The Science behind Marijuana Addiction

The Science behind Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana does not affect all people in the same way. Some people are able to use marijuana occasionally without developing dependence. But, marijuana is an illegal drug. Those who have a history of substance addiction are more likely to become addicted to marijuana than those without any drug abuse in their pasts. Marijuana addiction often is born of sustained marijuana use, but keeps people addicted to feeling good. In this way, addicts use marijuana to feel normal and function rather than feel good and have a good time.

Marijuana Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms

Habitual marijuana users report withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly cease to take the drug. Some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced are as follows:

  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Diminished appetite
  • Anxiousness
  • Cravings for marijuana

These withdrawal symptoms can deter addicts from becoming sober. Withdrawal symptoms generally become present a day after the last use and can continue for up to two weeks.

The Issues Underlying Marijuana Addiction

Unfortunately, only addressing the addiction to marijuana may not be the proper treatment. Addictions are often the result of underlying mental health issues or trauma. Participating in a treatment program at an inpatient facility will address not only the marijuana addiction, but also the components underlying the addiction that can lead to relapse and/or the use of other drugs. As you work with an addiction counselor to account for the past and equip yourself for the future, you may find that treatment not only restores your pre-addiction life, but even improves it.

Inpatient Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Marijuana addiction is real. Marijuana can be habit forming and a destructive force in the activities and relationships of your life. If you or someone that you care about is addicted to marijuana, please call our 24 hour, toll-free addiction helpline. The operator who answers your call will be eager and willing to assist you with insurance information, answer initial treatment questions and even arrange transportation to the facility of your choosing.