It’s well-known that while marijuana can be habit-forming, most people recognize that it does not have the addictive potential of many other substances of abuse, such as alcohol and opioids. Still, using marijuana on a daily basis can result in detriment to one’s life in many ways. The purpose of this article is to examine the many benefits of quitting weed and how getting clean can help individuals become more engaged and motivated.
At least anecdotally, marijuana is said to have benefits ranging from positive emotional effects, such as mitigating symptoms of depression or anxiety and pain relief. But sometimes, a marijuana habit can be purely recreational.
How Marijuana Use Can Impact a Person’s Life
According to the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA), compared to individuals who don’t use marijuana, those who frequently use excessive amounts report the following:
- Lower life satisfaction
- Poorer mental and physical health
- More problems with relationships
People also report less academic and professional success. Marijuana use is linked to a higher likelihood of dropping out of school, more job absences, accidents, and injuries. Although the occasional use of marijuana is unlikely to cause significant detriment to a person’s life, daily use can most certainly become problematic. If the cons of using weed are starting to outweigh the pros, it may be time to consider quitting, and sometimes professional intervention is the best course of action.
The Benefits of Quitting Weed
The following benefits are categorized as cognitive, emotional, physical, functional, and social.
- More clarity in thinking
- Improved memory
- Improved patience
- Improved alertness and focus
- Emotional Benefits
- Reduced depression or anxiety
- Improved ability to cope with stress
- No feelings of paranoia sometimes induced by weed use
- Improved self-respect, self-esteem, and confidence
- Less moodiness
- No feelings of guilt or remorse regarding drug use
- No obsessive thoughts over drug obtainment or use
- Increased ability to experience pleasure in life without being high
- Feelings of more intense emotions, no longer stunted by drug use
- More natural “highs” related normal life events, such as exercising or socializing
- Less apathy and anhedonia
- Increased energy
- Requiring less sleep and improved quality of sleep
- No more “munchies” and possible weight loss
- No coughing or lung issues due to smoking
- Increase in physical stamina and ability to exercise
- Enhanced sense of smell and taste
- No withdrawal symptoms when coming down from weed
- Improved overall health
- No red eyes or dry mouth
- Having more free time for healthy activities
- Having more money, less financial worry
- Increased ability to engage in areas that require self-improvement and self-growth
- Increased creativity
- No legal ramifications regarding drug use, worrying about being caught with weed or arresting for DUI
- Becoming more articulate and communicative
- No need to conceal habit from friends or family
- Less isolation from others due to drug use
- Able to engage in more meaningful interactions with others
- No more need to socialize with drug dealers or drug users
- Spending with friends and family for purposes other than drug use
- Improvement in personal hygiene and appearance
- Improved relationships with a romantic partner and other loved ones
- No need to worry about smelling like marijuana in social, work, or academic situations
- Better able to respond to serious or urgent situations, improved reliability, and accountability
- Ability to inspire others to quit drug or alcohol use
Getting Help for Drug Abuse
Because marijuana isn’t as addictive as many other intoxicating substances, many people are able to cut back or quit on their own. However, heavy, long-term users may not be so lucky. Fortunately, help is available, and treatment for a marijuana abuse problem can be very effective and ensure the best long-term outcome for a person who has experienced this problem.
Many substance use disorders, including those involving weed, have many psychoemotional underpinnings that contribute to the need to use drugs or alcohol to suppress adverse thoughts and feelings. These issues need to be addressed in conjunction with substance abuse to prevent relapse in the future and promote a person’s overall stability. In doing so, this can allow them to better focus on their recovery and places them in a better position to deal with triggers and life stresses without reverting to the abuse of substances.
Harmony Recovery Center is a specialized addiction treatment facility that offers customized, comprehensive programs designed to treat all aspects of a person’s mental and physical health and emotional well-being. Our programs feature therapeutic services clinically-proven to promote recovery, including psychotherapy, counseling, group support, and much, much more.
If you are trying to kick a marijuana habit or an addiction to other drugs or alcohol, contact us as soon as possible! Each day we help individuals who are struggling with substance abuse break free and begin to experience the long-lasting, fulfilling, and healthy lives they deserve!