Marijuana Anonymous (MA) is one of the newer incarnations of the 12-step treatment program support group structure. Based upon the same 12 steps and traditions created in 1935 by the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) organization, MA is devoted to helping those whose primary drug of addiction is marijuana. Because the nature of marijuana addiction is different when compared to alcoholism, prescription drug dependence, or dependence upon other drugs like cocaine or heroin, marijuana addicts may have more in common with peers who have also lived with an active addiction to cannabis.
The Emphasis on Spirituality in Marijuana Anonymous
Many who begin 12-step treatment in support groups like MA are often skeptical when it comes to the concept of the Higher Power or God. Do you have to be religious or believe in God in order to benefit from the 12 steps? Not necessarily. But as it is phrased in the Marijuana Anonymous text, Life with Hope: “It is not necessary to acquire a major God Consciousness to be able to cease using. All we need is to maintain an open mind and a hopeful heart. It is not necessary to say yes. It is, however, important to stop saying no.”
Though you may not be in a place where you can comfortably identify with any religious concepts, if you open your mind, you never know where you may end up in sobriety.
The Power of 12 Steps
It is not necessary to attend 12-step meetings in order to remain clean and sober. However, many have found continued support and encouragement in MA meetings that have given them the strength that they needed to stay sober on a daily basis.
If Marijuana Isn’t Addictive, Why Do I Need Marijuana Anonymous?
Though few people experience debilitating withdrawal symptoms when they stop smoking marijuana, some do experience ill effects including:
- Problems sleeping
Many would describe these as withdrawal symptoms and signs that marijuana is indeed addictive. However you phrase it, those who are in recovery and seek treatment for marijuana all agree that the drug is overwhelming. It overtakes your life and stops you from having functional, positive relationships and accomplishing your goals. For those who seek treatment, MA meetings can be a reinforcement of their journey toward a sober, healthy life.
Do People in Marijuana Anonymous Believe That Marijuana Should Be Legalized?
The participants who take part in Marijuana Anonymous may hold their own personal beliefs about a number of political issues, including the legalization of marijuana. However, as a group, Marijuana Anonymous does not stand for or against any movement or cause of any kind in order to remain impartial.
What If There Are No Marijuana Anonymous Meetings Available?
Because MA is a relatively new organization, you may not be able to find MA meetings near you if you live in certain regions. You always have the option of starting your own meeting if you like, or you can attend an AA meeting in order to get the support of other addicts in recovery.
Many drug rehabilitation programs include 12-step meetings in their daily schedule and base their philosophy on the 12 steps and traditions. This makes it easy for participants to transfer some of their rehab schedule to their new schedule at home as they learn to live without drugs and alcohol in their everyday life after treatment.
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