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Good luck to ya! :)
Even though we're still within the dregs of this dumb pandemic, it's still really important to get some good socially-distanced fresh air if you can. Getting out and going for walks outside can be really helpful!
I also used to do "self-testing challenges" when I didn't have a good gauge of how long it took me to pass a urine tests, so maybe invest in some at home testing kits. Oddly, it gave me a sense of motivation during my breaks.
When I tell myself I'm finished consuming for the time being, I make sure ALL the weed I have is gone. This may not be possible if you smoke/vape and such, so I have a KitchenSafe on standby for if I ever decide to keep a vape around but don't want to use it during the week or something.
This also may sound odd, but when I would get high for the last time in a while, I would try to mentally savor it while also thinking about how great it would feel to be fully sober, and about all of the things I would do, and how happy I would be. A sort of "reprogramming" my mind if that makes sense.
I put up another thread with books and stuff that helped me if you like reading too. :)
You can do it!
>I don’t know why I can’t break the cycle of binging on my days off,
I had a similar cycle. It was like it had become an ingrained habit. I couldn't go to an inpatient place for 28 days or whatever to break it so I had to do it on my own. That I could get at least a few days in a row like you was encouraging.
What I ended up doing was buying a kitchen lock box with a timer. When I had my days off I would make sure I had food and my bills paid and then would lock my cards and cash into box and set it to lock for over the weekend or however long I needed. I would use it just for an evening sometimes just to get through it. Other times for an entire week.
It was odd but when I heard the locking bars slide into place and I knew I simply could not drink now it was a real relief. A bit of anxiety at first that I wasn't going to be able to drink but I quickly put it behind me and just got on with my days off.
This one. 70 bucks but it easily paid for itself in just one weekend.
After a while I started to lose that compulsion. I was able to get through my days off and find other things to do and they started to become new and healthier habits.
Good luck to you. I know how hard it is.
Are you lazy? I am lazy. And I have been blessed with being lazy enough that if I brush my teeth after dinner I won't bother snacking cause then I'd have to brush my teeth again.
Maybe that can work for you too?
Otherwise you could get one of these locking boxes with a timer on amazon. You put whatever thing is tempting you too much, you set for how many hours and minutes you want the thing to remain close and then you press the button. It helps because you only need a bit of willpower to press the button, instead of a lot of it to fight the urge all evening.
After a while with little to no snacking your body will adapt and will stop sending hunger signals in that setting :)
This one. Gone up in price a little. 70 bucks. But for me it paid for itself in just one or two prevented binges, between booze and stupid ordering food.
Same thing here. I have a little kitchen lock box with a timer but I put my cards and cash in for the weekend. I'll just use it even over a week night sometimes. It's saved me so much money. About 60 bucks on Amazon.
Good luck to you.
Daily user for many months after not touching it for many years. No idea when my last break longer than 48 hours was. I just got one of those time lock safes. After I get through my work week on Friday I'm locking it all up for 10 days. Might work. We'll see.
Have you tried using a timed lockbox to keep your cards and cash in so there is no possibility of buying booze? I used one that helped get my drinking down to what it is now. The relief when I hear the motors slide the locking arms into place is something else.
Right now the Friday drinking is a choice and I see I'm going to have to take the initiative again to get that under control.
Here's the one I use. It can pay for itself just by preventing a couple of evenings or a weekend of drinking.
This may seem a bit different but what I did was eliminate the possibility of buying alcohol by putting my cards, cash and ID in a timed lockbox. I could set the timer to next day if I just wanted to get through the night, over a weekend or even an entire week. I just made sure everything was paid up and food in fridge before locking everything up.
For me, once I had no ability at all to buy booze it made it much easier to get through the periods of temptation. Because I simply couldn't buy it.
I did this for a year and it really helped in getting some decent sober time in. And it forced me to learn all over again how to get through evenings, weekends and longer without drinking. It made a big difference after a year.
You can pick them up on Amazon under timed kitchen locks. About $60. Pays for itself easily with not buying booze for a weekend (and the junk food).
Here: Kitchen Safe Time Locking Container (Mini)
This is the one. The kSafe.
Honestly, what a great idea. And so simple. Hope whoever came up with it makes a fortune.
Kitchen Safe Mini: Time Locking Container (White Lid + White Base) - 2.0" Height https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3VVMAB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_Q78A32HNFFG08H37YMBH?psc=1
found this on amazon- not sure how it could be improved - I guess you still need the willpower to only take one cigarette out before setting the timer.
