People still claim that marijuana is not addictive because for some reason they just do not believe it is a drug. Since marijuana is a plant, people are certain that it is better than prescription pills or street drugs and they are correct in their assessment. Cannabis is widely known for the medicinal components that the plant contains that can help reduce pain and anxiety associated with a variety of medical conditions. The psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) provides many medical benefits as well as a euphoric effect that can provide even more of a calming effect. While this can be a relief to some, there are some people, especially teens, who can get addicted to THC rather easily through frequent use. According to national statistics, approximately 50 percent of American teens tried marijuana before they even graduated from high school, and by their senior year, they had become regular users. With the cessation of marijuana use, withdrawal can ensue especially with substance abuse. People often believe the misconception that marijuana will not cause them withdrawal because of the assumption that it grows ‘naturally”. Nicotine and alcohol are also produced from plants and can cause withdrawal with discontinued use because the body becomes dependent on these substances when used in excess. Marijuana withdrawal can create physical discomfort and mental anguish. Symptoms can vary from person to person and although death does not occur, the discomfort of withdrawal hopefully will be enough to stop marijuana abuse. The main thing to remember is that the younger someone starts consuming marijuana: the risk of addiction has a much higher probability. Once addiction occurs, the more likely someone will have to endure marijuana withdrawal and quite possibly medical detoxification.
Symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Cold chills
- Poor concentration
- Weight loss
Withdrawal typically starts anywhere from 1 to 3 days after the last use and could last up to 3 weeks after. Treatment for marijuana addiction should include therapy and support from loved ones to gain a better chance at recovery. If a person does not start using marijuana, then they will not have to stop. Make good decisions when it comes to drugs and alcohol because facing withdrawals is not easy to go through.
Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center is a comprehensive dual-diagnosis treatment facility that offers an array of services that range from fully supervised withdrawal management to residential treatment in hopes of gaining long-term sobriety and wellness. Adolescents learn about triggers and healthy replacements to regain a positive physical response to activities they can learn to enjoy again.
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