Marijuana Maintenance Programs - More Harmful than Helpful?

As the movement to legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational purposes continues to gain traction, some in the medical community are experimenting with prescription marijuana as an alternative to more traditional medically assisted treatment protocols. This unproven method of substance abuse treatment poses significant risks to the recovery community, as it sends the message that a person living in sobriety need not abstain from marijuana use. Beyond that, it directs those who choose to enroll in such programs to regularly use marijuana in early recovery. These new standards are dangerous for a number of reasons, and could very well contribute to a spike in relapses and overdose deaths.

There is validity to the idea that marijuana is a gateway drug, especially for those who have already developed a substance abuse d