Social norms are changing. Twenty-nine states plus the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana in some forms. That makes this drug more available than ever before. And while medical marijuana can change lives, for some people, marijuana destroys lives.
Any drug can be addictive, so don’t believe the hype about marijuana being safe for everyone. Marijuana addiction and marijuana abuse can happen to you, especially with chronic marijuana use.
Our West Palm Beach marijuana addiction treatment program helps individuals overcome marijuana addiction and marijuana use disorders. We address the root cause of addiction to help our clients go on to lead healthy, fulfilling, and sober lives.
A popular myth suggests that marijuana is not addictive and that marijuana abuse is impossible. This is why many people with cannabis use disorder do not seek addiction treatment or drug rehab. Marijuana is indeed less likely to produce chemical dependency than other drug abuse, but this doesn’t mean that it’s not addictive.
Any substance that changes your body and brain can become an addictive substance. Something doesn’t even have to get you high to be addictive. Witness how easily some people become addicted to shopping and gambling, for example.
So yes, marijuana is absolutely addictive, and you can easily abuse marijuana.
Chemical dependency in drug addiction refers to the physical changes that occur in the body and brain due to marijuana use. Dependency convinces your body you need marijuana to remain normal. It’s the reason most addicts quit using, and it’s what makes withdrawal so difficult.
Marijuana also changes your brain. It can sap your motivation, trigger depression in some people, and make it more difficult to feel energetic and hopeful. This causes many addicts to use more marijuana to cope with the stress and discomfort, spurring a vicious cycle of progressively worsening dependency.
Many think that marijuana use is helping their mental health conditions. However, it may actually be contributing further to mental illness. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms vary per person, but often marijuana users continue smoking marijuana to avoid these withdrawals.
Behavioral addiction refers to the habit portion of marijuana. This is the tendency to unthinkingly use this drug to cope with stress, boredom, depression, and other struggles of daily life. Behavioral addiction almost always goes hand in hand with chemical dependency. But even when you’re not chemically dependent on marijuana, behavioral addiction is a powerful force.
It’s why addicts return to drugs even after they’ve gone through detox and their bodies are no longer dependent. Behavioral addiction makes marijuana feel like an easy antidote to all that makes life challenging. It also means that to get and stay sober, you must find a healthier way to cope.
Not sure if you’re an addict? The fact that you’re questioning the possibility already suggests there might be a problem. Some signs of marijuana addiction include:
Like any other addiction, marijuana addiction eventually causes you to prioritize marijuana over almost everything else—including your family, job, and happiness. It’s true that a marijuana overdose is virtually impossible, but that doesn’t mean marijuana doesn’t kill. Driving under the influence, lung damage from smoking and other secondary effects of marijuana use can claim your life. Marijuana use may also erode your quality of life.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Don’t believe the lies of marijuana addiction. It’s possible to get and stay sober, and there’s no better time than right now. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can begin living the sober, healthy life you deserve.
You can lead a happy life without marijuana. Let us show you a path out of the darkness of addiction and into the light of sobriety. Contact us today!
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