Hope This Helps

Postby OvercamePAWS » Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:52 am

So here we go

I use to post on this forum a while ago but left. So I thought I'd share this to help others going through what I went through.

About 1.5 years ago after 4 years of heavy smoking I quit weed cold turkey.

The effects of quitting was quite intense to put it lightly. I had serious issues with all the regular things like DP/DR, extreme anxiety, depression, overwhelming thoughts of the "what ifs" thought I developed Schizophrenia, I was afraid of being alone because I thought I'd kill myself and I might have done at that time. The whole thing was just so intense.

First 3 months was the absolute worst. Up to 6 months came in waves still hard. Up to a year became manageable and a bit easier. 1.5 years now and it comes in drips but over almost immediately.

During the whole drama of PAWS I tried so hard to get past it and at certain points I was giving up.

I pushed through it all with help from friends, Family and religion.

A year and a half later I feel like it's all behind me now.

We all have the same story of what we go through when quitting weed with the PAWS and everyone's timeline is different.

But it does end, no longer have the issues I faced when I started. No do/dr or extreme anxiety, no longer think I have schizophrenia, it's all in my past now like a bad dream.

You just have to keep pushing through and make healthy choices in your life to help ease it (diet, exercise etc)

If you're going through this pain on PAWS, keep strong it does end one day.

Good luck to you all I know you can do it
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Postby Fabulous Furnace » Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:18 am

Thanks for the post. Good to hear your experience. I am 6.5 months sober and having some intense anxiety and some depression.
First 6 months was very hard.
I am a member of Marijuana Anonymous and it has been an important part of my continuing sobriety.
Congratulations and I hope you keep posting.
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Postby iHatePaws94 » Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:31 am

Thanks for the update and congrats on your recovery! It's always really encouraging to hear from people who have made it to the other side. I have a few questions for you. Did you ever feel like you looked really crazy. Like my eyes look crazy kind of like Gary Buseys (not as bad though haha). It's really concerning to me. I used to be good looking but now I'm always pale and sickly looking. Is this something that you experienced? Also, did you experience problems with connecting to people. I feel like when I have conversations with people they are really uneasy and ready to get away from me. This was never the case in the past. I was always confident and social prior to my addiction. I think this is the most miserable part of PAWs. I miss being able to connect to people with ease. Now even going to the grocery store is difficult because I'm so uncomfortable around others. I can't shake the feeling that I will be a social outcast forever.
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