With recent political events, marijuana is now more easily accessible in several states. Both medical and recreational marijuana are becoming more widely used, with 29 states and counting legalizing marijuana in some form. In 2015, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) discovered that approximately 22.2 million people in the United States aged 12 years or older had used marijuana in the previous month. Marijuana is most prevalently used between the ages of 18 to 25, with side effects ranging from problems with memory and learning, distorted perception, issues with problem solving, and loss of coordination.
A major concern of many people is the potential to become addicted to marijuana. The National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that approximately 30 percent of those who use marijuana likely have marijuana use disorder. Research shows that adults who suffer from this disorder have typically used marijuana every day for more than 10 years and have attempted to quit more than 6 times. It has also been noted that marijuana use disorder is likely to occur in people who begin smoking it in adolescence or early twenties.
Many people experience marijuana dependence, in which they feel withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug. This may include irritability, anxiety, depression, mood changes, irritability, stomach pains, loss of appetite, nausea, and insomnia. People often become dependent on marijuana when they feel that it is the only thing that can help them get through their problems or feel happy. This isn’t healthy because they are not effectively working through their emotions, rather they are numbing themselves from it.
Marijuana addiction is real, and happens when people continue to smoke it despite the negative effects that it has on their life. A person who experiences worsening of mental health symptoms, relationships problems, low grades or abandoning school/work, increased workers compensation claims, and less career success than their peers yet continues to smoke, that person is likely addicted and in denial.
Treatment for marijuana abuse and addiction typically involves cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), contingency management, and/or motivational enhancement therapy. If you or a loved one is addicted to marijuana, please look further into these forms of treatment and contact and doctor and therapist right away. There are many resources to help you get your life back on track. By working through your core issues, you can become a happier, healthier person with higher chances of success.
Recovery is yours when you start to do the work. At a treatment facility in the New Vista Behavioral Health family, you will be supported with staff and programming held to higher standards, providing exceptional care for better outcomes. Life is yours for living. Start making a change today by calling: 866-926-1498