by, 6th January 2011 at 06:17 PM (446 Views)
So, I've heard lots of opinions and read a bunch of articles about marijuana and addiction. Some say that one cannot become physically addicted to weed the same way one would with crack cocaine, meth, or heroine. Others say that weed and alcohol are no different, and people can in fact become physically dependent on them. And still others say that while one cannot become physically dependent on weed, people can become emotionally and mentally addicted to the high.
This is a relevant topic to me because I am struggling with marijuana. I have for some time now. When I was in high school, I didn't think much of it because I was young and dumb, and smoking weed was a 'cool' thing to do.
As I grew older, I got caught up with the wrong crowds. I was selling weed to make money, using that money to buy more weed, and I was just in such a vicious cycle.
Today, I still smoke weed almost daily. I don't let it interfere with my career, my personal life, or my family; I only smoke right before bed and think of it as a similar habit to drinking a glass of wine to help put me to sleep.
I also find that weed helps me with some aspects of life. Pain relief is an obvious one. Also, I find that it helps my creative juices flow during my writing.
However, I am fearing that I am addicted because the past few nights I've been really trying to go without smoking. I realize that it's a whole heck of a lot healthier to not do it, and I'd like to try to clear this stuff from my life once and for all.
But alas, the past few nights have been failures in that regard. I found myself lying awake for hours until I finally caved and sparked up a joint to put me to sleep. The craving I felt for it was similar to that of cigarettes, which I have since stopped smoking during the past year.
So what do you guys think? Are groups like Marijuana Anonymous and other support groups beneficial? Do you guys have opinions on addiction and weed? And I addicted or simply weak-willed?
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