While many of you are trying to figure out the best way to stop smoking weed, or at least how to stop smoking weed everyday, America seems to be moving in a different direction.
On Election Day, four states voted to legalize recreational marijuana, and four more states voted to legalize medical marijuana.
That means there are cities and businesses that no longer want you to stop smoking weed; they want you to keep doing what you’re doing.
After all, there’s a lot of money to be made.
What do you do? It was hard enough to quit weed when it was illegal and you were risking jail time. Now that it’s legal and everyone seems to be okay with it, should you just give in and grab the nearest spliff?
Obviously, the answer is “no.” Even though you might be living in a city where marijuana is legal, you can still quit. Here are three tips to help you do just that.
1. Understand That the Temptation Is About to Get Worse
Let’s assume that you’ve already dealt with your main sources of temptation. You’ve gotten rid of all your remaining weed and weed paraphernalia. You’ve broken off your relationship with your dealer. You’re avoiding situations where a lot of people are hanging out together, smoking weed.
Unfortunately, now that your state has legalized weed, the game has changed.
You could see weed dispensaries popping up in your neighborhood. Marijuana-based magazines might start appearing on your local newsstand. You might be driving down the freeway and see billboards advertising the local marijuana doctor.
Your stoner friends might even start calling you, begging you to be a part of “the new world order.” There’re all sorts of marijuana-based products that you can now enjoy: different strains, edibles, drinks, lotions and oils.
I’m not telling you this to scare you or suggest that the temptation to relapse will be too overwhelming.
I just want you to be prepared. The marijuana industry and stoner culture have just been validated and empowered. You’re going to be seeing more advertising and experiencing more pressure to smoke. If you accept that reality now, you’ll be in a better position to figure out how to quit smoking weed.
2. Remember: Alcohol Is Legal, but People Have Been Able to Quit Drinking
If you have no idea how to quit smoking weed in a city where it’s legal, remember that alcoholics have been dealing with legalized alcohol since the 1930s.
Alcohol is advertised on television, billboards and magazine ads. It’s available in grocery stores, convenience stores, delis and liquor stores. You can order alcohol at restaurants and at bars. If you go to a party, there’s a good chance that some type of alcoholic beverage will be served.
Alcohol is all over the place, but there are alcoholics who’ve managed to stay sober for years. If they can do it, so can you.
3. Use Positive Programming and Reinforcement
If laws, marketing executives and the people around you support and condone regular marijuana use, it’s up to you to be proactive and find ways to maintain your commitment to a marijuana-free life.
Replace Weed With Something Better
You know the high that you get when you smoke weed? There are healthier activities that you can engage in that can promote a similar feeling as well as generate a sense of well-being and wholeness. These activities include:
- Physical exercise
- Listening to or playing music
- Spending time in nature
- Hanging out with good friends
Find a Supportive Community
Rather than spending time with people who are constantly smoking weed, seek out a community of people who are actually trying to quit weed.
It might sound like I’m advocating a 12-Step program such as Marijuana Anonymous, but that’s not entirely the case. According to Dr. Lance Dodes, author of The Sober Truth: Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry, AA programs have a success rate of 5 to 10 percent.
In other words, if AA was a game you could play at a Vegas casino, you’d be better off sticking with blackjack.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t try a 12-Step program. If you prefer to tackle your marijuana addiction using religious or spiritual teachings, a 12-Step program might work well for you.
Dr. Dodes argues that the reason 12-Step programs can sometimes be effective is that they give their participants a sense of camaraderie. You’ll meet people who are kind, supportive and will offer you a sense of structure that you might be lacking.
A community that actively encourages you to stop smoking weed, no matter their affiliation, might be a great counter-weight to a culture that is normalizing marijuana use. All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t depend on that community entirely.
Quit Weed – The Complete Guide
Quit Weed – The Complete Guide has helped over 10,000 people put an end to their dependency on weed, but I want to bring your attention to the Life After Marijuana audio program in particular.
Now that marijuana is legal, you can expect all sorts of marijuana-based advertising and peer pressure to force you to relapse. The Life After Marijuana audio program, which is included in the complete guide, will help you stay true to your decision by employing techniques such as meditation, hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming. With these techniques, you’ll be able to counter society’s programming with the programming that you want.
It may not be easy to quit weed in a city where marijuana has been legalized, but it’s not impossible. There may actually not be a best way to stop smoking weed. You’re going to hear many different voices telling you many different things, but the most important voice to listen to is your own.