Many people do not realize that marijuana has the potential for addiction. People often think that marijuana use does not lead to addiction. A person can become addicted to marijuana. Anyone of any age, race, ethnicity, social status, or gender can become addicted.
People will argue that because marijuana withdrawals are not as severe as other drug withdrawals, so it is not addictive. That is simply not true. Marijuana is more potent today than it was 10 years ago and withdrawals are worse than they were previously. When a person uses marijuana on a regular basis, and he or she tries to stop using, they will experience withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal Symptoms are unique to each individual, and include:
- Lack of appetite
- Disruptive sleep patterns
- Severe headaches
- Heavy marijuana use causes:
- Increased tardiness or absences from school or work
- Less productivity
- Relationship problems
- Mental and physical health issues
Despite these effects of using cannabis, a person will continue to abuse it. A heavy user will only focus on getting high. That is an addiction. Marijuana use creates a physical dependence, however, not everyone who is physically dependent will become addicted. The people who do become addicted will make it a priority over responsibilities and personal obligations.
The mild withdrawal symptoms falsely lead a person to think he or she will not become addicted to marijuana. Occasional marijuana use may not lead to addiction for some people, but using the drug is still a dangerous activity because of its potential for addiction. Marijuana use can result in harmful consequences such as operating a vehicle while high or participating in other illegal activities.
Marijuana’s Addictive Qualities
Habitual use leads to addiction and marijuana use takes high priority in the addicted individual’s life. A person with an addiction to marijuana tends to isolate themselves from others, especially those who do not approve of it and get high while being alone. Many people who use marijuana will lose interest in their normal activities.
Some people will cancel significant plans and social events to use the drug. Marijuana use becomes the most important part of an addicted individual’s life. Another symptom of addiction is the urge to use the drug to cope with daily stress. Heavy marijuana use makes it harder to stop using. Treatment is available to help manage marijuana withdrawals and take the first steps to recovery.
Treatment for addiction is the start of a new life. We know how important treatment is. That’s why we’re offering the best in our treatment programs at The Springboard Center. Call us today for information on our residential treatment programs in the Permian Basin: 432-620-0255