What Does Personal Healing from Marijuana Addiction Look Like?

What Does Personal Healing from Marijuana Addiction Look Like?

On the surface, marijuana addiction may appear to be a physical dependence as the body becomes more and more accustomed to the ingredients. However, behind most addiction, including addiction to marijuana, is an underlying reason that drives a person to continue using despite the negative consequences he may face.

While the psychological dynamics of addiction are unique to each person, there are some common reasons people turn to marijuana for relief.

Underlying causes for marijuana addiction include:

  • Trauma – Many marijuana addicts have suffered some sort of trauma in their lives. This experience could be anything from PTSD to witnessing a crime. In order to deal with the emotional residue left by that trauma, some people turn to marijuana.
  • Loss – When a person experiences a loss, the grief may become overwhelming. Loss can include the death of a friend or loved one, losing a job or even losing a pet. To avoid or alleviate the pain from loss, a person may escape into marijuana use.
  • Abuse – A common denominator among many people who use marijuana is an experience of abuse in the past (or even in the present). Marijuana allows them to forget about those painful events for a little while, which is a welcome relief to those who are suffering.
  • Stress – Being overwhelmed by the daily stresses of life can also lead someone to use marijuana. Because this drug is a CNS (central nervous system) depressant, it creates a relaxed, calm feeling that counteracts the pressures a person feels.

While dealing with the physical aspect of marijuana addiction can be handled with detox and supervision, dealing with the psychological addiction means healing from the emotional underpinnings that perpetuated an individual’s use.

The Process of Personal Healing

Finding personal healing for marijuana addiction is an individual journey because every person’s wounds and hurts are different. However, the recovery process is similar for most people. During drug rehab, a marijuana addict participates in both group and individual therapy. This allows a person to uncover those emotional ties to addiction; therapy also allows a person to process his experiences, whether that means grieving over a loss, confronting a past abuser, or learning stress management techniques. Personal healing may also include forgiving an offender and forgiving oneself for poor decision-making. Healing allows a person to detach from marijuana as the source of relief and escape.

Getting Help for Your Marijuana Addiction

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to marijuana, we can help. You can call our toll free helpline any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk with one of our admissions coordinators who understand the emotional dynamics of addiction. Together you can discuss the best treatment options for your budget, life situation and severity of addiction. Using marijuana to forget the wounds that you carry will only provide temporary relief, and it will cause even more emotional heartache in the long run. Call us today and start on the path of lasting healing.