MARIJUANA SUPPORT GROUP
So it appears that the herbal tranquility offered by cannabis comes at a cost. Recent studies are linking chronic pot use (1-5x a week) with lower levels of everything from dopamine and serotonin production in the brain to lower motivation, lower levels of (life satisfaction), lower salary rates, even IQ (an average of an 8 point drop!), along with higher levels of drop out rates, higher levels of depression and anxiety.
As someone who was a marijuana smoker for over a dozen years, I can relate. And today, as someone who has worked with hundreds of cannabis users, I can empathize with their dilemma.
On the one hand, marijuana is so less overtly destructive than other drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. There is a strong case to be made for what (to me) seems the logical path: legalize it, regulate it, tax it. On the other hand, I’ve met many smokers who have experienced a level of frustration that they just can’t seem to find any traction in life towards achieving their goals and interests. Or, their interests become increasingly centered on organizing a life around getting high.
I’ve often said that alcohol can destroy your life over years, heroin it might take months, crack cocaine can wreck you in days. But marijuana is more like just hitting the ‘pause’ button. Your life isn’t destroyed. It’s just that you don’t seem to get anywhere.
For chronic marijuana users, treatment is difficult. If they go to Narcotics Anonymous meetings they feel like lightweights surrounded by heroin and crack cocaine addicts. And so many eschew alcohol that they feel out of place in Alcoholic’s Anonymous meetings.
Here’s something new: I’m offering a 12 week support group for individuals who want to take a look at their relationship with marijuana.
The focus is on developing a compelling sense of the future, creating breakthroughs cognitively and behaviorally that support goals, and an expansion of consciousness and relatedness utilizing each individuals strengths and interests.
The group size is limited to 7 people and costs $25 per session. We’ll meet Friday afternoons, 4-5:30 p.m. at a date to be determined.