Marijuana as an alcohol replacement short term

Hello,

I have decided to give up alcohol (hopefully permanently). While I don’t know if I was an alcoholic, I know that alcohol is unhealthy and it was creating some issues with my life. I enjoyed going out to bars and socializing but I did not want to do that my whole life.
So, now instead of going out on a Friday or a Saturday I stay home and consume some marijuana and watch Netflix, play computer, etc.
I feel like this is an acceptable “bridge” into sobriety as I think I can wind that down without any real addiction issues once I’m ready.

Has anybody else taken this approach?

Were you smoking before and if so are you smoking more now that you quit? I smoked before and after I stopped drinking but when i quit drinking, my smoking actually decreased quite a bit. I just quit completely almost 2 weeks ago now, I now realize I was still living in a pretty big fog.

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Can we truly said what’s right and what’s wrong? I drank partially cause of my anxiety for my seizures. Which yes was not smart. However I would love to use weed as a medical purpose if they legalized it for it here. So for me it would be no, it’s not wrong. Again that’s just me

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What about CBD, you won’t feel high. I will try it once I decide to come off of my antidepressant. I’ve never taken if before but people swear by it. I live in Canada and weed will be legal here next month. I’m not into getting stoned, I tried an edible last December … Never again :drooling_face: that said do many people I know smoke weed to decompress instead of drinking.

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I’d be too concerned with replacing one addiction with another, but that’s just me.

I want my mind free, and in order for it to be free, I can’t use anything that would enable an altered perception of reality.

Getting high and playing videogames and watching movies, is still “escapism” IMHO, but the escape is purely an illusion. Reality is waiting there for me, and sooner or later I would run out of weed or other drugs, and have to face it. Of course, your mileage may vary.

I think it matters less what we choose for our “escape”, be it booze or weed, pills or needles, food or porn, self-harm or sex, and what matters more is learning to live with, or better yet overcome that from which we are seeking escape. My opinion 100% FWIW.

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Don’t forget the Doritos and mountain dew…

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Appreciate the feedback on CBD - will have to look into that. Agree with the statement that it’s an escape - no denying that - but the idea is that it will not be difficult to stop marijuana and it makes it so that alcohol doesn’t even cross my mind.

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Well if you aren’t fixing the core problem of why you need to escape how’s quitting pot going to be any easier. The reason you drink and smoke is still going to be there.

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While I agree it’s the lesser of two evils, just be cautious and aware of what’s going on inside of you. What is the root cause of your addiction and what are you avoiding? For me, the alcohol would kill me. Smoking weed wasn’t likely going to, but I don’t really feel like it was in my best interest either in the end. My issues have been made very clear since I quit smoking and I need to deal with them. Pot is legal here, but so is alcohol. I primarily used pot to help my medical conditions and get sleep, but it turns out it took a lot of clarity from me also. Wish you luck my friend!

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Look at the post titled “What’s your thoughts on CBD oil” for more info

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There is no physical addiction to pot unlike alcohol. But agree that it is not addressing core issues.
Was wondering if anyone else who may have gone down this road did anything else (counseling etc) to kick everything all together.

I thought the same thing actually but that’s not totally true-I just spent the last 2 weeks sweating my ass off at night and not sleeping, I also remember my dreams now which is crazy to me. Common theme when you quit smoking it appears! But I have also been a daily user for years, just not in large quantities.

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There’s people recovering from pot addiction here, who might disagree.

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I definitely suffered withdrawal when I quit pot. It wasn’t as bad as coming off heroin, but it definitely sucked. I had terrible anxiety, trouble sleeping, irritability and loss of appetite.

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Oh yeah. I forgot about loss of appetite and irritability. Totally have both of those still!

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It also took me 70 days until I could pass a drug test

I appreciate you pointing out the difficulties people have had with pot. That is the point of the post, to understand the shortcomings of the approach. I’m not familiar with there being any real issues stopping pot but if there are it’s good to know about! Also not wanting to trigger anyone who may be struggling with that!

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This IS SO MEE RIGHT NOW…:worried:

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We call that marijuana maintance… I’ve done it before and in the end I was smoking all day everyday. And in excess. Literally. And in the end, that high just wasnt the kind of high I wanted, so I ended up using the hard stuff. It was like I was always chasing that feeling of reliefe or escape, whatever, feel in the blank. In my opinion, I wasnt clean anyways so it wont hurt right? Wrong! When it came down to it, I was just covering up what was really going on. Prolonging the pain, the shame and guilt, etc. It was like I was playing a game I just couldnt win. I was causing myself more bad feeling rather than just dealing to begin with. So my suggestion would be to start somewhere… we stay sober one day at a time. You can do this!

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@Yoda-Stevie I am completely agree with you. It is not an opinion I think is a fact. To be free or not to be free that’s is the question.
I feel powerless under so many things and situations but something I am clear: I want to be free and I am looking for the way towards freedom

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