Breaking a bad habit?

 Will the Lost Wanderer (@wtljr96)7 years, 9 months ago

Recently, this past summer, I began smoking marijuana much more than I have in my entire life. I want to stop but I enjoy getting high. I don’t smoke to be “cool” I just enjoy the feeling of being high. I would rather smoke by myself and just chill than smoke with most of my friends because they just do it to get “fucked up” which is not the approach I like to take.

I like to smoke because I like the feeling of elevation and the calmness it brings me, but there aren’t many, if any, people who feel the same way I do near where I live.

Plus, since I’ve been smoking more I have been extremely short on cash which I do not enjoy.

I really feel like I need to stop smoking so I can get a job and start making money. Is there any way to help quit smoking without picking up a different bad habit?

I don’t mean that smoking weed is a bad habit but I feel as though it is detrimental to me as a person at this time.

September 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm
ThatGuy (38) (@ThatGuy345) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

Read the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. If you live in the present then you will recognize when you are about to continue a habit and you can consciously choose not to. If money is a huge issue, get a vaporizer man. You can smoke 1/3 as much and get as high. But, to break habits, mindfulness is the most powerful tool because habits thrive when you are on “Auto Pilot”. And you have to keep it up for 21ish days to completely rid of the psychological addiction! Good luck

Will the Lost Wanderer (7) (@wtljr96) 7 years, 9 months ago ago

I do have a vaporizer. I’m actually trying to sell it.

Dalton (6) (@waterbuffalo) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@wtljr96, This might be a little extreme, but a friend of mine quit smoking cigarettes by eating an entire head of lettuce every time he smoked (or was it every time he had a serious urge to smoke?). I don’t know, but you could try that. Or drink a glass of water instead of eating a head of lettuce.

Danimal (0) (@danimal245) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Sometimes you don’t have to “break” a habit in order to make the changes you want without sacrificing something if you don’t absolutely half to. I was in the same position you’re in now; I smoked as soon as I woke up to go to work, and as soon as I got home from work. I stopped going to parties because I wouldn’t be in control of my habit. Once that started getting to me like you seem to be saying it’s getting to you, I realized that it’s all about control. If you can’t control the habit, then it’s best to completely stop. However, if you are able to control the hobby (lets not use habit once you take control over it) than you can have your cake and eat it too… Cut back for a little while as just a challenge to your will power, and then quit and go do the things that you listed as reasons to stop… get a job, stack that money, and there ain’t nothing wrong with burning down every now and then IF you are in control.. It’s easier to say than to do, but I did it and eventually completely lost all desire to smoke.. I really enjoyed herb and smoked a LOT of it, but when I quit for a month, I can’t even tell you how much my intelligence and wit boosted up. I was more social, had more energy, and more confident. Weed is good for stress, but it is a depressant and long term use of it does catch up to you; it definitely did for me, use to have to take 3 or 4 huge bong tokes to get stoned to my liking… that’s when I realized I was burning WAY too much. And now, I’m healthier, better built physically, and I KNOW that it’s my choice and I’m in control. And always remember that your lungs and brain DO recover from the minor damage caused by herb so everything realigns with time.

Taras (534) (@painfulfart) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@wtljr96, substitute one addiction with another.. my new addiction is the gym ;) lol also dont label yourself as someone trying to quit because then your still considering yourself as a “smoker”… just say you don’t smoke..or I hate smoking… if your buddies ask hi want to smoke up.. reply with “I dont smoke” not “Im trying to quit” .. not sure if that makes any sense or can see how that helps but i believe that the words we huge play a huge role the outcome lol its something that has helped me quit EVERYTHING cold turkey and live a sober life! Good luck!

vivaciouslyv (24) (@vivaciouslyv) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@wtljr96, Try not to feel like you are “breaking” a habit, but substituting it for something more positive. If you take the negative connotation and pain out of “breaking the habit” it won’t be as hard.

Grand Kahlib (76) (@kahlib) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

@wtljr96, whenever i stop (as opposed to “QUIT” which is forever) i get some herbal tea. whenever i am tempted to get weed i just make tea.
i like weed, i maybe love it- BUT it should not be one’s top priority. i’m proud of you for taking this step, and i know you’re life can be more fulfilled once you clear your head a bit.

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