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Health Center: Marijuana - Make a Change
Ready To Make a Change?
You've taken the time to ask yourself "Is It Worth It?" and/or "Do I Have a Problem?" and you've decided it's time to make a change. . . congratulations! Here are some tips to support you in giving up the short-term gratification marijuana brings while making room for the achievement of the long-term benefits and goals you desire for yourself. Always remember, you don't have to do it alone, there's help available.
Tips to Reduce Use:
Make a list of your reasons. Write down all the reasons you want to make this change to refer to as a motivator through withdrawal and cravings.
Tell people who matter. Share your commitment to quit with people in your life who can support you.
Get rid of paraphernalia. Discard things you have used for smoking marijuana and anything else that reminds you of using.
Take care of yourself. You might experience some uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms including: decreased appetite, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, or depressed mood. Be kind to yourself and attend to self-care basics like getting good sleep and eating three meals a day.
Proactively identify risky situations. Avoid people, places, and things that encourage use. If you find yourself in a challenging situation, leave and engage in something new.
Try new things. Explore opportunities on campus and get involved in new things. Attend a Pilots After Dark event, support your Pilot sports teams, join a club, volunteer with the Moreau Center, or participate in residence hall events. Fill your time with activities to help change old patterns.
Reconnect with old friends - or make new ones! Spend your time with people who don't use.
Reward yourself. Each time you overcome a craving or reach a new milestone (1 day, 1 week, 1 month) of quitting, treat yourself to a gift with the money you've saved from not using.