Getting Help: It’s Legal, So Now What? Cannabis in the Age of the Corner Pot Store – Part 2

Last week we discussed some of the possible downsides of using Cannabis on a regular basis. If you resonated with any of the concerns offered and would like to quit or reduce use, here are some ideas that could work for you:

Attend a Marijuana Anonymous meeting. In our area there is an in-person meeting held weekly (Wednesdays at 6pm) in Grants Pass at the United Community Church 480 SW I Street (enter the meeting through the rear of the church). A weekly video chat meeting takes place every Monday at 10pm. You can listen and participate in this meeting without being seen. Click here for a link.

Get treatment. Receive evidence based out-patient treatment using a mindfulness and skill-based approach at DBT of Southern Oregon. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been shown to be effective at treating many addictions as well as mental illnesses such as Borderline Personality Disorder, depression, anxiety and OCD.

Urge Surf. Practice harm reduction by gradually reducing the amount of Cannabis you use, or eliminate it entirely. Learn about urge surfing and practice it when you feel compelled to smoke. Here is a video that walks you through this technique.

Get to the root of the problem. Use of a substance such as Cannabis can often mask a problem such as depression, unresolved grief, anxiety or chronic pain. Find a counselor and/or physician who can help evaluate the underlying issues and treat them.

Get busy. Finding meaningful ways to fill your time can be a powerful way to move away from any behavior we want to reduce: volunteer, help a neighbor or friend, clean up one small area of your house or one small part of your yard. Do a load of laundry, write an email to an old friend, remember your dreams for the future and take one small step towards them. Take a walk, write, draw, sing, dance. It’s not too late to find purpose in your life.

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