I hop ya'll don't mind, but I made 2 posts previously about my situation and I am going to post them here as "1 post". I didn't get any responses elsewhere and this forum has been an awesome read for me thus far!
(my first full day)
I am a 42yr old male. I smoked weed the 1st time when I was about 19 or so and smoked till I was about 30 or so. The weird thing is that I don't remember the withdrawal stage when I smoked back then, which was anywhere from 1-4 joints/bowls per day. I stopped due to family obligations and my work was suffering. Over the next 10 years I smoked every now and again but not really bad habitually.
I quit smoking nicotine cold turkey about 5 months ago and thank God the habit is now behind me. But unfortunately, I went to pot as a way to self medicate when I had bad withdrawals and to help sleeping. Of course my usage just got more and more until I was back in that same usual rut I know very well.
Threw everything I had out yesterday and flushed lots of the junk down the toilet. Nothing left here and I am convinced to quit, and to quit forever.
But like others I have read in here, it's not just as easy as finally making a great decision. I'm really having some crappy feelings and wanted to see if anyone had any input beyond what I'm already doing. My stomach is upset, dizzy spells, sweats, trouble sleeping and one headache today. I know I will suffer and deserve it, but there has to be SOMETHING that will speed up the process. Here is what I have been taking and/or bought so far to help replenish my body and get all of these horrible toxins out of my body:
Tons of water daily
Hit the gym each and every day
talk to many people on phone for support
Vitamins: Niacin, Vitamin B & C, and also Milk Thistle
Also every herbal tea known to man; green teas, jasmine, detox/cleanse (Chinese herbal), dandelion & a few more I can't recall.
My objective is to NEVER touch the stuff again, deal with the withdrawals no matter how bad - but also work hard to rid my body of the bad stuff and put things back in that are good.
My MAIN complaints are the mild upset stomach all day, mild to medium anxiety followed with sweats & of course trouble sleeping.
Any input would be great!
Also, I would like to thank all of those who have posted on this site before. The reading before I joined has really helped. I really tried to plan this quitting properly and to be prepared, and this site has facilitated some of that. So thanks for that too.
(on to 2 1/2 days now)
Hey all, thanks for the feedback. I hate to feel this way, and hate that others do too, but it is a little comforting to share and read others stories to assure myself that I am not losing my mind. Last night was perhaps the worst night of my life.
I actually felt great AND exhausted around 9pm. I sat down to read a book and watch a little TV to hopefully tire me even more. By 10:30 I felt like I could sleep for a month. Wishful thinking.
About 5 minutes after I got in bed the tossing and turning started. Then the cold sweats started. One minute I was literally freezing and the next I was boiling. Somehow I managed to fall asleep or pass out. I woke up around 2am and had to pee very badly from all the teas and water I have been drinking. The first thing I noticed was that not only was I soaking wet, but so were my sheets, blanket, pillow and where my back laid down. Even worse was the massive headache I had. Took aspirin and went to another room to try and sleep with my head propped a little higher. No luck. Dealt with the headache and even fell asleep sitting up. Went on and of till around 7am. I finally got about a 1 1/2 hrs sleep after that. But I still woke up with this headache. Took 2 more aspirin and a cup of caffeinated tea - and my headache was gone shortly after.
Someone PLEASE tell me that this night I just experienced gets any better? I took all the things that experts recommend during the day, and what to take at night to help with insomnia - no luck as per last night.
Not giving up no matter how bad it gets though. But even with that attitude, I wish it would go quickly. I felt MUCH better from quitting smoking cigarettes after 4-5 days.
Thanks again, all, and best of luck to you too!
My apologies for the copy/paste on this post, but my brain is a bit frazzled and this was easier. I've read MANY threads here before I quit and over the past 2 days. It's incredible how so many of us are in the same boat for doing something we "enjoyed" that potentially ended up ruining our lives or aspects of our lives.
I wish all of you a healthy and quick recovery, look forward to support and feedback, and I will also be more than happy to share my "assistance" as time goes on and I get to feeling better.