In recent years, a new recovery lifestyle model has emerged that has gained traction among those who are looking to reduce their use of drugs and alcohol without giving them up entirely.
This lifestyle is known as “California Sober,” and it has become popular among health conscious drug users as an alternative approach to using dangerous drugs, like fentanyl.
What Does California Sober Mean?
What is California Sober and how effective is this model in helping people reduce their substance use? Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of this new lifestyle model.
California Sober is typically accepted as when you give up addictive and dangerous drugs (like Xanax, or opioids like fentanyl) and substituting them with “healthier” options (marijuana and/or alcohol).
Advantages of California Sober
The main advantage of California Sober is that it encourages users to reduce their consumption of dangerous drugs by using marijuana, alcohol, or other “less harmful” substances. Marijuana supporters have been quick to embrace this idea, arguing that it allows individuals to enjoy the effects of marijuana while avoiding some of the more serious risks associated with opioid use.
Disadvantages of California Sober
There are also some potential drawbacks associated with this California Sober. For instance, research indicates that using marijuana regularly can lead to learning, focus, and short-term memory issues. Additionally, cannabis use can impair motor coordination and judgment which could put users at risk for accidents or injuries.
Furthermore, many studies have found that regular cannabis use can lead to decreased motivation and drive which could make it difficult for some individuals to complete tasks or achieve goals.
Finally, using high-potency cannabis on a regular basis has been linked to an increased risk for psychosis and paranoia in some users. Long-term irritation in both the short-term and long-term has also been linked to regular cannabis use as well as potential damage to the lungs over time due to inhalation of smoke particles from combustible cannabis products (e.g., joints). Additionally, there are concerns about addiction developing as tolerance increases when someone uses cannabis regularly over time.
Ignoring the Underlying Issues of Those Who are Dependent on Drugs or Alcohol
Finally, one major criticism leveled against the California Sober approach is that it does not take into account the mental health needs of those who are dependent on drugs or alcohol. For example, is someone uses drugs because of trauma or anxiety issues, they should really be working with a counselor or mental health professional to address those issues. The drug use may be masking the symptom of the issues, but not actually helping the person process the issue and move on from it.
Is California Sober an Effective Strategy?
Ultimately, whether or not California Sober is an effective strategy depends largely on individual circumstances and needs; there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution when it comes to reducing drug and/or alcohol consumption. That said, if you are considering trying out this lifestyle model then it might be a good idea to consult a counselor or healthcare professional to discuss your personal history and patterns of drug use.