MARIJUANA ADDICTION TREATMENT
What is Marijuana Addiction?
Before you make any decisions about your potential treatment, it’s important to understand exactly what marijuana addiction is. Medical professionals describe marijuana addiction, or marijuana use disorder, as severe cases of dependency in which users experience withdrawal symptoms. When people don’t have they marijuana, their mood will change and they will experience physical symptoms. These symptoms may include restlessness, difficulty sleeping, irritability, mood swings and other forms of physical discomfort.
1 in 10 marijuana users will develop an addiction. That figure rises to 1 in 6 for people who start using before the age of 18.
As the U.S. continues to grapple with a growing drug crisis, there is much discussion surrounding marijuana. This includes how to ensure the safety and recovery of those who find themselves in the throes of addiction. After all, that’s a lot of people, as the National Institute on Drug Use reported that nearly 4 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana use disorder in 2015. Around 138,000 of these individuals voluntarily sought treatment for their drug problem.
Call Us Today to Begin Your Recovery
What Are the Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction?
As marijuana becomes legalized to some degree in many parts of the country as well as the rest of the world, the debate continues. There are millions of people who use the drug recreationally or for health-related reasons. Yet it’s essential that those who do use it do so safely and within reason. Otherwise, addiction can become a very real avenue and consequence of prolonged marijuana use.
Marijuana is typically seen as a social drug. It’s often seen as something you do time from time with friends or on a relaxing weekend. However, as with other substances, it can creep up on you. You may think you have your usage under control when the opposite is actually the truth. If you find yourself making excuse for your marijuana use, or if it’s affecting your work or personal life, then you may have a problem that needs to be addressed. When marijuana is all you can think about, addiction may unfortunately be a reality for you. In addition, marijuana has always been known as a “gateway” drug, meaning it’s a substance that many people start out by using before moving on to harder drugs.
Physical Marijuana Addiction Symptoms
Red, glassy eyes: Marijuana use can cause the eyes to become extremely red and bloodshot, as well as giving them a glassy or glossed over appearance. Another common side effect is a noticeable narrowing of the eyes, as if squinting.
Dry Mouth: Marijuana is well known for causing a severely dry mouth effect, often referred to by users as “cotton-mouth”.
Increased Appetite and Weight Gain: Using Marijuana can cause the person to feel very hungry, a side effect known as “the munchies”. As a result of this, the user may gain weight over time.
Emotional Marijuana Addiction Symptoms
Anxiety: Marijuana is often portrayed as a fun, and even silly experience, but in fact many users report feeling anxious of even paranoid after after using it.
Depression: As with any substance, the prolonged use of Marijuana will interrupt the natural balance of chemicals in the brain. This can cause depression.
Poor Motivation: Another common side effect is low energy, known as “burn-out syndrome” that causes the user to feel lazy or unmotivated. This can interfere with work, school, or relationships.
Learn More About Lifeline’s Treatment for Marijuana Addiction
Treatment for Marijuana Addiction
Partial Hospitalization Treatment
A person who attends a Partial Hospitalization Treatment Program will receive daily individual and group therapy sessions geared toward helping them identify triggers for their use and develop new skills to cope with life without drugs. They will also have access to medical staff and oversight. These programs are an ideal first step in the treatment process and offer the most accountability.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
In an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program an individual will still attend treatment daily, however, for fewer hours that a Partial Hospitalization Program. The treatment will focus more on group and transitional therapy than individual therapy, and will help prepare the person to begin reintegrating into society without relying on drugs and alcohol. Individual therapy is still provided, just less frequently.
Sober Living environments give those trying to recover a safe and sober living space. Most sober living houses provide accountability by enforcing regular drug testing, curfews, and ensuring that occupants are attending recovery groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART Recovery. Sober Living can be used in conjunction with treatment to provide maximum accountability in early recovery.