Preventing Marijuana Dependency
The legalization of marijuana in Arizona has made this once illicit-substance much more widely available as an option for both medicine and to be used recreationally. What was once a purely black-market activity has become more socially acceptable and has increased the possibility of a person getting their hands on the substance. While there are certainly many benefits to marijuana consumption, like any other substance that provides a psychoactive ‘high’, it can become habit-forming and also have negative consequences to a person’s life. Marijuana dependency can be a difficult thing to overcome, much like any other form of substance abuse.
Characteristics of Marijuana Dependency
There are a few tell-tale signs that a person has started to form a marijuana dependency, signals which are important to become aware of in order to avoid such a condition from developing.
A major indication that an individual has become dependent on marijuana is that they have begun to use the substance more frequently than before. The more marijuana a person smokes, the more tolerance they will develop to the substance. This will cause them to need to smoke more in order to achieve the same level of high.
When people begin to feel as though they need to use marijuana in order to function properly, this is a strong sign that their use has started to resemble more of a serious dependence. If a person makes it a point to cut down their usage, yet finds themselves unable to effectively regulate the amount they consume, it’s very likely a person has developed a marijuana dependency and is incapable of kicking the habit on their own.
Marijuana dependence can also begin to become obvious once an individual finds themselves involved in fewer activities in their life. A person typically has many activities they’re involved in, whether it be exercise, academic, or recreational. If they find themselves reducing the number of things they are doing as a result of their marijuana use, this is another major indication that dependence has started to set it. A person who spends the majority of their time using marijuana without doing anything else has likely reached a point where an intervention may be required in order to correct the behavior.
Another sign that is a strong signal of marijuana dependence is when a person begins to select their friends based around their usage. If a person begins to avoid old friends who don’t use in favor of those who do strictly because they like having someone to get high with, this is a sign that their use has become a serious condition. If we prioritize who we hang out with based primarily on how often they use a substance instead of other common interests or their character, we have likely formed a stronger dependence on pot.
Individuals who have suffered negative setbacks as a result of their marijuana use, but refuse to alter or give up using, are people who likely fall into the dependence category. If a person is aware of how their use is negatively impacting their life but cannot stop on their own, it’s a hint that their use has become an addiction that may require professional help. Once a person has lost the ability to control their behavior to the point that they find themselves less able to attend to regular responsibilities, they very likely have a psychological dependence to THC.
Treatment Options for Marijuana Dependence
Although many people don’t take addiction to marijuana as seriously as things such as alcohol and other harder drugs, marijuana dependence can be a debilitating and destructive habit to have to face. Thankfully, there are treatment options available to help assist an individual in their journey towards a sustainable, sober life, one that is not dependent on their substance abuse. Options to help a person deal with their marijuana addiction may start with an extensive inpatient program or at the very least an involved outpatient program.
Treatment for marijuana will address a person’s reasons for why they abuse marijuana and will help a person understand why they find themselves unable to easily give up their drug of choice. Undergoing behavioral therapy which provides realistic alternatives and improves a person’s insight into their condition may be the approach that works to help a person move past their addiction. Ongoing support groups may be a powerful and important part of the recovery process, as peer support can be incredibly beneficial to a person’s treatment.
If you or someone you love is battling an addiction to marijuana or another substance and want a strategy for tackling this often debilitating dependence, contact Springboard Recovery to begin the recovery and healing process. We help individuals who are struggling with addiction find a way to turn their downward spiral of substance abuse into an upward spiral of recovery.
Our team of professionals understands that not every addiction is the same and we work with our clients to develop a personalized treatment plan which is uniquely tailored to their specific needs.
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