Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Over recent years, marijuana has been subject of several conversations regarding medical benefits, decriminalization, and legalization. Studies have proven that the use of medical marijuana (which is no different than any other marijuana other than it is prescribed by a doctor) can help treat symptoms of serious conditions such as multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, cancer, seizures, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Crohn’s disease. This is because within the body, there is an endocannabinoid system that releases its own chemicals to aid in several body functions and processes. When marijuana is consumed, the receptors in the endocannabinoid system are triggered, allowing for a free flow of those chemicals, which help with pain, inflammation, anxiety, bone growth, and immune function. Because of its many priceless benefits and much lower risk for dependency in comparison to prescription opioids or antipsychotics, marijuana is go-to for patients of several prescribing professionals.

In addition to the legalization of medical marijuana, countless states, towns, and cities have decriminalized the possession of marijuana and/or completely legalized it. Throughout the country, legal pot shops are opening up at an astonishing rate, with patrons lined around the block to legally purchase this once-illegal substance.

While the legalization and recreational use of marijuana has been on the rise, it is clear that more people than not are pleased with being able to partake in smoking marijuana when and where they choose. Even though marijuana is nowhere near as dangerous and deadly as other drugs like heroin and cocaine are, it is still a drug that when abused, can be habit-forming.  

Marijuana is currently the most commonly abused mind-altering substance in the United States, with more than 4 million people in the United States meeting the criteria for cannabis use disorder.

What is Cannabis Use Disorder?

Cannabis use disorder is the clinical term for marijuana addiction. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, cannabis use disorder is diagnosable when two or more of the following occur within a 12-month period:

  • Using more marijuana that originally intended
  • Problems controlling or limiting marijuana use
  • Spending lots of time using, thinking about using, or acquiring marijuana
  • Having cravings for marijuana
  • Experiencing problems at home, work, or school because of marijuana use
  • Continuing to use marijuana despite problems with friends, family, or a significant other
  • Losing interest in previously enjoyed activities because of marijuana use
  • Using marijuana in high-risk situations
  • Continuing marijuana abuse despite suffering physical or mental problems
  • Developing a tolerance to marijuana (needing more of it in order to feel high)
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using marijuana

It is important to understand that even though marijuana is being primarily marketed as a safe substance to use recreationally, that it is just as dangerous as the abuse of any other drug. Not only can an addiction to marijuana impacts one’s physical health, but it can also cause him or her to suffer from depression, anxiety, memory loss, and dizziness.

Dangers of Cannabis Use Disorder

Despite popular belief, it is possible for individuals to become both physically and psychologically dependent on marijuana. Studies have shown that when going from regularly abusing marijuana to suddenly stopping, that people report feeling irritability, having a mood swings, problems sleeping, restlessness, and more. Plus, ceasing the use of marijuana can cause an individual to become depressed, as he or she no longer has access to the drug that has helped keep them feeling regularly euphoric. Anytime that someone is dependent on a drug, he or she runs the risk of suffering continuous consequences of that use, one of which can include death.

When someone is under the influence of marijuana, probably the most noticeable sign is that his or her reaction time is off. This is very common, however is also extremely dangerous, especially when a user is driving a car, babysitting, taking care of his or her kids, or even just being active outside or in a gym. This is because if something happens, such as a car swerves into the user’s lane, a child falls off a counter, or the user is out running on the road, his or her reaction time can cause all of those instances to become fatal, as he or she is not cognitively sharp enough to avoid the car accident, catch the child, or get out of the road fast enough before he or she is hit by a car.

Outside of accidents due to slowed reaction time, marijuana abuse can cause users to become sluggish, fatigued, and unmotivated, making it difficult for him or her to perform at work, maintain a job, or find employment. The resultant consequence of that is usually financial problems, as the user has no income to support him or herself. These behaviors can also make it difficult for a user to focus in school or graduate due to being so preoccupied with marijuana abuse. Plus, any time the abuse of any substance is one’s main focus, it can cause friction between the user and his or her loved ones, leading to broken relationships, separation, divorce, and built-up resentments.

Additionally, marijuana is no longer as “clean” as it used to be in past years. As more and more people have been modifying their crops, the levels of THC in marijuana is astronomically high. In fact, studies show that in the 1990’s, marijuana contained an average of 3.8% of THC. Today, that number has nearly quadrupled, with most marijuana containing 12.2% of THC. The higher the level of THC, the more psychoactive the drug becomes, which impacts the user’s overall mental state.

Those who are addicted to marijuana do not need to accept the disease of addiction as their permanent way of life. Marijuana treatment at Taylor Recovery Center can help.

Marijuana Treatment at Taylor Recovery Center

While some users can experience withdrawal symptoms when ending their use of marijuana (such as irritability, fatigue, restlessness and mood swings), the need for clinical detox is usually not necessary. These symptoms, while noticeable and not always the most pleasant, are usually easily managed independently. However, just because detox is not required does not mean that additional therapeutic treatment is unnecessary.

Those who are addicted to marijuana can receive treatment based on their needs at the time of admission. Our marijuana treatment at Taylor Recovery Center is provided through a few different programs, including:

  • Residential treatment – Residential treatment, which is often referred to as inpatient treatment, offers patients the ability to live on campus for 30-90 days as needed. When enrolled in this level of care, patients will spend their days participating in several different forms of evidence-based therapies that can help them get to the root causes of their cannabis use disorder and address them in a healthy manner so that use does not continue.
  • Partial hospitalization – Many people who struggle with substance use disorders have physical complications that require regular medical supervision, and those who are recovering from marijuana addiction are no different. In a partial hospitalization program, patients can receive that medical treatment all while getting the professional addiction treatment needed to address the emotional, mental, and spiritual issues that have contributed to their addiction.
  • Outpatient treatment – A large majority of those with cannabis use disorder find that outpatient marijuana treatment at Taylor Recovery Center is an ideal fit for them. This is because they can continue to live at home and work, go to school, or participate in any other responsibilities that they have all while getting professional treatment. When enrolled in outpatient treatment, patients will go to the facility a couple of times each week for a few hours a day. During that time, they will have therapy sessions, such as behavioral, individual, and group therapy sessions that can help them solidify their recovery and prevent relapse.

While not exactly a form of treatment, sober living is an excellent resource for those who are ready to leave the structure of a professional treatment program but who still need support before going back home for good.

Sober living is when individuals who are in recovery live together in one house. By coming together and rooming together, they can be comfortable in knowing that their living environment is drug-free and that they are all focused on maintaining sobriety. The support and fellowship that can be established while in a sober living environment can be absolutely priceless to all involved, as it continues to help move them towards reaching their recovery goals one day at a time.

Professional Addiction Treatment is Right Around the Corner

If you are addicted to marijuana or any other addictive substance, know that there are options nearby that can help you stop your use for good.

There is nothing to be ashamed about when experiencing a cannabis use disorder, as millions of people are experiencing the very same thing. So, if you are ready to put your use in the past once and for all, reach out and get marijuana treatment at Taylor Recovery Center right now.

You or your loved one can be in treatment today.

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