Marijuana is just like any other addiction that comes with its symptoms and consequences. The first step to going on the road to recovery is recognizing these symptoms. If you experience any of the following symptoms, then it is possible that you have an addiction to marijuana and need to seek help for it.
One sign is if you feel the need to have more and more of marijuana to get high. Anytime that you feel you cannot get through the day without marijuana, it proves an addiction. The more marijuana you smoke, you are able to build a tolerance. Those who are addicted also experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, insomnia, loss of appetite, or anxiety.
A second sign is if you spend more time either getting high, wanting to get high, or looking for ways to get high.
A third sign is if you are unable to stop smoking marijuana and you feel that you cannot quit. In cases like this, it is best to get professional help.
A fourth sign is if you are self-sabotaging when you know getting high can get you into trouble. For example, if you have been threatened by your boss that you will be fired if you show up late to work as well as showing up high yet still continue to smoke.
A fifth sign is if you feel like you need to get high in order to partake in something creative like an art project or before relaxing. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana will not always give you a mellow feel but can actually cause you to participate in violent crimes.
A sixth sign is if you feel like marijuana is the best way to cope with tense situations like getting bad grades, problems at work, or relationship problems is by getting high.
A seventh sign is if you have important responsibilities but fail to get through with them because your mind is focused only on getting high. This can either come from a motivational problem or a psychological addiction to THC.
An eighth sign is if relationships are chosen based on being able to get high such as if certain events or people you hang out with can be supplying marijuana. As soon as you can notice these signs, it will be easier to recognize that you have a problem and to seek treatment.
Last updated & clinically assessed 26 March, 2021