Yeah, I smoked some pot in Vietnam. It was our only way of stress management. The officers had their Jack Daniels us grunts had the pot. Didn't smoke it daily though, just on the firebase between missions. A mission lasted two weeks, then on the fierebase for five days then back to the bush. Well, four days really. Morning of the 5th day back out to the jungle. And in the jungle there's no way you wanted that stuff in you. I only did that for about three months though. The rest of my tour was relatively good duty. Well, about half my tour was good duty the other half not so good.
Got back from the war - returned to college. Tried it a few times, didn't like it and that was that.
When in possession of all the privilages of youth one experiments with a wide variety of things. Smoke being one of them. There's no underlying reason it's just the privilages of youth and the experimental phase of life youth goes through. But when it's time to move on you better move on and put away childish things. If you don't addiction is the result.
With booze if they don't get in control of it by the time they are 35 or so it's pretty much a done deal. Very difficult to overcome that. Because of the instant energy of alcohol the liver loses its ability to convert foods to fuel.
Smoke is much worse. If you're just smoking pot once or twice a month that's one thing but if you've been going at it daily for years and years you have a very big problem that will take every bit of strength and mental diciplin you have to overcome. The physiological affects of prolonged smoke use are nasty to the extreme. It literally shrinks the brain.
You may have started smoking it as an innocent thing, an experimental thing with no underlying necessity driving it but it's time to move on and you find you can't. The chemical dependance is too powerful.
The best advise given on this thread was to ween yourself off slowly. That's good advise and the way to do it. As the chemicals detox your desire to partake goes down. Was it you who pooh-poohed that advise???
Either way you're in for a rough road. The best chemical detox program right now is Narconon. It's an expanded version of Scientologies Purification rundown. I did their Purification rundown back in 1989 to get rid of the small amout of smoke that I did in Vietnam,. It works. But what you're going to go through is much more difficult and I seriously doubt that you'll be able to do it.
I have never taken a prescriiption drug in my life. Did a little bit of smoke in Vietnam, that's it. Got that purged via the Purification rundown.
The toughest thing people have to do to get their health back is get off the drugs. Top of the list, the single toughest thing to do. Antiparaiste programs, colon cleansing, liver decongestion, cellular detox, all not that easy to do but getting off the drugs IS the toughest.
The vets that have done my program did it cold turkey. Just suffered it out. But they had had enough and when it's time, it's time. Flushed the drugs down the toilet. And they got their life back thereof.
So good luck. Pioneer on this forum is probably the best at the chemical dependency thing. She's been through it personally and gives good advise. So take heed. You're in for a rough ride that you just may NOT be able to do.