Once you’ve committed to battling your marijuana addiction, you’re already on your way to recovery, so congratulations! It is also helpful, though, to have a sense of what lies on the road ahead. Treatment for marijuana addiction can generally be broken into at least five stages.
1. Committing to Quit
If you’re reading this, chances are you are either already dedicated to overcoming your dependence on weed, or that you’re considering it. While it might seem trivial, making that mental decision is a critical stage of recovery.
2. Setting Your Personal Goals
After you’ve made that big first step, it’s helpful to contemplate what you want to get out of abstinence.
Marijuana dependence can impact people’s lives in many ways, whether it is bringing down your grades or impairing job performance or relationships—regaining control over those aspects of life might be the major reason someone wants to quit a long-term weed habit.
Identifying what is the most important change you hope you see from your recovery can give you something to work towards.
3. Making Your Action Plan
Even if you know what you want to change in your life, it’s not enough to just stop using marijuana—you need to have a plan in place for what happens next. Making your plan might involve creating a personalized treatment approach, finding a therapist, or seeking out a support group.
4. Initiating Your Plan
The Action phase of addiction recovery can be the hardest of all the stages of treatment. When times are difficult, whether it’s because you’re having cravings or experiencing unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, it’s crucial to go back to your master plan and remind yourself of what you will gain from abstinence.
You should never be afraid to ask for support during this tough transition. Having an extra ear can give you that push to keep going.
5. Maintenance and Recovery
The last stage of overcoming addiction is Maintenance. What maintenance means is that you have successfully stopped using marijuana, and that you are now adjusting to this as your ‘new normal’. It is also called the Recovery stage, because it is when you will really start to reap the rewards of overcoming your addiction.
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