There’s a new support group in town for those struggling with marijuana addiction.
“Bored No More” meets Wednesday nights in the White Church educational building. Its founder said the group’s name comes from the slang term “Bore-ington,” that is occasionally applied to Barrington, and the sentiment that kicking addiction will make life boring.
It’s a feeling that “Bill” knows all too well.
The meeting’s founder, who asked to remain anonymous, said the meetings are aimed at letting people know they’re not alone and life after addiction isn’t boring — it is filled with meeting new people and feeling better about yourself.
Bill, who lives in Barrington, said Marijuana Anonymous originated in California and while he knows of some meetings around Boston, the meeting in Barrington appears to be the only one in Rhode Island.
Bill’s journey to starting Bored No More dates back decades. He entered rehab for alcohol addiction more than 30 years ago and began attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings soon after. Before long, however, Bill said he started substituting marijuana for alcohol.
“The disease always progresses. It never reverts,” he said.
But Bill said AA meetings were focused more on alcohol and he didn’t feel that he fit in at Narcotics Anonymous meetings, which tended to focus on harder drugs.
He first heard about Marijuana Anonymous while looking for a means to help individuals close to him deal with marijuana addictions.
Bill said one reason he wanted to start the local group is a concern that young people are receiving messages that minimize the danger of marijuana.
“It doesn’t seem like a big deal when you first start doing it but it turns into a big deal for a lot of people,” he said.
Small amounts of marijuana (less than one ounce) are also set to be decriminalized in April. Bill said he doesn’t believe there is any coincidence that AA started about a year and a half after the end of Prohibition.
The local man said he intends for the local meetings to be a type of beginner’s course in the 12-step process. He plans on introducing one step a week to get going. He also hopes participation in the meetings is sufficient that the sessions can start running themselves on a weekly basis.
The meetings begin at 7 p.m.