Financial Loss and Marijuana Addiction

Financial Loss and Marijuana Addiction

Like other misfortunes in life that cause emotional distress, financial troubles can lead to health problems, depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior and substance abuse. People who are unable to manage the stress resulting from their financial troubles may turn to using marijuana as a way to deal with the pain caused by their seemingly unsolvable issues.

Using marijuana to self-medicate for the anxiety and depression caused by financial problems can feel like a good solution. Marijuana is a hallucinogen, meaning it distorts the user’s perception of the world. While he is a high, the user feels calm, relaxed and euphoric. The high sets in just minutes after the user begins smoking, and lasts for a few hours.

Unlike many other drugs that cause euphoria, such as opiates, the withdrawal symptoms of marijuana are much less severe – if the user experiences them at all. For this reason, many people begin using marijuana in times of financial trouble and do not see a reason to stop, as marijuana does not always appear to be addictive or dangerous. However, marijuana users can become addictive to the drug and suffer from negative health effects, which can include the following:

  • Learning and memory problems
  • Increased heart rate
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Mental illness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Impaired fertility

Furthermore, marijuana is expensive to purchase and can lead to trouble with employment, both of which will only make a user’s financial problems worse.

Types of Financial Loss that Can Result in Marijuana Addiction

Examples of financial loss that impel people to begin using marijuana as a form of self-medication include the following:

  • Unemployment
  • Debt
  • Bad investments
  • Gambling
  • Internet scams
  • Theft
  • Legal trouble

Whether experiencing money troubles due to unpreventable job loss, poor financial decisions, or the selfish actions of others, many people feel demoralized and deprived of solutions. Sometimes mental and emotional escape feels like the only way of dealing with the situation and the hurt that it causes. However, marijuana abuse can be costly on its own. While it may give temporary relief from anxiety and depression, it can increase these issues as well as financial issues.

How Marijuana Addiction Costs You

Ways that marijuana use can add to your financial troubles include the following:

  • Paying for the high – While some users are able to smoke marijuana socially, others become addicted and make great financial sacrifices in order to obtain it
  • Impaired productivity – Decreased concentration, memory impairment and decreased alertness are just a few of the effects of marijuana that contribute to a loss of motivation, which can cost an employee his efficiency or even his job.
  • Health care costs – Medical treatment due to physical and psychological complications or injuries caused by accidents while under the influence can result in high costs.
  • Legal fines – Marijuana use is illegal and most states. Possessing, using, buying and selling it can result in fines or other legal actions.

The short-term solution that marijuana provides is not worth the long-term costs of drug abuse and addiction.

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