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Anyone who would argue that marijuana is not addictive need only head down to one of the thousands of Marijuana Anonymous meetings occurring on a daily basis across the nation to learn a new perspective...

Are You Addicted to Marijuana? Find Out Here

Most people can smoke marijuana recreationally and never develop a significant problem; but it is estimated that about one in ten who try marijuana will end up addicted to it; and when you consider how many millions in America smoke the drug, even 10% becomes an alarmingly high number of addicts.

So do you have a problem with marijuana? Here are 12 questions modified from the 12 questions of Marijuana Anonymous, and if you answer yes to one or more of the following, you may want to reevaluate your relationship with the drug.

Are you addicted?

  1. Has smoking stopped being enjoyable, at least some of the time?
  2. Do you smoke alone?
  3. Do you find it hard to imagine living without marijuana?
  4. Do you choose friends who also smoke?
  5. Do you smoke to avoid really confronting your feelings?
  6. Do you smoke marijuana when you get upset, as a way of coping?
  7. Do you live in a self defined world outside of regular society, because of your marijuana use?
  8. Have you ever promised someone you would quit or cut down (including yourself) and failed to do so?
  9. Do you notice that you are not as sharp as you were, or that your memory is worse because of your marijuana habit?
  10. When you are nearly out of marijuana, do you start to feel anxious about getting more?
  11. Does your life revolve around your use of marijuana?
  12. Have friends or family ever told you that your marijuana habit has had a negative effect on your relationship?

If you answer yes to even a single of the preceding, you may have a problem with marijuana, and you may want to consider whether marijuana in your life takes more than it gives.

None of us plan on addiction when we begin experimenting with marijuana, but for 10% of us, addicted is where we end up. Once addicted, when you try to quit there is a syndrome of withdrawal, and some people find it tough to get past the discomfort and cravings.

Fortunately, even if you struggle with quitting on your own, you have a number of support options that can help a lot. These range from a few brief sessions with an addictions counselor to more formal participation in an outpatient or even residential treatment program. 

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