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Drub Abuse is leading to Hoarding

Discussion in 'Helping an Addicted Loved One' started by Mockingbird, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Mockingbird

    Mockingbird Member

    Hi- I am helping someone can give me information about a situation I am facing with someone close to me. I know as fact that someone I care about a lot smokes marijuana and does other things I am not so sure about. I have noticed that lately my buddy seems to be hoarding things. Weird things that I would think you might throw out, like for instance empty drink bottles and for some strange reason won ton soup containers. I kid you not it seems very bizarre. There are literally piles on his kitchen counter and when i tried to throw some away to tidy up he got very angry with me. I am afraid he will end up like the shows on TV with bottles and containers stacked to the ceiling. Is there something that drug users do that use this stuff that I don't know about?
  2. La.oui

    La.oui Member

    Drug addiction can lead to other psychological disorders if left untreated or ignored. I suggest that you approach a professional regarding these issues. Of course the first challenge would be to convince the person to seek help. It starts there.
  3. MissManda

    MissManda Member

    The hording could be due to the drug use, or he may have always had hoarding tendencies and now it is becoming uncontrollable. At first I was going to say that maybe he is just unmotivated to tidy up and throw out garbage as marijuana tends to make people very relaxed and unmotivated.
    But since you said that he was very angry when you tried to tidy up for him, I would definitely say that the hoarding could be coming up now due to the drug use.
    Try to speak to him about it, or try to get some professional help for him. Most people who hoard don't quite realize how bad it is until they can talk about it with a professional.
  4. notodrugs

    notodrugs Community Listener Community Listener

    Hi Mockingbird. So I did a little research and found out that there are people who are naturally hoarders; thinking that they can put these objects to good use in the future. But as the hoarded materials pile up, they don't even know anymore how and where to find the objects when the day comes for them to use it. Then they find it overwhelming to clean up. Hoarders find it hard to have people over at their house as they find it impossible to move around due to their limited space. In time, they can be socially alone and feel misunderstood. This can be frustrating and depressing for them. Substance abuse thrives in this kind of condition. So it could be that he already has that hoarding drive even before.

    Throwing away his "possessions" will not help him. It is good to check out for comprehensive treatment programs that can help him not only with his hoarding but his marijuana abuse as well. Therapy can also help him.
  5. Nate5

    Nate5 Active Contributor

    This is correct. Some people are just naturally more inclined to hoard, whether due to genetics or due to the environment they were raised in. They refuse to throw away things because they believe those things have value. Throwing them away is going to make their situation worse. I personally think that an addiction would definitely make the hoarding problem worse, and your friend should definitely get treatment for the addiction first before dealing with the hoarding problem.
  6. Charli

    Charli Community Champion

    I don't think the two are likely to be correlated, but it might be possible. In my opinion, it's more probable that your friend already had the hoarding issues prior to marijuana use and it's probably just evolving and manifesting more and more with age. I think whatever is troubling your friend might be causing him to hoard and smoke, instead of his smoking causing him to hoard. Better have him go to a professional.
  7. Recovery101

    Recovery101 Member

    Ok, this is what I know about marijuana. Your friend before he started smoking had hording tendencies. Now that he smokes these tendencies will become exzagerrated. You need to seek out professional help for him if he stops smoking then the hording problem will go away.