In 2009, it was recorded that 16 million Americans use or have used marijuana. Connecticut is amongst the ten states with the highest marijuana use, both for monthly and yearly marijuana use. This is particularly high amongst the 18-25 year old age bracket, according to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). This is troubling because it is that age bracket that is graduating high school and entering college and the workforce. High levels of marijuana use (smoking 20 cigarettes in a month) such as has been recorded in Connecticut, can lead to detrimental health effects. While there is a general perception that marijuana is not addictive and has no ill effects, chronic use of marijuana has a detrimental effect on one’s ability to carry out a normal life. The National Institute of Drug Abuse notes that chronic use of marijuana affects motor skills and mental faculties, so that those who smoke or ingest marijuana often are functioning on a lower intellectual level than normal. Functioning at this lower intellectual capacity will negatively affect your employment or chances of employment, as well as your schooling.
If you cannot go through the day without using marijuana, if marijuana use is affecting your work, your desire to work, and your personal relationships, please call one of the Connecticut treatment facilities listed on our site. Don’t let your life go up in smoke, seek help today.
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