As for Ryan Hart at www.stopsmokingweed.sitew.org/, there are two different ways for a person to break their weed addiction. Once they’ve realized how out-of-control their weed consumption has become, they realize that they must make a change and drop their excessive habits. They’ll either quit cold-turkey, or they’ll slowly and methodically reduce their consumption over an extended period.
Most people that I’ve observed will try to quit cold-turkey. By that, I mean that they will abruptly and completely stop smoking weed. They’re fed up with the state of their lives and how much power their addiction has over them, and this is their brave act of defiance to take control of their lives. When quitting cold-turkey, these people have the best of intentions, and I applaud them for it.
But I want to emphasize just how risky this all-or-nothing strategy is. After years and years of consistent weed abuse, these people have developed a psychological (and possibly even physical) dependence on the substance. Quitting so suddenly can lead to major withdrawal symptoms (it will vary with the individual) like insomnia, irritability, or even more serious effects.
Another key issue is that when a person abruptly stops smoking weed, he has not yet developed constructive habits to replace his previous bad habits. Now that he is no longer devoting his time to weed, it is crucial that he find more beneficial activities to distract him from fixating on the inevitable cravings. This problem is magnified when he still spends time around environments or people that he associates with his previous weed abuse habits. All of this, combined with unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, results in a very high risk of relapse.
Unfortunately, weed addicts who quit cold-turkey consistently overestimate their willpower and underestimate the strength of their dependence. I have to caution all my readers about this – I know you’re motivated to make improvements in your life, but you can’t be reckless about it, or you risk returning to your old abuse habits.
Gradually reducing your weed consumption, over a period of multiple weeks, is a better and more conservative strategy to breaking your weed addiction. Whatever you are currently smoking, try to reduce it every 2 or 3 weeks. So for example, if I were smoking four joints daily, I might halve it to 2 joints daily and wait for three weeks to get used to this lower consumption. Then I would go to 1 joint daily for three weeks. Then I would go to 1 joint every other day until I finally stopped completely.
Tapering off your weed consumption like this has some advantages over quitting cold-turkey. You have plenty of time to begin building good habits to replace your bad habits. For example, you can take up new hobbies, begin a physical exercise program, eat more healthy foods, and attend addiction support group meetings. The severity of withdrawal symptoms will be reduced, and consequently, the risk of relapse will be much lower. The key is to be patient, consistent, and focused.
You need to do everything in your power to minimize your risk of relapse because your health and well-being are at stake. As tempting as it may be, quitting cold-turkey carries too much risk. Some people can manage it, but most aren’t as fortunate and end up discouraged when they relapse. I would recommend pursuing a more conservative approach to breaking your addiction by gradually reducing your weed consumption over time.