When people think of addiction, they usually think of illicit drugs like heroin, meth, cocaine, and prescription drugs like opioids and benzodiazepines. One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that marijuana isn’t a drug that people should worry about. The school of thought behind this is that it’s a natural substance, and nobody has ever died from an overdose. It’s true that marijuana doesn’t have the same effects as most of the dangerous drugs out there, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be addictive.
Throughout the United States, marijuana is becoming more accepted than ever before. With places like Colorado, California, Nevada and other states legalizing marijuana, there’s now a movement to make it legal on a federal level. When talking about marijuana and legalization, people argue that it’s much safer than alcohol, and it is. Alcohol has been legal for ages aside from the brief run of prohibition, but although legal, thousands of people die from it each year. So, we must remember that just because a substance is legal, it doesn’t mean it can’t be addictive. For example, prescription opioids and benzodiazepines are legal, but many people develop addictions to these substances as well.
When it comes to marijuana, it’s important to understand that although it’s not a physically addictive substance, it’s psychologically addictive. The best way to think about a marijuana addiction is to look at behavioral addictions. Nobody would deny that someone with a gambling, sex, or shopping addiction has a problem. None of these addictions involve a physical dependency, but they can destroy a person’s life. This is no different from marijuana. It doesn’t matter if the marijuana doesn’t cause overdoses or other physical illnesses. What matters is when people abuse it in order to escape everyday life.
A great way to gauge if you have a problem with marijuana is to ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any of them, it may be time to get help:
Do you find yourself thinking about using marijuana more often than not?
Have people in your life commented on how much you smoke?
Has smoking caused any issues at work, school, or in your home life?
Have you put off other financial obligations in order to buy marijuana?
Have you used marijuana on days when you promised yourself you wouldn’t?
There’s always a reason that people abuse substances no matter what they are. The three reasons people abuse drugs or engage in toxic behaviors are to get a feeling, to get rid of a feeling, or to have an escape. One of the primary reasons this happens is because someone is dealing with mental health issues, and they haven’t learned how to cope in a healthy way. When you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, or another form of mental health issues, smoking marijuana can seem like the best way to cope. If marijuana is negatively affecting your life, treatment can help you learn a better way of living.
Even though marijuana doesn’t have many physical symptoms of withdrawal, the psychological withdrawal and dependence can be difficult to manage. Enlightened Solutions Detox can help you stop using marijuana while also treating the psychological symptoms. We also provide clinical treatment to help you figure out why you’re turning to the drug in the first place, and then we’ll work with you to develop new ways to manage life that don’t involve getting high. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at 833-233-7336.
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