Marijuana Intervention: Why It's Important

Ganja, Weed, Cannabis, Pot, Log, Maryjane, Joint...there are many terms for marijuana, but there is only one way to solve the issue of getting addicted to this drug is not to do it. Some believe that since Marijuana is now legal in many states and becoming more socially acceptable, it is safe to smoke, drink or even eat. The fact is, marijuana is a controlled substance, a drug and as any drug whether monitored or not, can be a problem for the user, their family members and loved ones. We at The Addiction Advocates are here to help addicts and families who are facing marijuana addiction and to help turn what seems to be a hopeless situation into a hopeful one. We understand what heavy use and addiction can do to someone's lifestyle and are trained to help everyone in the family get help and take the necessary steps to a life without marijuana.

If you're someone who is using or have a family member who is using you're not alone. Marijuana is heavily used by millions of people around the world, and many are actually addicted to it. Marijuana is probably why you are reading to learn about an intervention right now. Marijuana addiction not only puts a financial drain on the user, it also has many consequences that interrupts a normal, productive family and  lifestyle. According to The Cabin, in 2013, there were 4.2 million people classified as dependent on or being addicted to the drug, and that was 4 years ago, the stakes are even "higher" today. This is why if there is a user in your home, you must intervene and get them the help they need to stop. This is where our Family Intervention can help. Here are just a few of the reasons an Intervention is necessary: 

Marijuana Is Addictive:

Marijuana is a harmful drug and using it physically effects the body and the brain by:

  • Decreasing motivation

  • Increasing problems with thinking and memory recall

  • Increasing loss of coordination

  • Overuse increases possibility of brain injuries and even death

Marijuana is an addictive drug. Some say marijuana may not be as harmful as crack cocaine, heroine or meth, but it is a dangerous substance that many consider to be a gateway drug that could lead to the abuse of stronger ones. Remember the "stoners" of the 1960's and 1970's? They were stereotyped as gathering together in a group, smoking a joint or through a water bong and not doing much else. This is not far from the truth. Marijuana and all drug abusers are not interested in anything but their next high. This results in relationships breaking down, job loss, failing school and financial burdens. Marijuana effects the entire family but there is hope and help.

Marijuana Is A Family Problem

Some symptoms of people suffering from marijuana addiction might include irritability and nervousness, finding it hard to survive without marijuana, stealing from family and friends to buy marijuana, spending time with others who use the drug and lack of motivation. Some of our intervention calls are from the user themselves, but most are from a  family member or loved one. The overall quality of life is being poisoned by the drug abuse. Our intervention program is designed to:

  • make the drug user accountable for the consequences of getting high

  • make users understand their marijuana use is the heart of their problem and how it is effecting the entire family

  • make the family understand they have to stop enabling the marijuana user so change can happen.

Marijuana Intervention Takes The Whole Family

One important thing to know is that The Addiction Advocates do not force anyone into a marijuana treatment program. Our team encourages and educates the family to intervene and guide the user to make a decision to get the help they need to stop using. At the end of an intervention, the user is asked to participate in the treatment program and hopefully they will agree. The family needs to change their behavior too, especially if they are enabling them or overlooking the drug use. If the family members don't change, the marijuana user will not change either. A well designed intervention program with trained professionals is the first step on the positive road to recovery and a life without drug addiction.