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.