It’s a common misconception that once you stop smoking marijuana, you won’t suffer from cravings. Granted, not all people who indulge in weed will crave the drug after they quit, but there are some that do, and the cravings can be difficult to manage. However, there are a few tricks that can be applied to help ward off your body’s wants in favor of your body’s needs.
If you’ve decided to quit smoking marijuana, a good first step is to discard all drug paraphernalia in your home, car, and office, if applicable. Having any of these items lying about may act as a reminder of the habit and could elicit unwanted cravings. The old adage, “out of sight, out of mind,” rings true in this instance.
Another preparation step that could prove helpful in the long run is rallying support from friends and family. Make your intentions known to those closest to you. They can provide support, advice, or a voice of reason when needed. This step can also weed out the people who are likely not going to be there for you or encourage you to give into your cravings.
A tried and true method of occupying your mind while doing something good for you is exercise. Because exercise produces a natural “high”, a workout routine can help stave off cravings. In the same spirit, meditation can help you relax and focus your energy on mental acuity.
Keeping busy is often the best thing to do to get through cravings. Taking classes, spending time on hobbies, or with friends and family can lessen the urgency of a craving simply by that need not being as noticeable because you are doing other things. Developing a routine can also be beneficiary. Following a set schedule will make downtime less likely and keep boredom at bay, both of which can allow cravings to rear their ugly heads.
Always remind yourself about why you are quitting and mentally review your reasons to keep your reasoning in perspective. An outlet for your thoughts and feelings about quitting can also be a coping mechanism online support communities, drug support groups, journaling, and blogging are options that may work well.
Don’t Give Into Temptation
A common pitfall is the reliance of another substance to sure cravings, but you should always avoid alcohol as a replacement for marijuana, or any other drug. This can lead to a new addiction and does not solve the old one.
Remember that sometimes the cravings may be difficult to deal with on your own and there is no shame if you decide to seek help at a rehabilitation facility or with a drug counselor.