What are the signs of marijuana addiction? Some frequent, long-term marijuana users show signs of a lack of motivation (amotivational syndrome). Their problems include not caring about what happens in their lives, no desire to work regularly, fatigue, and a lack of concern about how they look. As a result of these symptoms, some users tend to perform poorly in school or at work.
Many users of marijuana do not consider that they are addicted, but they would not want to stop using it if given the option. The signs of marijuana addiction are similar to other drug addictions. The user eventually feels they "need" the drug, finding themselves unable to quit using it for fear of withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana addiction is the consequence of habitual use of marijuana. It can be described as chronically making the decision to quit using marijuana followed shortly by a relapse due to overwhelming cravings for it. Marijuana is considered to be both mentally and emotionally addictive. Signs of marijuana addiction are present when the user tends to only gravitate to others who share their common interest in the drug. They are also likely to lose interest in activities that once meant a lot to them such as going out with friends and participating in sports.
While not everyone who uses marijuana becomes addicted, when an user begins to seek out and take the drug compulsively, that person is said to be dependent on the drug or addicted to it. In 2002, over 280,000 people entering drug treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse, showing they needed help to stop using.
Another of the many signs of marijuana addiction is tolerance. Tolerance means that the user needs increasingly larger doses of the drug to get the same desired results that he or she previously got from smaller amounts. Some frequent, heavy users of marijuana may develop tolerance for it. Signs of marijuana addiction also include withdrawal symptoms; some heavy users of marijuana show signs of withdrawal when they do not use the drug. They develop symptoms such as restlessness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, weight loss, and shaky hands.