Marijuana Abuse and Addiction
Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug. While most
people who use marijuana use it only occasionally, and have no trouble stopping
when they want to, some people develop marijuana abuse and addiction.
Abuse and addiction to marijuana follows about the same pattern as addiction
to other substances. Over a period of time, what begins as regular predictable
use, turns into use that goes beyond personally set limits. Marijuana users
can lose the ability to predict how much they will use, how long they will use
it, and what will happen to them as a result of their use. Marijuana starts
causing problems with work, school, and interpersonal relationships. Health
problems, like "smoker's cough" and chronically red and dry eyes may
Warning Signs of Marijuana Abuse and Addiction:
Marijuana use can be the source of all kinds of problems in a person's life,
and over time, it makes a person's problems worse. Users can easily minimize
their marijuana use, and continue in spite of the problems it is causing in
their lives. More and more of their time is spent using, thinking about using,
and maintaining their supply. Marijuana has become the most important thing
in their lives. Life responsibilities and healthy recreation are pushed aside
as marijuana takes over their lives.
- Consistently using more marijuana
- Tolerance -- Needing to use increased
amounts of marijuana to achieve the desired high, or using the same
amount of marijuana and not getting the desired high;
- Spending more time and money in
getting the drug and using it;
- Unsuccessful efforts to cut down, or
to abstain from marijuana for a period of time;
- Choosing to use marijuana rather than
participate in meaningful social, occupational or recreational
- Continue to use marijuana in spite of
the social, emotional, or physical problems cause by it.
Marijuana is both emotionally and psychologically addictive.
By the time someone is addicted to marijuana, it has become their identity.
Marijuana is always on their mind. They have become practiced at making sure
they always have a constant supply of marijuana. Their only associates are other
users, and their relationship revolves around using the drug. Using the drug
comes before doing almost everything.
Freedom from marijuana abuse and addiction is possible. If you
are using marijuana in ways that you cannot control, and feel that marijuana
has caused your life to become unmanageable, let an addiction
is a drug used to self-medicate.