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You don't really become addicted to Marijuana like you do other drugs. Alcohol is more addicting.
Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction for some people; that is, they use the drug compulsively even though it often interferes with family, school, work, and recreational activities. According to the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, an estimated 5.6 million Americans age 12 or older reported problems with illicit drug use in the past year. Of these, 3.6 million met diagnostic criteria for dependence on an illicit drug. More than 2 million met diagnostic criteria for dependence on marijuana/hashish. In 1999, more than 220,000 people entering drug abuse treatment programs reported that marijuana was their primary drug of abuse.
Along with craving, withdrawal symptoms can make it hard for long-term marijuana smokers to stop using the drug. People trying to quit report irritability, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. They also display increased aggression on psychological tests, peaking approximately 1 week after they last used the drug.
What treatments are available for marijuana abusers?
Treatment programs directed at marijuana abuse are rare, partly because many who use marijuana do so in combination with other drugs, such as cocaine and alcohol. However, with more people seeking help to control marijuana abuse, research has focused on ways to overcome problems with abuse of this drug.
One study of adult marijuana users found comparable benefits from a 14-session cognitive-behavioral group treatment and a 2-session individual treatment that included motivational interviewing and advice on ways to reduce marijuana use. Participants were mostly men in their early thirties who had smoked marijuana daily for over 10 years. By increasing patients' awareness of what triggers their marijuana use, both treatments sought to help them devise avoidance strategies. Use, dependence symptoms, and psychosocial problems decreased for at least 1 year after both treatments. About 30 percent of users were abstinent during the last 3-month followup period. Another study suggests that giving patients vouchers for abstaining from marijuana can improve outcomes. Vouchers can be redeemed for such goods as movie passes, sports equipment, or vocational training.
No medications are now available to treat marijuana abuse. However, recent discoveries about the workings of THC receptors have raised the possibility that scientists may eventually develop a medication that will block THC's intoxicating effects. Such a medication might be used to prevent relapse to marijuana abuse by reducing or eliminating its appeal.
Then she needs help perfecting her self confidence. Self-esteem isn't like a cool pair of sneakers that you'd love to have but don't have to have. A kid needs to have self-esteem. Good self-esteem is important because it helps you to hold your head high and feel proud of yourself and what you can do. It gives you the courage to try new things and the power to believe in yourself. It lets you respect yourself, even when you make mistakes. And when you respect yourself, adults and other kids usually respect you, too.
Having good self-esteem is also the ticket to making good choices about your mind and body. If you think you're important, you'll be less likely to follow the crowd if your friends are doing something dumb or dangerous. If you have good self-esteem, you know that you're smart enough to make your own decisions. You value your safety, your feelings, your health — your whole self! Good self-esteem helps you know that every part of you is worth caring for and protecting.
On diet but occasionally vomiting?
What you're doing is EXTREMELY dangerous!! Bulimia is not a glamorous weight loss alternative. There are serious repercussions from bulimia, including death.
*IF you are overweight there are many healthy, safe ways to lose weight.
Did you know that bulimia causes:
* Tooth decay, toothaches, swollen gums, gum disease (gingivitis), and erosion of tooth enamel. These are caused by acid in the mouth from vomiting.
* Electrolyte imbalances and changes in metabolism that can lead to heart problems, such as arrhythmia and even death.
* Dehydration, which can lead to weakness, fainting, or kidney damage.
* Inflammation or tears of the esophagus, which may cause bloody vomit.
* Swollen salivary glands.
* Fainting or loss of consciousness, usually because of low blood pressure.
* Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia).
* Low body temperature.
* Suicide risk when feeling discouraged about having bulimia or a relapse or about ongoing body image issues.
* Long-term problems with bowel movements because of laxative abuse.
If you are seriously viewing Bulimia as a weight loss option then you need to reach out and get help now, before you find yourself caught in the grip of this dangerous eating disorder and experiencing any of the above results of bulimic behavior.
If you are a minor, speak with a trusted adult; parent, school counselor, adult family member, doctor. If you are an adult speak with your doctor, see a mental health care provider and seek treatment now.
Here are some resources that may be helpful. Please contact one (or all) of them.
Boys and girls Town National Hotline: 1 800 448-3000
Youth Crisis Line: 1 800 HIT-HOME
Bulemia/Anorexia Self Help Hotline: 1 800 227-4785
Eating Disorders Hotline: 1 800 448-4663
American Anorexia/Bulimia Association, Inc. (AABA)
Referrals to treatment and Information
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention (EDAP)
For answers to your questions, information, and nationwide referrals.