People meeting to discuss their dependence on drugs and how drugs have hurt their lives— that’s the model for many sobriety organizations, such as Marijuana Anonymous.
What Is Marijuana Anonymous?
If you’re familiar with the idea of sobriety support groups in general, there’s a good chance that you’ll find several aspects of Marijuana Anonymous (MA) familiar. MA resembles organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous (AA and NA) because, like the other groups, it:
-Encourages their members to progress through a series of 12 steps where they admit they need help, ask for help, and work to correct their mistakes.
-Follows 12 traditions to guide the organization.
-Requests that new members find veteran members to serve as sponsors to provide additional support.
-Provides literature about the organization, substance abuse, and related matters.
-Respects the anonymity of its members.
-Is free of charge but accepts donations.
Marijuana Anonymous shares additional similarities with other sobriety support groups that use 12-step models. For example, like these groups, it:
-Utilizes guidelines of the World Service Conference to manage the organization and provide access for its members.
-Offers a series of questions that can help people determine if they have an addiction.
Anyone can join Marijuana Anonymous. According to MA, “The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana.”
What Are Some Specifics About Marijuana Anonymous Meetings?
Like other sobriety groups, Marijuana Anonymous (MA) centers around meetings. Members of MA can attend in-person, by phone, and via online meetings.
Due to stay-at-home requirements related to COVID-19, many MA groups have switched from in-person meetings to virtual (online) meetings. To find information about meetings, visit the MA meetings web page.
While MA does not require groups to conduct meetings in certain ways, it does provide suggestions for holding such gatherings. Its website features tips for how to conduct meetings that are discussion-based as well as meetings that focus on specific speakers or topics.
For people who want to start their own meetings, Marijuana Anonymous provides a starter kit. It also allows people to list their meetings on its website.
Marijuana Anonymous aims to provide guidance, but doesn’t have strict requirements. It only asks that members want to quit using marijuana. It will provide help for people to do that.
marijuana-anonymous.org - About Sponsorship
marijuana-anonymous.org - The Twelve Traditions of Marijuana Anonymous
marijuana-anonymous.org - Meeting Schedule
marijuana-anonymous.org - Suggested Meeting Format
marijuana-anonymous.org - Listing or Updating an Existing MA Meeting