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Do I Need Treatment if I Only Use Marijuana?

Marijuana is by far the most commonly used illicit drug in the US. Most adults have at least tried marijuana at some point, and at least 15 percent use it regularly. Whereas about 600,000 people say they’ve used heroin in the past year, about 55 million say they’ve used marijuana in the past year. That figure is no doubt increasing due to loosening restrictions and legalization in some states.

As a result of marijuana’s widespread use and increasing acceptance, people often have the idea that it’s not dangerous. While most people do use it moderately and infrequently, the potential for misuse is real. No one would say, for example, alcohol can’t be misused, even though most Americans drink at least occasionally.

Despite what many people believe, you actually can become addicted to marijuana. Like other drugs, marijuana stimulates the release of dopamine and regular heavy use can change the levels of dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain. Therefore, someone trying to quit marijuana can experience withdrawal symptoms that include irritability, insomnia, lack of appetite, cravings, and restlessness. These typically peak within a week and subside after two weeks, although some people claim they experience them much longer.

As with other drugs and behavior, addiction to marijuana is characterized by being unable to quit, even when using it interferes with other aspects of life such as work or school. If you find yourself thinking about using and putting off friends and family in order to use, or lying about how much you use, there is a good chance you are becoming addicted.

If you get the point where you want to quit but you can’t, then you need to seek help. Don’t be distracted by the notion that marijuana is not a potentially dangerous drug because it’s not created or refined in a lab. Like other addictions, marijuana addiction is not so much about the drug as it is your relationship to the drug and why you continue to use it despite wanting to quit.

The widespread use of marijuana actually makes it more likely, statistically, that more people will become addicted. Using it at a young age significantly increases your chances of becoming addicted. If these indicators apply to you, you might want to consider seeking help to quit. If you or someone you love is struggling with marijuana addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox safely and decide on a treatment strategy. Call us today at 844-325-9168 or email us at info@tgwcdetox.com to learn more.