Seeking Marijuana Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Seeking Marijuana Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Almost everyone has heard about marijuana and has heard the debate over legalizing marijuana in the United States and Canada. You may even be a little too familiar with marijuana if someone you love is abusing marijuana on a regular basis. Marijuana, also known as weed, pot and Mary Jane, is a product found from the cannabis sativa plant that contains delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The THC in marijuana is what makes it potent.

Marijuana Addiction Facts

  • Scientists have not determined that marijuana is physically addictive. They have determined that marijuana can be a powerful psychological addiction, similar to addictions such as sex addiction, gambling addiction, shoplifting addiction and so on.
  • Marijuana addiction behaves like any other addiction and causes the user to experience troubles in his or her life and causes the user to feel dependent on marijuana for daily functioning.
  • When a person is addicted to marijuana, he or she can be defensive or secretive about using, may become irritable without the drug or may use enough marijuana to cause illness, job loss, and traffic or legal trouble.
  • Compared to people who do not use marijuana, those who use weed are shown to have much higher rates of depression, suicidal tendencies, anxiety and other mental illness. *
  • People who use weed on a regular basis nearly triple their chances for being diagnosed with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia later in life.**

Marijuana Intervention and Other Ways to Help Your Loved One

You may see your loved one miss out on life because of marijuana. Activities that once seemed fun for your loved one now hold little interest. Relationships and responsibilities your loved one once cherished may be less important than weed right now. You don’t have to stand by while someone you love lets life pass by.

One way to help your loved one is through an intervention. An intervention is a carefully planned loving confrontation that used to help a loved one acknowledge that he or she has a problem and accept help for treating this problem. If you want to plan an intervention for your loved one, it is absolutely essential that you plan ahead carefully. We can help you every step of the way.

Help Finding Marijuana Addiction Treatment

When you are ready to put marijuana addiction in the past, call us. When you call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline, you will speak directly with an experienced counselor who will take the time to get to know you and learn about your loved one’s situation.

We can help you understand more about addiction and find resources for intervention planning, family counseling and rehab. We can help you find a treatment solution for your loved one based on your particular needs and wants.

All of our calls are completely confidential. Call us now and learn how we can help you.

Sources

* Fergusson, DM et al. Cannabis use and psychosocial adjustment in adolescence and young adulthood. Addiction 97:1123-35, 2002.; Hayatbakhsh, MR et al. Cannabis and anxiety and depression in young adults: A large prospective study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(3):408-17, 2007

** Zammit, S et al., “Self-reported cannabis use as a risk factor for schizophrenia in Swedish conscripts of 1969: historical cohort study,” British Medical Journal, 325:1199-1201, 2002 Arseneault L, et al., “Cannabis use in adolescence and risk for adult psychosis: longitudinal prospective study,” British Medical Journal, 325:1212-1213, 2002