April 20th has long been a day dedicated to marijuana enthusiasts who come together to indulge in the substance. Given the popularity of the day, the celebrations that take place around the city, and the recent legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, we wanted to remind those on their road to recovery, or successfully living in sobriety, that they should steer clear of any such activity to successfully maintain their recovery.
Prior to the legalization, our CEO – Kurt Isaacson – spoke out on the issue in STAT. From a public health standpoint, there were a number of reasons we opposed the bill, but chief among them was concern for our past, present and future clients. Smoking marijuana begins innocently enough, but soon re-ignites a dangerous mindset in people with a history of addiction.
While marijuana is relatively less harmful in comparison to other substances, its use can be a slippery slope leading to relapse for those who may begin to enjoy the high of substance use again. Engaging in the act of buying and using drugs after some time will feel all too familiar, re-introducing bad habits.
Sobriety literally means not being intoxicated. The fact that marijuana is now legal does not mean it has any place in your sober life. Think about alcohol - regardless of which substance you or a loved one may be addicted to, you know that alcohol is off-limits. Both drinking and smoking marijuana put you in a dangerous atmosphere and may lower your resolve to stay sober.
On this 4/20, stay away from social media and friends who will be celebrating the day and make some time for self-care instead. See our five ways to maintain sobriety and avoid relapse here.
If you or someone you love needs help and support for an addiction, Spectrum Health Systems and the New England Recovery Center are here 24/7. Our individualized services provide the support you need, when you need it. Learn more on our website or call us at (800) 366-7732 for inpatient services and (800) 464-9555 extension 1161 for outpatient treatment.