How do you handle a situation where someone asks you if you want marijuana? Unfortunately, this is a common problem people have to face whenever they go to parties, hang out with friends, or meet with family members who like to indulge. Although the little green plant may have health benefits (for the cancer and HIV/AIDS patients), you must remember that this herb has a high potential for abuse and, to a smaller extent, addiction. Whether you have never used drugs (or plan to do so) or are a recovering addict, this can be a testy conversation to have. Just know that it is easy to say “no.” In fact, this is ridiculously easy if you know how to handle yourself. Here are some tips to politely or firmly pushing aside an invite to smoke pot.

“I Need to Drive Later”

In the same case as alcohol, just make the excuse that you have to drive home, even if you will not be doing so. Driving under the influence of this herb is a serious offense, and even pot users will take this issue seriously. Twist the truth and tell them you will sitting behind the wheel tonight. (Your life matters more than a puff of smoke.)

“I Can’t Stand It”

SAYING “NO” TO MARIJUANA IS SUPER EASYWhen in doubt, tell your friends you have already experimented with pot and are disgusted by it. This statement is a powerful weapon if you are being pressured relentlessly. Be sure to avoid going into too much detail about what you didn’t like, though. Unless you have tried pot before, you might want to avoid this step.

“No Thanks. I Don’t Smoke”

This statement can work both ways for people who have never used drugs or those who are recovering from cigarette use. Many marijuana fans despise tobacco and claim marijuana is a healthier alternative. In this case, they will understand what you mean (most likely).

“I Don’t Do Drugs.”

If nothing else works, however, sometimes you need to bring down the hammer. Just tell your friends and any other partygoers that you’re just not into drugs. Sometimes, honesty truly is the best policy. (When in doubt, if everything fails, just leave the party. If drugs are the highlight, the party isn’t that important.)

Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder

Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.