Anonymous uses the basic 12 Steps of Recovery founded by Alcoholics
Anonymous, because it has been proven that the 12 Step Recovery
Who is a
We who are
marijuana addicts know the answer to this question. Marijuana
controls our lives! We lose interest in all else; our dreams go up
in smoke. Ours is a progressive illness often leading us to
addictions to other drugs, including alcohol. Our lives, our
thinking, and our desires center around marijuana---scoring it,
dealing it, and finding ways to stay high.
Twelve Questions may help you
determine if marijuana is a problem in your life.
Has smoking pot
stopped being fun?
Do you ever get
Is it hard for
you to imagine a life without marijuana?
Do you find that
your friends are determined by your marijuana use?
Do you smoke
marijuana to avoid dealing with your problems?
Do you smoke pot
to cope with your feelings?
marijuana use let you live in a privately defined world?
Have you ever
failed to keep promises you made about cutting down or
controlling your dope smoking?
Has your use of
marijuana caused problems with memory, concentration, or
When your stash
is nearly empty, do you feel anxious or worried about how to get
Do you plan your
life around your marijuana use?
Have friends or
relatives ever complained that your pot smoking is damaging your
relationship with them?
you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may have a
problem with marijuana.
Steps of Marijuana Anonymous -
The practice of rigorous honesty, of opening our
hearts and minds, and the willingness to go to any lengths to have a
spiritual awakening are essential to our recovery.
Our old ideas and ways of life no longer work for
us. Our suffering shows us that we need to let go absolutely. We
surrender ourselves to a Power greater than ourselves.
Here are the steps we take which are suggested
We admitted we were powerless over marijuana,
that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than
ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our lives
over to the care of God, as we understood God.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another
human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all
these defects of character.
Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and
became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever
possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and when
we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to
improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God,
praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to
carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the
result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to marijuana
addicts and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Do not be discouraged; none of us are saints. Our
program is not easy, but it is simple. We strive for progress, not
perfection. Our experiences, before and after we entered recovery,
teach us three important ideas:
That we are
marijuana addicts and cannot manage our own lives;
That probably no
human power can relieve our addiction; and
That our Higher
Power can and will if sought.
Traditions of Marijuana Anonymous -
Our common welfare should come first; personal
recovery depends upon M.A. unity.
For our group purpose there is but one
ultimate authority, a loving God whose expression may come through
in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they
do not govern.
The only requirement for membership is a
desire to stop using marijuana.
Each group should be autonomous except in
matters affecting other groups or M.A. as a whole.
Each group has but one primary purpose, to
carry its message to the marijuana addict who still suffers.
M.A. groups ought never endorse, finance, or
lend the M.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise,
lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our
Every M.A. group ought to be fully
self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Marijuana Anonymous should remain forever
nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
M.A., as such, ought never be organized, but
we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to
those they serve.
Marijuana Anonymous has no opinion on outside
issues; hence the M.A. name ought never be drawn into public
Our public relations policy is based upon
attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal
anonymity at the level of press, radio, T.V., film, and other public
media. We need guard with special care the anonymity of all fellow
Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all
our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before
For the Loved
Ones of Marijuana Addicts -
Who Is a Marijuana Addict?
A marijuana addict's life is controlled by
marijuana. He or she loses interest in all else, their dreams go up
in smoke. Marijuana addiction is a progressive illness often leading
to addiction to other drugs, including alcohol. The lives, thinking
and desires of marijuana addicts center around marijuana--scoring
it, dealing it and finding ways to stay high.
Addiction is a progressive, long-term
continuing problem. When an addict tries to stop using and fails
because life without the drug is just too hard, that is addiction.
Once an addict is convinced he or she cannot live without marijuana,
the dependency becomes an obsession. When the addict uses even
though he or she promised themselves they wouldn't, this is
It is the nature of addiction that addicts don't
believe they are ill. Marijuana addicts, in particular, tend to
believe that they must be "OK" since there are
worse drugs, and other
people whose lives are
much worse off as a result of their
using. That is denial.
We have found that addiction is a physical,
mental and spiritual disease. The physical aspect is the
compulsion--the inability to stop once we have started. The mental
aspect is the obsession, or the overpowering desire to use, even
when we are destroying our own lives and the lives of those we love.
The spiritual aspect of the disease is our total self-centeredness.
Suggestions to Family Members & Friends of Marijuana
We addicts in recovery have found, through the
Twelve Steps, that we are each responsible for ourselves and our
actions. If a loved one helps divert a crisis for the addict, they
take away the addict's opportunity to work it out, or fail. This
will make it harder for the addict to perceive the problem and begin
to seek the solution.
As the addict approaches their bottom and their
disease worsens, family members and friends have a tendency to
enable the addict, allowing them to postpone the ultimate
repercussions of their using. Understandably, loved ones try to ease
the suffering the addict may be feeling because of loyalty, love,
caring, and a sense of responsibility. Family and friends may give
money (which likely goes to buying more marijuana), buy food, pay
rent and bills, bail them out of jail, etc. By trying to save the
addict from him or herself, you are doing both yourself and the
addict a disservice.
Addicts often try to manipulate loved ones
through the use of guilt, fear, and anger. This is a very common
tactic used (both consciously and unconsciously) by the addict to
get what he or she wants by taking advantage of the emotions of
those closest to him or her.
The Story of
the Lotus Eaters -
About 3000 years ago, the poet Homer told a story
about a man called Odysseus and his voyage home to Greece following
the Trojan Wars. Odysseus and his men met up with many exciting
adventures along the way, but the most relevant to us is the story
of his landing on the Island of the Lotus Eaters.
The island was so beautiful that Odysseus wanted to
stay there awhile and rest up. So, he sent out some scouts to
determine if the natives were friendly. Odysseus waited and waited,
but the scouts never returned.
What had happened was this: the scouts had indeed
met up with the locals, the Lotus Eaters, who turned out to be very
friendly. The Lotus Eaters even shared their food with the scouts.
But, the food — the lotus — was a kind of dope, and the scouts got
wasted from it and forgot all about Odysseus, their mission, getting
back to Greece...everything. All they wanted to do was hang out, eat
lotus, and get high.
Lucky for them, Odysseus came and dragged them
kicking and screaming back to the ship. He tied them to their seats
and ordered the crew to row like hell, in case anyone else might eat
the lotus and forget the way home. The story of Odysseus is about
more than just a Greek guy in a boat. It's about the journey people
take through life and the obstacles they meet along the way. The
story of the Lotus Eaters speaks particularly to us dopeheads. As
addicts, we were stuck in a Lotus Land; we forgot our mission; we
forgot the other adventures that awaited us; we forgot about going
Luckily, we each had within us our own Odysseus, our
own Higher Power, which grabbed us by the collar and threw us back
into the boat. So now we're rowing like hell. We may not know what's
going to come next, but we're back on our way through life again.