Fear of Missing Out If Not Using Marijuana

Fear of Missing Out If Not Using Marijuana

While marijuana may not be physically addictive, it can create a strong psychological dependency in users. A common sign of psychological addiction is when a person continues to use marijuana because he or she fears missing out on good times that revolve around using the drug or being high. However you will miss much more and face many more consequences when high on marijuana than while sober.

Marijuana and Psychological Addiction

The high brought on by smoking or ingesting marijuana affects the pleasure center of the brain. This is the same part of the brain that manages several critical psychological functions including the following:

  • Emotions
  • Anxiety
  • Impulse control
  • The formation and recollection of memories

Marijuana provides relief for several underlying or co-occurring mental health concerns such as the following:

  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder

The brain will crave the effects of marijuana and will encourage thoughts and behaviors that lead to getting high. This includes reshaping memories so that an individual may only recall the “good times” experienced while smoking marijuana and none of the negative side effects. The user may desire to repeat these pleasing memories or hesitate to miss out on a recurrence.

The Benefits of Getting Clean from Marijuana

There are many benefits to getting free of the psychological grip of marijuana addiction. These include the following:

  • Restoration of healthy relationships
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved performance at work or school
  • Increased motivation to engage in life
  • Financial benefits
  • Legal benefits
  • End of paranoia about getting caught

Find Help for Marijuana Addiction Today

Don’t let fear of missing out keep you trapped by marijuana abuse or addiction. Life is full of healthy relationships and exciting times that you are more likely to enjoy if you are clean and sober. Call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night, and talk with one of our specially trained addiction counselors. We can answer your questions about marijuana addiction and recovery, and we can even connect you with the best recovery options for your specific needs. Call today and let us help you make marijuana a part of your past and not your future.