Alcohol can destroy lives but, cannabis is helping people to pick up the pieces and rebuild. I grew up in an era when Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign proliferated through the airwaves, proclaiming marijuana would sap my motivation, destroy my relationships and prevent me from leading a life of purpose.
But after nearly two decades of excessive drinking, lost jobs and homelessness — along with multiple attempts to permanently get off the sauce — I realize that Reagan couldn’t have been more wrong: Cannabis saved me.
Marijuana use has proven immensely positive for me, and it has allowed me to refrain from staring at the bottom of a bottle ever again. However, a majority of folks in the recovery community refer to cannabis as “dangerous,” a “trigger for relapse” and a “stumbling block.”
Anne Lewis, an addiction counselor and clinical psychologist at Indiana University Health, told US News that cannabis “lowers your inhibition, so you don’t care,” which she said could lead to relapse. “We don’t make good decisions when we’re drunk or high,” she said.