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I hear you. Most people don't even regard caffeine as a drug.
What got me started, almost a year ago, I found in some reddit comment this book: alcohol explained by william porter. It focuses on alcohol but his description of how drugs work applies to most other drugs. The way I see drugs now is opposite to how I saw them before. Previously I saw them as a reward, like candy. Now I see them as a leech, a con man, promising one thing but robbing me instead.
Quitting alcohol was easy. Caffeine was hard. It took several weeks just to get past the worst symptoms. And it's so easy to start up again, it's everywhere and everyone is using. And I have this tape in my head that says "you'll be more productive with caffeine. you'll have more energy. you'll be happier."
But I'm feeling so much better without caffeine now, so my resolve is growing. When I occasionally try caffeine again, I learn that it doesn't help as much as I thought, and it SUPER fucks up my sleep.
Sleep is so much better, much deeper. Anxiety is way less. I'm a more stable, nicer person around other people instead of impulsive and impatient and a little angry. My blood pressure is down 30 points. I can think better.
Good luck to you!
Get this book: Alcohol Explained by William Porter
Read Chapter 2 "The Physiological Effects of Drinking"
It explains everything you are going through and how you are now in Catch-22: alcohol facilitates depression, getting a drink temporarily relieves the depression, but you get more depressed after. Having another drink only exacerbates the problem and leads you on the downward spiral.
Only solution is: stop drinking, allow the effects to wear off, then take stock of your life.
Word on the street: Delta-8 gummies are legal and help serve as a crutch to weane yourself off alcohol.
This Naked Mind changed my life too. 4 years here and I'm never going back. I still listen to the author's (Annie Grace) podcast on a regular basis.
Another good one is 'Alcohol Explained' by William Porter. It really dives into the health consequences of consuming booze.
Exactly. I didn't really think of weed as medicine until I became a medical card holder in my state many years ago. I never really used it as such until then either. Now it is more of a medical thing. I take some if I need to sleep, though I do partake at times I'm feeling anxious. Though sometimes, I don't, simply because I want a clear head. I use CBD more often for things like aches and pains - in place of how people use aspirin or ibuprofen. Even medicines can be abused though, and for some, weed becomes addictive just like anything else.
I agree that weed and alcohol aren't even in the same league. Weed comes from a plant. Alcohol is ethanol, a toxic chemical that is not meant to be ingested. There are so many ill effects of booze, it's mind boggling that it is even legal. Posting a link to a book below that sheds light on all of the reasons why intaking ethanol is bad for the human body. It's a real eye opener. I guess the reason I compared the two is the addiction properties in it. I don't even think ethanol should be treated as a medicine, it is straight up bad for the body and brain (any doctor would agree).
Alcohol Explained - by William Porter
Hang with it, it sucks but not forever. You might consciously know that, but the part of yourself that doesn’t understand language and logic doesn’t get it yet. I feel like a broken record recommending this book, but it made all the difference to me, and might get you through a few more hours till bed. Alcohol Explained Good luck!
You're experience euphoric recall... it's a lie... don't believe it.
I suggest reading "Alcohol Explained". It completely changed how I view alcohol.
Hello. And congratulations. And welcome.
You really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, came to the right place, as you spread your wings!
It's all natural, what you're feeling, k? There are literally THOUSANDS of incredible people here day and night who have been through/have ideas and support around literally any stage, thought, strategy, shame, story, tool...or just an ear, you know? Human empathy and connection for you (yes, you!), right where you are, without changing a thing.
you might be a lot of things, but two things you are not:
a reminder that shame thrives in the dark. keep talking to us, or to anyone you trust, about the shame you are feeling, to any degree you're comfortable. throw open the doors and windows!
I also HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend watching this and reading (or listening to) this as soon as you can. New habits will help right now!
I haven’t been “really quit” for very long. I have taken breaks for a year or more, but always come back to it. Things have gone in a progressively dark direction over the years, and I’ve made a firm decision to remain sober from now on. For me, knowledge is power, and I recently found the book Alcohol Explained to be just what I needed. I learned a lot about why alcohol is such a dead end, and quitting so far has been relatively effortless. I also find this sub very motivating. Today, I was also listening to an intereresting podcast Your Undivided Attention - The Opposite of Addiction which has some pretty radical, freeing ideas about what addiction is. So, FWIW these are some of the things I’m doing, along with staying away from partying friends. It’s working great so far. Don’t know if any of this sounds helpful to you, but I hope you’re able to find whatever you need to keep you on the path you want to take.
It's available on Amazon and on the Kindle if that helps