In the US, an estimated 23 million people use marijuana for non-medical purposes at least 4 times a week, with nearly 40% of high school seniors admitting they’ve lit up during their senior year. Research from the National Institute of Drug Abuse reveals that 30% of marijuana users have use disorder, in which the user has withdrawal symptoms upon ceasing use including anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Additionally, for many, marijuana is a gateway drug, leading users to use and develop an addiction for other drugs. In treating marijuana addiction, cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy are commonly employed.
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