Addictive Personalities and Marijuana Addiction Development

Addictive Personalities and Marijuana Addiction Development

Some people believe that anyone who experiments with marijuana will become addicted, but addiction depends on the individual. Many people who use it recreationally will not become addicted, but others, especially those with an addictive personality, may use it for years because they cannot quit.

Are Some People Susceptible to Marijuana Addiction?

Everything is potentially addictive, especially if it makes people feel good. However, for people with an addictive personality, becoming addictive has less to do with the substance or habit than with their psychological disposition to overuse something. Some people moderate marijuana use, so the drug never controls them. But people with an addictive personality do not know how to moderate drugs like this.

Someone with an addictive personality will make decisions impulsively, so the immediate pleasure of the high outweighs the long-term benefits of refusing drugs. They will sacrifice benefits like a stable job, living situation and good health to sustain multiple addictions at once.

There is a difference between using marijuana and being addicted to it. Many marijuana users control how much and how often they get high, but someone with an addictive personality disorder may become psychologically addicted to the pleasure of a high. Users will then display any of the following symptoms:

  • Inability to function without the drug
  • Being consumed by thoughts of the drug
  • Disregarding the problems of drug use, which after long-term use may include respiratory health issues, a weakened immune system and mental impairment
  • Drug-seeking behavior – examples of this may mean keeping a stash of the drug and exhibiting anxiety when the supply runs low. Additionally, people may sacrifice a great amount of money to obtain the drug.
  • Prioritizing drug use above other people, work, hobbies and responsibilities

If a marijuana user shows the following problems, he may have a psychological addiction to marijuana.

Who Becomes Addicted to Marijuana?

While a psychological dependence upon marijuana may indicate an addictive personality disorder, people who do not exhibit signs of an addictive personality may still become addicted to this drug. The problem for this is because marijuana relieves emotional and physical pain, which motivates people to use it continually. In some cases, people become addicted to marijuana merely because it is readily available, meaning a friend or family member always has a stash.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

If you cannot imagine life without marijuana, you may be addicted. Professional treatment can help you through withdrawal and will address the underlying psychological aspects of the addiction. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with an addiction counselor about your treatment options. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, so please call us now.