#SoberOctober day 17 – Addiction

Addiction is no joke! Today is the day in 2018 when Canada legalized marijuana for recreational consumption. If you choose to spark-up today, that’s your choice and it’s understandable. In moderation cannabis use can have a less intoxicating effect on users. Fatal over-consumption is rare compared to alcohol or other drugs, but a dependency is still a dependency. Especially in the eyes of many recovery advocates, using marijuana to replace alcohol is NOT a good idea.

I’m assuming you’ve decided to experiment with Sober October because you have issues with drinking alcohol, but substances, behaviours and people can all be addictive and toxic elements in your life. While someone is abstaining from alcohol, I don’t suggest full-blown abstinence from all vices and habits. Coffee, cigarettes, masturbation and eating are all habits I’ve seen and heard people attempt all at once.

In my opinion this is too much, too soon. Just over halfway through the month, less than 20 days in to sobriety, I don’t suggest tackling all your demons at once. This form of abstinence is a slow and steady approach, where we slowly acclimatize ourselves to a lifestyle free of certain addictive substances. In this case we take a month off of alcohol in order to prove it’s physically possible, and then we make incremental steps to create a life where the dependency on alcohol lessens with time.

Of course, if you are in the throws of a full-blown drug addiction, Sober October is not the path to take. If you are struggling with addiction, seeking professional help always beats the random advice of a blogger. Below are some resources for addictions in a few countries:

Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/get-help/get-help-with-drug-abuse.html

USA: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/drug-addiction-treatment-in-united-states

UK: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/drug-addiction-getting-help/

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