Does legal marijuana mean more addicts?

ISSUE OF ADDICTION? IS IT ADDICTIVE? GARY TUCHMAN REPORTS >> Reporter: DENVER NATIVE BRIAN DOYLE USED TO DREAD BEING WITHOUT MARIJUANA

IF HE DIDN'T SMOKE A JOINT, HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FALL ASLEEP IF HE DIDN'T SMOKE A JOINT, HE WOULD HAVE NO APPETITE >> WAS IT MORE IMPORTANT THAN FOOD TO YOU? >> YES >> WAS IT MORE IMPORTANT THAN MOST THINGS TO YOU? >> YES >> Reporter: WEED TOOK OVER THE 27-YEAR-OLD'S LIFE

HE HAD OFTEN HEARD IT WAS NO BIG DEAL, THAT IT WASN'T EVEN ADDICTIVE BUT — >> WERE YOU ADDICTED TO MARIJUANA? >> YES >> Reporter: THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE SAYS ABOUT 1 OUT OF 11 POT USERS BECOME ADDICTED BRIAN DOYLE DECIDED HE NEEDED HELP AND GOT CLEAN AFTER TREATMENT AT THE CEDAR CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THIS REHABILITATION FACILITY SAYS THE POTENTSY OF TODAY'S POSITION MAKES THE PROBLEM WORSE

>> THE CONCENTRATION OF THC IN MARIJUANA TODAY IS 30,40% IN A TYPICAL SMOKE MARIJUANA VERSUS 3 OR 4% THC CONCENTRATION OF 60s AND 70s >> Reporter: OTHER DRUGS INCLUDING ALCOHOL AND NICOTINE HAVE HIGHER ADDICTION RATES BUT THERE IS SERIOUS CONCERN AMONG THOSE IN THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE FIELD THAT COLORADO'S NEW MARIJUANA LAW WILL SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF MARIJUANA ADDICTS >> I THINK WE'LL SEE MORE PEOPLE USING IT ON A CONSISTENT BASIS >> Reporter: BUT ADDICTION ISN'T THE ONLY CONCERN

22-YEAR-OLD STELLA BLESSING IS ALSO A SUCCESSFUL GRADUATE SHE WAS ADDICTEDED TO CRACK, METH AND HEROIN BUT SHE PRECEDED THAT WITH WHAT THE THERAPISTS HERE SAY ARE THE TYPICAL GATEWAY DRUGS OF ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA >> HOW OFTEN DID YOU USE MARIJUANA? >> THE FIRST TIME I SMOKED MARIJUANA I WAS 14 AND I USED IT CONSTANTLY THROUGHOUT MY OTHER ADDICTIONS

>> Reporter: STELLA, BRIAN AND OTHERS WHO SUCCEEDED AT THIS TREATMENT SENT GORE TO REGULARLY SCHEDULED SUPPORT MEETINGS WITH PROGRAM COUNSELORS >> DO I WANT TO BE IN RECOVERY OR I DO WANT TO SMOKE MARIJUANA? >> Reporter: WE ASKED IF THEY COULD MEET BEFORE THE NEXT GROUP SESSION TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR PAST AND PRESENT STRUGGLES >> LIFE WAS STILL REALLY UNMANAGEABLE, EVEN WITH JUST WEED IT SEEMED NO BIG DEAL BUT I WAS TAKING BONG HITS DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AND THINGS WERE REALLY CRAZY

>> Reporter: BRIAN TALKED ABOUT TEMPTATIONS TO SMOKE AGAIN >> I WAS SPEAKING WITH SOMEONE EARLIER, AND THEY ASKED ARE YOU EVER CONCERNED ABOUT MAJOR LIFE EVENT OCCURRING THAT JUST ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE NO CONTROL AND THAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO AND I SAID YOU KNOW, ABSOLUTELY THAT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE A CONCERN OF MINE BEING A RECOVERING ADDICT >> Reporter: MIKHAEL SULLIVAN TALKED ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF BEING AROUND OTHERS THAT SMOKE

>> GOING OUT AND SMELLING WEED, I THINK IT'S SOMETHING EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS TO LEARN TO DEAL WITH IN THEIR OWN WAY >> Reporter: INTERESTING LINGERS THE FORMER ADDICTS IN THIS GROUP AREN'T AS CONCERNED AS THEIR THERAPISTS ARE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE NEW MARIJUANA LAW IN THEIR STATE THEY SAY WHEN THEY WERE DETERMINED TO GET HIGH, GETTING ACCESS TO WEED WAS NEVER A PROBLEM >> WHEN WAYS IN MY ACTIVE ADDICTION, WHETHER A SUBSTANCE WAS LEGAL OR NOT HAD LITTLE TO DO WITH MY DECISION MAKING OF WHETHER I WAS GOING TO TAKE THAT >> Reporter: NOW THAT RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA SMOKING IS LEGAL HERE, MOST FEEL THE NEW LAW WILL ENCOURAGE NEW USERS

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