Day 16

“I discovered I always have choices
and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.”
-Judith M. Knowlton

Today it is time to explore the traps surrounding that “just one hit thinking.” These are some ways past users have gotten themselves back into getting high. Hopefully, you will look ahead for these traps and won’t fall into them.

One common trap is too much confidence. When the craving to get high seems to go away, you start to feel like marijuana did not have any kind hold on your life. After all, you think, you would only need a hit or two to satisfy you now. What harm could there be?

A second trap is feeling sorry for yourself. You find things don’t seem to be going your way. You’re feeling badly and looking for something to give you a lift. You may begin to dwell on your using friends and the “fun” times. Suddenly, all of the good memories come back about using (none of the bad ones, just the good ones). It seems like having a joint is the answer.

A third trap involves a crisis. Perhaps you have a major job change or maybe a loved one or good friend dies. It is usually some kind of difficult event that causes you to want to feel high in the hope that it will somehow ease the pain. You take a hit off a joint, though it doesn’t really help you deal with the crisis. Worse, you’ve now gone back to using and experience feelings of guilt—more pain to make things worse than they were.

If you see these traps coming, you can prepare for them and reach your goal of becoming a non- user for good. Keep up the good work.