Marijuana Addiction

For many people the words “marijuana addiction” don’t add up. Or the idea of conducting an intervention for “just pot” just doesn’t seem important. But things have changed over the years and pot isn’t just something someone may remember as a passing phase in their life that they grew out of. Pot is the ultimate grey area when it comes to drugs.

The THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive substance) levels in today’s marijuana are much higher than they were not that many years ago and in turn, the effects of the drug are much more powerful than ever. We see people of all ages stuck in the marijuana culture, from the teen experimenting with their new friends to the person in their 60’s still smoking and still going nowhere. The culture is very attractive as it makes no enemies and everyone is invited. Pot brings about a somewhat euphoric feeling, making a user more relaxed, carefree and happy and most of all it doesn’t take very much to achieve that high so the cost factor is rarely a problem. With all of those positive attributes, what is so bad about smoking pot? The long term effects are more of a mental hold than physical for most, a way for a person to be a part of something, something that accepts them for who they are. Although many complain that it makes them paranoid and anxious yet they continue to smoke it. Peer pressure is a common accelerator to kids getting caught up in the scene. The appeal is very difficult to understand by anyone not involved in it but once inside of that world, it is hard to consider another lifestyle. Pot becomes a trap. Friends are in abundance and a new world opens up of people all enjoying the same “harmless” drug.

The argument will always be that marijuana is not physically addictive, so what’s the problem? The fact is that it is addictive, very much so, but on a very different level as heroin, oxycontin, methamphetamine or crack are. Although there are similarities in the high and the withdrawal to harder drugs, the effects and immediate consequences appear to be much less for most who smoke it. Therefore it’s easily justified. With legalization a hot topic for most states, our country as a whole has begun the process of justifying cannabis use and the domino effect has begun with most states either considering legalization or passing new laws permitting it with concessions, mainly financially.

For the sake of comparison consider the four major component of addiction:

  • Loss of control
  • Compulsion
  • Cravings
  • Continuing to use despite consequences resulting from drug use

Most who read this and know someone who smokes marijuana chronically will find most if not all of these components as a fact in the person’s life. It’s rather insidious. Pot doesn’t directly cause death or horrible withdrawal effects on a chronic user but it does something else. It slowly and progressively changes a person. For those who are more susceptible to peer pressure pot becomes the intro to new drugs. Like any drug the risks of cognitive impairment and poor judgement and decision making are high.

Unfortunately even with all of the acceptance marijuana has been getting from our country’s big decision makers, it still remains a problem for many thousands of families with teens and young adults who are out of control. Most every call by a parent of an adolescent has marijuana as it’s center point of concern. Almost every one of those cases also includes ecstasy, Xanax, coke and opiates in addition to the pot smoking. Along with the drug use as the focal point parents complain about horrible new friends, kids using social media to openly talk about the drugs they are taking or buying, no job, quit school, downright nasty and mean to the parents, totally disrespectful to any authority, sneaking out, always needing money, and the list goes on. But interestingly enough if you mention to a smoker that pot is the gateway drug you’ll get an argument you will never win.

A person doesn’t have to be living on the streets, selling sex with a needle in their arm to be an addict. The word addict has become stereotyped for a long time now a that type of character. The proof is out there. One just has to take a good look.

Marijuana is often known by other names such as 420, Ashes, Atshitshi, Aunt Mary, Baby Bhang, Bammy, Blanket, Blaze, Block, Blunt, Blunt, Bo-Bo, Bobo Bush, Bomber, Boo, Boom, Broccoli, Buds, Burnie, Burrito, Cannabis, Charge, Cheeba, Chronic, Cipple, Dagga, Dank, Ding, Dinkie Dow, Dona Juana, Dope, Flower, Flower Tops, Ganga, Gangster, Ganja, Gasper, Giggle Smoke, Good Butt, Good Giggles, Grass, Hash, Hay, Herb, Hot Stick, Jay
Joint, Jolly Green, Joy Smoke, Joy Stick, Mary Jane, Nuggets, Panama Red, Pot, Reefer, Roach, Rope,  Skunk, Stinkweed, Tobacco, Trees, Weed

Signs of Marijuana Abuse

  • Red and glazed eyes
  • Smoke Odor
  • Extreme Lethargy
  • Can’t Focus
  • Extra Hungry (munchies)
  • No Memory Recall
  • Overall Appearance of Being “Out of It”
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of Energy To Do Anything Fulfilling

Symptoms of Marijuana Withdrawal

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Irritable
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings

Side Effects of Marijuana Abuse

  • Short term Memory Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Short Term Memory Loss
  • Periodic Confusion
  • Panic Attacks
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Overall Loss of Ambition

Marijuana Intervention

We do marijuana interventions more than would be expected. With the culture growing wider and the potency of the drug more powerful, it is very difficult to convince someone you love to go to treatment and get help “just for smoking pot”. You have to pull a person away from the drug long enough to start understanding how much of a grip it had on them the whole time. The side effects acquired by long term pot smoking may seem subtle but to the person who has smoked it for years, if they are being honest, they will tell you that they can tell the difference. Leaving one with lifetime damage, many regret all of the “fun” years of care free partying because of the consequences left to deal with. The effort it takes to stop using the drug can be exhausting but the result is worth working toward and achieving. Usually pot is accompanied by other drugs  to stimulate one another so the effort to quit can be a vicious circle using one to quit the other. Call us and inquire on a marijuana intervention. It is not as abstract as it may seem. There is a good person stuck inside of a shell who is not living life and by allowing it to be a lifestyle, we are not giving them the best chance possible to a happy productive life. If your loved one is a chronic pot smoker obsessed with the lifestyle and their life is going nowhere, look into what an intervention for marijuana can do for you and your loved ones. Call us day or night!