In this day and age marijuana is perceived as an effective treatment for a variety of illnesses at best and a harmless recreational drug at worst. This may be true for those who do not suffer from any substance abuse disorders, but for those who do marijuana is far more dangerous. You may believe the concept of marijuana as a gateway drug is a myth, you may even have a few addict friends who are currently using marijuana in place of their drug of choice as a sort of self-imposed “marijuana maintenance” program. You should disabuse yourself of this thinking if you are serious about recovering from your addiction, as marijuana absolutely is a gateway drug.
Marijuana is the first foray into drug use for many addicts early in their using careers. It seems harmless at the time, usually a few friends in middle school or high school smoking a joint together. For those with the disease of addiction, this is the beginning of a gradual slide into oblivion. The high provided by marijuana is quickly found to be lacking, and the addict graduates to stronger sub