Adults seeking treatment for marijuana dependence: A comparison with cocaine-dependent treatment seekers

Alan J. Budney, Krestin J. Radonovich, Stephen T. Higgins, Conrad J. Wong

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Sixty-two individuals seeking treatment for marijuana dependence completed a comprehensive assessment. Sociodemographics, substance use, psychosocial functioning, psychiatric symptoms, and medical status were compared with similar data collected from 70 treatment-seeking, cocaine- dependent individuals. Substantial psychosocial and psychiatric problems were observed in both groups. In general, the marijuana group reported substance- use histories and a range of impairment comparable with the cocaine group; however, they showed less severe dependence. The marijuana group was more ambivalent and less confident about stopping their marijuana use than the cocaine group was about stopping their cocaine use. These findings indicate that treatment-seeking, marijuana-dependent individuals exhibit substantial problems and that further efforts to develop effective treatments for this population are warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-426
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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