Last updated: 09/20/2018
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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If you suspect that someone you know has a problem with drugs but you can’t quit pinpoint whether there is really a need for treatment or not it may be time to take a step back and determine if addiction is the problem at hand or not. Sometimes, it can be difficult to recognize the signs of marijuana addiction in a loved one or in yourself for that matter because you simply may not be objectionable. To help you determine if marijuana addiction is a problem in your life or in the life of a friend or loved one, we’ve compiled this list of 5 signs of marijuana addiction.
Though these are not the only signs of addiction, they are some of the most common and the easiest to spot. If you recognize these symptoms of marijuana addiction in yourself or in someone you know, consider seeking professional help in an addiction treatment or rehabilitation program before the addiction progresses to a state so severe that lifelong complications are imminent.
1. Developing a tolerance to marijuana
You might also notice that withdrawal symptoms are present when you don’t smoke pot. For instance, you may not be hungry unless you get high, you may have an upset stomach until you smoke pot or you may be anxiously awaiting the time when you can get high again. These are all signs of marijuana addiction that you should be on the lookout for.
2. Lack of control over amount of marijuana being used
Did you recently make a commitment to yourself or a loved one to cut back and smoke less pot? Have you held up to your end of the agreement? If you or a loved one who smokes pot have made commitments either to yourself or to someone else to cut back and despite your attempts you still smoke pot on a regular basis and have not been able to control marijuana consumption then addiction is likely the culprit.
You may make the honest attempt to cut back and you may even think that you have until you follow up and realize that you still smoked just as much pot as before. In fact, chances are, when marijuana addiction is involved, that despite your trying to hold up to your end of the agreement, you actually smoke more than you even think.
3. Spending more and more time getting high
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one of the more common signs of marijuana addiction is based around the amount of time that is spent focusing on the addiction and on getting high. At first, the user will only spend a little bit of time getting high and will still take part in other activities that don’t involve being high. As time progresses and the tolerance to the drug builds, so too does the addiction. Ultimately, more and more time is spent getting high and this takes away from time spent with family, friends or doing things that the user once loved.
4. Smoking pot despite troubles with family, friends, legal trouble or financial burden
The signs of marijuana addiction often trickle out and cause problems with friends and family, relationships, the law and the addict’s finances. An addict may lose their job as a result of failing a drug test, lack of productivity at work or missing work. More and more money will be spent on the drug despite the financial struggles that this spending may cause and there’s a good chance that all of this will deeply impact friends and family members.
Although the signs of marijuana addiction are not always easy to recognize early on, once they start to negatively impact friends and family members there’s a good chance that the problem has progressed to a point in which treatment is needed. If you notice that marijuana has caused problems with a friend, family member or the law—it’s probably time to seek professional help.
5. Neglecting responsibilities and personal appearance
Marijuana addiction can lead to a lack of desire to take care of one’s self, may cause an individual to stop caring about personal responsibilities and can lead to depression. If you or someone you know has neglected responsibilities as a result of marijuana use there’s a good chance that addiction is partly to blame.
These signs of marijuana addiction are just the tip of the iceberg but they do warrant the need to look for help. If you or a loved one is showing any of the above signs of addiction to marijuana, consider seeking the professional treatment and care offered by a counselor or therapist in drug rehab. We can help you find a local program for marijuana addiction treatment.