Many people are under the assumption that marijuana causes no signs or symptoms of addiction. This may be due to a comparison of marijuana and other drugs: cannabis is simply not as harmful as harder drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or morphine. There may also be more of a lax attitude towards this drug due to the sweeping reform that is currently running through the policies in America. Marijuana is the most commonly used and abused illegal drug in the United States and its use is only surpassed by nicotine and alcohol.
Experiences with marijuana are by no means universal; some users experience feelings of happiness and joy while others experience intense anxiety, delusions, distrust, and panic.
Long-Term Effects of Marijuana
Some brain scans suggest reduced volume of specific brain regions involved in executive functioning such as memory, learning, and impulse control compared to individuals that do not use the drug. Other studies suggest altered connectivity in certain areas of the brain. The most impactful aspect of marijuana is usually the negative effects on short-term memory and cognitive functioning, as well as altered states of REM sleep.
What Does Marijuana Detox Look Like?
While the physical symptoms of marijuana withdrawal are minor compared to harder drugs, the psychological addiction is no joke. If you or a loved one has been using for an extended period of time (months or years) it may be difficult to quit on your own. Many people that have gone through marijuana withdrawal report the following symptoms:
- Strange dreams
- Stomach pains
- Sleeping difficulty
- Nervousness and/or anxiety
- Increased anger, aggression, and irritation
- Depressed mood
- Drug cravings
- Decreased appetite
Headaches were reported in almost 30% of individuals that chose to detox from marijuana.
Many users report serious signs of depression after stopping the use of this drug. Whether the cessation of the marijuana caused the depression or whether the depression was simply masked by the high is up for debate and varies widely depending on the individual. We recommend a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Advil, Aspirin) to deal with the side effects. There has also been a startling number of people that
Detox varies based on a few factors:
- An individual’s metabolism
- The amount and frequency of use
- Your age, gender, weight, and level of health
- How long an individual has been using the substance
Marijuana Addiction Services in Philadelphia
At Recovery Care Partner, we specialize in pre and post treatment services for alcoholism and drug addiction. We provide services such as interventionists, pre-treatment consultation, sober companions and escort, recovery care monitoring, and transition coaching in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, South Jersey, Richmond, Virginia, Atlanta, Georgia, Greenwich, Connecticut, and The Greater Washington, DC/Baltimore region.
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, give Recovery Care Partner a call at (855)-727-2887 to learn more about our services and get help.Learn More
At Recovery Care Partner, we offer tools and services to help you get and stay sober. We specialize in interventionists, inpatient rehabs, and post-recovery care. Our strategy has offered long-term sobriety for a number of our clients; despite this, many people have a hard time staying sober. At the end of the day, a large amount of effort has to come from the addicted individual themselves. Going to meetings, being open about your problems, and being aware of your shortcomings can help bolster your recovery and can make you a better person along the way. Below, we’ve compiled a few tips that previous and current clients have found helpful in their process of recovery.
Find a New Friend Group
Often times, an addict will relapse because they went right back to their old social circle. In an attempt to develop a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle, it is counter-productive to hang out with old drinking and using buddies. It can be difficult, but real friends will understand. If they oust you for not drinking, then you can be sure that they were not actual friends anyways. Spending time at meetings and performing sober activities with others in recovery can help pave the way for a healthier life.
Have a Structured Schedule
A disorganized lifestyle can hinder your recovery. Keeping your time and mind occupied with useful and fun activities (such as work, school, exercise, and group activities) can help remind you that you never needed drugs in the first place. Long-term goals have been shown to help maintain sobriety as well. Sit down and think about what you really want from life.
At Recovery Care Partner, we offer a multitude of post-treatment consultation options. Depending on the severity of your addiction, some people will need
more help than others. Just remember: there is nothing wrong with a little extra help and it is nothing to be ashamed about. We offer sober companions, sober transport to and from AA meetings and school etc., transitional coaching from treatment to the outside world, and recovery care monitoring. We can help provide a structured framework that is different in comparison to treatment or therapy.
Learn from the Past
Don’t let past mistakes bog you down. Many people that are in early recovery have a lot of baggage and skeletons in the closet. Maybe you caused a significant financial strain on the family or maybe your actions caused a breakup. If you are working a 12-step program, your 4th step can significantly help you and others gain closure on painful events in each other’s past caused by your addiction.
Many people in recovery turn to physical exercise and activities once they get sober. Not only does physical exercise fill your time, it can also create meaningful experiences and relationships. Consider signing up for a gym, starting a new running regimen, or starting a new sport. This could include tennis, intramural sports, group sports, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, weightlifting, CrossFit, or anything in-between.
Getting sober frees up a lot of time. Think about what you want to do with your life! Many people say that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Consider going back to school to start a fulfilling career.
Recovery Care Management
Recovery Care Partner is an organization that specializes in pre-treatment, intervention, and post-treatment services for individuals afflicted with addiction. We offer a number of services to help addicts get sober and stay sober in the Philadelphia, South Jersey, Atlanta, Richmond, Greenwich, Baltimore, and Greater Washington DC areas. If you or a loved one is in need of help and is ready to take the next step, give us a call at (855) 727-2887 or visit our contact page today.Learn More