Severe anxiety and tinnitus from marijuana withdrawals

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I've been smoking for 4 yrs everyday. I quit 2 1/2 weeks ago. My anxiey and tinnitus are through the roof. When will this go away?

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    Hey there, I can't really say when it will go away. I think part of the battle is facing the anxiety and not letting it overcome you. Remind yourself that you are strong. Was the smoking to help calm the anxiety? If so, think about it as you were just looking for a way to feel okay in the midst of everything. Now think about your quitting as wanting to get better, not just being okay. Be strong, remind yourself that you are, and tell the anxiety that you are in control of it and it's not the other way around. May sound kinda stupid, talking to yourself, but in my experiences it has helped me a lot. 
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      Thank you! I did have anxiety before I started smoking. My doctor was the one who said I should smoke and since it's natural that I can smoke all day everyday. Yeah he's not my doctor anymore lol. My family thinks I'm just emotional because they believe weed can't cause withdrawals so talking to myself is my only option at this point since I have no support system. I even started praying.
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    Hey jamie,I too quit smoking weed.I smoked every day and many times tried to stop.But my anxiety got the best of me.It was hard but in the end it made me more anxious and pushed panic.So I had no choice.I am so glad now.I compete in sports and volunteer.I have a social life.Get involved in something athletic.Take swim lessons, or run,or badminton or bowling.Weed is a lung irritant.when you breathe remind yourself you did the right thing.Look up different things to eat and try them.try cooking a meal for your family.sometimes we hit a sticking point as well.It may feel that recovery is not working.we feel that we are sliding backwards.Challenge any negative thoughts with reality that things are getting better,If this happens look to help a family ,friend or neighbor with something.it will change you to feel better. 

     

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      You are welcome.your lungs must feel fresh and you probably get energy rushes.I used to exercise so when I tryed to quit weed I got stronger at everything right away.One would think that alone would be enough for me to stay off of it.Then it would feel like I was going crazy.So I fell back.I didnt know then, but scietifically,every few weeks we get about 2 "bad" days in a row.where sleep isnt good .we can  have using dreams ,and feel like we are moving backwards.That is why I found that I could get a better perspective if I wrote to challenge negative thinking.Gives a 3rd person perspective.Journalling was a big part of my recovery.Praying is excellent.Good move.Getting in touch with your spirituality.
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      You are so right! I have 1 good day and then 2 bad days. I have so much energy in the afternoon and I usually take a walk but in the evening is when the anxiety gets bad. I'm drinking kava tea for sleep.
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      soon you will have a more favorable ratio of good days .For all the times I tried,I felt on a bad day that it was and always would be that way.I have read the brain cant just restore all chemical balance immediatly.you are patient so that is very good. plus you take action.Praying is spiritual.Tea that  helps you sleep..food that is low in sugar will help stabilize your blood as well.List of  "LOW GLYCEMIC FOODS "was a good tool for me.
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      I don't have an appetite. I usally just have a protein shake when I wake up and a banana at night so I haven't really been eating. So I'm thinking that's taking a toll on my body and maybe that's why my tinnitus is being affected.
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      yeah ,I used to get munchies on weed so I guess when stop the appetite takes awhile to come back.I would reccomend eating small amts often though of nuts and veggies ,piece of fruit .recovery in the brain is helped by food .lean meats such as turkey replenish seratonin while carbohydrates release this natural anti depressant..changing variety of foods also increase dopamine release which gives reward .If we eat same thing all the time we do not get as big of fulfillment.This was programmed in us by our ancestors in primitave times to encourage them to get a variety of nutrients.
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