Hey guys, im an aussie here, i'm really happy to find this forum and read other peoples stories and journeys which is really insipirng me and helping me to quit my marijuana problem.
Im 22 years old, and i know that i haven't been smoking long like other people have (10 years etc) but i started noticing a few months ago that it is having a negative effect on my life, relationships, studying, brains, ANXIEXTY (Anxiety attacks - also thinking too much) etc. A few years ago i used to be witty, smart (I'd like to think), strong willed person who didnt always change his mind. But recently i found that i lack those aspects and also that i am alot more impressionable then i used to be, for example, i change my mind a lot, or my decisions are influenced alot more by friends, this never used to be the case.
All my friends smoke pot, almost everyone! i have a wide circle of friends, different groups, slowly but surely they all started smoking pot, i've gotten people to start smoking weed (only by hanging with me) now i look at them as junkies that are smoking their lives away worse than me, i feel sorry for them and i know its time to stop.
I've smoked daily for about 2 years, on and off for 2.5 years.
Today is day 5, its 3am, i have flu like symptoms, can't sleep, but other then that i actually feel pretty good. Every single day i have been around my mates who are smoking and i have refused every single time to smoke, even when the bong is right infront of me with a bowl full of chronic! I feel like im a bit of a ray of hope for my friends as they are looking at me in awe as im usually the one smoking away, so they are begininning to ask me questions (privatley ofcourse because no one actually wants to admit they have a problem) and want to know how i do it and how im going.
This is an even bigger motivation for me because if i fail, i won't be failing myself, i will be failing my friends whom which i care for dearly and don't want to see them get dragged down by weed either.
I already feel better about myself, i'm beginning to slowly see the light at the end of the tunnel although it's just the beginning, but hopefully i will pass this stage and get to the point where weed isn't the main thing in life and start enjoying life for what it is!
I have been training 4 days a week at the gym, eating healthy for a while, i take multivitamins, Omega 3 capsules, extra vitamins/minerals daily. Do you guys think that weed would have had a impact on my performance in the gym, as i take it seriously and will be competing in 2 months time.
I also have a log book that i write down all my thoughts and experiences that i'm going through, this also has proved to help.
Now i have a few questions if you guys would be so kind to answer,
To the people who gave up after a few years
1. How long does this sleep deprivation last?
2. My short term memory has taken a bit of a hit, does this come back?
3. Stringing sentences together became a bit of an issue sometimes, does this come back?
4. Some of my older friends are heavy smokers and i'm actually worried about them, do you guys have any advice or tips on how i can motivate them to quit smoking weed? (Even if they don't think that quitting is important).
Thanks alot peeps, look forward to some feedback