What Marijuana Recovery Can Do For You

What Marijuana Recovery Can Do For You

While marijuana is not physically addictive, as the body will not experience withdrawal symptoms when use is abruptly ended, it can be extremely addictive in a psychological and even social sense. Because possession, distribution and use of marijuana are illegal in the United States, marijuana brings with it additional risks of fines and prison time as well as proximity to criminal elements like drug dealers and gangs.

How Does Marijuana Addiction Work?

Addiction is a complicated phenomenon. Some substances create a physical dependency, meaning that the body will require it in order to feel normal. This most often happens with drugs that replace milder, naturally occurring chemicals in the brain and suppress the creation of those chemicals. Marijuana does not have this effect, but it does have other habit-forming or addictive properties.

Many users find pot to be a diversion or escape from the challenges or drudgery of their day to day life. This type of escape can be enticing and dangerous. As users make more time to smoke marijuana, they will spend less time with good friends and family and more time with other drug users. People who tend to be awkward in social settings may thrill at the immediate though superficial sense of inclusion and camaraderie they experience among other pot smokers. These relationships are often short-lived and shallow and may leave the user feeling even more isolated and alone. Marijuana also has adverse effects on motivation and drive, often contributing to high school and college dropout, difficulty maintaining employment and lack of concern for legal matters and health care.

Chronic or habitual marijuana use is a psychological or emotional addiction. Though many people discount the seriousness of psychological addiction, it is often responsible for more relapses and long-term dependency than physical addiction. It can lead to chronic, long-term marijuana use, the effects of which include the following:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Loss of motivation
  • Relationship struggles
  • Difficulty at work or school
  • Legal trouble
  • Lung disease, emphysema
  • Loss of interest in healthy activities
  • Possible interest in harder drugs as tolerance to marijuana builds

The Benefits of Marijuana Recovery

The following are only a few of the many benefits to getting free from marijuana:

  • Physical health improvement
  • Reconnecting with healthy relationships
  • Increased focus and motivation
  • Self-respect and pride
  • Improved financial condition
  • No more risk of prison or violence often associated with drug dealers

Successful rehab will help marijuana addicts learn new thinking patterns, take responsibility for their life, discover new and healthy habits and be prepared for a life free of mind-altering drugs. These programs are available on a residential or outpatient basis and include a wide range or services. All aspects of a person’s addiction will be explored and carefully addressed by an experienced staff.

Find Help For Marijuana Problems?

If you are concerned about your use of marijuana or that of a friend or loved one, call our 24 hour toll-free helpline today. Our staff is ready any time of day or night to answer any questions you may have about marijuana treatment and recovery. Take control of your life and rediscover the energy you once had. Don’t waste another day. End your addiction. Call today!