About This Lucid Life
About Michael Griffin
Hey, I’m Michael Griffin! I’m a 27 year old British guy currently living in the wonderful country of New Zealand.
In 2016 I was living what to all outsiders looked like a pretty good life. I had just finished my law degree (god knows how), I had friends, an apartment, and enough money to get by.
But what I didn’t have was happiness or contentedness. I was a mess behind the scenes. Sure I could make deadlines when I needed to, but every other living moment of my life was wasted on weed, video games, and porn – and I couldn’t stop. I was a 24 year old loser.
I hadn’t always been like that. In fact, throughout the first 3 years of my degree I was pretty much in the same place as everyone else around me. I would occasionally smoke up or drink with friends on the weekends, but nothing crazy at all. Going back even further than that I had a great, middle-class, upbringing filled with love.
But as my degree got more difficult, and the realities of adult life approached, my dependence on my vices grew. By the middle of 2014, at the age of 22, I was fully addicted to weed. I needed it every day, I would use it every day, and despite knowing that I would waste, if not ruin, my life if I continued down that dark path, I couldn’t (and didn’t really want to) stop.
By 2016 I was acting in ways that I never would have imagined. Spending money I didn’t have to feed an addiction I hated. I was hurting people around me. Not intentionally, but the secretive behavior that comes with addiction really messes with our loved ones. One day it all became too much – and I sought help – but there was nothing really out there for me, a 23 year old, college educated guy raised by the internet.
I found Reddit’s /r/leaves community immensely helpful and I am forever grateful to the people there, but I needed more structure – I needed a “path”, a “system”, something I could plug numbers in to. So I created one for myself, and it worked. I am now 3 years going on 4 years sober from weed – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
After escaping the cannabis trap I spent (and still spend) a great amount of time helping hundreds of other people quit weed in /r/leaves and other online forums. By 2018 I practically had a pre-written answer for anything someone wanted to ask – so I created This Lucid Life to bring all that knowledge into one place.
Ultimately, This Lucid Life is to share what I’ve learned and provide you with the same resources, tools, and ideas that helped me escape then from where you are now. I hope you find some things here that are useful to you – and most importantly I want you to know that life is honestly great without cannabis and it’s not all hard to kick if you have the right frame of mind.
I quit weed. I’ve lived that experience. I’ve read every book I could find on the topic. I’ve spent thousands of hours talking to and helping others find sobriety. I also have a law degree – so I’m alright at writing.
The only thing I’m trying to sell you is the amazing life you can (and will) have without cannabis.
In other words: No. Everything posted to the This Lucid Life blog is free, forever.
Of course I do. Anyone can, honest!
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Yes. This Lucid Life is currently a group project run by a small group of volunteers and Michael.
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Honestly? Probably not. Addiction, recovery, and happiness are sensitive topics and we are dedicated to ensuring our content and resources are of the highest, reliable, and accurate quality.
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