Written by in BlogOctober 10th, 2013

This week, one of our prominent members on the forum, who has been abstinent for more than a year encountered a very stressful time, and succumbed to a solution he knew all too well. He had the courage and fortitude to quickly recognize marijuana had crept back into his life, and he is now back in the saddle and learning from this situation.

Too many people take marijuana addiction, dependency or abuse too lightly. Their initial approach typically lacks any preparation due to a lack of understanding or an overly confident attitude. This situation shows that marijuana, no matter the length of time you have been away from it, is silently lurking in the background waiting for the opportunity to return. This obviously gets better with time, but the first 2-5 years we are susceptible to relapse no matter how strong you think you may be. People used to ask me all the time if someone can go back to smoking periodically after time.

My response used to be, “possibly yes, but only after you have fallen out of love with it.” This is ludicrous. I can admit that if someone was simply abusing marijuana based on some circumstance, such as in a certain social situation or group, it is possible. But, to those of us who have infused marijuana as a part of our lives, this is simply not true. This is addiction. Just as an alcoholic or an opiate addict will most always return to the same patterns, you most likely will too.

Maybe I was saying this to cushion the blow of “permanency” for fear that they will never be able to enjoy an occasional smoke. Let’s be realistic with each other and admit that the “break-up” has to be permanent. I know it’s hard, but it’s worth it.

2 Responses to “Marijuana Relapse; It’s more common than not”

  1. October 12th, 2013


    This article is so true! I was marijuana-free for 17 years, and then decided to start smoking again. The reasons for my decision were many, but they were just excuses so that I could enjoy my favorite drug. And it’s been a uphill battle since. It’s been around 8 years ago since I started smoking again, and I’ve quite 3 times. Once I went over a year. But I keep coming back to it and it’s a huge battle in my life. I’m re-reading Dr. Tony’s book because it’s helped me so much before.

    • October 13th, 2013

      Dr. Tony

      Hi Lara

      Thank you for commenting. Marijuana is a highly (no pun) underestimated drug when it comes to addiction. Your story is an excellent example of this. Try your best to keep your emotions in check. Too many people quitting marijuana hang on to their attachment which creates a significant amount of turmoil in the beginning stages. Pouting, anger, sadness, or whatever negative emotion you can conjure up when quitting marijuana will not serve you or help you succeed. You’ve made the decision to become a non-smoker again, so move forward without looking back. Let go of who you have been for the last 8 years and get back to the real you. I wish you the best of luck!

      Dr. Tony

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