Symptoms and Signs of Marijuana Addiction
Can You Become Addicted to Marijuana?
Yes, you can. Users typically seek out marijuana symptoms to relax. Marijuana has been a recreational drug that has been prevalent in our society for centuries. Weed symptoms include a sense of feeling mellow and calm. It is those feelings that fuel use throughout our country. It is not as harmless as you may think.
Marijuana addiction symptoms cause very specific behavior. If you can answer “yes” to any of the below, you may need help:
- Do you use marijuana because it gives you a pleasurable “high?”
- Do you find it difficult to function without having marijuana in your system?
- Do you resort to illicit resources to obtain your marijuana?
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What is Marijuana?
Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica is grown, harvested, and dried to produce marijuana. Everything from the foliage to the seeds is used. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a natural chemical in the plant, which alters the hippocampus and frontal cortex of our brain. In other words, THC alters how we are feeling, behaving, functioning, and thinking.
Once THC enters our body (through ingesting or smoking), a sense of euphoria or calm is induced. It is this “high” that drug abusers seek. The World Health Organization indicates how widespread marijuana use is throughout the world. Around 147 million people (2.5% of the global population) use the drug because of the marijuana symptoms of getting high.
There are many states within the U.S. that have legalized marijuana. According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, there are 14 states in the United States that have legalized marijuana. When we use marijuana, THC causes our brains to release dopamine, which creates a “high.”
When marijuana is used by those seeking that “high,” it is considered abuse.
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Breaking Down Marijuana
Those of us who are not “marijuana savvy,” struggle to understand references made regarding marijuana. To have better clarity about relative references in connection to marijuana, we have highlighted key points:
- THC is the chemical within the marijuana plant that produces marijuana symptoms such as highs, and “tripping out.”
- CBD (cannabidiol) is often confused with marijuana. CBD is not marijuana. It does come from marijuana’s cousin plant called hemp.
- Medical marijuana is the use of the whole marijuana plant or the extracts for healing purposes.
How is marijuana used?
- Inhaled through smoking, such as a joint/cigarette, pipe, or vaporizer.
- Ingested through foods that have marijuana mixed in.
- Consumed through teas infused with marijuana.
- Applied topically through lotions and oils.
- Absorbed through sublingual drops placed under the tongue.
- Taken as capsules.
Side Effects and Long-Term Effects of Marijuana
Marijuana symptoms and side effects
- Senses are heightened (colors are brighter, smells are stronger, tastes are intensified)
- Loss of time
- Mood changes
- Impaired function
- Dazed feeling
- Unable to solve problems
- Memory impairment
- Impaired sense of reality
Long-term side effects
- Brain function can become permanently altered
- Impaired thinking
- Lack of memory
- Inability to function
- Withdrawal Symptoms
- Breathing difficulty
- Heart Damage
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Fetal Development Deformities
- Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome(cycles of nausea, vomiting, dehydration)
- Worsening of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia
- Suicidal thoughts/tendencies
Mental Illness and Marijuana Abuse
As with many other drugs, marijuana use can worsen existing mental disorders. Those of us who have an existing mental disorder are much more likely to abuse marijuana. Marijuana worsens depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Suicidal tendencies are increased as well.
Marijuana Abuse Leads to Addiction
Our culture today has become relaxed towards perceiving marijuana as a drug. Those of us who do use marijuana defend this drug as if it were as common as aspirin. More importantly, we do not want to admit that we are dependent on marijuana. Marijuana addiction symptoms present themselves in various ways.
- You cannot go for an extended period without it.
- You crave it.
- You find that you are using it more and more.
- You procure it illegally or in ways that put you or others in danger.
- You are spending a lot to buy it.
- You do not care about buying it from someone that could have laced it with harmful or deadly chemicals.
If you cannot function without marijuana symptoms and go to great lengths to obtain it, you need help. We encourage you to pay close attention to the long-term side effects and the damage it does to your brain and body. It is time to take back control and put you and your health first.
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Take that first step on the path to a new you. Putting an end to addiction is tough to do alone.
How Do You Get Treatment?
The first step is to admit you have a problem. Put one foot in front of the other. Your next step is to contact professionals who are highly skilled and trained to help you through the process. Those professionals are only a phone call away.
A team of compassionate therapists, counselors, and medical specialists are waiting for you. They will be by your side all the way to the finish line! Your team awaits you at Resurgence California. You are embraced the moment you reach out to them.
- Someone is always going to be available via phone or online.
- You will enter an “intake” where you will be processed and go through a health screening.
- Your team will customize a treatment plan that is specifically designed for you.
Detox is a process to rid your body of the drug. This is done on an inpatient basis. Medical specialists will be with you around the clock.
Detox for Marijuana Addiction
Detox is done either through the social method or medical method. Either way, you will have the best of care as you go through the process. Once you are stable and doing well, you will advance to “partial hospitalization.”
Partial hospitalization is where you will reside at the facility as you slowly transition back into your normal life. Once you have successfully completed this phase, you go on to become an “outpatient.”
When you enter the “outpatient” phase, you will be scheduled for your visits to the facility. You will no longer be residing there but will attend as scheduled. You may be encouraged to participate in group therapy.
Intensive Outpatient Therapy
Resurgence California understands that once we return to normal life, we may need to schedule our visits around work, children, or school. The Intensive Outpatient Therapy program is designed to accommodate those needs.
Payment and Insurance
Our staff is more than happy to verify your insurance on your behalf to make things easier for you. You also have the option to use our online verification form to do it yourself.
- Most PPO insurances are accepted (see below)
- Private Pay
- Payment Plans
Online payments are accepted through our secure online payment service.
Insurance is verified either by our staff on your behalf. You can use the online verification form to check your coverage. Accepted Insurances (If yours is not listed here, please contact us.)
- Assurant Health
- Vista Insurance Partners
- Ameritas Group
- Health Net
- Horizon Blue Cross
- Premera Blue Cross
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Reentering Normal Life
Once you have graduated from your treatment program, you enter back into life as a brand new you. Our staff will send you off with the necessary skills to continue down the path of being drug-free. Contact Resurgence today.