Get Help for How You Feel without Using Marijuana

Get Help for How You Feel without Using Marijuana

Marijuana is not highly addictive physically, as the side effects and withdrawal symptoms are comparatively mild, and there is virtually no chance of fatal overdose. This does not mean that chronic marijuana use does not cause any harm.

Physiological and Psychological Effects of Marijuana Use

Habitual marijuana use can cause chronic respiratory problems such as bronchitis and esophageal infections. THC (the active ingredient in marijuana smoke) alters brain chemistry by acting directly on the “reward center” of the brain. Habitual users develop a tolerance for the drug and often experience depression if use is stopped. They may find it difficult to feel good, be happy or enjoy life without smoking pot. Marijuana use becomes the primary focus of users’ lives, and they will go to great lengths to obtain and use pot to avoid the depression that comes with not smoking it. This is a sign of psychological addiction.

Indirect Consequences of Marijuana Use

Since THC alters brain function, marijuana users experience impaired judgment and often make poor choices that may lead to serious indirect consequences. They will spend large amounts of money on the drug which can lead to financial hardship. They often become socially isolated and experience problems at work. They may experience legal problems stemming from charges for possession or driving under the influence. Marijuana use may lead to accidents that cause injury or death to the user or someone else.

Root Causes of Marijuana Addiction

Psychological dependence on marijuana is often related to a deeply rooted psychological or emotional issue. Drug addiction combined with a mental health issue is known as a Dual Diagnosis of co-occurring disorders. Habitual marijuana users are often self-medicating to ease the pain of a psychological or emotional problem. Marijuana use will numb mental pain temporarily, but when use is stopped the person will often find that the problem still there and that it has gotten worse. This is a self-reinforcing cycle, as users may continue to attempt to escape problems through drug use while the problems in their life continue to get worse.

Integrated Treatment for Marijuana Addiction and Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues

Traditional approaches to drug addiction that focus exclusively on the behavioral aspects of addiction but leave the root causes untreated may be successful in stopping drug use for a time, but they leave the patient susceptible to relapse. Integrated treatment deals with the behavioral aspects of drug addiction while addressing the psychological or emotional issues that underlie the addiction and is by far the best hope for lasting health for those suffering from co-occurring disorders.

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