If you can't face yourself, you can't face the world. There's no such thing as escaping reality. You can only temporarily postpone your situation through an altered state of mind but when you come back to your normal self the problem will still be there waiting on you. Smoking herb to confront yourself instead of running away from yourself has a positive affect on the mind when it comes to growing as an individual but its the hardest thing for one to do. The fear of exploring your personal flaws will make you incapable of maturing past a certain point and that's why people get stuck in a continuous and childish behavior pattern.