January 23, 2017

#ShattertheMyths: Marijuana

This week is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. We will be shattering different myths each day this week about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The myth is found on our Facebook page. Today’s myth is: marijuana is not addictive.

FACT:
The chances of becoming addicted to marijuana or any drugs are different for each person. For marijuana, around 1 in 11 people who use is become addicted. Could you be that one?

Read the true story of Alby:
From age 13 to 18, Alby got high several times a day to help him cope. He went to school high and eventually dropped out. “I was losing focus. My attention went from 100 to zero. I was depressed,” he says. Now, after getting substance abuse treatment, Alby has been able to face his problems by talking them out with counselors and making new friends he describes as “positive.” As he puts it, “I feel a lot better about myself. I feel a lot sharper. I don’t feel lazy anymore.”

Information taken from: Drugs: Shatter the Myths from NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

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