Zelik Mintz Says...
Only a very small percentage of people develop a physical dependence to marijuana. Psychological dependence is quite frequent with long term heavy use. What you describe sounds like you’ve become dependent on functioning in your life being high. Even after using becomes an impediment to socializing – often one starts to feel some paranoia with long time use – it is very difficult to stop. Because you have been smoking for 14 years, life sober might feel bland and empty or bring on anxiety. A week in rehab will not be sufficient to deal with the feelings that led to heavy use for so long or whatever anxiety – social or otherwise – marijuana helped mask. A week in rehab might give you a start but you will need a lot of daily support in order to prevent using and sustain sobriety. Seeing a psychotherapist would also be very advantageous to deal with what led to such long heavy use. Addiction to marijuana is common and there are groups such as Marijuana Anonymous that you could find and would be very helpful. Addiction issues are not only for substances that are physically addictive. Psychological addiction is actually harder to deal with because of the problems or issues that smoking marijuana masked. It is very difficult to quit after being so much a part of your life but I commend you for recognizing your problem and wanting to deal with it. Rehab for marijuana is not ridiculous and is common. I hope you can find the support you need and achieve your goal of dealing with your dependency.
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