You could look into this
You can lock up your weed and it will unlock at a specific time. Take a hit and wait 15 minutes( as suggested by another redditor) if it's enough lock it back up.
This isn't a finance problem, but I sympathize. I think you should see a dietitian as part of your therapy. There's a bit of obsessive behavior here that might be a side-effect of gastrointestinal issues. But if you're set on going cold-turkey, here is a thing that you could put your phone and wallet in overnight to sabotage your monster.
I have exactly the same problem.
I bought a small kitchen timed lock box.
When I know I'm going to have heavy temptations I'll put my cards and cash in it and set the lock timer for 12 hours, 24 hours, heck, I've locked them for 3 days knowing I won't really need them.
Also removed my card info from my phone so no ordering that way.
I know this isn't for everyone but it's helped me get through some tough humps. I've easily saved what it cost me in a couple of weeks.
I'd recommend getting a Kitchen Safe if you're worried about going through it too quickly. It's a simple timer safe that you can set for up to 10 days, worst case you could break into with a power drill but hopefully you have enough self-control to not do that ;)
Kitchen Safe Mini: Time Locking Container (White Lid + White Base) - 2.0" Height https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3VVMAB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fab_oLNGFbRW9RKYZ
Edit: there are a few sizes and colors. The one they have sells for around $50.
You're looking for something called a "timed safe". With moreish drugs they can be useful.
If you're looking for a simple, lower end one, this would work. But if you think you might be tempted to try and crack into it, then you'll have to spend bigger bucks for something like this.
get one of these
Here is how I found my Psychiatrist with uh... questionable prior anxiety issues, prior addiction on my medical record, and actively prescribed suboxne. the deck was stacked against me. I really didnt read your post but more so skimmed it.
1.Get all documentation about the panic attack and every panic attack that leads to a doctors visit. I had one visit for a "panic attack."
See a GP who cycled me through ssri's and snri's for 3 months. I didnt take a single pill, flushed em all and rotated my reasons for them not working by looking up the side effects. Not effective, bad reaction, etc use webMD to look up more specific sie effects based on the SSRI/SNRI.
Then use this tool to localize your area to the highest prescribing doctors of benzos in your area. Avid the obvious NP's working in hospitals or psychiatric inpatient hospitals. Look for the highest prescribing psychiatrist with their own office or shared with one other person if you can avoid those offices with multiple doctors/med managers/etc they put certain limits on what and when they can prescribe narcotics.
Look for the state first then select the drug your seeking and it will provide the top prescribers in your state for that drug. LOOK FOR PSYCHIATRISTS, LOOK FOR OLDER PSYCHIATRISTS SET IN THEIR WAYS, LOOK FOR FOREIGN SOUNDING LAST NAMES!
The number one choice is top 3 in xanax and klonopin but he wasnt taking new patients. Older guy own practice. You can find this out by googling the doctors name/practice. I then selected the obviously Indian guy who was top 15 in klonopin, xanax, and lorazepam.
Amazing doctor, I went in with a timed lock box the first time to show despite the fact I have addiction issues in my past they are behind me and I use this box for cigarettes, suboxone, and will use it for any narcotic prescribed to me. It has been a huge help. He still remembers me as the "lock-box guy." instantly prescribed me 2mg Klonopin and our meetings last 10 minutes tops now. Heres the lock-box I use, it ha really really helped me dose my daily amount then set for 23 hours and forget about it. I'm the type who will use more if there just in my medicine cabinet.
hope this helps.
I used this one.
Yep I have one! Kitchen safe.
Also buy yourself a "Kitchen safe"https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3VVMAB/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_8PHHXDQVKBTF49FNPS7E?psc=1
It will allow you to keep you from redosing. It's a timed lock container with no override code. Only way in is to break it.
Is it this one? https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Safe-Mini-Locking-Container/dp/B01N3VVMAB
Of course. Here you go! The reviews are pretty good. It’s pretty sturdy plastic material that seems it would be difficult to get into.
Kitchen Safe Mini: Time Locking... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3VVMAB?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
This has helped me
Kitchen Safe Mini: Time Locking Container (White Lid + White Base) - 2.0" Height https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3VVMAB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_I2uQFbTWYMT05?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
First off, I'm glad your friends came around.
I'd say coming back from your break is a great time time to experiment! I have suggestions. :)
Hope that helps good luck!