Medical Marijuana in Recovery

Prescriptions for medical marijuana are on the rise in society today. Marijuana is used to treat a variety of ailments from psychological diagnoses to chronic pain. It is therefore possible you find yourself battling a substance abuse problem while also using marijuana to treat a very real condition you suffer from. As you begin walking a path of sobriety, you should consider ending your marijuana use and seek alternative therapy for your condition for several reasons.

Marijuana is proven to be an addictive mind-altering substance. While there may be several medical benefits to marijuana use, for addicts in recovery marijuana should not be considered a viable treatment for any condition. No matter how effective marijuana has been in treating your illness, the potential risks associated with continuing marijuana use in recovery far outweigh the positive impact it has on your symptoms.

In 12-step recovery communities, the use of marijuana for any reason usually disqualifies a person from being considered sober and in recovery. Even those who have gone the extra step of getting a medical marijuana card due to a chronic condition are not considered to be living in recovery because of marijuana’s significant impact on a person’s mind and mood. There is a clear distinction in the rooms of 12-step recovery between marijuana and other medications prevalent in the recovery community such as Suboxone or Antabuse. While these medications are designed to inhibit the effects of your drug of choice, marijuana is more a replacement high for that of your drug of choice. This is why 12-step recovery communities do not consider a person using marijuana as living in recovery.

When you make the decision to change your life by attempting sobriety, it should be an all-or-nothing endeavor. As the literature of 12-step recovery says, “Half-measure availed us nothing.” This means that in order to maximize your chances of success in sobriety, you need to end your relationship with marijuana despite its medicinal purposes in your life. Upon entering treatment, you should discuss alternative therapies for you chronic illness with your physician to ensure your success in sobriety.

At Evolutions Treatment Center, we ascribe to a holistic approach to treating substance abuse disorders which addresses the health of your mind, body and spirit simultaneously. We will work with you to establish a treatment plan for your chronic illness that is both effective and does not threaten your recovery. Call our Admissions Counselors today at 833-818-3031 and begin living your best live free from the binds of addiction.