We’ve all seen the before-and-after pictures of meth addicts.
A normal-looking man or woman becomes hideous almost overnight. Chipped teeth, gaunt features, a look of despair in their sad eyes.
It’s quite tragic. But it also serves as a serious warning to never try meth.
We don’t have that with marijuana.
Instead it’s a slow, almost unnoticeable squeeze on your life. Your health, wealth, and relationships will almost definitely suffer, but it’s gradual.
Bit by bit. Day by day.
You spend a little less time with the people you used to hang out with.
Your bank account depletes slowly with each $20 withdrawal.
You exercise a bit less often. Your lungs don’t feel great but you can still breathe just fine.
Your skin tone is worse and the bags under your eyes are deepening. But you’re far from the “after” picture of a meth addict.
Do you know how restaurants cook lobster?
They take live lobsters and put them in normal temperature water. Then they slowly turn the heat up to a boil.
It happens so gradually that the lobsters don’t even realize they are dying until it’s too late.
It’s a similar thing with cannabis addiction. Things in your life are getting worse, but it’s so subtle and gradual you might not even notice.
Of course you won’t die like the lobsters. At least not in a literal sense.
But you can still suffer tremendous loss.
Loss of friendships. Loss of dreams. Falling out with your family. Loss of money.
You lose the things you once enjoyed because you replaced them with weed.
It’s never sudden. But it happens all the same.
How Bad Must It Get?
At some point you realize that marijuana has hurt a lot of things in your life.
But is it enough to make you give it up? You can always keep smoking.
Tomorrow will probably look a lot like today. And so will the next day.
The question is, how bad will you let it get before you make a change?
Things will probably get worse. Maybe not tomorrow, but a few weeks… months… a year or two… things will be worse if you keep up the habit.
You can take my word for it and make a decision to quit. Or you can see for yourself.
I really, really hope you don’t wait and see how bad things get.
I made that mistake and it was 1000 times worse than just giving it up.
Rock bottom for me was bleak. No money, but a ton of debt. Few friends. Poor health. Terrible appearance. No focus. No motivation.
I lost all my pride. People felt sorry for me. I was a perfect example of everything that can go wrong if you smoke pot.
Those days are behind me, but it still makes me sad to think about it. I could have gotten so much more out of life.
It’s true what they say: The pain of discipline weighs ounces, but the pain of regret weighs tons.
You are not your past. Today can be different. The start of a whole new era of joy and freedom.
I wish I was you.