Marijuana Addiction

Although sometimes perceived as non-addictive, marijuana contains chemicals which can produce effects leading to increased use, addiction and dependency in some users. This can have a large impact on an individual’s ability to function in daily life, work and relationships.

When not using marijuana, some may feel withdrawal symptoms, increased irritability, anxiety, depression, or insomnia.

It can be increasingly difficult to escape from the cycle of addiction, possibly falling deeper into its negative, unintended effects. Every individual presents a unique situation and may experience the effects in a slightly different way. It is important to recognize the impacts it may be having on your life.

Some of the things that can indicate you may have a problem are:

• Regular, frequent cravings to use
• Dependence on the drug to feel good or relax
• Powerful, distracting thoughts related to using
• An increased tolerance, often causing increased frequency or amount of use
• Reduced ability to complete work, social, or personal tasks
• Missing work, activities, school to use marijuana
• Spending money you don’t have, or engaging in impulsive behaviors (e.g. stealing) to maintain a sup-ply
• Large amounts of time dedicated to using, experiencing, and recovering from marijuana’s effects
• Inability to quit despite physical, psychological, interpersonal problems
• Symptoms of withdrawal when stopping use

Noticing such effects is the first step to reclaiming your life from addiction. A licensed therapist can help you work through issues related to marijuana use. Together, you can begin to recognize negative perceptions and behaviors that may be harming your psychological well-being and formulate a personalized path of healing.

During therapy you can experience a safe, non-judgmental space to express your feelings and concerns freely.

Nancy can help you identify and understand circumstances that may be related to your marijuana use, identify unhealthy defense mechanisms and develop healthy coping strategies in their place.

The thought of reaching out for help can be stressful at first. You may feel alone, and talking to close friends or family members may be difficult. You do not have to suffer alone with marijuana addiction. Taking these first steps in healing can be a gateway to success, happiness, and increased confidence in facing life’s struggles. A safe therapy environment can help you thrive holistically in the abundance of life without the weight of addiction holding you back.

If you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction, Nancy Hilsenrath can help set you on the path to recovery.

Nancy Hilsenrath LCSW, CASAC, SAP(718) 551-2777 EMAIL NANCY TODAY

Therapy for people with marijuana addiction – Long Island and Queens, New York residents.
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