How Do I Stop Smoking Pot?

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What many people do not realize is that treatment is available for pot addiction. Pot addiction, much like any other addiction, is characterized by a person’s inability to stop using the drug despite the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual consequences. People who try to stop smoking pot on their own will often experience certain withdrawal systems. These symptoms include:

 

 

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Drug Cravings
  • Obsessive Thoughts

Many who attempt to stop smoking pot on their own will find these withdrawal symptoms to be too much and return to using the drug to alleviate the symptoms. They rationalize that their pot use isn’t that bad or tell themselves that they need it to function or even that they function better when they are high. This is not true. Marijuana use has been proven again and again to compromise one’s ability to do both simple and complicated tasks. It impairs our ability to react and respond and exercise proper judgment. It causes us to lose our drive and motivation, affecting our ability to pursue both personal and professional goals. It’s part of the the vicious nature of addiction that it creates problems in our lives and then makes the drug seem like the answer to these problems. You try to quit smoking marijuana and begin to experience the withdrawal symptoms. So you tell yourself that you need to use marijuana just to feel normal, not realizing that the reason you feel bad in the first place is because you have become dependent on the drug.

Treatment for marijuana addiction encourages clients to examine the reasons they first began smoking marijuana. Was it low self-esteem? Did it relieve stress? Provide pain relief? Was there an underlying trauma that occurred? Did it help you escape? Therapists then help you address and treat these underlying issues and teach you how to use new, healthier coping mechanisms so you no longer have to smoke pot.

There is a Solution is a free drug and alcohol treatment referral service that works with men, women and teens to get them into effective and affordable treatment. There are a variety of treatment options available to those who are trying to stop smoking marijuana. Depending on the severity of their addiction, there is inpatient, detox, partial hospitalization programs (PHP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), outpatient treatment and sober living. There is a Solution can help you determine the level of care required and ensure that you or your loved get into treatment immediately.

Don’t allow your addiction to continue to run your life. Call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250 to begin the process of healing.

Pot Addiction and the Long-Term Effects of Marijuana

Treatment for Marijuana Addiction

It is not uncommon for someone to underestimate the addictive qualities of pot. Many individuals mistakenly believe that it is not possible to develop a dependency on marijuana, or do not know  that habitual marijuana users will start having withdrawals if they abruptly stop using. Some believe that pot is only dangerous because it leads to harder drug use.

The fact is that it is estimated that between 10 and 30% of regular marijuana users will develop a dependency. While individuals who use drugs such as cocaine or heroin may progress much more quickly in their addiction, the long term effects of marijuana abuse can have devastating consequences. Long-term pot use can negatively impact cognitive abilities, mental health, relationships, physical health, and one’s career. It is important to remember that it is not what a person uses that makes them an addict, but what happens when they use and how it affects their life. If some abuses a substance—whether it’s cocaine, alcohol, prescription pills or pot—to the point where it is interfering with their daily lives, then it’s a problem and they should seek professional addiction treatment.

Someone who has developed an addiction to marijuana and tries to stop will experience certain withdrawal symptoms. Without a medically supervised detox and therapeutic intervention, many pot users will return to using to alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may include:

  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decreased Appetite
  • Drug Craving

There is a Solution is a treatment referral and intervention service. We work with a large network of drug and alcohol treatment facilities, including detoxes, inpatient treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs and sober living facilities. Each client we work with receives an individualized treatment plan that addresses his or her unique needs. The facilities we work with offer drug-specific treatments, including treatment specifically for marijuana addiction.

Call us today at 1-800-832-5250. We can answer any questions you may have about the treatment process and let you know what to expect. We can provide you with accurate, current information about multiple treatment facilities. If you are calling for a loved one that is struggling with a pot addiction, or any other type of addiction, our professional interventionists can help you in getting your loved one into treatment.

Each day you tell yourself, “It’s not that bad” or “maybe things will start to get better,” is another day you lose to you addiction. Call There is a Solution 24/7 at 1-800-832-5250.