One of the most familiar and easily accessible illegal drugs available, Marijuana is most often used to enhance the senses and induce relaxation. It can be consumed in a variety of ways including inhalation and by mixing with food or beverages. Contrary to popular (and often controversial) belief, the effects of the drug do create physiological and psychological dependence. Likely due in part to a continuously evolving social acceptance of recreational and medical use of marijuana, identifying and accepting the realities of addiction to the drug have become more challenging. However many addicts who attempt to stop using the drug do discover, especially after heavy use, quitting is often difficult. Although detoxing from marijuana is not considered physically dangerous, when compared to other drugs, many heavy or long-time users report experiencing minor physical discomfort as well as emotional and psychological struggles after discontinuing use of the drug.
Determining Addiction – Just like other drugs including alcohol and tobacco, the extent to which the drug controls your lifestyle often determines whether one is addicted to a substance. When one or more of the following is observed, an addiction is usually to blame:
Increased tolerance – Users often notice a tolerance to the drug after extended use. More of the drug is often needed for the individual to feel the same effects that were once experienced after smoking a much smaller amount.
Excessive time spent using – The majority of a person’s free time is spent getting high, instead of enjoying other recreational time. An addict’s thoughts are often consumed with the obsession over how to obtain the next supply, the quality and quantity of the supply, and how long it will be before they are able to use again.
Increased dependence –Addicts frequently feel they need to use marijuana to accomplish tasks they would otherwise find difficult sober. Relaxing, socializing with others or tapping into one’s own creative abilities is often difficult for marijuana addicts if they are not high during these times.
Change in relationships – Many individuals addicted to marijuana begin to build and base relationships on whether the ability to get high is an option.
Getting Sober As with all drugs, the marijuana detox experience can vary from user to user. The active chemical in marijuana, THC, can remain stored in the body for months after ceasing use of the drug. This can lead to intense cravings and affect the addict’s ability to stay sober. Common symptoms experienced by addicts undergoing a marijuana detox include insomnia, anxiety, irritability, headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, restlessness, and depression. While Marijuana detox is not life threatening, the withdrawal symptoms can still be quite challenging for individuals to endure and overcome. Without support, the risk of relapse is high and often occurs quickly after an unsupported attempt at sobriety. Chances for a successful recovery are often highest upon completion of a guided detox program where adequate support and education can be provided. Gallus Detox’s team of addiction specialists is experienced in helping individuals address the difficulties associated with marijuana addiction. Gallus Detox offers customized treatment plans for safe and effective detoxification.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction to marijuana or other drug, contact us to learn more about our detox facility and treatment plans. We accept most insurance and offer several affordable financing options.