If you have failed in your previous attempts to quit marijuana, it may be because you have misconceptions about recovery.
Myth #4 – You Can’t Say “NO”
Successful recovery means staying away from the people, places, things, and thoughts that you associate with substance use. The best way to fight temptation and cravings is to avoid:
- People you used to drink and use drugs with—i.e., “drinking/drug friends”
- Places you associate with substance use—bars, liquor stores, houses where you bought drugs
- Situations where drinking/drugging typically occurs—certain parties, for example
- Mindsets that may trigger cravings—loneliness, boredom, resentment, shame, etc.
Avoiding relapse may mean making wholesale changes in your life – new friends, new daily routines, new hobbies, and most importantly, new ways of coping with the stresses of daily life.
Myth #5 – Life Without Marijuana Is Boring
When you take away all of your activities that relate to getting marijuana – finding and acquiring it, getting high, “coming down” and dealing with any consequences resulting from use – you will find that you now have a chunk of time to fill.
Now you have to find a new way to enjoy yourself and occupy your time. But for some reason, nothing seems to bring you much pleasure.
That’s marijuana’s fault.
Marijuana dependence can disrupts the brain’s reward circuitry, making you literally unable to experience pleasure – or even feel normal – without the presence of the drug. This disruption can be so severe as to produce symptoms that mimic depression.
The good news is, these symptoms are only temporary.
Over time, your brain’s chemistry will return to normal. In the meantime, you have to make a conscious choice to develop new habits that can support your successful recovery.
If you have a problematic relationship with marijuana, Lasting Recovery outpatient drug rehab in San Diego can help you acquire the tools to restore sobriety and good mental health to your life.