Information about marijuana and marijuana addiction most commonly available today is rife with myths and rumors. Too often, marijuana has been wrongly referred to as a “gateway” drug; the implication is that if you use marijuana regularly, you will “graduate” to drugs considered by the general public to be more harmful and damaging. This implies that marijuana is not a dangerous drug in and of itself. The marijuana addiction statistics tell a different story, however. Here are just a few statistics that we know about marijuana addiction and abuse.
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Marijuana Abuse is Everywhere
Marijuana is the most abused illegal drug in the United States, according to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Of the four million people who received treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, 1.2 million received treatment specifically for marijuana addiction.
Marijuana Addiction Statistics and Teens
Teens who take their first drink before their 21st birthday are 22 times more likely to use marijuana. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that the first use of marijuana occurs on average at the age of 18. Of those users, about 9 percent will become addicted to the drug by the time they are 25. With the exception of alcohol, this is the earliest first-use age statistic for any drug, and it is usually preceded by alcohol use.
Though many teens and families of teens downplay the use of alcohol and marijuana during the teen years, statistics further show that the earlier the first time use, the more likely that teen will turn into an adult with a lifetime struggle with alcohol and drug addiction.
It is Dangerous
The stereotype of the peace loving hippy from the 1970s who smokes “dope” and protests anything that has to do with war still permeates our social references. The idea is that marijuana abuse is nonthreatening and that marijuana addiction doesn’t exist. Nothing bad happens to those who smoke marijuana, asserts proponents of legalizing the drug, and they cite the numerous DUIs associated with alcohol abuse and addiction, a legal drug.
The fact is that marijuana abusers are often subject to harm as a result of their addiction. One study of over 1000 trauma patients admitted to a shock trauma unit showed that 33 percent of them had marijuana in their blood.
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Marijuana addiction, like any addiction to drugs and alcohol, is a deadly disease if it goes untreated. It is impossible to remain healthy and realize your dreams while constantly in the haze of addiction.
If you or your loved one would like to break free from marijuana abuse and addiction, contact Michael’s House today at 1-877-345-8494and find out how we can help.