There is a common myth that marijuana is harmless. It is described as non-addictive or as having few or no physical health effects. This leads many individuals to continue using under the assumption they can stop any time they’d like. It hides and enables abuse and addiction problems. It minimizes the seriousness of marijuana addiction and the need for professional detox and treatment support.
Is Marijuana Addiction Real?
If you struggle with marijuana use, you are not alone. The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reveals that in 2015 in America, “More than 36 million (13.5 percent) reported using marijuana in the past year.”
This use is increasing. The Report continues, in 2014, “Marijuana was the most frequently used illicit drug…The rate for past month marijuana use in 2014 was significantly higher than it was in any year from 2002 to 2013, with the prevalence of past 30-day marijuana use rising from 7.5 percent in 2013 to 8.4 percent in 2014.” Not everyone who uses marijuana or any drug will become addicted, but many will. Since so many people use this drug, many will need help to stop using it as well.
You are not alone in your struggles with marijuana. You will not be alone in treatment. The Office of National Drug Control Policy reveals, “Over the last two decades, treatment admissions for marijuana have increased significantly. In 1992, approximately 93,000 people were admitted to treatment with marijuana as the primary drug for which treatment was needed. By 2010, these admissions were estimated at 353,000.
Only admissions for opiate prescription drugs and methamphetamine showed greater increases over the same period of time; however, admissions for both of these drugs in 2010 were about a half or less of marijuana admissions.” When you choose marijuana detox treatment, you are choosing to enter a warm and welcoming community. You will find others with similar stories. You will find effective care that addresses your unique recovery needs.
Is Marijuana Addiction Dangerous?
Even when marijuana is available legally, it is not a “safe” drug.
The Surgeon General’s Report explains, “Products and methods are unregulated even in states that have legalized marijuana use, users may not have accurate information about dosage or potency, which can lead and has led to serious consequences such as hospitalizations for psychosis and other overdose-related symptoms.”
In addition, “Risks can include respiratory illnesses, dependence, mental health-related problems, and other issues affecting public health such as impaired driving.” Marijuana addiction is real. It causes personal and public problems. Individuals struggling with use deserve a healthy, happy life. They deserve to begin recovery and to begin it with detox treatment.
What Does Marijuana Detox Treatment Involve?
Marijuana does not produce the same withdrawal symptoms associated with drugs such as alcohol, opiates and benzodiazepines. However despite public misconceptions, quitting does involve withdrawal.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains that users may experience any of the following when ending use:
Any one of these symptoms can challenge recovery. If individuals try to quit at home and without professional support, they may return to use in response to unwanted emotion or feelings. Marijuana detox treatment limits a person’s ability to relapse. It offers mental and physical health support. Professionals can identify and explain withdrawal symptoms so that patients learn what they are experiencing and why. They can put new or unwanted emotions in perspective and find support until symptoms pass.
Detox treatment involves more than just this observation and encouragement. It can also identify and address any urgent physical health concerns. Individuals may experience few or mild physical withdrawal symptoms. However their recoveries may be complicated by health issues such as gum disease. WebMD explains, “Smoking marijuana for decades may result in gum disease and potential tooth loss.” Detox may include consultations with dentists and other health professionals. Individuals will begin life in recovery with a clean, or at least improving, bill of health. Feeling good physically goes a long way towards beginning to feel good mentally.
Detox offers a solid foundation in physical health as it transitions patients towards mental health and long-term recovery.
Initial treatment does more than address withdrawal symptoms and healthcare emergencies. Because marijuana withdrawal is typically mild, detox and therapy can overlap almost immediately. While medical professionals monitor health, mental health professionals can begin to address the issues that led to and stemmed from marijuana abuse. They can work with patients to reverse the emotional, psychological and social effects of marijuana use. WebMD shares, “Marijuana use is associated with increased risk of psychotic illness, IQ decline, and downward socioeconomic mobility.”
Integrated addiction treatment includes a thorough mental health assessment. This helps professionals identify co-occurring mental health issues. It helps patients understand their substance use, get the care they need, and create a foundation for long-term, sustainable sobriety. Treatment will also address social issues such as relationship or family troubles, employment concerns and any missing personal or professional skills.
Treatment may include family therapy, parenting classes, job training and more. Ending addiction is about more than ending physical drug use and getting through withdrawal. Recovery involves create a whole, happy and healthy life. This process begins with detox. It continues with compassionate, effective treatment like that found at Skywood Recovery. Learn more about integrated detox and addiction treatment. Call us today at 269-280-4673.
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