So have always kept my chess life separate from my bw life, mostly because over the years I have represented myself incredibly poorly at times in this community.
To which I owe more then a few apologies. That said, I hit a personal goal today.
I have never had higher then 1975 bullet rating (bullet is any chess less then 3 minutes, I play 1/0 which is 1 minute per person no increment) until I quit smoking weed/hash 3 months ago for the first time in 16 years (5x to 10x times a day). Part of my personal rehab program has been using bullet chess to measure the cognitive gains.
Unfortunately the account I played my first 1k games on it was named Deadtrump2020 and eventually got banned (go figure) so I lost the data showing the arc of improvement as I detoxed.
In the last year in classical chess, I have gained 900 elo points (I had a very low rating from playing as a child) and I'm currently a little over a hundred points from expert. I am currently playing in my clubs championship which I tied for second or third last year ( can't remember, drugs).
It has been really exciting to see the positive impacts in my life from stepping away from weed/hash. Working, Working out, reading more, more sexual stamina but ... as a nerd, this is the coolest. I have been collecting the scalps of many National Masters, Fide Masters and a few IM's.
Luckily, this account is only for bullet and unattached to me in rl so I can post it.
I am terrible at bullet chess, from an objective point of view, but I argued that coming from bw/sc2/csgo would eventually propel me to reach my goal through mousespeed and the mental toughness that comes from spending 10,000+ hours getting kicked in the head by more talented gamers.
I am avoiding nearly all study except of my own classical games. No tactics training, no training videos. I have got to page 20 in Jacob AaGaards "Calculation" in his grandmaster prep series but that has been mostly to kill time on breaks at work.
For the record, I am not magically anti-weed. I just needed to end my relationship with it for a while and I certainly needed to break the cycle of daily massive consumption.
If you are having trouble reaching your goals, whatever they are, and you are using drugs to the point of abuse (like me) then maybe taking a break could help you as well.
Pretty soon (around Jan.) I plan to resume study on a schedule and see how high of a rating I can achieve in otb. So far, I have drawn a few life masters, beat a handful of experts and choked out the vast majority of everyone else (70% winrate 2018, 64% winrate 2019).
Good luck and be safe.
(Thanks for tolerating my nerd brag. Other then my chess group, not many people I can share this with.)
P.S the odds are that I will not be able to maintain the rating I have hit, this is a peak rating, not a representative rating of my mean elo. Until I am safely in the 2270's~ I will almost certainly bottom out significantly below my current rating. Although I don't believe I have been below 2025~ since I became sober.