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Am i addicted to weed?

by Rachael
(Ireland )

I started smoking weed about a year ago to try and find a substitute for alcohol as i had been abusing it and it doesn't suit me. I'm 19 and me and my boyfriend smoke nearly every day.

I never have money and am constantly in debt, even if i was smoking for a week straight i would crave a smoke the next day, i don't know whether i am addicted to it, the only thing i know is its affecting my memory and concentration fully, i am spending all my money on it, and i am never satisfied, i always want more :(

Smoking gives me an escape from all the worries but it only adds more worries, i hate it and love it. I think about it all the time and i get frustrated and moody if i can't get it, I'm just not sure you can get addicted after a year!

Any advice would be helpful, thank you :)

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The short answer is yes you sre like addicted to weed.
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Rachael,

From the brief amount that you've told me it is likely you are addicted to marijuana. Many people falsely believe that marijuana is not addictive even though there have been MANY studies that proof that it is addictive for some people.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has done extensive research and here are their conclusions:

"Because marijuana impairs short-term memory and judgment and distorts perception, it can impair performance in school or at work and make it dangerous to drive an automobile.

It also affects brain systems that are still maturing through young adulthood, so regular use by teens may have a negative and long-lasting effect on their cognitive development, putting them at a competitive disadvantage and possibly interfering with their well-being in other ways.

Also, contrary to popular belief, marijuana can be addictive, and its use during adolescence may make other forms of drug abuse or addiction more likely."

My recommendation is that you begin attending AA or NA meetings and working the 12 steps so that you can learn to understand your addiction and also learn how to stop using weed and alcohol.

The 12 steps teach us to rely on our higher power and learn what part of us is broken that our drug of choice is helping to mend. Fixing what is broken within us allows us to learn how to free ourselves from our addiction.

Good Luck,

Debbie

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