Marijuana abuse can cause many serious problems in your life. Unfortunately, the majority of people who want to get over marijuana addiction just can’t do it alone. Landmark Recovery of Louisville provides evidence-based treatments that can help you overcome addiction and get your life back.
Marijuana is a mind-altering substance derived from the dried flowers, leaves, and stems of the Cannabis sativa plant. 1 Marijuana (also known by the street names weed, grass, herb, pot, reefer, bud, dope, ganja, and Mary Jane) is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States (and the second most commonly used psychotropic drug, after alcohol). According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, around 32 million Americans currently use marijuana. 2
Tetrahydrocannabinol (or “THC”) is the main psychoactive chemical found in marijuana that activates special cannabinoid receptors located in regions of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, concentration, thinking, coordination, movement, and sensory and time perception. 3 THC is responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering properties; people who use marijuana describe a “high” that is characterized by pleasant feelings of euphoria and relaxation, heightened sensory perception, uncontrollable laughter, and altered perception of time. 4
Some of the adverse effects associated with marijuana use include anxiety, fear, panic, paranoia, elevated heart rate, reduced blood pressure, difficulty concentrating, impaired memory, and increased appetite. 4 Marijuana also negatively impacts judgement and decision-making, increasing the likelihood that you will make poor decisions or engage in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex or impaired driving. 5 Over time, chronic marijuana abuse causes memory loss, cognitive impairment, and an increased risk for mental illness (such as depression and schizophrenia), polysubstance abuse, respiratory illness (such as bronchitis) , hypertension, and certain forms of cancer (such as testicular). 6-7 In some rare cases, chronic marijuana use can lead to the development of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a debilitating condition characterized by recurrent bouts of severe nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. 8
Most experts agree that marijuana use can become addictive. The National Institute on Drug Abuse recently released data that suggests around 30% of marijuana users may suffer from some degree of marijuana use disorder, 9 while a recent analysis of findings from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions found that as many as 1 in 10 people who abuse marijuana will develop an addiction to the drug at some point in their lives. 10
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in Kentucky. According to recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1 in 12 Kentucky residents (aged 12 and over) currently use marijuana and around 1 in 8 have used marijuana in the past year.
Marijuana use is most common among young adults, with nearly around 1 in 6 Kentuckians aged 18 to 25 reporting current marijuana use and nearly one-third of Kentucky young adults reporting past-year use. Unfortunately, marijuana use is also a major issue facing Kentucky adolescents. Findings from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System indicate that 1 in 6 Kentucky high school teens (grades 9-12) currently use marijuana, nearly 1 in 3 have tried marijuana at least one time, and 1 in 14 have used marijuana for the first time before age 13.
Admissions data indicate that marijuana is one of the most widely abused drugs among Kentuckians seeking substance abuse treatment, with marijuana addiction being reported in 1 out of every 7 admissions to Kentucky treatment centers in 2019. 13
Due to the increasing social acceptance of marijuana, as demonstrated by the increasing number of states that have legalized marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes, marijuana can be one of the hardest drugs to give up. Quitting marijuana is even more difficult for the many individuals who use marijuana on a daily basis and are unable to control their use no matter the consequences. If you are addicted to marijuana and cannot quit on your own, please know that help is available. Landmark Recovery of Louisville provides evidence-based treatments that can help you overcome marijuana addiction and return to living a healthy and fulfilling life.
If you are a heavy or long-term user of marijuana, you will likely experience symptoms of withdrawal when you attempt to stop using the drug. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms usually appear within a day of the last use and may include: 14
Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable enough to make it difficult to abstain from marijuana use. For your best chance at quitting marijuana use and preventing relapse, please seek out professional help at a local marijuana addiction treatment center.
Landmark Recovery of Louisville’s marijuana treatment center offers a medical detox program that can help you safely and comfortably detox from marijuana. Our medical team provides around-the-clock care and will closely monitor you during the entire detox process. If needed, we can administer medications (such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and sedatives or other sleep aid medications) to help reduce cravings and alleviate specific withdrawal symptoms. 15
Following detox, you will be ready to enter the therapeutic stage of marijuana addiction recovery. Landmark Recovery of Louisville’s marijuana abuse treatment programs use a combination of individual and group counseling and behavioral therapy to tackle the psychological aspects of marijuana addiction. Proven behavioral therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy, will help identify the root causes of marijuana addiction, teach healthy behaviors and thought patterns, and develop coping skills needed to prevent relapse and maintain sobriety. 16
If you are struggling from the effects of marijuana abuse, please do not hesitate to seek professional help. Please call Landmark Recovery of Louisville at 502-309-2675 to learn more about our proven medical detox and marijuana addiction treatment programs.
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12) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020).https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=KY
13) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020).https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm
14) Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. (2017).https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5414724/
15) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015).https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
16) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/available-treatments-marijuana-use-disorders