After the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous received such acclaim for its long term effectiveness, sister support groups and fellowships began to flourish. Hundreds of millions of people around the world found that the spiritual solution laid out within the twelve steps helped them solve any problem. For everything that felt out of control and unmanageable, there is, as AA puts it, a solution. Though Alcoholics Anonymous is open to anyone, the language of their meeting preambles, traditions, and indeed their primary text The Big Book Of Alcoholics Anonymous, makes it clear that the fellowship is for alcohol related problems only. For that reason, the many spawns of AA and the twelve steps are helpful in giving people a place to call home and a program that speaks specifically to their needs, like marijuana dependency.
Cannabinoids and THC
Until recently, marijuana dependency or marijuana addiction was considered farcical. Cannabinoids and THC, the psychoactive ingredients in the cannabis plant, were not considered to be addictive or at all harmful. Increasingly, the medical marijuana industry is growing with many researchers emphasizing the use of medical marijuana for treating severe addictions and mental health disorders. Recently, the DSM-V, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, named marijuana as a viable form of substance use disorders. Marijuana use disorder is the result of chemical dependence upon marijuana in which one feels reliant upon use of the drug in order to perform normal daily functions.
People who come to marijuana anonymous are usually relieved to discover they weren’t the exception to the rule that people just don’t become addicted to marijuana. Chronic marijuana users who try to quit because of the negative effect using the drug is having on their lives quickly find themselves experiencing physiological as well as psychological symptoms of withdrawal. Depression and anxiety are common with marijuana withdrawal as is a change in the ability to eat, sleep, or focus. Many also experience strong cravings for the drug as they detox.
Marijuana isn’t the tame drug for everyone as it is for some. Use of marijuana can get in the way of people’s ability to succeed, have healthy relationships, and fully actualize who they want to be. Through the twelve steps and outside therapy or treatment, many do recover from marijuana dependency and live fulfilling lives.
You are not alone if you are struggling with marijuana dependency. Aurora Recovery Centre offers carefully staffed detox programs and various levels of treatment to help you achieve the freedom you are seeking from marijuana. Call us today for more information. We are here to help. 844-515-STOP.