Addicted to Marijuana? [Video]
Updated: Sep 3, 2020
Let's start by clearly defining the term, "addicted."
Addicted, or addiction - a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence : the state of being addicted. -Merriam-Webster
I can say from personal experience that I was definitely addicted to marijuana. I smoked pretty much daily, and multiple times a day for about 13 years. I tried to quit many times, but I could never do it, until I pursued a relationship with God and help with recovery.
I'm now over 11 years into my recovery journey and I've had the privilege of working with and helping countless people start their recovery journey. I have made it a point to ask as many people as possible that are caught in the throes of addiction what it was that started them on the journey of addiction.
I can honestly say that after asking hundreds and hundreds of heroin addicts, pill addicts, meth addicts, alcoholics, and so on, well over 90% of them said that the gateway to the more serious addiction was marijuana.
The discussion usually comes out about this time, "What about medical marijuana use?" I've even been speaking in middle schools and high schools and been hit with this question.
I am not a doctor, and it's a big conversation, but I'll say this. If someone has a very serious medical condition where they are terminal, or in extreme pain I can see it being a benefit. I'd be more for someone that fits that criteria smoking or ingesting marijuana for medical benefits, then that same person being prescribed multiple pills a day of intense and deadly narcotics.