Marijuana addiction is often debated because of the belief that marijuana doesn’t cause physical dependency. While researchers are still exploring this topic, it’s been proven that a person can become psychologically dependent on marijuana – yet because it’s not as easily seen, it’s often easy to deny. If you believe your loved one may be struggling with marijuana dependency, consider the following signs:
- Withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug
- Using the drug even though it’s causing consequences to daily life (such as with work performance, school, etc.)
- “Needing” to use the drug for various activities
- Withdrawing from events and friends who don’t use marijuana
- And more
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that in 2014, a total of 4 million people in the United States met the diagnostic criteria for marijuana use disorder; all too often, however, the addiction itself can lead a person to believe that they don’t have a problem when they really do. If your loved one is in denial about this, it may be time for you to point out some clear examples in a caring way – examples that express your concern and suggest they may want to seek help. If your loved one is still denying that there is a problem, it’s important that you take care of your own health and wellbeing, and avoid enabling their behavior by making excuses for them, taking care of their responsibilities, or providing them with money to continue abusing substances.
Some families have reported success in hosting interventions – these direct, caring conversations can serve as eye-openers to loved ones who may not understand the extent they’ve been abusing marijuana, but in other cases, individuals must find their way to treatment when they’re ready.
If you or a loved one are seeking a reputable, caring place for addiction recovery, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.
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