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Treatment for Marijuana Addiction

From occasional pot use to daily marijuana binges, the patterns of marijuana abuse vary. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), marijuana is the most-used drug following alcohol in the U.S. Marijuana legalization in some states has led to increased use of this common drug. However, this doesn't mean that marijuana is safe or non-addictive.

About 9 percent of people who try marijuana develop some form of dependence, and even those who don't meet the criteria for a true addiction sometimes have trouble curbing their use. Up to 30 percent of users either become dependent on marijuana to some degree or use it in ways defined as marijuana abuse.

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If using pot is affecting your life in negative ways, that can be a sign that you need treatment for marijuana addiction or abuse. Call The Treatment Center at (877) 392-3342 for information about treatments for addiction to marijuana. Learn more about our simple admission process.

The Effects of Marijuana

Many marijuana users take the drug to experience the high caused by THC. Users achieve this high by smoking, eating, inhaling or drinking marijuana.

In addition to the high, marijuana causes effects that can be disconcerting or disturbing. The side effects of marijuana include:

  • Mood changes
  • Altered senses, including seeing and hearing things differently
  • A feeling that time is going slower or faster than normal
  • Impaired body movement, memory and problem-solving skills
  • Problems breathing
  • Increased heart rate, which can lead to cardiac problems
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired brain development in the babies of pregnant users

Over the years, the THC content has increased, so modern users may experience stronger effects of marijuana than users in previous decades. New methods of consuming marijuana also deliver a higher concentration of THC to the brain than smoking does. People who prepare and eat marijuana edibles or who use marijuana extracts often get a stronger dose than smokers. Frequent exposure to these higher doses of THC can increase the likelihood of developing an addiction.

Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Use

After using marijuana over a long time period, an addicted individual might start to experience symptoms beyond the usual marijuana side effects. In some cases, the damage done can be permanent, especially for younger marijuana users whose brains are still developing. Some long-term effects of marijuana use include:

  • Memory loss
  • Impaired learning
  • Reduced IQ levels

Marijuana users also experience more social and mental health issues than non-users over the long term. Academic performance tends to suffer, and marijuana users report lower life satisfaction. Marijuana abuse is also linked to impaired physical health and a higher likelihood of accidents and injuries.

If you or your loved one are experience the negative effects of marijuana, it is time to receive professional help to quit using the drug. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 at (877) 392-3342 to answer any questions you may have about our marijuana addiction treatment programs. ttc-marijuana-addiction.png

Is Marijuana Addictive?

There has been much controversy over the question, “Is marijuana addictive?” While many people view it as a low-risk drug, people can and do become addicted to marijuana. 

The common misconception about addiction is that the drug being abused must cause a strong physical dependence and therefore severe withdrawal symptoms when use of the drug stops. While marijuana isn't as physically addictive as some others drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, it does cause both a physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal symptoms. In addition, for those who become addicted, their marijuana use becomes paramount to other important aspects of their lives.

Someone who is truly addicted to marijuana cannot stop using it even after multiple attempts to quit. Addiction to marijuana is more likely for some people than for others. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), people who start using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder. In addition, those who smoke cigarettes in addition to marijuana are more likely to become dependent on both. 

Signs That You Are Addicted to Marijuana

If you or a loved one has trouble quitting marijuana, this is a major sign of addiction. Any failed attempt to stop using the drug indicates a major problem. Other symptoms of an addiction, dependence or abuse include:

  • Marijuana use causing problems in your home or work life
  • Relationship problems because of marijuana use
  • Participation in risky behavior while high
  • Legal troubles due to marijuana use
  • Needing more and more marijuana to achieve the same highs you used to get
  • Using more marijuana than you planned to and being unable to limit your intake
  • Spending excess time thinking about marijuana even when you aren't using it
  • Abandoning other activities and hobbies in favor of doing drugs
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit using marijuana
  • Taking marijuana specifically to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms

If you are a loved one are experiencing any of the above signs of marijuana addiction, help is available. Our admissions counselors know first-hand what you are going through and can be reached at (877) 392-3342 or by chat. All consultations are free and confidential.

Treatment Options for Marijuana Addiction

Inpatient treatment options at The Treatment Center give you full-time access to medical staff and therapists dedicated to helping you achieve a full recovery. Our treatment options give you multiple ways to address the underlying issues that led to your marijuana use in the first place. In addition to teaching you coping skills, your therapist can help you learn to deal with any negative emotions or stress in a healthy way.

For people who want a faith-based approach to their treatment, The Treatment Center offers Christian addiction counseling in addition to the individual, group, and family therapy sessions available to all recovering addicts.

The Treatment Center can also handle multiple addictions at once, so if your marijuana use is paired with abuse of other drugs, you can tackle all of your dependencies simultaneously. Dual diagnosis treatment for mental health disorders that could hamper recovery, including depression and anxiety, are also available.

The length of treatment depends on your level of addiction and how long you have been using marijuana. In general, the longer your history with the drug, the longer recovery takes. Fortunately, getting over a marijuana addiction is generally easier than dealing with a more complex addiction with potentially deadly withdrawal symptoms. Recovery is never simple, but learning to live marijuana-free is an achievable goal with support and assistance from a trained treatment team.

When it comes to getting treated for a marijuana use disorder or addiction, you are not alone. Learn more about our simple admission steps or call our admissions counselors at (877) 392-3342 for a free assessment and to learn more about the various treatment options available.

Dealing with Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Fortunately, most symptoms of marijuana withdrawal are fairly mild and don't endanger the recovering addict's overall health. Withdrawal symptoms generally last about two weeks, and they tend to be worst during the first week after halting marijuana use.

Some of the common withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting marijuana include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Food cravings
  • Irritability
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Drug cravings

While there are no medications to tame these withdrawal symptoms, behavioral interventions tend to be effective for getting through the detoxification and withdrawal process. The medical and support staff at The Treatment Center are well trained in helping people deal with marijuana withdrawal symptoms. The comfortable healing atmosphere can help you work through the process of getting used to life without marijuana, while specific behavioral therapy can teach you ways to deal with the withdrawal symptoms so you can move on to the next phase of recovery. 

Learning to Live Without Marijuana

After dealing with the symptoms of withdrawal, a marijuana addict needs to learn how to live without the drug. Group and individual therapy at The Treatment Center can teach you coping mechanisms and give you the mental tools necessary to stay sober. If your drug use has affected your family, participation in family therapy can help heal the wounds and aid in building a support system to help you get back on your feet.

Once you're free of the grip of marijuana, preventing a relapse is essential for long-term recovery from addiction. Our trained professionals can help you find effective alternatives to marijuana use and teach you drug-refusal skills so you can live your life free of marijuana once you leave the facility. Outpatient follow-up care can keep you on track when the going gets rough. Recovery support groups give you a social system for handling life outside the center.

While relapse prevention is the ultimate goal, a relapse doesn't have to mean a complete failure of treatment. Further treatment sessions can help you recover from any relapses, so you need not commit to a long recovery program in response to a temporary mistake. Outpatient follow-up care can help you determine what went wrong, and a counselor can assist you with developing strategies to prevent the same problem from happening again.

It’s time to leave marijuana behind for good. Learn more about our simple admission process. Call (877) 392-3342 to talk to an admissions counselor about starting your journey toward recovery from marijuana addiction. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, including on weekends and holidays, and every call is confidential. 

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