Marijuana Addiction and Treatment
Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the United States. More than 33% of people have reported using it. Although it is not considered one of the hard drugs of abuse, it is addictive and debilitating.
Marijuana is a green, brown or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It is most commonly smoked in a pipe or rolled up into a cigarette called a joint. It can also be ingested orally by making tea or baking food (brownies) with it.
The short-term effects of marijuana use include problems with memory and learning; distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch); difficulty in thinking and problem solving; loss of coordination; and increased heart rate, anxiety and panic attacks.
Marijuana also affects memory, judgment, and perception. Learning and attention skills are impaired among people who use it heavily.
Although not known for being physically addictive, marijuana can be psychologically addictive. People who abuse marijuana often feel like they are able to cope with life better while under the influence of the drug.
Chronic users often have an inability to experience emotions, a loss of interest in all areas of life, and damage to relationships.
Treatment for marijuana addiction often begins with learning how to cope with life on life’s terms. At Eternal Awakenings, we address the psychological, social and spiritual components of marijuana addiction. Our licensed chemical dependency counselors have worked in the recovery field for over 20 years and have extensive experience with marijuana addiction.
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