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How I stopped to smoke marijuana

Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by Gale, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. Gale

    Gale Member

    I was raised in a Christian family and any drugs other than the ones prescribed by the family doctor were prohibited. Regardless of the restrictions put and advice not to take drugs, the temptations were too many and I was weak not to fall for them. It all started when I joined college and my childhood best friend was the one who introduced me to various alcohol and later on marijuana. I was never addicted to smoking, but I would share a blunt with friends whenever we had a house party.
    I never realized how my friend was addicted to marijuana and how bad it was for him until one night I was called to be told that he had mental breakdown and he had to be taken to a mental hospital. My friend was back to normal after 6 months treatment and follow-up by specialist. This was my turning point and I had to stop smoking marijuana.
    This my second year without smoking marijuana. :)
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  2. Matthodge1

    Matthodge1 Community Champion

    Well, everyone here is extremely proud of you and your decision to stop smoking pot. I hope your friend is doing ok. Sometimes, whenever you are raised in a Christian, conservative family, drugs and drinking are the seemingly forbidden fruit that seem almost irresistible. I'm glad that you found your way out of your hole.
  3. Gale

    Gale Member

    I'm proud of myself as well and thank you for your appreciation. :) My friend at the moment is good though he did not give up on alcohol. Since he refused to stop drinking alcohol, I'm the one who ensures that he doesn't drink a lot and we are working on stopping it as well. I'm proud to say that I have introduced him to other activities that help him to keep off his mind from the temptations and time to have a drink.
    I will keep you posted in the progress in case he quits the alcohol fully. :)
  4. Rowe992

    Rowe992 Senior Contributor

    Well good to hear that you and your friend have overcome the addiction to marijuana. Smoking any form of drug is not healthy for your lungs and may lead to cancer so it is always good when people can quit smoking before it is too late.
  5. Winterybella

    Winterybella Community Champion

    And proud you should be. I have seen firsthand how young ones raised in a similar environment became addicted to to marijuana in particular. I have to wonder sometimes if the pressures of living with such strict rules has anything to do with youngster choosing to use.

    Gale. I wish you and your friend nothing but continued success. I still want to caution you about the alcohol. If not used in moderation we all know how deadly it can be.

    Do keep us posted on your progress and thank you for sharing your story.
  6. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I used to smoke pot too but I never got addicted to it. You did the right thing by giving it up. Besides, it won't be illegal if it can't harm us, right? Even the "downer effect" and the "insatiable appetite" effect that it gives us is definitely not good for our body.
  7. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I am happy to hear that you have finally realized the bad effects marijuana will cause to you. I'm also glad to know that your childhood friend is also trying to stay away from marijuana, though I'm hoping he would give up on alcohol too.

    Yes, you should be really proud of yourself for a job well done. Good luck with life!
  8. henry

    henry Community Champion

    I know some people think pot is not that much of a deal, but pot is what led me to coke. There's always someone who comes around and introduces you to new and stronger stuff just because that person knew you smoked pot. So it's not as harmless as some people want you to think. It's really an introduction to the drug world.
  9. Gale

    Gale Member

    Very true Henry. When you are dealing with kind of drug you get to meet up with other people who will be willing to "share" with you what they take. You become friends and later on you will get yourself hooked to that drug.
    It is good to have limits of how much fun you are going to have whether you will say you are young and live only once or you are old that you didn't have enough fun when you were younger.
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  10. imperivm1

    imperivm1 Community Champion

    A lot of people say smoking pot is harmless. I don't know what the cause of your friend's mental breakdown really was. Marijuana appears to be a convenient explanation, although the underlying cause might entirely different per se. That's what people who are addicted to the plant would think. They would find excuses anytime so that they would be able to justify their bad habit. It is wonderful that you took the opposite approach. Better safe than sorry.
  11. stariie

    stariie Community Champion

    Although you didn't say what your friend's mental breakdown came as a result of, I'm assuming your whole point is to say that--that breakup came because of his smoking weed.
    Weed has different effects on different people. It's good that you have chosen to stop smoking.
    I was addicted to weed for years. When I didn't have it, I would become violent, agitated and over-all hard to deal with, not to mention how that addiction was eating up my money.
    Good for you that you quit.
  12. fagoot1

    fagoot1 Member

    Well, since the moment I tried marijuana, I knew I'd be addicted. That's why I never try to seeking it or buying it.
    I only smoke when I'm it's offered to me.
  13. anne16

    anne16 Active Contributor

    This is really nice to hear. If only more people can be awakened by horrible stories of those who are using or who have used illegal drugs in the past and be resolved to stop using them themselves, then maybe more families would be happier.
  14. xTinx

    xTinx Community Champion

    You are very lucky to have had a wake up call long before you fell so deep into the abyss. You were still on the surface when you realized you needed a life jacket. Not everyone's lucky enough to have such an early awakening. Carry on with your current way of life. Your loved ones have a lot of reasons to be proud of you.
  15. 6up

    6up Community Champion

    It is difficult to stop smoking if one is addicted but if you have managed to stop, then kudos. All you need to do now is stay away from friends who may influence you to again start smoking. Never again look back and learn to avoid the situations that previously made you smoke. Try and be busy with your work and never be idle. I know that this will keep you a by from your previous friends but better life than unworthy friendship. You can also advice your friends and suggest if you can be a good example.
  16. kjonesm1

    kjonesm1 Community Champion

    Congrats on learning from somebody else's mistakes. Too many people watch others fall and think it can never happen to them. They continue down a destructive path until they hit rock bottom themselves. Kudos to you!