Q: My friend smokes pot a lot in college. When I confronted him, he said that it is not addictive. I am worried about him. What do I do?
A: This is a great question and one I hear often. Clients say, “I smoke weed every night, but weed is not addictive.”
For some, that is true: Marijuana is not addictive. They can smoke and not care whether they ever smoke again or quit smoking and not be bothered by it.
However, that’s not the case for everyone. For many, marijuana poses a substantial risk of addiction. Many people have admitted that although they might not be physically addicted to marijuana, they are psychologically addicted.
A client once told me, “If I need to eat, sleep, relax, be amused, calm down, forget a horrible experience, practice self-love, run errands of any kind, watch TV or create something, I smoke.”
Truthfully, I have heard it all. Some people argue that because marijuana does not have dramatic withdrawal symptoms like alcohol or heroin, it is not addictive. However, there are two errors to this thinking.