The bad news is that quitting is really hard. My advice to you? Join an online support group. (Just google Messageboards pot alcohol withdrawal or something like this.) A website that I've found really helpful is uncommonforum.com Just look for the addictions forum and you'll find a lot of conversations about pot withdrawal in particular.
You'll need face-to-face support as well. This will be crucial, particularly if you're only 16. Twelve Step Organisations like AA and NA can be great for this. If you have the support of family and friends, this is ideal. If your gut tells you that somebody you know and trust will stand by you if they listened to you talking about your problem, then go with your gut. That support will be invaluable. If you don't have this kind of support available, Twelve Step Organisations like AA and NA can provide you with a sponsor and other face-to-face contact. Sometimes a little understanding or a few hugs can be worth more than any cone or drink in the world.
An alternative good resource is smartrecovery.org. I personally prefer SMART's approach to the Twelve Step Approach because SMART doesn't label me as a drug addict or alcoholic, instead encouraging me to challenge the irrational thoughts which lead me to use/drink. In SMART, I am just a person who makes the choice to drink/use as a result of certain thoughts associated with normal life problems. I find that this approach empowers me but, on the other hand, sometimes I envy the hugs they get at AA. ;)
Every approach has its own advantages and disadvantages but you can't do this alone.
The good news is that you really can quit. You are so young and have all the time in the world to put this all behind you. You can lead a healthy, normal life completely drug free.
Be prepared to accept that it may take several attempts at quitting before you can deal with life free of alcohol and pot. Don't blame yourself for your mistakes; just move on from them.
If you're really stuck and just don't know where to start, go to a doctor and just let it all out. They'll let you know what to do from there.
Have some cyber (((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))) and know that I'm thinking about you.
Trying to quit myself.
Now if only I'd take my own advice!!!
I'm very proud of you that you have gone to the extent to seek help for yourself. I don't have much to add to your post but wanted to give you the encouragement to keep trying to get clean and stay that way! I'm pulling for you.
For the original poster, often marijuana can be mixed with other drugs. This could've been the situation for you. However I really encourage you to seek the AA help suggested by Lisa.
i suffered from depersonalisation for 3 or 4 months after a year of smoking weed almost every day. it was a horrible, horrible experience at the time but it started wearing off and i am almost normal now. i can't say how long this feeling will last for you both but hopefully it will go soon!
That said, I've smoked too long and too much. Quit now if you've ever thought you should; tomorrow will always seem like a better day to quit, and to do anything difficult, but tomorrow is too late. It'll be today before long, and it won't seem like such a good day to quit, then.
I've let my own life get screwed up by pot. 6 years of smoking is easily enough, and more than enough, time wasted to wonder when I gave up on everything else.
Ever heard of state dependent learning? I'd hazard the guess that what is being experienced there is something of this sort. A change has taken place in the brain, and all perceptions are slightly different than before, because of that change. I wouldn't expect this to really 'go away' so much as that you will start to feel comfortable in your own skin again given time. Just don't keep smoking.
If you're on any anti-depressant or mood-stabilizing drugs, many of them react poorly with weed, and I wouldn't find it hard to believe that they could make such symptoms happen and make them last.
One day after:
I felt something was odd, I had a little trouble with my balance and I started to feel dizzy.
The first week after:
- Constant panic attacks (especially when I was imagining that the effects are permanent)
- Dizzyness at all times
- Felt really uncomfortable when watching TV.. I had to move constantly on my bed because I was freaking out.
- Trouble studying, I had a hard time memorizing stuff. During my exams, I had to focus and after a while my head started to hurt really bad.. like I was going to pass out.
- Felt empty of emotions, a little depressed
- Fast paced eye movement, noticeable when I read
All the previously mentionned symptoms were gone, I felt okay in the morning, but up into the afternoon, i started to feel fatigued and felt dizzy again
Then, since I was starting to feel alright, I decided to drink. Really stupid of me. Since the morning after I started to feel dizzy again and I had constant headaches for three days. And for a few days after that I was having the fast paced eye movement again.
From the third to the sixth week now:
Now I feel much better than I did during the 2 first weeks. However, I might have some slight memory problems, but its not really bad. What annoys me the most is that I am constantly slightly dizzy and because of that, I'm scared to drink alcohol again, cause I dont want to experience the bad stuff I did the last time I drank.
So, have any of you guys experienced similar symptoms as me ? Can anyone tell me if that will eventually pass completely ?
So my advice to you, dont smoke blunts. The tar is a MILLLLION times worse. The vaporize just extract the THC if done at the correct temperature. I like to keep it a hair a little lower so I can do too rounds of vaporizing.
But you are 16!!! Stop smoking weed as often, just once a week is alright or once a month.
Peace, -someone who went thru this sh*t.