The decision to seek treatment for marijuana use is a very personal one which must be made by the person using the drug, not anybody else. Until that person decides the time is right, treatment will not work. Not everyone is ready for rehab but it is up for debate as to how a person decides when or if rehab is necessary. Learn more about marijuana, what rehab is like and how to know it is the right decision.
A hotly debated topic at the moment, people have many opinions about whether marijuana is as dangerous as other people make it seem (when used responsibly). Some believe the drug is like any other illegal substance which can cause harm to the brain and body. Other people may believe the drug can be used safely when taken medicinally or for recreational purposes as long as chronic use is not an issue. Whether a person seeks help for marijuana use may depend how the individual feels about using the drug, how it is administered and what, if anything, friends and loved ones have to say about it all.
Inpatient and outpatient rehab centers support people with addictions of all kinds, including marijuana. Movies glamorize taking the drug or make it seem as if it is not a big deal to smoke marijuana with friends, recreationally or get ‘high’ and have fun while doing so. Addiction in Hollywood movies is much different from the reality of addiction. Some people may not see it as a ‘real addiction’ like heroin or other harder drugs but a person’s life can be affected just the same in addition to suffering from severe mental health conditions, physical issues and other problems as a result of chronic use. Even though our culture may tend to glamorize (even legalize) the use of marijuana, addiction is just as much about a person’s thoughts, behaviors and reasons for using as it is about the drug itself.
One of the ways to know if a person should attend rehab for marijuana use is to review the signs and symptoms of abuse. An individual who uses marijuana once in a blue moon is less likely to exhibit the following signs and symptoms than a chronic user or a person with an addiction. The following symptoms should be taken seriously as a sign of possible addiction if they are happening on a frequent basis:
- Distorted perception
- Impaired coordination
- Difficulty thinking, problem solving
- Ongoing memory, learning problems
- Poor memory
- Slow reaction time
- Loss of control
- Anxiety, paranoia, fear
- Compulsively seeking more of the drug to get high
- Work, family, social life is suffering
- Poor hygiene
- Seems to only focus on using the drug over anything else
A person with addiction or dependence on marijuana may experience withdrawal symptoms if marijuana is not used. The following signs of this include:
- Decreased apeptite
- Drug craving
Marijuana addiction can alter a person’s perspective on and prospects in life. Treatment provides tools and support to recover from addiction and live productively. If you or a loved one are unable to stop smoking marijuana, call us to find out how we can help you kick the habit for good.