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
The process of entering treatment or watching a loved one go off to receive help for an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs can be an emotionally stressful and trying time. Recovery Care Partner exists to help those who are ready to take this step in life. Treatment centers want those who are preparing to enter their facilities to be well prepared to make the decision to enter treatment. Someone that is not ready for help can sometimes be persuaded through the tool of an intervention, but those who accept help are more likely to succeed in a recovery care management center.
It is important to seek professional help when dealing with an individual who suffers from an addiction. Addiction is a disease, and those who have an addiction may not respond in ways that seem rational when approached about their need to get help. Getting in touch with a recovery care center such as Recovery Care Partner is going to greatly help someone who has a loved one struggling with an addiction. There will be things to remember when considering treatment, or when a loved one is considering going to treatment.
What to Remember Pre-Treatment
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You Are Not Alone
Remember that there are many families in the United States, and even around the world, who are affected by the disease of addiction. Reaching out and seeking help is the first step to surrounding oneself with a caring recovery group that is passionate about seeing people get their lives right.
Addiction Can Be Life and Death
For some addicts, it may be a while before the consequences of their actions become serious. However, for some who have been in addiction for long amounts of time, the best option for someone pre-treatment can be an intervention. When seeking help, it is important to remember that many who have gone before have had an intervention and gone on to successfully get help for an addiction. The best option is going to be seeking the help of a professional addiction specialist that can determine if this option best suits the needs of a family or individual.
Recovery Care Partner is comprised of a small, core group of recovery specialists who want to help treat the needs of those who are in addiction. Addiction is a serious disease, and because of that, the main goal is going to be to help those who are in addiction to recover and to build stable lives. The founder, Don Sloan, has over 30 years of experience in the addiction and recovery field and has orchestrated hundreds of interventions. To get in touch with them today, call 855-727-2887!Learn More