Marijuana Addiction Treatment

While most people agree that marijuana is a gateway drug, not all agree that it is addictive. Marijuana addiction is real, and as with any other drug, an active addiction can become increasingly problematic to one’s happiness and wellbeing. At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we offer marijuana addiction treatment and more. If you or someone you love needs help treating marijuana addiction symptoms, or other challenges, contact our Pennsylvania treatment center today.

Is Marijuana Addiction Real?

While marijuana may not appear as dangerous as other drugs, it is still addictive. The addiction is clinically defined as cannabis use disorder, and over 6% of adults in the country struggle [1]. The marijuana addiction definition identifies the addiction as a persistent pattern of cannabis use that results in functional impairment within school, work, or family spaces [2]. Marijuana addiction is a psychological condition, where the addict feels that they need weed to get through the day.

Dangers of Marijuana Addiction

As with any drug, short-term and long-term use can both result in dangerous marijuana addiction symptoms. These symptoms may dissipate after use stops, but some symptoms, such as mental impairment, can persist even after a user has stopped using marijuana [1]. Adverse effects of heavy marijuana use and marijuana addiction include [3]:

  • Short-term memory impairment
  • Difficulty with learning
  • Altered judgement
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Altered brain development (especially when used in early adolescence)
  • Increased risk of psychosis disorders

The more intense the use, the more prevalent the dangers. Additionally, using marijuana in adolescence can result in greater long-term dangers, due to the drug’s manipulation of brain development [3].

Marijuana Use Disorder Warnings Signs & What to Watch For

Lethargy – The person is suddenly always tired or lacks energy.

Blood Shot/Red Eyes – THC can cause a decrease in blood pressure. When this happens, blood vessels throughout the body will dilate, causing the arteries around the eye to expand. Furthermore, some users are more sensitive to smoke, also causing red eyes. Typically, users will keep eye drops handy to mask this side-effect.

Lack of Coordination – Appears clumsy, has awkward movements, or loss of balance.

Overeating – Abnormally eating larger portions of meals, eating in the middle of night, or consuming many sweets and snacks.

Lack of Focus – Can’t seem to focus on the task at hand, whether it be work, school, or home related. Tends to be easily distracted or daydreams quite often.

Unmotivated in Daily Activities – No longer has interest in daily activities nor wants to participate in everyday life, such as attending school, engaging in extracurricular activities, work, or joining in on family events/gatherings.

Glass pipes – Many users inhale their marijuana through a glass pipe. Quite similar in style to a tobacco smoking pipe, but is made out of glass and is usually decorated with colorful designs.

Rolling Papers – White, thin sheets of paper. Users roll “joints” out of this material.

Cut Open Cigars – Also known as “blunts”, this is another method for rolling marijuana and smoking it.

Empty Baggies – Much smaller than a Ziploc bag, but similar in style. When users buy marijuana in larger quantities, you will often find it in a Ziploc bag or folding sandwich bag.

The Marijuana Smell – It is impossible to describe the exact smell of marijuana, seeing as there are many strains of the drug. Nevertheless, some have described the smell of marijuana as similar to skunk, pine, and herb.

Incense/Candles/Air Fresheners – Because marijuana has such a distinct smell, that usually sits in the fabric of clothing and furniture, many users will always have an air freshener handy or have incense burning.

Clearbrook’s Marijuana Addiction Treatment Program

At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we have been treating marijuana addiction since 1972.  When a patient is first admitted into our program, they will be evaluated by our medical staff. This is done to ensure that each patient safety as they undergo marijuana addiction treatment. Many would like to believe that marijuana does not have its own set of detox symptoms; however, they are wrong. When a person stops using marijuana abruptly, they can experience feelings of agitation, anxiety, loss of appetite, insomnia, and craving.

Once a patient completes detoxification, they will then follow a customized inpatient program, which focuses on one-on-one therapy, small groups, relapse prevention education, family education, and an introduction to the 12-step philosophy and local meetings. Our Pennsylvania treatment center provides support for every step of marijuana addiction treatment.

During the course of your treatment stay, our clinical team will work closely with you and your support system to devise the appropriate aftercare plan that best suits your needs. This step is crucial in the early recovery process. A well thought out aftercare program will increase your chances of continued sobriety and a life free of the mental obsession.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff is available 24 hours a day to answer your questions regarding our marijuana addiction treatment program and how we can best serve you.

You are not alone, and help is available. The best rehabs in PA are waiting to help. Contact us today to learn more.

Sources:

  1. NIH, Marijuana use disorder is common and often untreated
  2. UpToDate, Cannabis use and disorder: Clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis
  3. NCBI, Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use