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Marijuana Withdrawal: Get help to get you where you want to go...

answered 11:00 AM EST, Wed June 06, 2012
anonymous anonymous
I am trying to beat a very long and hard marijuana habit. I have been a heavy smoker since grade 10 and I have been a daily smoker since my first year at college. I am now about to graduate and I need to get my life together. I am trying to quit but I am so used to smoking before bed that I can’t fall asleep if I don’t have at least a couple of tokes. I have not smoked for 3 days now and I probably haven’t slept more than a couple of hours combined since then. I am so tired but I can’t sleep. It is like torture. How long is it going to take before I can sleep without needing to smoke first…?

Scott Graham Says...

It may feel like torture. Remember that there is a physical component and an emotional component to addiction.  You have used marijuana for many years to help you manage your life -- from sleep to frustration.  Now you have to develop those skills.

People develop these skills over time with smaller things as they develop and that equips them to deal with bigger things.

Addiction by-passes this.

Think of it like this:  your and your friends have joined a gym; they started working out with 5 pounds and have, over time progressed to 50, 75 or  more; while you have also been present at the gym; and it looked like you were working out, someone else (named marijuana) was doing the weights for you; now they (marijuana) is gone and you are faced with 50, 75 or more to lift when you really can only lift 5; you need a personal trainer (in other words, a counselor or coach) to help you progress faster.

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