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Marijuana Use

  • anonymous Asks ...
    anonymous

    I’m a hard core weed head. I have smoked many bowls a day for many many years. I can see that the weed is having a negative affect on my life but there are parts of it that I still love so much so I can’t imagine trying to give it up completely. I have tried to slow down on my own on multiple occasions but it never really works. Is it possible that there is some sort of professional help that I could get to help me cut down, even though I do not want to quit entirely. I am not looking for an AA or an NA experience and I am not looking to get lectured on my choices.

  • Dr. Lani Chin Says ...
    Dr. Lani Chin

    Thanks for your post.  It sounds like you are trying to make some changes in your life.  I applaud you for reaching out to get help.

    I understand that you are choosing to use marijuana and although you recognize your use has made an impact on your life, you are resistant to quitting completely.  I am curious about the reasons for your use.  Usually marijuana is used to numb emotions or memories that are painful.  Is this playing a role in your life?  It could benefit you to seek individual therapy to talk about the reasons you use.  Not every therapist is going to recommend that you quit completely.  Your goals in therapy are determined by you and no therapist can force you to do what you don't want to do.  By making a real effort in therapy, you might be able to address the underlying issues that intensify your desire to use.   If you are in the Los Angeles area, I would be happy to help you address your concerns: www.drlanichin.  If you are not in the Los Angeles area, I would recommend you google local therapists in your area.  Again, no one can force you to do what you don't want to do.  If you set a goal to cut back on your use, the therapist you choose to work with will need to respect your wishes.  Good luck.

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