Preventing a Marijuana Addiction from Getting Worse

Preventing a Marijuana Addiction from Getting Worse

Marijuana is the dried and shredded leaves, flowers, seeds and stems of the hemp plant. This mixture is smoked in rolled cigarettes, pipes or water pipes called bongs. The more concentrated form of marijuana is a sticky black liquid called hashish.

When marijuana is smoked, the mind-altering chemical, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is rapidly delivered to the bloodstream and carried throughout the body. However it is taken into the body, THC targets the brain cells that control memory, pleasure, concentration, time perception and movement. Marijuana users experience lack of muscle control, interrupted learning and difficulty thinking and remembering while high on the drug. Marijuana can raise the heart rate to dangerous levels and can also lead to respiratory problems.

Addiction to marijuana is primarily psychological. The body becomes dependent on the drug to feel normal. If you or a loved one is addicted to marijuana, taking responsibility for the addiction is the best way to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Helping Marijuana Addicts Acknowledge the Problem

Helping a family member or friend recover from marijuana addiction can be a challenge. Addicts may try to manipulate loved ones and friends into enabling their marijuana use. Asking for money or help, making promises to quit and asking family and friends to make excuses for bad behavior are all ways in which addicts may manipulate their loved ones. Staying strong during these times and requiring accountability from your addicted loved one is the only way to truly help him or her. You can encourage the addict in your life by changing the way you approach the problem. Show strength and resolve, rather than weakness and fear. Try and detach yourself from the problem as much as you can. This may mean detaching yourself from your addicted loved one for a period of time. This is not unkind and may actually be the best way to help the addict.

Helping during Marijuana Addiction Recovery

When your loved one finally realizes he or she needs rehab to recover from marijuana addiction, there are things you can do to help. Shifting your focus from your addicted loved one to yourself and your needs will help you become stronger and better able to help the recovering addict during and after recovery. Learn to encourage your loved one without enabling more bad behavior. Consider getting yourself and other family members and friends into counseling to learn how to cope with your addicted loved one and how to help him or her stay on the road to recovery once rehab is over. By addressing your own need for help, you increase your ability to help your addicted loved one.

Finding Help for Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction can create a situation where friends and family members are called upon to help. If you or a loved one struggles with marijuana addiction, we are here for you. Our trained helpline counselors are ready to answer your questions about addiction and the treatment options that are available. Call our toll-free, 24 hour number now.