Marijuana: The Bridge Over Recovery… Why?

by The Discovering Alcoholic on May 2, 2010

If you thought my parody of a parody Dr. Strangebrew: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Booze was bad enough, then you’ll probably think this post’s skewed use of the classic The Bridge on the River Kwai is cinematic heresy. The 1957 flick came to mind in my recovery meeting during a discussion on marijuana use in recovery, specifically medically assisted recovery (methadone maintenance). Who better than the very British Lt. Colonel Nicholson to serve as an example of losing track of priorities even in a highly regimented environment. Nicholson originally was a stickler for following the Geneva Convention but began to stray and lost his way. Paradoxically driven to build a better bridge- he began to make up his own rules, self destructive rules. Entangled and deluded by a web of rationalizations, he didn’t realize until too late that he had a built a bridge for the enemy.

Those in recovery that try to justify the use of marijuana or alternatives to their drug-of-choice (DOC) are also building a bridge for the enemy. There’s good reason why it’s suggested to leave the people, places, and things of addiction behind – to make a clean break from the past. So the best argument against marijuana or any drug use in recovery isn’t that one could go to jail for possession. Nor is it that one is left out of the running for higher end jobs that require drug testing could or lose the one they have. Not even the possibility of losing one’s family is paramount. Nope, none of these are important as the argument itself. If someone in recovery has so lost their way that they are trying to justify drug use despite all consequences… then they have already spanned the gulf back to addictive thinking and drug use has once again become a priority.

If you find yourself mulling over rationalizations for what is essentially a bridge over and away from recovery, forget about weighing the consequences and instead concentrate on why?

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1 Zentient May 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Marijuana is not an alternative to a DOC, it IS a DOC. Marijuana is a “highly” addictive drug. When you get stoned every day, and millions do, it’s more than recreational. There are a lot of folks struggling with recovery from marijuana addiction who are not seen as having a real problem. The issues I see in the popular media about marijuana are about legalization and medical uses, not much on the torment and consequences of marijuana addiction. Thank you.

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2 The Discovering Alcoholic May 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Very good point Z! The issue has been framed so that the discussion of actual addiction and the repercussions of abuse are rarely mentioned.

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