Addiction Help for Marijuana Should be Taken Seriously
There are many people who don’t particularly worry about marijuana despite the fact that it has side effects that really change a person’s life – like being disassociated from reality – and despite the fact that it often leads to taking other drugs. However, the results of a new marijuana study released by the White House should serve as a wake-up call to make sure people using marijuana get the addiction help they need.
The study showed that the potency of marijuana is at its highest point in 30 years – much stronger than it was in the ’70s, and twice as strong as it was in 1983.
The director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy commented that one of the reasons baby-boomers may not worry about their kids using marijuana is that they expect it to be the same as it was in the ’70s. Not true. The report stated that young people who have used marijuana in the last year are twice as likely to be depressed as those who didn’t and that the risk of developing ‘mental problems’ is increased by 40%.
There’s also a higher risk of physical disease.
Good reasons to make sure anyone you know using marijuana gets the addiction help they need.
The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse said she is worried that marijuana will become even stronger and cause addiction. That statement makes me wonder if she knows what addiction really is. While it’s true that, for the most part, quitting marijuana doesn’t cause extremely severe withdrawal symptoms like other drugs, that’s not all there is to addiction. Try to get someone who uses marijuana regularly to stop and you’ll see how difficult it actually is. There’s a reason why they want to feel that way – and those reasons are the ‘addiction’ elements that need to be handled so the person to stop.
Getting addiction help services for marijuana is more important now that ever. Taking marijuana use lightly could be a very big mistake.