Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Marijuana is considered the most abused drug in the U.S, and is particularly popular amongst teens and young adults. Some states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational use and there is still great debate over whether or not marijuana should be considered an addictive substance. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), marijuana use can lead to the development of marijuana use disorder, which in severe cases, may lead to addiction. This is particularly problematic amongst adolescents, as data suggests that those who use marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely to develop marijuana use disorder. Marijuana is also known as “the gateway drug” as many who went on to develop addictions to other substances used marijuana initially. Research suggests that cannabis can prime the brain for enhanced responses to other drugs.
Marijuana can be consumed in many ways including, but not limited to, smoking, ingesting edibles, vaping, and pills. Marijuana users are typically seeking the effects of THC. THC is the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana that stimulates the brain to release dopamine, which creates a euphoric state. Over the years, marijuana has become more potent, meaning the THC content of the drug has become higher. Ingesting high doses of THC has been linked to negative side effects such as panic attacks or psychosis, and can even result in overdose.
Given that marijuana is becoming more commonplace in our society and is even legal to use recreationally in some states, how do you know when marijuana use has become a problem? According to NIDA, marijuana use disorder is associated with psychological and physical dependence, i.e. needing the drug to feel “normal” or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug. If you or a loved one is continuing to use marijuana in spite of any negative physical or psychological symptoms, or feels unable to stop using the drug, it may be time to consider treatment.
MARIJUANA ADDICTION TREATMENT AT NEXUS
At Nexus, treatment for marijuana use disorder and addiction is monitored by healthcare professionals and therapists who specialize in addiction medicine and recovery. We provide a safe and comfortable environment that allows clients to focus on their individual recovery process, while our clinical team provides tools and support to help clients achieve and maintain sobriety.
Each client receives a customized treatment plan based on their individual needs and future goals. This treatment plan is revisited and updated on a weekly basis by members of our clinical team based on the respective client’s progress and feedback. Our goal is always to provide each client with the support they need to eventually maintain lifelong sobriety outside of our care.
If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, call us today.
Signs of Marijuana Addiction
If you’re concerned about potential marijuana addiction for you or a loved one, consider these warning signs:
- Marijuana or it’s after-effects frequently interferes with work, school, or home-life
- Experiencing frequent marijuana cravings—feeling the need or urge to have it in to feel normal
- Compromising relationships with family and friends due to marijuana use
- Giving up extracurricular activities in order to use marijuana
- Putting yourself or others at risk while under the influence of marijuana
- Trying to cut down or stop use of marijuana, but can’t
- Building a tolerance to marijuana—needing to have more to get the same e!ects
- Experiencing financial or legal problems due to marijuana use
- Lying about or becoming defensive when asked about marijuana use
Long Term Effects of Marijuana Abuse
In addition to the short-term health, financial, and familial problems that can occur due to marijuana addiction, abuse of this drug can have several long-terms effects, as well. These may include:
- Respiratory issues from smoking
- Increased risk for heart attack, especially in older adults
- Child development issues if used during and after pregnancy
If you or a loved one are suffering from marijuana addiction, we’re here to help.
Contact us today and speak with one of our trusted recovery advisors.
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