Dealing with Marijuana Addiction and How People Justify It
June 6th, 2010 by Patrick

What is the best way in dealing with marijuana addiction?  How do people justify this addiction and what is the best way to overcome that justification?

The problem with marijuana is that it is a sneaky addiction that does not have a lot of in-your-face consequences.  For example, take heroin addiction.  There, you have people contracting diseases due to needle sharing, or they are overdosing and dying right on the spot, and so on.  Same goes for alcoholism.  People wreck cars, destroy marriages, and so on.  The consequences for these other “harder” drugs are more severe.

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Marijuana does not have severe consequences that smack you in the face, but it still has real consequences.  This is what many marijuana addicts fail to realize.  They are comparing the drug to other, harder drugs and saying “see, it is OK to smoke pot, because it is not so destructive at all.”

Now this is not to say that marijuana does not have medicinal properties, because obviously it does.  This is not to say pot is not a useful drug, because obviously it is.  And this is not to say that marijuana should be illegal, because obviously, marijuana SHOULD be legal.  All I am saying here is that marijuana can still be addictive for some people, and it can still cause some problems.

Let’s say you have a medical marijuana card and you smoke the stuff legally and that you also have a totally free and unlimited supply of the stuff.  What problems could possibly arise from this situation, you might wonder?  Well, you could:

* Smoke every day and not pursue other goals in your life.

* Slowly drift away from normal activities that you once enjoyed, such as exercise, sports, and so on…..because you are always getting stoned.

* Lose touch with important relationships in your life, because you are always self medicating your emotions (even if you do not mean to, but it happens anyway because you smoke every single day).  So you stop maturing emotionally and you no longer experience growth in your relationships.

* Isolate yourself because you only prefer to associate with others who get high.

* Stop eating healthy, stop exercising, stop learning new things because you are too busy getting high all the time.

And so on.  The consequences are definitely there, they are just more subtle than with other drugs.

So realize this and do not use it as justification for why you should keep getting high all the time.  If you are addicted to the drug then it is holding you back, and your life could be much richer, fuller, and more satisfying if you were not smoking weed every single day.

One way to really get some clarity is in doing a 90 day trial.  Take 90 days off from marijuana completely, and see what happens in your life.  Just leave the drug totally alone for 3 months and measure your response to this.  Do you resent not smoking it?  If so, then that is a red flag.

If you take 3 months away from the drug then you should see some positive changes.  It is just a matter of whether or not you acknowledge those changes and realize that being clean and sober has helped you or not.

Some people are not addicted to weed and so quitting will not necessarily benefit them.  But if you get honest with yourself and see any of those negative consequences due to your using, then you might try quitting for a while.  The key is to be completely honest with yourself about it and how marijuana is really affecting your life and your relationships.

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