By Jennifer McDougall
Sobriety is the absence of drugs and alcohol and maintaining a clean lifestyle day after day. The term “California Sober” has been introduced in recent years as a way to claim sobriety without fully being abstinent, which can be dangerous for many people, especially those who struggle with addiction. Some will become sober from hard drugs and alcohol but then smoke marijuana occasionally and this is what people are calling “California Sober”.
We see this as a problematic practice because the use of any mind-altering and intoxicating substance is not a smart avenue for people with a history of addiction-related issues. Claiming to be sober when you’re not is also misleading and for those whose lives you influence sends the wrong message. There are many roads that lead to a successful recovery from substance abuse but we don’t see it as one that includes other substances.
For many people who have struggled with addiction in the past, if a substance is introduced or try even one drink or one hit of marijuana, it could potentially send them down a rabbit hole of self-destruction and a desire to try harder substances. Staying sober is the best option as it is a natural way of life. Being clean from drugs and alcohol makes life easier to manage; relationships and career ventures can flourish.
“At the bottom of every person’s dependency, there is always pain; discovering the pain and healing it is an essential step in ending dependency.”
― Chris Prentiss, The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure
How to Contact Passages Addiction Treatment Centers:
Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers today if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number at (888) 397-0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
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