Anyone can become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and there is no concrete way to predict why some people can try a drug and become hooked, while others can try a substance once and never feel a compulsion to use it again. But several risk factors can increase a person’s chances of addiction and drug abuse.
- Having a mental health disorder
- Having a close relative with a substance use disorder
- Being from a lower socioeconomic group
- Obtaining lower levels of education
- Being between the ages of 18 and 25
When it comes to marijuana addiction, being a young male, and trying the drug for the first time before age 18 is associated with a higher risk of addiction. Also, studies on adults older than age 26 who abused drugs shed light on the following marijuana statistics:
- 62% of people who used marijuana before age 15 went on to use cocaine.
- 9% went on to abuse heroin
- 54% abused mind-altering prescription drugs
Other surveys on marijuana use have found that 30% of regular marijuana users have some form of marijuana use disorder. A marijuana use disorder is when someone is dependent on the drug to various degrees. Dependence occurs when a person stops using the drug or cuts back, and they experience withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms compel them to start using marijuana again to alleviate the effects and to feel normal. A marijuana use disorder is a full-blown drug addiction when a person can’t stop using the drug even if using it causes severe and adverse consequences in their life. When people start having financial, legal, and relationship issues because of marijuana use but won’t quit, it’s indicative of addiction disorder. Fortunately, there is help for marijuana use disorder and marijuana addiction.