Young People Are At Risk of Marijuana Addiction, Experts Say

By Staff Writer

Children are particularly vulnerable to marijuana addiction, as experts say that their brains are still forming and are more likely to be influenced by the powerful drug. This makes seeking addiction rehab for any young person found to be abusing pot of the utmost importance.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, recently said during a lecture at Princeton University that rates of marijuana addiction peak around late adolescence and early adulthood, according to the Daily Princetonian.

She said that this is because the brain has not developed fully, and that missing connection in the brain may make it more vulnerable to peer pressure. Additionally, the organ is far more plastic at younger ages. This makes it more likely to adapt to and become dependent upon drugs.

Volkow added that rehab programs can significantly improve a young person’s chances of recovering from addiction and leading a healthy life.

These types of programs can work, as the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 50 percent of individuals who seek addiction rehab for marijuana dependency successfully kick their habit, which is higher than for other forms of addiction.