Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction
Marijuana addiction may not display the physical signs of withdrawal that many other substances do, but there are many other signs that make it clear that use has gone beyond “recreational” in nature.
Signs of marijuana addiction include:
- Tolerance and withdrawal: Regular use of marijuana products, regardless of how you ingest it, can lead to tolerance, causing increased frequency and amount of use over time. Signs of withdrawals when you attempt to reduce use include irritability, insomnia, and anxiety.
- Using to escape problems: If you use marijuana to escape problems or to avoid dealing with your reality, you may be addicted.
- Dependence: If you rely on marijuana to enjoy free time, to relax, to socialize or to be creative, and you don’t think that you can do things without it, this is a sign of addiction.
- Disregarding daily activities: Avoiding housework, chores, school, work or any other daily functions to smoke or because of smoking or ingesting marijuana, you may be addicted.
- Excessive time focused on marijuana: When most of your time is spent doing activities around marijuana (buying, getting high, coming down, repeat) and your day is greatly influenced by the act of getting high, you may be addicted.
- Use affects relationships or activities: If your relationship with friends, family or loved ones is affected negatively or your participation in family outings or friend activities is inhibited by your marijuana use, and you choose the marijuana over the person or activity, then you may be exhibiting signs of addiction.
If any of the above signs apply to you or a loved one, it is time to take a step towards getting ahold of the issue. No substance should dictate your life, and you deserve to be in charge of your interactions, your energy, and your relationships. We want to stress that you did not get here alone, and we don’t expect you to get out alone; our team is here for you. Call our marijuana rehab today.
Effects of Marijuana on the Brain
According to the CDC, using marijuana before age 18 may affect how the brain builds connections for functions like attention, memory, and learning. Marijuana’s effects on attention, memory, and learning may last a long time or even be permanent, but more research is needed to fully understand these effects.
Treating Marijuana Use Disorder
Many people looking to discontinue marijuana use are long-time users who have tried quit several times but were unsuccessful. Unlike many other addictions, marijuana does not cause a physical dependency. Instead, marijuana creates a psychological dependency. Withdrawal can still result in anxiety, stress, irritability, and other side-effects that make it hard to quit long-term.
Inpatient rehab followed by outpatient therapy is recommended for anyone trying to overcome marijuana addiction.
Some behavioral therapies that have been effective in treating marijuana addiction include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Talk therapy where patients identify problematic behaviors that weaken their impulse control. This therapy is especially useful for patients dealing with co-occurring disorders.
- Contingency management – In this therapy uses positive reinforcement to reward patients for abstaining from substances. This involves giving patients some form of tangible reward for reaching landmarks in treatment that create a link between abstinence and good feelings.
- Motivational enhancement therapy – This therapy is designed for people who are having a hard time seeing the point of addressing and stopping their substance use. Rather than going through a step-by-step process, this marijuana addiction treatment rapidly establishes an internal motivation to make positive change.
While many patients will go through one or a combination of these therapies during inpatient rehab, continuing treatment once you are discharged is strongly recommended. That’s why we offer comprehensive outpatient rehab services where patients can continue therapy and counseling. Support doesn’t end once inpatient rehabilitation has concluded.
Personalized Treatment Programs
Our approach to marijuana addiction treatment and recovery is a comprehensive, holistic treatment plan. We know that every patient’s history and a reason for use is different and we understand that not all treatments fit the same. We utilize a multifaceted approach to recovery care including group and private therapy, meditation, adventure therapy, and yoga. If you are ready to take a step towards sobriety, our team of drug rehabilitation professionals in Suwanee and Cumming is ready for you. Your recovery is our priority.