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Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Addiction Treatment at Promises

At Promises, marijuana addiction treatment is tailored to each client’s needs. Our programs offer a number of traditional and alternative therapies so that clients can find what approaches best help them recover. We have specially trained and licensed behavioral healthcare practitioners who work with clients to create a treatment plan that reflects their individual preferences and life experiences. To promote long-term recovery, alumni services and support are also available.

Marijuana Addiction

Like all drugs, marijuana poses clear risks. Just like any drug, regular use over time can result in both physical and psychological dependence. Clients with cannabis addiction are often addicted to other substances as well, such as anti-anxiety medications (Xanax, Valium, other benzodiazepines). They smoke marijuana to self-medicate their mood. Unfortunately, the use of marijuana to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder can result in backlash: the user becomes more anxious or more depressed.

Research shows that about 9 percent of users become addicted, and the risk is higher among those who start young, use on a daily basis or have an underlying mental health disorder. Withdrawal – one of the key features of substance abuse – occurs when marijuana addicts try to quit. Symptoms can include anxiety, drug cravings, irritability, insomnia and changes in appetite.

Denial about cannabis addiction is often difficult to overcome. This is because of the long period of time THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana responsible for the “high,” is stored in the body.  Withdrawal may not kick in until about seven to 10 days after quitting use.  For this reason, many people believe they can quit anytime they want to. They notice no withdrawal symptoms in the first four to six days, so they believe they are not dependent. They begin smoking or ingesting again before marijuana withdrawal symptoms set in.

About Marijuana

Despite the legalization of marijuana in some states, marijuana  is still considered a Schedule I controlled substance under the Drug Enforcement Administration. Schedule I drugs are deemed by federal law to have no currently accepted medical use and to be the most dangerous of all the drug schedules with high potential for abuse and severe physical and psychological dependence.

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the U.S. Typically smoked in joints (cigarettes), blunts (cigars) or pipes, or mixed with food, marijuana’s active chemical – THC – activates areas of the brain responsible for pleasure. In addition to producing relaxation and euphoria, users may experience distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, and difficulties with thinking, learning and memory.

The social acceptability of marijuana use has spiked dramatically in recent years. However, anyone who uses the drug runs a substantial risk of developing problems with marijuana addiction. Doctors diagnose this form of addiction as part of a more broadly defined condition called cannabis use disorder.

Effects of Marijuana Use

After smoking marijuana, it takes only a few minutes for the heart to speed up and blood vessels in the eyes to expand (hence the red eyes and use of eye drops frequently associated with smoking pot). Like other drugs, marijuana affects users’ physical health, increasing the risk of heart palpitations, arrhythmias and heart attack as well as respiratory problems such as chronic cough, chest illness and lung infections.

Ongoing research is shedding new light on the consequences of regular marijuana use. Learning and memory are significantly impacted. These effects can last for years after stopping marijuana use, especially for those who begin using the drug at an early age.

Far from harmless, heavy marijuana users report a number of problems including:

  • Less satisfaction with life
  • Poor mental and physical health
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Less academic and career success

Studies show that marijuana addicts are more likely to drop out of school, be late or absent from work and jump from job to job.

Impaired judgment and coordination make driving under the influence of marijuana extremely dangerous. Studies show that marijuana use more than doubles the risk of being in a car accident. The risk is even higher when marijuana is mixed with alcohol.

Mental illness, such as depression, anxiety and psychosis, is also associated with chronic marijuana use. High doses can cause severe paranoia and hallucinations. Especially among teen pot smokers, studies show a link between marijuana use and the development of psychosis later in life.

About Marijuana Addiction Treatment

With the potency of marijuana reaching a historical high in recent years, cannabis addiction is an even greater concern. More people are showing up in emergency departments and addiction treatment programs with problems related to marijuana use. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, motivational enhancement therapy and other approaches have proven effective in marijuana addiction treatment. Addiction specialists treat the condition with behavioral therapies meant to change the habitual actions of recovering marijuana addicts. Practitioners introduce the recovering addict to healthier alternative behaviors that he or she can gradually learn to rely on instead of resorting to drug use.

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