“You are breaking the law.” “You are damaging your health.” “You are a bad role model for your children.” “You will never amount to anything.” “Attach your star to a looser…” you know the rest.
These are all things we have heard before, usually from people that don’t understand the hold addiction can have on a person’s life. Breaking any addiction is hard and the last thing we need is to be treated like dirt because at some point in our lives we made a bad decision that has taken over our lives.
The important thing now is that you have the desire to change, to take your life back (quit smoking weed) and rebuild it. It is completely up to you on whether you succeed or not but you don’t have to go at it alone. There are support groups for just about anything, why? Because everyone struggles with one thing or another and there is power in numbers. Not to mention the accountability and experience support groups offer.
If you walk into a room and you are ridiculed, threatened, or made to feel guilty for who you are then you are in the wrong place. That isn’t what a support group looks like. Support groups should be direct, open, safe and empathetic to each member.
Whether you are looking for an individual or a group of people to help you stop smoking weed you need to keep an eye out for the right kind of people. Effective support is typically optimistic; you desire more out of life hence your decision to change. Focusing on a positive outcome rather than a negative one is key to quitting, without regret. When you stop smoking weed knowing that your life will change, that new opportunities will present themselves and you will be living a healthier lifestyle makes a world of difference than if you were quitting simply out of fear. You have to want the change and have goals that coincide with the person you want to be.
Don’t sell yourself short or listen to anyone that puts you down for wanting to change. Find support that is empathetic to your cause, kind, compassionate, supportive and allow them to help you through the tough times. The right support can definitely make the difference between success and failure.
No matter if you are quitting weed, alcohol, tobacco, losing weight, or breaking a bad habit one of the best things that you can do to increase your chances of success is to join a support group.
You may feel like going to NA (Narcotics Anonymous ) or AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), either group is fine. Addictions tend to have many common feelings and withdrawals that a person goes through. The point is to be around other people that are looking for support in kicking an addiction or bad habit. Maybe you have a buddy that wants to quit smoking weed too, you can hold each other accountable and do it together.
If you prefer one-on-one counseling you should seek that out as well. You will be faced with challenges when you quit but that doesn’t mean you will fail. Support is a great tool when it comes to making it one more hour, day, week, and month. The stronger your support the stronger you will be.
You can’t hang out with your old friends, the ones that smoke weed, when you quit because that is too tempting and you don’t want that in your life any longer. Finding new friends is important and a great way to do that is by joining a support group.