What to Do If You’re Addicted to Marijuana

What to Do If You’re Addicted to Marijuana

Marijuana is one of the most popular recreational drugs in the world. While not physically addictive like opiates and other drugs, it can create a powerful psychological addiction that if not treated will rob you of your health, your relationships, your passions and your freedom.

How Marijuana Addiction Works

Marijuana is widely available and is relatively inexpensive compared to other drugs. It has a reputation as a “safe” drug, though this is far from true. While the high experienced from marijuana smoke is intense at first, tolerance develops quickly. This means that it will take more of the drug in order to feel the effects. Many users will graduate to harder drugs or alcohol consumption in order to experience the desired high. Chronic marijuana use will have several negative side effects including the following:

  • Loss of motivation
  • Inability to concentrate that can compromise work and school achievements
  • Inability to cope with normal life pressures
  • Alienation from healthy relationships
  • Association with dangerous people
  • Criminal activity to get marijuana
  • Escalation to harder drugs or drug combinations
  • High risk behavior while under the influence of marijuana

How to Conquer Marijuana Addiction

Many people incorrectly believe that psychological addictions are not as serious as physical ones. This is not true. In fact, more relapses are associated with psychological addiction than physical addiction. When someone quits smoking marijuana, they will not experience physical symptoms of withdrawal. Intense anxiety, however, is just one of the symptoms he or she may experience. Many who attempt to quit on their own will fail, as the severe anxiety or inability to cope with reality will send them back to the drug. Marijuana users may also take the drug to self-medicate undiagnosed psychological issues. Co-occurring mental issues are not uncommon among pot smokers. The most effective treatment programs identify and confront any and all of these contributing factors and develop customized treatment plans designed to rehabilitate the mind of the user. Group and individual counseling, healthy new habits and diversions, 12-step programs, spiritual care and empowering education are all potential parts of these programs.

Get Help with Marijuana Addiction Today

If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s marijuana use, we can help. Call our toll-free helpline talk to with someone and find answers to your questions. Life is too short to spend high on marijuana. Don’t compromise your relationships, your health or you freedom any longer. We are available 24 hours a day. Let us help you begin the journey towards freedom from drugs.