I’m Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to Pot

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AdvertisementOpinionSupported byI'm Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to PotCannabis should be legal, just as alcohol should be legal. A version of this article appears in print on , on Page SR7 of the New York edition with the headline: I’m Just a House Dad Addicted to Pot. Unless you count writing articles about marijuana, I’m not profiting from the industry. I’m just a middle-aged house dad with a substance-abuse problem.Like most pot addicts in denial, I spent years telling myself that marijuana isn’t addictive, and so I didn’t have a problem. And I’m not the only one who suffers this way.Though marijuana addiction isn’t deadly like opioid addiction or toxic like meth addiction, it still wastes millions of lives.

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I'm Just a Middle-Aged House Dad Addicted to Pot

Cannabis should be legal, just as alcohol should be legal. But marijuana addiction exists, and it almost wrecked my life.

By Neal Pollack

Mr. Pollack is a writer.

Oct. 6, 2018ImageCreditCreditCathryn Virginia

AUSTIN, Tex. — My name is Neal, and I’m a marijuana addict.

A year ago I wouldn’t have said that, because it would have meant giving up marijuana. I would rather have given up breathing.

When I had my first cup of coffee in the morning, I pressed the little button on my vape pen, waited for the blue glow, took a huge inhale and then blew it into the mug so that I could suck in the THC and caffeine at the same time. Then I took another hit, and another. In the afternoons, I’d smoke a bowl, or pop a gummy bear, or both. At night, I got high before eating dinner or watching the ballgame. Maybe I’d stop getting stoned a little bit before...

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