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Risks of Marijuana Abuse and Addiction

Few people are lying in a gutter due to marijuana addiction. Not a lot of bank robberies, violent crime and aggressive behavior are chalked up to marijuana abuse. However, there are a great number of risks that come with long-term marijuana addiction, and these risks can be just as devastating to a person’s goals, career, family, finances, and personality as any other drug of addiction, including alcohol. Take a look:

Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction itself is perhaps one of the biggest problems caused by long-term marijuana abuse. Addiction will lead people to believe that they are physically and psychologically dependent upon marijuana, unable to relax, enjoy themselves or deal with stress unless they are high. It can destroy relationships and cost addicts the respect of co-workers, friends and family members. Few who spend their lives in a haze of marijuana smoke are able to work steadily toward their goals, remember conversations, or maintain commitments that they make. In fact, little is made in the way of progress toward much of anything once marijuana addiction takes the helm.

Marijuana Addiction Related Disorders

There are a number of disorders that are directly linked to marijuana addiction, and these may or may not be reversed by the cessation of marijuana abuse. Psychological issues like cannabis intoxication have the effect of disabling a person’s ability to function in everyday life. Complex mental processes are lost on someone suffering from cannabis intoxication, and their physical and mental movements are impaired. Some experience these effects only while under the influence of the drug while those who are living with cannabis intoxication may continue to react slowly, be unable to think things through and live as if in a world apart long after the marijuana has worn off.

Cannabis intoxication delirium and cannabis-induced psychotic disorder take all the symptoms of cannabis intoxication and magnifies them exponentially. Hallucinations are possible, memory and speech are deeply impaired, paranoia is common and delusional thoughts and behaviors are exhibited. Mimicking some of the most serious psychological disorders, cannabis intoxication delirium will require serious inpatient treatment and continued care to try to reverse the effects and stabilize before returning home.

Marijuana Addiction and Lost Quality of Life

Even if you don’t develop the most serious disorders associated with marijuana addiction, consider some of the other consequences you risk by continuing to get high every day. While under the influence, a number of stupid ideas can sound like fun, leading you to believe that you’re okay to drive when you aren’t or attempt outdoor sports or activities (e.g., hiking, climbing, skiing, et cetera) when you are impaired. Hurting yourself as a result or hurting someone else can lead to lifelong disability and guilt and, in some cases, accidental death.

The quality of life that you enjoy while under the influence of marijuana is far less than it could be, robbing you of your clarity, your memory and your ability to engage with others. Consider the time lost with children, with friends or family members. There’s no way to get that time back. The best you can do is get the treatment you need to make sure that you don’t continue to smoke your life away.

Wendy Lee Nentwig

By Wendy Lee Nentwig
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