I am a woman of 42, was a professional, held my last job as director of production of a Brit company, well respected, had a good professional reputation, my friend considered me slightly wild in the private life but nothing serious AND was an A1 chronic smoker/addict.
I gave up many times, every time I started again it was worse than before.
I read somewhere that addiction is a progressive illness and it will get you soon or later, you never know how low you'll go this next time.
At the moment I found a lot of comfort in some of Jurplesman's posts where they talk about psychonutrition and the hypoglycemic diet to explain why cravings come about and why we seem so powerless and what to do about it.
By myself one day I had a haha moment, you need to be well enough to give up, I could never explain this concept to anyone until I came here and found out about the chemical imbalances in the brain brought about by daily smoking.
Supplementing your diet helps, knowing that the cravings will come and the things your mind will tell you helps too.
I have just compiled a list of excuses I can never ever again use to smoke again that first one joint, now I am going to write other 2 lists, one to remind myself why I no longer want to smoke and one to remind myself the benefits of not smoking.
I have given up the longest for 3 months, but now I have learned that it seems like a recurring pattern among people who have given up, so next time that won't fool me either.
I guess it is paramount to know the nature of cravings to defeat them
they come in waves..and if you give it enough time they will go away
they lessen with time
they lose intensity with time
Smoking is a tought, we can choose to think about something else
Whatever your mind tells you needs to be screened out and not just taken on board, your mind is sick, to restore some of the brain wiring it takes 6 months to one year, better check out the real intention of your mind before giving in, check your excuses list , some of mine I am in control, just to sleep, I just want to celebrate, this time will be different, look on your checklist, if the excuse is there you know it's a lie, it's the craving talking
and last have faith, this too shall pass, I remember at the 3 months marks how happy I was about kicking it..so happy I just had one joint to celebrate my freedom and here I am again ..
Back on the merry go round
In 2 days I will join you, no more alchool and dope (for me it's better to give up both together, I have noticed when I drink I want to smoke..but maybe other find harmless confort in some alchool.
I usually give up cigarettes as well at the same time, the body detoxes much faster.
Oh, and I want to share this other thing I learned, when you shed fat you will have a craving as THC is stored in the fat cells.
But you cannot flash it out with water, it's not water soluble just fat soluble, take one tablespoon of olive oil every morning on an empty stomach, then go for your shower, then have your breakfast with a hot herbaal tea, it will flush much faster, Vitamin B3, Niacin, seems to play a very important role , so take the B complex, you can double the dosage and take vitamin C up to 3000 per day, all the drug addicts and alchoolics have tested they lasck vitamin C too, I found steams and exercise help too, it's all about getting it all out of the body as fast as possible to reduce the craving down the line.
Hope this helps, dear fellow traveller, such an insidious addiction you wouldn't believe it, this time I am going to beat it, I have all the info about the enemy now and about how cunningly MJ moves through the body ad through the mind.
I want out for good, I wish you all the best in your journey, we can do it, did you test negative for stupidity too?
Then we can get out of this, now we know enough to never be fooled again BY A PLANT?????
Hope it in my heart for everybody on this site and for myself, who needs to go through this SEVERAL times..
Oh, yes, apparently ME
Hope you make it, it's a great help to those who are about to take the leap to wattch the success of others and sometimes their relapses too, it makes us all so much more human..and compassionate
Much Love to all