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Quitting Weed Can Change Your Life for the Better

It’s common to hear a great amount of hesitation about quitting marijuana when a person enters into treatment. After all, the general consensus seems to be that it is not addictive, not harmful, and can be quite helpful in treating certain mental and physical problems. However, marijuana does, in fact, have the potential to cause addiction that can lead to the same sort of unmanageability and powerlessness as any other addiction.

Recovery is a process of healing from addiction and the damage it has caused. Marijuana, although safer than other drugs, can be dangerous when used by someone who has the disease of addiction. If a person uses marijuana on their journey of recovery, they are impeding their ability to heal from the consequences of the disease and will quickly find that they lose their ability to assert control over how much or how frequently they use. Often, marijuana use will cause a person in recovery to go back to using their drug of choice and falling into the cycle of addiction once again.

David Hiller, in a 2018 Vice article entitled Four People Tell Us How Quitting Weed Changed Their Lives, profiled four individuals who found that their lives improved dramatically when they quit smoking marijuana. A strong underlying theme of the participants’ accounts was that of motivation. One interviewee, Tom, explained that his wife threatened to leave because of his constant drug use. Tom said, “Honestly, I was relieved because I’d wanted to stop for a while and didn’t even enjoy it anymore. I just couldn’t break the habit. We’re now happily married, with two kids, in our own house, and I think most people would consider me a success. I know there are lots of reasons people smoke, but personally, I think weed is a killer of motivation.”

Another participant realized that smoking marijuana was exacerbated other mental health disorders. It is well known that early marijuana use can bring out latent mental health problems. The Royal College of Psychiatrists explain, “There is now sufficient evidence to show that those who use cannabis particularly at a younger age, such as around the age of 15, have a higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.” Scout, one of the interviewees in Hiller’s article, explained, “For me, the two major predictors seemed to be sudden panic and anxiety, and the fact I’d become increasingly paranoid and isolated. I was smoking to calm myself down, but it’s likely it was making things more profound and dangerous.”

Your life doesn’t have to be held back by the chains of addiction. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together the highest quality behavioral health and addictions specialists, holistic experts, and spiritual guides to help clients develop all the tools necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431