Beating Marijuana Addiction Can Require a Complete Makeover

The use of marijuana for recreation or as a medicine can be addicting. This isn’t even seriously argued anymore. The severity of the addiction that is possible from marijuana use is dependent on so many variables that it’s impossible to quantify, but the fact that addiction to weed exists is more than obvious.

Continued use of a substance despite negative consequences and attempts to stop is a primary symptom of addiction to any substance or activity. Another clear symptom and indication of addiction is reactions to cessation, withdrawal symptoms. Stopping heavy use of marijuana is accompanied by numerous withdrawal reactions including, depression, nervousness, anger and irritability and sleep problems.

Withdrawal symptoms can be psychological as well. Regular use of marijuana definitely can produce strong cravings and constant thoughts of using the drug again and again. Add to this withdrawal from the lifestyle of being a pothead. Patterns of behavior that surround the use of marijuana can become almost an identity, and identity that revolves around the use of marijuana. When you take the dope away, that identity doesn’t make sense anymore and the person finds that his or her clothing, surroundings and possessions are now just wrong.

Adjusting To a New Life

After stopping the use of marijuana, the number of changes required can be staggering. Close friends who still smoke will usually feel uncomfortable around the ex-smoker. It’s a cinch that the “cave” where they’re still getting high will now be off limits. It’s very uncomfortable for the stoners and the ex-stoner. Being the only straight person in a group of giggling potheads just doesn’t fly. New, drug-free friends, new activities and hang-outs will be necessary.

This is a point that can cause the recovering addict to slip back to the addiction. Friendships that have been built over years of shared experiences and laughs can be a painful thing to leave behind, but unless the relationship can continue is some fashion completely away from the influence of the weed, it must be abandoned.

This part of adjusting to a straight life isn’t normally considered to be part of the withdrawal from marijuana, but in a very real sense, that’s what it is. And just like the initial withdrawal after quitting, this part of the withdrawal could very well be too much for the addict to endure. So it is important stay clear of the parties and the hangouts and the picnics where there are sure to be people from the old druggie days.

Out With the Old and In With the New

Now that the old habits and connections have been removed, it’s time to replace them with new, pro-survival skills, goals and relationships. It is important that that the newbie sober person moves with determination toward something that is worthwhile, a degree, a job or maybe a repaired relationship. It must be something that is important enough to demand attention. Being a druggie was probably a fulltime job. Unless it’s replaced by something as compelling it’ll leave some wandering attention. That’s not a good thing at this point.