Article by Oliver Wheaton, Metro.co.uk
A drug rehabilitation clinic is trying out a new approach to get people off drugs – by letting them smoke weed.
High Sobriety in Los Angeles calls marijuana an ‘exit drug’, and has started using it as part of their treatments.
The facility’s website states: ‘High Sobriety supports comprehensive mental health and addiction techniques for individuals to achieve their goals, live healthy lives, and have a chance to realize their potential, which may or may not include total abstinence.
‘High Sobriety respects diversity and understands that recovery is self defined and self determined.’
Many patients reportedly use the drug, which is legal in several US states, to transition off harder drugs such as opiates.
Dr. Mark Wallace, chairman of the division of pain medicine in the department of anesthesia at the University of California, San Diego, told Alternet.org that he has used several hundred patients transition off opiates by moving them onto marijuana.