tell so far is a bit of anxiety. Maybe because lately i have been lighting up within the first couple of hours I was up, so I could feel right away a bit weird (unusual).
I will try to focus on the positive; I know for personal experience that exercise is very good to control anxiety, I have always been physically active ( gym 3, 4 x a week) I do strength training and about 20 min of cardio. I believe that if I increase my cardio to at least 30 minutes a day /high intensity it will definitely help decrease the anxiety, because it will drain my CNS ( central nervous system) and decrease the flight or fight response that our brain is used to create. I am also trying to drink lots of tea and lemon water in order to detox my body from thc which i probably have more than blood right now lol…
My advice is to keep thinking positive guys, keep going back and think about the reasons you quit in the first place. Keep analyzing your thoughts, a lot about anxiety is that we create catastrophic scenarios in our heads, and to be honest most of them will never happen, so we are just worrying about BS!!
Also it helps to cut off any stimulants, caffeine, redbull, or any other stimulant that may get your heart rate up.
It helps to talk about it, so make sure you do it !

Kathy
2:55 pm February 13th, 2013

I am so mad at myself, I have not even done one day clean. About 5 pm I feel like I’m losing my mind and get very angry, so I call my friend and before I know it we are smoking and I go back home even more upset. I don’t even enjoy it
Anymore, so why can’t I stop. If I can get trough 3 days I know I can kick this habit but I can’t even get trough day 1. I’m too old to be Actting like this.

8:35 am February 14th, 2013

Hi Kathy. Self-criticism is really not helpful at the moment. I’d suggest that you seek help from a counselor/psychotherapist who has experience with addiction issues. You may need some cognitive behavioral skills to help you get past this impasse and to stop smoking initially.

Kathy
4:10 pm February 14th, 2013

Ok day one for me, I’m going to do this!!!!

Adam
8:57 pm April 8th, 2014

Hi. I’m from the UK and I’ve been smoking weed every day since I was 13. I’m now 32 lol. I can only account for 2 weeks back in 2007 and about 5 weeks last year where I’ve not had any. Really kicking myself for starting again after doing so well. I’m currently at the end of day 2 on my current attempt. Smashed my grinder up and trying to keep busy. Sleeping is an issue but thankfully atm it’s not affecting my job. I refuse to see a shrink or go to a group, I gave up coke after many years of abuse without help, while others I know went to rehab. So I’m determined to do this for myself and my family.
I gave up smoking cigarettes 2 years ago but was still putting it in the joints, i’m convinced the weed addition is all in my mind and the only real addition is my body craving nicotine. Hopefully next time I comment on here it will be to say I’ve done it. Changed career and moved to a better place than we currently live. Only time will tell…

Jarrett
5:46 pm April 25th, 2014

Today is the first day I haven’t smoked weed in a few months. When I am in a place where I can get it, I crave it. But if I am in an environment where it’s not possible to smoke, I am generally ok except for cravings which pass. I have weed in my apartment but I’m refusing to touch it. I just started therapy last week and am really motivated to quit weed now because I’m spending a lot of money on it, its negatively effecting my relationship with my girlfriend, parents, and sister. And I feel guilty every time I smoke. The initial pleasure of weed has turned into guilt and shame for being high. I am starting to work out again and eat healthier but falling asleep is the hardest part. Ive been smoking 3-10 times a day for the last 4 years and need to stop before it gets worse. The time is now. But it’s so hard to keep going. I feel anxious, at times angry, impatient, and alone. I haven’t smoked at all today but have been craving it constantly. My therapist asked if I wanted to cut back and just smoke socially or fully abstain. I feel like I don’t have the willpower to only smoke socially. Every time I smoke it feels like I’m reinforcing this horrible pattern I want to break so badly.

Levi
6:48 pm July 26th, 2014

Hi, I was a heavy equipment student at my local vocational school. This required me to pass a drug test durring the months that school was in session. Last summer I was a weekend smoker, and when the time came to go back to school, I was able to stop very easily because I knew that getting my degree in the field was my main priority. Around last November, I got a job on a local dairy farm. The pay sucks (I don’t even make minimum wage) well, at the beginning of June I started smoking again because I figured that I can stop when I want to and just get a new job when I’m ready. Now this is the point where I would like to quit. Because I feel like it’s time for me to go out and start a real Job because I’m not in high school anymore. I’ve been clean for 4 days now and I’m starting to feel like I might slip up very soon. Almost all of my friends are potheads, and the other guy that I work with even sells it, I almost feel like it will be impossible to stop because of the influence that is surrounding me. I don’t want to let myself or my family down. And I really want to get a real job, but anything in the construction field… ESPECIALLY anything as an equipment operator requires drug testing by law. I don’t want to smoke but the stress of not smoking is starting to make me actually want to smoke more so that I can get away from the stress. It’s a never ending cycle that I don’t think that I can win :/ please, I need some advice on how to get past this!

val
4:48 pm April 16th, 2015

This didn’t help at all this was a total waste of a read

12:26 pm April 17th, 2015

Hi Val. Sorry this text wasn’t what you were looking for. Are you trying to find ways to quit using marijuana? We can help.

Paige
10:56 pm April 22nd, 2015

I have a habit of smoking weed daily. I would like to cut back to occasional smoking. Maybe just on weekend or special occasions. But I don’t know if I should just quit altogether? I get anxious when I think about quitting completely. I’ve never had a problem with anything before so it’s really been stressing me out. Weed offers me a crutch to my anxiety I think. Any tips or suggestions? I’m most worried about staying motivated and sticking to it.

Tanya H
7:33 am September 9th, 2015

I’ve been smoking weed since 18 yrs old,I’m 44 now.I usually smoke on binges I quit for 6 or 8 mths then I fall off the weed wagon usually due to stress and worrying at times I usually will smoke a month then quit again.zim also a mom to 2 sons 24,22,&a 13 yr old daughter and a grandma to a 9 mth old grandson, I want to stop but have no self control I don’t want to keep smoking. Help!

Jim
3:18 pm September 10th, 2015

I’ve been smoking weed for 4 years now I smoked every day for about 3 years only when I got in from work I know only smoke around 3-4 times a week but this still feels to much. I would like to completely quit but I’m not sure if this is a realistic goal as I do enjoy getting high. I would love to only smoke on the weekends but it always seems to creep into week days I just need some advice on weather you feel I should completely Give up or try and find a way to just smoke on the weekend . Help much appreciated.

Prashant
3:42 pm February 14th, 2016

Hi, i am 21 years old, i have been smoking for almost 2 year and have increased the consumption amonut to a lot recently. So i smoke every day and i am high almost every time, its because i like being high all the time but i do realise that this thing is taking me away from the realities as i can’t see the real word. I love the feeling of staying high as i can concentrate a lot better and my decision making skills are way higher then any sober but this does’t make me any strong cause all i can do at that time is think but not act. I have kind of an emotional problem like i am not happy with my own self and i truly believe that smoking weed is the only reason that i am unable to make changes to my self. I really need help from someone who can stay patient and understand my mind set.

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