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:
- 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.