Unintentional Marijuana Dependence

Unintentional Marijuana Dependence

Marijuana can be addictive. Regular users are often quick to cite the medicinal benefits or the lower level of risk relative to hard drugs, but they often fail to acknowledge the fact that users can develop marijuana addictions. Unlike opiate-based drugs, marijuana does not lead to escalating tolerance levels that users must progressively exceed, but marijuana use can affect the reward center in the brain and create an addictive dependence. This addiction usually happens unintentionally since most users are not taught to watch for the warning signs.

Signs of Marijuana Addiction

Addiction is a disease of the brain, and once it takes hold, feeding the marijuana dependence can take precedence over much of a person’s life. Signs of a problem can include the following:

  • Ongoing obsession with acquiring more marijuana
  • Frequent fears over low supply levels
  • Difficulty sleeping without smoking
  • Problems functioning sober
  • Decreasing productivity
  • Increasing tendency to take greater risks
  • Escalation of anxiety, paranoia, or depression

In simple terms, smoking every day for months at a time is a clear sign of addiction. Such users might think they can quit at any time, but the point is that they never quit even for just a few days.

Marijuana Dependence Dangers

Marijuana may not cause a lethal overdose, but it can contribute to a Central Nervous System (CNS) depression, a potentially fatal respiratory decline caused by mixing certain drugs. Marijuana can add to the dangerous sedation levels and limit the user’s ability to keep track of other drug use. An addiction can introduce other dangers, including the following:

  • Incite or intensify a mental health problem or mood disorder
  • Cloud reasoning and hinder decision-making skills
  • Affect the user’s ability to drive or operate machinery
  • Increased willingness to take unnecessary or dangerous risks
  • Elevated levels of financial, legal, and social stress
  • Decrease in inhibitions, motivation, and healthy habits

A person might start smoking to relax, get high, or combat insomnia, but when an addiction takes hold, the side effects can be crippling.

Treatment for Marijuana Dependency

Most marijuana users never imagined they could become addicted, but when a dependency occurs, professional treatment is the most effective way to get free. Proper rehab typically includes the following:

  • Dual Diagnosis care for co-occurring disorders like depression, anxiety, insomnia, and mania
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to eliminate bad habits and establish a healthier lifestyle
  • Teach positive new life skills that improve the patient’s attitude and decision making
  • Peer group support to express ideas, feelings, and frustrations
  • Identify the patient’s drug-use triggers and ways to avoid them
  • Holistic options to treat issues that helped initiate the original drug use
  • Aftercare support and counseling to keep the recovery on track

Rehab treatment can help break the addiction and empower the patient to avoid a relapse in the future. It also addresses any other problems or issues that contributed to the problem. It is the best possible option for getting healthy.

Marijuana Addiction Helpline

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