If you are a young adult that regularly uses marijuana, you are not alone. According to the most recent figures from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), young Americans ages 19 to 22 are using marijuana at the highest rates seen in the past two decades. As the FDA and local authorities continue to crack down on use of other smoking products such as cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and hookahs in public places, marijuana use continues to grow.
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Recent Statistics Regarding Marijuana Use Among Young Adults
The NIDA recently published the results of its latest drug use survey called “Monitoring the Future (MTF).” The survey found that daily marijuana use among college-aged students is at its highest level since the early 1980s. Currently, daily use of marijuana is at 7.8 percent, or 4.9 percent among full-time college students and 12.98 percent among non-college students. In this age group, slightly more males than females reported past-year use of marijuana (37 percent vs . 32 percent). Daily marijuana use is defined as using on 20 or more occasions in the past 30 days.
The Dangers and Consequences of Marijuana Abuse
Marijuana remains the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. It is a fact that many states have legalized marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use, but the drug remains an illegal substance at the federal level. In 2015 alone, more than 11 million young adults ages 18 to 25 reported past-year use of marijuana. The truth is that marijuana use has both short- and long-term effects on the mind and body. It can also cause trouble for users who become dependent on the drug.
The short-term effects of marijuana use include mood changes, an altered sense of perception, and impaired thinking. Marijuana has also been shown to have long-term effects such as impaired development in teens and young adults, sleep issues, and heart and breathing problems. Marijuana does not have to be a gateway drug for a user to have problems and consequences from its use. Overuse of marijuana can lead to a substance abuse problem, particularly in young adults who began their use at a young age.
How Young Adults Can Access Substance Abuse Treatment
Research shows that approximately 30 percent of people who use marijuana develop a marijuana use disorder. Those rates increase sevenfold when a person begins using the drug during adolescence. A marijuana user may develop a tolerance for the substance, may need more to feel its effects, and may experience some withdrawal symptoms when the drug is removed. When physical and psychological dependence takes hold, marijuana addiction has become a reality for the user.
There currently are not any medications available to treat a marijuana use disorder, but substance abuse treatment has proven to be effective. Examples of therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and training on relapse prevention. The Recovery Village offers a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program for marijuana use disorder that is personalized for each patient’s needs. If you or a loved one find that marijuana use has taken over your life, there is help available. Contact us to learn more about our affordable and compassionate rehab program now.