In Clearbrook Treatment Centers, Marijuana Drug Abuse

The most common method for using marijuana is to place the dried leaves, stems, and flowers of this plant onto rolling paper and make it into a cigarette, to be smoked. It can also be smoked in a waterpipe or “bong”, or other metal or glass pipe. This drug can also be put in food products or mixed with coffee or tea.

What is Marijuana Addiction?
A person who is living with an addiction to marijuana is unable to stop using it, even when they want to. The urge to use is simply too strong. Couple the dependence on the drug with the fact that it is cheap and relatively easy to get, and you will see why so many people become addicted.

Signs of Marijuana Dependence
Signs that use of marijuana has moved from the recreational stage to a more serious problem are similar to those of other addictions, and include:

  • Spending a large portion of time thinking about marijuana
  • Focusing on getting more and finding the money to get it
  • Need to use a larger amount to get the same effect

Causes of Dependency
An individual who is addicted to marijuana becomes dependent on the drug because it affects the pleasure centers in the brain. Repeated use makes it more difficult for the person to remember events, learn new ideas or skills, and adapt to changes appropriately. This impairment can lead to depression, and the marijuana addict may continue to use the drug as a way to deal with the feelings of emptiness and hopelessness that accompany this disorder. The side effects of marijuana use may also lead to anxiety when the person tries to quit.

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