Why Marijuana Detox Is Not Enough

Why Marijuana Detox Is Not Enough

Marijuana creates a sense of relaxation and euphoria in the pleasure center of the brain, super-stimulating special receptors and triggering a strong psychological addiction. Neural pathways in the brain are chemically rewired around this sensation, causing irresistible cravings in the same part of the brain that is responsible for impulse control and emotions. For many people it becomes much more than a desire to get high. This psychological compulsion can be extremely difficult or even impossible to resist without serious help. People will rearrange their lives around finding, buying and smoking pot. Relationships, careers, passions and dreams will be altered or abandoned in preference to getting high. Detox has little impact on this type of addiction.

Why Detoxification Isn’t a Part of Marijuana Addiction Recovery

Detox is the process of forcing any given toxin or poison from the body. This process usually takes several days to weeks to complete. Marijuana is not physically addictive, so users don’t experience the withdrawal symptoms usually associated with detox. However, many people believe that if they can just go a few days or a week without smoking pot their cravings for it will end. The problem is that the addictive power of marijuana is psychological, not physical; psychological addiction is much more powerful and long lasting than simple physical dependence.

Psychological Addiction to Marijuana

Many people misunderstand the nature of psychological addiction, believing it to be a simple matter of willpower or choice. The high produced by marijuana use super-stimulates the pleasure center of the brain, the same area that reinforces behavior, manages impulse control and controls emotions. The brain will reorganize its thinking patterns around getting high. Once this type of addiction is established it is extremely difficult to undo.

The body also develops a tolerance to THC, meaning that users will need larger and larger doses to feel the desired effect. When a person plateaus – meaning they have maxed out the high they will ever feel on pot – they may turn to other drugs or alcohol to increase the buzz. In this way psychological addiction to marijuana can lead to even more powerful addictions down the road.

Recovering from Psychological Addiction to Marijuana

The most effective long-term recovery from marijuana addiction comes through thorough, holistic rehab. Group and individual counseling, developing new habits, 12-step programs, education, spiritual care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are all used in this process. Many people unconsciously self-medicate other psychological disorders such as anxiety with pot. Dual Diagnosis Treatment identifies any of these potential co-occurring disorders and treats them as well.

Find Marijuana Addiction Help

If you are ready to make marijuana use a part of your past, we can help. Your mind may rattle off a wide range of excuses or justifications, but deep down you know you need to get clean. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and our counselors will answer any questions you may have. We can help you find the help you need; help that goes far beyond simple detox. Don’t waste any more of your precious life or risk your relationships, job or freedom on getting high. Call us today and let us help you take the first steps toward lasting freedom from marijuana.