How Others Influence Your Marijuana Use

How Others Influence Your Marijuana Use

Friends can considerably impact your marijuana use. One way to protect your sobriety against negative peer influences is to prepare for reactions you might receive when you turn down a joint. The following are several possible responses:

  • Applause: True friends will encourage healthy changes in your life.
  • Pressure to use: People who attempt to talk you out of recovery may be motivated by many different sources, such as their own substance abuse, access to drugs that you once provided and a need to normalize addiction.
  • Ambivalence: Many people may not even notice or care.

Both positive and negative reactions yield valuable information by showing you which friends to enlist for help during your recovery and which to steer clear of. When socializing with friends who use is unavoidable, strategies taught in professional treatment centers can help to protect your sobriety, including the following:

  • Always keep your own nonalcoholic drink on hand.
  • Do not make a show of being the “sober one.”
  • Get a buzz off of caffeine.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • Take initiative to meet new people.

Many people find that staying sober means seeking out social options that are recovery friendly. Several ways to connect with other people who share your goals include the following:

  • Rediscover your passions. Rediscover hobbies and interests that you once loved in order to meet likeminded people.
  • Serve. Seeking out volunteer opportunities in your community is a good way to meet positive people.
  • Join a support group. Twelve-step programs have extensive social networks.

In recovery, most people build meaningful relationships that then exert a positive influence on their sobriety.

Social Influences

Widespread societal attitudes toward marijuana use can also fuel an addiction. For example, drug use in the media is frequently glamorized, and excessive substance abuse is often portrayed positively. Individuals may compare their addictive patterns to the more extreme behavior of certain celebrities. Consequently, they may wrongly conclude that their problem is mild, and they may stay in denial and avoid seeking treatment. Other factors that normalize problematic marijuana consumption include the following:

  • High availability
  • High rates of experimentation
  • High usage rates
  • Tolerance or approval of drug use among nonusers
  • Cultural accommodation of drug use, including a lack of legal enforcement of laws

One benefit of attending a professional treatment center is gaining insight into the influences that contributed to your drug use. Most rehab programs offer therapy sessions during which recovery specialists help individuals create a plan to replace negative influences and habits with positive strategies that promote growth and health.

Help for Marijuana Addiction

If you or a loved one suffers from an addiction to marijuana, we can help. Admissions coordinators are available at our toll-free, 24 hour support line to guide you to wellness. Please call today.