Marijuana Abuse & Dependence
If a person cannot stop using marijuana despite personal consequences, there is a good chance they are struggling with a diagnosable marijuana use disorder. In the year 2015 an estimated 4 million people met the diagnostic criteria for such a disorder, however, only 138,000 of these people voluntarily sought professional addiction treatment. In most cases people opt to avoid medical detox and residential inpatient rehab because they assume professional addiction treatment is not necessary. It’s just marijuana, right? What’s the big deal? For many, marijuana addiction can actually be devastating and negatively impact all areas of life. Holding down a job becomes more difficult, motivation suffers and interpersonal relationships become strained. If you have been exhibiting any of the following symptoms, medical detox and subsequent care are highly recommended.
- You have attempted to quit on your own or cut back on the amount of marijuana you regularly consume, only to find yourself unable to do so.
- You have started to lose interest in activities you previously enjoyed.
- You have started to spend time with a different group of people, people that smoke marijuana as frequently as you do and condone related behaviors.
- You spend a significant amount of time obtaining, using and recovering from the effects of marijuana.
- You experience intense and sometimes overwhelming marijuana cravings.
- You have started to experience personal consequences as a direct result of your marijuana use.
- You feel grumpy, lethargic, irritable and restless when marijuana is not readily available.
- You have built a physical tolerance, meaning you need to smoke more marijuana in order to feel high.
It is possible to suffer from a mild, moderate or severe marijuana use disorder. If the marijuana use disorder is mild you will suffer from two or three of the above-listed symptoms. If the disorder is moderate there will be four or five symptoms present, and if the dependence is severe you will suffer from six or more symptoms. Some degree of treatment is considered appropriate when someone is experiencing a moderate or severe marijuana use disorder. However, addiction is a progressive disease, and there is truly no such thing as seeking help too early. Nipping marijuana misuse in the bud (no pun intended) is always the way to go.