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Ask Amy: Former stoner struggles with sobriety

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I am a 27-year-old guy.

For the better part of 10 years, I have smoked weed several times a day — every day. I don't get goofy when I smoke, I actually become focused and am calm and mellow.

I can brush off little things, and for the larger issues I would smoke to remain calm and reassess.

I recently stopped smoking to pursue better employment opportunities.

I had some withdrawal symptoms the first few days, but they passed within the first week, except for the mood swings.

I am very irritable and aggravated. I am not violent, but I start almost ranting over small things.


I meditate several times a week and have tried using CBD, but it doesn't seem to help.

I don't have the extra money for a counselor, but I can hear myself being a total jerk, and I don’t like it.

I don't like feeling like this and I know my friends are tired of me snapping over nothing.

– Stoner – Trying to do Better


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