Marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed, may seem harmless, but when you think of it as a drug like alcohol or the nicotine in cigarettes it becomes more clear: marijuana addiction is possible.
The United States is currently going through many changes around marijuana and it’s been in the news much more in recent years. To add another layer of complexity, there are a number of states, as well as the District of Columbia, that have legalized recreational marijuana possession, growth, and use. However, many individuals report struggling with marijuana dependence and addiction, meaning that they need to use more to feel the same effects and that they experience cravings or withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug.
Vertava Health Mississippi offers a marijuana addiction treatment program to help patients break free of this addiction. Reach out to our team today at 844.470.0410 to learn more about our substance abuse treatment programs.
Marijuana Dependence and Addiction
Dependence can feel a lot like addiction but is technically not defined the same way. The general definition of dependence is when your body adapts to a substance in order to maintain a level of normalcy. However, a dependence on marijuana can result in withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, sleep disruption, restlessness, and more.
The part of marijuana that produces the feeling of being high, THC, affects the area of your brain dealing with memory and how you process information. Because of that, tests have reported those struggling with long-term marijuana use can suffer from memory problems.
It has been reported that long-term and repetitive use of marijuana leads to similar side effects as smoking tobacco, specifically:
Studies have also shown that stopping regular marijuana use has lessened, and even completely eliminated, these side effects.
Being addicted to marijuana, or any substance can result in regular cravings for the drug. This means if you have used marijuana and are reaching the end of its effects your body and mind will begin feeling as if they need more.
If you are missing day-to-day commitments due to marijuana use, spending money you shouldn’t be spending on it, or doing anything illegal to obtain marijuana, you may be addicted.
Our Marijuana Addiction Treatment Program in Mississippi
Marijuana dependence and addiction can be difficult to get past. It may not be a quick road to recovery but we are determined to guide you along that path no matter what. We know your circumstances are unique and your path to recovery will be too.
Vertava Health Mississippi completes a full clinical assessment for everyone in need of marijuana addiction treatment. All cases are different, which means the treatment is chosen based on what will address the specific needs of each patient. We take a holistic approach, meaning we look at your entire situation and all the factors that may be leading to a marijuana use disorder.
You may be struggling with marijuana use but also another, undiagnosed mental health situation. When this is the case it is called a co-occurring disorder. Vertava Health Mississippi wants to help you address both struggles by applying any of the methods of treatment we have at our disposal. This includes therapy (occasionally both individual and group sessions), and if needed, prescription medications.
Using evidence-based treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), we help you regulate thoughts and emotions, as well as focus on how your social interactions can play a large role in your daily life.
Learn More About Vertava Health Mississippi’s Marijuana Rehab Center
No matter what you are dealing with, we’re ready to help you approach it head-on. If you are struggling with marijuana addiction or dependence, let us know. Our evidence-based treatments are here to help guide you.
More than anything, we use your natural strength, the dedication, and the resilience you have to change your own life. Give us a call at 844.470.0410 to find out how marijuana addiction treatment can change your life.