Benefits of Addressing Marijuana Addiction Problems Early

Benefits of Addressing Marijuana Addiction Problems Early

Marijuana addiction is more than a physical dependence on the drug; it is also psychological. The longer an individual is addicted to marijuana, the more the individual becomes convinced he or she needs it to function normally. This misconception is only reinforced by withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, restlessness, irritability and intense cravings.

Catching the addiction early will still mean undergoing the withdrawal phase. However, the severity of the withdrawal and the depth of the drug’s psychological impact depend on the duration of time an individual has regularly used marijuana.

How Do I Know Whether or Not I’m Addicted?

Marijuana addiction depends on the individual. Some people may use marijuana occasionally for years and never feel the compulsive need to use or even experience withdrawal symptoms. Because of a certain psychological disposition toward addiction, others may use the drug once and begin exhibiting addictive behaviors.

An individual exhibiting the following signs may be addicted to marijuana:

  • Drug-seeking behavior – experiencing a compulsion to obtain more or panic when the stash is low
  • Tolerance – requiring increasing amounts of the drug to experience the same initial effects
  • Disregard for negative effects – ignoring the toll getting high takes on friendships or success at work or school
  • Decreased interest in hobbies – preferring getting high over other enjoyable activities
  • Dependence when emotionally distressed – turning to marijuana every time there is a problem
  • Dependence for good performance –feeling most creative or successful while high on marijuana
  • Dependence for social life – letting the drug dictate social activities or feeling validated by a willingness to get high

The presence of some of these behaviors may indicate that an individual is becoming addicted or is addicted to pot. An individual suffering from addiction should address the addiction right away rather than waiting for negative physical, mental and psychological effects to worsen.

Consequences of Long-Term Marijuana Use

While there are many uncertainties when it comes to the long-term effects of marijuana, addiction has been known to cause these serious side effects:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Stress on the heart, which can be particularly dangerous for those already suffering from heart conditions
  • Difficulty concentrating and short-term memory loss
  • Reproduction system complications, usually in males

The main active chemical in marijuana is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). The immediate effects of THC include distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, impaired problem-solving skills and impaired memory.

Treatment for Marijuana Addiction

If you or a loved one is exhibiting the signs of marijuana addiction, do not wait any longer to get treatment. The sooner you act, the smoother the recovery will be. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with a trained counselor about a personalized treatment plan. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to give you any information you need to pursue recovery. Call today.