Welcome The Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School,
has created a series of self-change toolkits. These toolkits are designed to help people:
Gain information about addiction-related problems.
Evaluate their own addiction-related behavior.
Develop change strategies, should they decide that change is the best course.
We have designed these self-change toolkits to complement each other because people struggling with one
addictive substance or behavior often struggle with another. Feel free to come back to this site as
many times as you like.
People use marijuana (Cannabis
Sativa) for a variety of reasons. For some, marijuana
can relieve stress, change their view of the world, and/or
make situations more humorous or enjoyable, among other
things. Others use it because it helps with the symptoms of
certain illnesses or treatments (i.e. glaucoma, or nausea
from chemotherapy). Some who use it, however, struggle with
the negative impact of excessive use. It is true for all
people that in places where marijuana use is illegal, any
use could possibly result in negative impact due to the
legal consequences of marijuana possession.
If marijuana is affecting your life and
you are thinking about change, you have already taken the first
step. This toolkit will help you understand marijuana, figure
out if you need to modify your use, and decide how to deal with
the process of change.
Should you decide to change, this toolkit
can help you begin your journey. This toolkit will ask you some
questions and will keep track of your answers during any single
session. It will also allow you to print your results whenever
you wish during that session. However, this website will keep
no records of your session(s) and your identity will remain
anonymous at all times. Your answers will be erased if you
close or refresh your browser, so it will be in your best
interest to reserve approximately 20 uninterrupted minutes to
complete this toolkit. Again, your participation will remain
anonymous and this website will collect no personal
identification information of any kind.
Clicking on the Let's Get Started
button below will take you to the first page of the toolkit.
At the bottom of each subsequent
page, you will see navigation buttons (Next and
Previous) that will help you move through the site.
The button labeled "My First Step
to Change," that appears once you begin answering
questions, will open a printable pop-up window that
summarizes your answers to the questions presented up to
that point. You may click on this button at any time, or at
the very end of the toolkit.
Feel free to visit this site as often as
you would like. If you have any questions, please contact the
webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.