Alcohol vs. Marijuana: Both Can Lead to Addiction
There has been a lot of commentary lately in the ongoing debate regarding alcohol versus marijuana use and which is more harmful. The fact is that both alcohol and marijuana can lead to addiction.
Chronic use of a substance, any substance, can lead to addiction. Depending on the severity of abuse – how frequent they drink or use marijuana – the individual may develop a tolerance. Tolerance means that it will require more alcohol and marijuana with each use in order to achieve the same euphoria or effects. The development of tolerance combined with constantly increasing the amount of substance abuse leads to addiction and can be dangerous.
The CDC reports that nearly 60 percent of persons in the U.S. are considered regular drinkers. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 40 percent of men and nearly 30 percent of women are binge drinkers. In 2011, 15,990 people died from alcohol related liver disease and another 25,692 died in alcohol related accidents and homicides. There is no disputing that alcohol addiction is prevalent in our society and for the alcoholic, quitting can be difficult and painful. It is not uncommon for people with dependency to try to quit drinking on their own, only to return to it because of cravings or the side effects of withdrawal which most often include
- Increased blood pressure/heart rate
For many years, marijuana has been the most commonly used drug in the U.S. However, as two states have already passed laws legalizing recreational use, and more states begin dialog to follow suit, stats indicate that many more people will use the drug. The NIDA reports that research shows a marijuana addiction rate of about 9 percent; however, the number sharply increases to as high as 50 percent when you factor in the age of the person and the severity of use. While there is no evidence to support that you can overdose on marijuana, there is more than enough to support that marijuana does impair your ability to drive and function which has contributed to nearly 22 percent of motor vehicle accidents. For chronic marijuana users there is the same likeliness for tolerance and addiction and like alcohol users, most people trying to quit marijuana on their own return to their dependency because of withdrawal symptoms such as
- Decreased appetite
For most people overcoming an alcohol and/or marijuana addiction requires professional assistance through a detox facility followed by rehab treatment and/or participation in a community support group such as a 12 Step program. The important thing to remember is that both alcohol and marijuana are substances that have the capability for abuse and addiction and that there is help available to safely quit. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.