Stop Pot Dependency. Although enthusiasts claim that marijuana is not addictive, today’s guest poster BETH knows better. Her story!
Let’s continue to explore how RES helped BETH recover from smoking pot. Continue why? Because we’re having a bit of controversy.
Over at our recent guest post by Beth, How much does Rosetree Energy Spirituality cost, compared to weed? In her first-ever appearance at this blog, KILAYA’s Comment 5 began:
“Anyone who has any personal experience with addiction and has also used marijuana for any length of time
knows that marijuana is not addictive, unless you want to over-generalize the term addiction,
in which case ice cream, exercise, television and masturbation are all highly addictive, far more than marijuana.”
Interesting perspective! [My bolding]
Several Blog-Buddies commented in response to KILAYA’s indignant comment in defense of cannabis. Notably, BETH was moved to write two depth comments that I will combine here into a new guest post. Except first…
Pot Recovery Expert Blasts Weed in the New York Times
The Sunday Magazine of the New York Times published a comment in the June 30, 2013 issue. The author, Jan Beauregard, Ph.D., is an addiction expert at the Integrative Psychotherapy Institute in nearby Fairfax, Virginia. She isn’t familiar with my work in Rosetree Energy Spirituality but she does bring validation to my perspective. Here are Dr. Beauregard’s words:
“As an addiction expert who has seen the devastating effect of marijuana abuse and dependence, I can tell you that minimizing the risks of marijuana is the same tactic big tobacco used decades ago.
“In my private practice, teenagers who flunk out of college the first semester of freshman year often do so due to marijuana dependence.
“There is so much money to be made by future pot ‘businesses,’ yet for every dollar raised in taxes in the alcohol industry, we spend $10 in social costs”
Incidentally, my quarterly column for Pathways Magazine is in press right now. That article’s title? “The Problem with Pot.”
Over at the blog post that generated such wrath from KILAYA, I had written about frozen blocks of energy being deposited as an inevitable result of smoking marijuana. In response, here come some words of experience, and wisdom, from BETH.
(I have added just the occasional bong. Kidding. As usual with any guest post here at “Deeper Perception Made Practical,” I merely add headings, links, and minor edits.)
Stop Pot Dependency as Self-Medication
Although enthusiasts claim that marijuana is not addictive, today’s guest poster BETH knows better. Her story today emphasizes Self-Medication with Pot.
Rose, I think it would be useful to have details about what this actually means, in laymens terms: Deposit STUFF in your aura, in the form of medium-sized and large frozen blocks.
I dont feel that I can speak to this. My experience is from the user end, not as an expert at Rosetree Energy Spirituality. And sometimes I wonder if it was a case of Chicken or the egg, in terms of the pain I was processing versus the gunk I was accumulating by self-medicating.
Stop Pot Dependency. No Improvement from Drugs!
From your perspective, Rose, I was making my life worse by using. Fair enough, but at that point I would have been using anything to be able to deal with the overwhelming pain in my life (emotional and physical).
Plus, I was raised with addicts (alcoholics). Although I felt that in no way was I one of them, sure, I was imprinted with those coping mechanisms related to self-medication.
Pre-Energy Spirituality, the Pot Addiction Was Hidden
KILAYA, you’re somewhat missing the point. No one is arguing the finer points of the addiction experience.
I would have never called myself an addict in the least and I was smoking morning, noon, and night for the better part of 20 years.
Yet I was a highly functional go-getter, steady job, good worker, etc.
Looking back, of course there is an aspect of addiction. Duh, if you can’t do without weed for a minute!
In my case, I could rationalize all I wanted, but clearly this too was the the behavior of an addict.
Weed comes across as so innocuous, I get it.
Addiction began for me as a slippery slope in terms of starting off only smoking on the weekends.
Anyway, KILAYA, I totally get where youre coming from. Just for context, back then I was like,
I’m not like them (addicts). I don’t smoke. I don’t drink, I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t even watch television, for goodness sake!
So, Rose, when you get a chance, I would love to hear you talk about this aspect. Personally I have a hard time articulating this myself when I talk to peers.
Thanks in advance, much appreciated, been wanting clarifications myself for a while!!
How Energy Spirituality Helped Me Recover from the Addiction to Pot
Kilaya I wanted to add something else that was lost in what I was just rambling about. In spite of what I previously called, The chicken or the egg? here’s the point. I feel tremendously better now being straight.
And that would in large part be due to Rosetree Energy Spirituality.
It was my decision that I craved something else in my life and Rose’s work was able to heal me from alllll that mental baggage that was perpetuating my anguish.
My turning point was looking at my life and wanting something different, yet feeling that I had been spinning my wheels for quite a few years. So I asked myself what a constant was all this time. I could easily point to weed.
You want something different? Do something different.
I didn’t hit rock bottom, or any such thing to motivate me. The thrill of getting away with secretly smoking all that weed for years had worn off, too.
Controversial about Addiction to Pot. But True, Even After Recovery
What I’m about to say is controversial but I’ll say it anyway.
I am grateful for the time I had spent smoking pot. It’s a very introverted state and felt very therapeutic to me. I got tons of research done over the years. This was very, very meaningful and passionate work for me.
BUT I was very out of balance. There was no human-level application of my research. I stopped making art work. In human terms, I just found endless comfort in not extending subjective, fascinating self into objective reality through speech or action.
Eventually I wanted to change that, start a new phase of life where I was taking risks by putting myself out there into reality.
I began leaving the house once in a while. Having a social life again, imagine!
I could see that weed was in a direct relationship with what was accentuated in my life and out of balance. I didn’t begrudge my habit one bit. Yet it was time to move on.
Follow-up Resources for How Energy Spirituality Can Help with Recovery from Pot Addiction
Here are a couple of other guest posts that speak to my experience as a user: