Daily Cannabis Consumption: How to Successfully Reduce or Abstain

Determine in psychotherapy if you can reduce the free and an adventure not a chore. If you’re hungry your body does not know the difference between wanting food or cannabis and this could cause cravings so eat throughout the day, rest well and talk about your resentments don’t bottle anger.

  • Write an ideal version of yourself and align your recovery goals with your goals especially the ones that your use interfered with before.
  • Incorporate into the description how you’re going to address hanging out with your friends that consume cannabis. Tell your friends your quitting. You may inspire them. You may need to end some relationships if you can’t stop using around them. Be prepared.
  • Journal your progress. Send yourself voice dictated emails once a day then you can pull up themes using key words to see how you felt about certain things at certain times.
  • If letting go of using is too hard tell yourself you will stop for now and reconsider if you’re going to use again on a distant future date since you probably won’t want to sabotage your own success at that point when you reach it anyway.
  • Develop contradictory behaviours such as taking herbs and vitamins good for your longs and for THC cravings such as NAC N-acetyl-L-Cysteine
  • Immediately switch to a vaporizer if you smoke cannabis the vapor reverses some damage caused by smoking it.
  • You may experience a reduction in unwanted symptoms from consuming cannabis such as memory and motivation impairment and increased appetite as the dopaminergic  receptors become upregulated again with dropping cannabinoid levels motivation returns and memory as a result improves. Food choices improve as the hypothalamus adjusts to less stimulation by dropping levels of CBD, CBN, THC, while  craving for sweats and compulsion to eat evens out.Globaly speaking  self-esteem improves as more is accomplished and there is less cognitive dissonance because actions and values become more aligned again and less divided by the bad relationship with the addiction. This makes resolve and motivation to avoid cravings and high risk situations as you go forward even stronger.
  • The overall goal is changing the relationship with using and it’s no different than breaking up with someone who is not good for you but your none-the-less attached to. The focus is on how fast and how strongly you can push your attachment to it away from you as permanently as you can through self and other accountability measures such as telling all your friends you quit, taking a job that requires drug testing etc. The more proactive the sooner the grief and loss will set in and then your truly entering recovery. My clients who put few measures in place to contradict their use the longer it takes them to stop relapsing and finally abstain.
  • If you find you can’t control it then this may be a determining factor in a decision to abstain.
  • Needing to abstain unfortunately would mean needing to refrain from using the material for your life lest running the risk of instantly redeveloping the same relationship you once had with it despite however many years have passed since last contact!
  • To determine how much it’s in your control or not prior to just assuming you can’t control it without being certain you can’t has the advantage; by trying to moderate use in a controlled and well planned way with a Therapist to be accountable to and to help to build in self-accountability mechanisms into a plan full of them… advantage of pursuing changing your relationship with your use or seeing if you should end it is by seeing if you can control it or not. Doing this early on will prevent you from going back to using it again and trying to moderate it an not being able to in endless cycles. Develop hard and fast rules for yourself that you’re sure you shouldn’t breach that are part of a cohesive plan that’s affixed to your overall goals for yourself in general. Determine this by first understanding and charting your use, why you use your triggers both internal(mood, being hungry, angry, lonely, tired, bored) and external (time of day, day of week, weekend, after a good event, before a bad event, in anticipation of a bad event, arguments, time since last use
  • You may be self-medicating for an underlying anxiety disorder your either aware of or not
  • Other common self-medicating disorder that could be the cause of your use include managing moods in depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and PTSD especially. I’ve treated many people with a dependency on cannabis only to uncover, usually as the symptoms are unmasked by reduced use or abstinence, the classic symptomatology of PTSD involving various manifestations of hyperarousal(a perpetual physical and mental nervousness).
  • Take pride in your accomplishments and reward yourself for recovering. Don’t become complacent too soon as the old pattern of behaviour can be reawakened by one use.
  • Slips are common and are not relapses. Avoid the abstinence violation effect/trap “well, I just used so who cares I failed back to square one. Slips are part of quitting learn from it don’t let your addiction use it as an excuse to make you give up again.
  • Determine why you used and find other ways to cope and address underlying problems in psychotherapy and journaling and reading about addiction and recovery especially look into all the Toronto Psychotherapy programs for addiction and recovery.



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