10 Signs of Marijuana Addiction
The first step on the journey to recovery is recognizing that you have a problem with drugs, alcohol or a combination of substances. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult to be objective when gauging your own drug use or that of someone you love. To help you determine whether or not you could be addicted or in the beginning abusive stages of drug use, it’s important to understand the signs of addiction that are associated with specific drugs.
Today, we start with 10 signs of marijuana addiction. If you recognize any of the signs in yourself or someone you love, an addiction to marijuana could be present.
1. Marijuana tolerance and withdrawal: Just like any drug, regular use of marijuana leads to the development of a tolerance for it. This means that you need more and more of the drug in order to achieve the same high. If you need more and more of the drug to get high, and you begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as loss of appetite, irritability, insomnia or anxiety, you could be physically addicted to marijuana.
2. Using more marijuana than intended: If you start out thinking, “I’m just going to take a couple hits,” but end up smoking the whole joint — and this happens regularly — then you may be addicted to marijuana.
3. Unable to cut down or stop marijuana use: If you try to stop smoking marijuana, but you just can’t or find yourself justifying why it’s all right to get high when you’re trying to quit, then you’re likely addicted.
4. Lots of time spent getting high: If you take an objective look at how you spend your time and see that the bulk of it is spent either getting high, waiting to get high, or looking for marijuana so that you can get high, then you’re probably psychologically addicted to the drug.
5. Reduced activities: If your schedule has slowly been depleted of all physical or recreational activities and replaced with hanging out and getting high, then you could be addicted to marijuana.
6. Continuing to get high despite the problems it causes: For example, if you have been warned that you will be fired if you are late to work or show up high again yet you to continue to smoke marijuana before heading into work, then you are exhibiting behavior that is akin to self-sabotage. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, that is a sign of addiction.
7. Using marijuana to escape from problems: If you feel like the only way you can handle bad grades, problems at work, and relationship issues is to get high, then you may be addicted to marijuana.
8. Depending on marijuana to be creative or to relax or enjoy yourself: If you need to get high before you feel comfortable being creative or before you can truly relax, then you may be addicted to marijuana. In fact, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana does not contribute to mellow demeanors. In their study, regular users were more likely to participate in violent actions.
9. Choosing relationships and activities based on whether or not you will be able to get high: If you decide which events to attend and whom to hang out with based on whether or not you can use marijuana and get high, then you are likely addicted to marijuana.
10. An inability to attend to daily responsibilities: If you have important responsibilities in you daily life but begin to consistently fail to see them through because your mind is on getting high, it might be a motivation problem or it could just as easily mean you have an psychological addiction to THC.
Marijuana use can develop into a serious addiction, whether or not it is combined with alcoholism or the use of other drugs. A marijuana detox after long-term use can mean withdrawal symptoms that are none too pleasant. Recovery from marijuana addiction requires drug rehabilitation. Contact The Canyon for more information.
Was there a point in time you realized that you or someone you loved developed an addiction to marijuana; to the degree that a marijuana addiction treatment program was needed? Do you agree that marijuana has addictive properties and that some individuals do in fact become physically or psychologically addicted to the substance?
By Wendy Lee Nentwig