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Is Being “California Sober” Enough?

What Does It Mean to be “California Sober?”

Being "California sober" has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially among young people. Individuals who practice this type of sobriety forego hard drug and alcohol use, and instead only use recreational marijuana. Individuals practicing this type of sobriety also prioritize recreational activities such as yoga, hiking, or even attending sober events. While proponents of the lifestyle suggest it enables people to control their consumption habits, the overall message is one of self-care and personal growth.

Is Being “California Sober” Good for People in Recovery?

Despite popular belief that a "California sober" lifestyle is suitable for individuals recovering from addiction, it is an unsustainable and ultimately harmful approach. California sober means abstaining from all substances other than marijuana, but research has shown that marijuana use may lead to increased vulnerability to relapse.

Furthermore, studies have linked marijuana dependence and recreational marijuana use with both psychiatric issues such as anxiety or depression and physical health conditions such as accelerated heart rate. In addition, it often undermines the practice of total abstinence from all substances. By continuing to use marijuana, the user may eventually slip back into their original substance of choice for impulsivity or celebratory reasons – which can cause long-term harm to the individual's recovery process.

The Importance of Practicing Total Sobriety

Staying totally sober in the recovery process is essential long-term sobriety. It's important to be completely alert and aware of your daily environment when you're on the path to sobriety, as there can be many temptations that may hinder you from achieving your goal. Without complete control over your physical and mental state, it can be easy to slip back into old habits or fall victim to relapse.

Addiction Treatment at SOBA New Jersey

At SOBA New Jersey, we understand that the road to recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction can be long and difficult. That's why we're dedicated to providing comprehensive treatment programs tailored to your unique needs in order to help you regain control of your life. Reach out today to learn more about how we can help you on your road to recovery.

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