How to Further Your Recovery from Marijuana

How to Further Your Recovery from Marijuana

When a person stops using a drug such as marijuana, it can be difficult to adjust to life free from drug abuse or addiction. While marijuana is not physically addictive, the drug can be psychologically addictive. Marijuana is an illegal drug that provides euphoric effects. Marijuana can relax or sedate its user while also provoking feelings of giddiness and pleasure.

Why Is Recovering from Marijuana Use Difficult?

After quitting marijuana people may find the transition back to sobriety to be difficult. People often become reliant on marijuana to cope with psychological pain, stress and pressure from peers. Without marijuana it can be difficult to socialize, deal with problems or manage stress. In order to ease the transition from addiction to sobriety a person must use the knowledge and tools gained in rehab to avoid the temptations of marijuana and maintain his or her newfound sobriety. Recovery is not over after rehab, as it is a continual and lifelong process.

What Are the Benefits of Getting Clean from Marijuana?

There are numerous benefits that a person can gain from getting clean from marijuana, and these include the following:

  • Physical health benefits. Smoking marijuana causes severe problems for the mouth, throat and lungs. Marijuana also weakens the immune system making it harder to fight off infection and disease. Chronic marijuana use slows the development of puberty.
  • A recharged brain. Marijuana restricts the brain from absorbing and retaining information. Over time it can also lead to permanent brain damage that controls one’s memory and learning abilities.
  • Less risk. While under the influence marijuana users lose their inhibitions and their better sense of judgment. Marijuana can cause drugged driving accidents, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and other accidents or injury.
  • Drive. A life without marijuana provides a new sense of motivation and energy.

How to Stay Clean from Marijuana and Avoid Relapse

The following are tips that can help a person further his or her marijauan recovery and better make the transition from rehab to home:

  • Stay involved with your treatment program. Keep in touch with rehab professionals, make alumni visits and continue to follow your aftercare plan.
  • Continue with therapy. Make sure you get the support, companionship and motivation you need to continue with your marijuana recovery. Join support groups or a 12-step program, find a sponsor or continue with counseling or therapy.
  • Keep busy and get involved. Join a club or group, take a class, find a new hobby or interest or start a workout routine. It doesn’t matter what the activity is as long as it is positive and enjoyable to you. Doing this will also help you meet new sober friends.

Getting Help to Quit Using Marijuana

If you want to stop using marijuana or are in fear of a relapse, please call our toll-free helpline today. We can talk with you about the best way to get clean or get back on track. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day, so please call now.