Review: How To Quit Without Feeling S**t by Patrick Holford, David Miller, Dr James Braly

How To Quit Without Feeling S**t jumps out at you immediately because of its informal title; it tells us directly the book’s aims and implies an accessible read for anyone. Of the three authors, one has a PhD and another is doctor, suggesting a degree of evidence-based fact and science. The book focuses on addiction in general, and it’s alarming to discover how easy we can slide from one addiction to another. 


Welcome to Addiction Central

If you’re addicted to weed, it’s likely you’re addicted to other things as well; caffeine, sugar, sex, cigarettes – we hear about these problems all the time. And while it may be easy to think that each addiction requires a different approach for each substance or behaviour, the truth is addiction stems from our psychological programming which we inadvertently support through dietary and lifestyle habits. The book tackles the dietary and lifestyle component first, as a means of clearing out the toxins and bodily imbalances, all backed by research and scientific fact.


What Do You Have To Do?

The book is tad long at times. Its key arguments, particularly early on, get repetitious in telling us what it will do – I’m already sold, just tell me what I need to do! Fortunately though, once we get to the “doing” part, the book comes alive with the specific dietary recommendations and practises, producing a realignment effect on the various neurotransmitters, dopamine reuptake inhibitors, and other neurological jargon which you now feel you understand better than any surgeon.


This “doing” part of the book is the hardest, because it involves purchasing a lot of vitamins, supplements, and health foods; it takes a bit of conviction to follow through, and it’s always easy to dismiss regimens like this as faddish or unsubstantiated. But these guys all have clinical backgrounds and have been backing up everything they say with facts since you started reading. The evidence is in front of you and resonates with common sense. You’re reading things you’ve probably heard in different ways all your life, only this time, it’s being presented as a specific course of action.


Switching One Addiction For Another


After quitting weed, I substituted it by eating a lot of sugary foods. I told myself that sugar wasn’t nearly as bad – some would argue it’s worse. My weight and mood fluctuated for years afterwards, though I never felt an urge to use weed again – my wife was my anchor surrounding the decision to give up marijuana and I’ve never looked back, but reading How To Quit Without Feeling S**t made me realise that I was prone to addiction in one form or another, and I wanted to overcome that.


Does It Work For Everyone?

A quick Google search revealed a number of people who complained the supplements gave them stomach upsets, or just didn’t work, was too expensive (how much do you spend on weed??), etc. However, our unique biology is the single biggest factor in determining how well we respond to anything we consume. Nothing ever works 100% for everyone, which is the main reason this site offers a variety of articles and reflections on the many options available in quitting weed. Generally though, the recommendations in the book have been positively received and was the catalyst in my withdrawal from sugar (I still like the occasional slice of cake! I just don’t crave it if stressed – everything in moderation). Incidentally, if you struggle with sugar like I did, take a look at the documentary “That Sugar Film” – makes you think twice before biting into that next donut!



How To Quit Without Feeling S**t will help you understand your old thinking and help you embrace a new way to approach addiction. Those questionable actions we’ve taken in the past seem less powerful and compelling once you’re clear on the path the authors present here. By the end of the book, giving up an addiction feels less like a daunting mountain and more like a minor irritation. Taking control of your own biology reignites feelings of confidence and clarity, and frankly, this is way more rewarding than any addiction.


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