If you are ready to take back control of your life while avoiding an ongoing cycle of relapsing, Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, Maine is proud to offer comprehensive marijuana rehabilitation treatment that can help you rebuild your life from the ground up.
While prescription medication has been used within the field of addiction recovery, there is no single pill that can be taken to treat marijuana abuse. Those who find themselves using this substance every day and have an inability to break free from its grasp will need to reaffirm their sobriety every day of their life as new obstacles and temptations arise. There is no single “cure” that is going to allow someone to quit their addiction permanently, and it will require a lifetime of work to move past temptation.
Waking up each morning and committing to abstinence may seem like a relatively easy thing to do, but those who require marijuana to work, sleep, or simply to keep anxiety at bay will often find themselves relapsing at the drop of a hat. In fact, recent studies published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment now show that upwards of 71 percent of all adults who choose to abstain from marijuana completely will relapse within the first six months alone. Many will take that first step and attempt to detox or even join a support group, but as life’s temptations slowly present themselves, relapsing becomes a major concern.
These facts and statistics may seem disheartening, which often has many wondering what their options are for permanent sobriety. At Liberty Bay Recovery, we believe the answer lies in a personalized and targeted recovery program that moves well beyond treating the side effects of an addiction and gets down to the roots of the problem. With the proper treatment options, ongoing support, and an open mind, permanent abstinence is possible.
What Is Marijuana Abuse?
Marijuana abuse is generally classified as using this substance even though it is having a negative impact on other aspects of the person’s life such as their career and personal relationships. As this sort of risky behavior continues, abuse can lead to addiction and the individual may have trouble waking up and getting through their day without using. Long-term use will also increase the chance of moving to stronger, more addictive, and more dangerous drugs.
Why Is Marijuana Addiction So Hard to Overcome?
When any substance that alters the mind and body is taken over a long period of time, some form of dependency is sure to take place. After a person attempts to stop taking marijuana without the proper help, they may experience side effects for one to two weeks before the withdrawal symptoms subside.
Some of the most common withdrawal side effects include the following:
- A loss of appetite
- Sudden and inexplicable mood swings
- Intense cravings to smoke marijuana, drink, or do other drugs
What Are the Signs of Marijuana Abuse?
If you feel as if a loved one is abusing marijuana or is struggling with an addiction, some of the most common signs to keep an eye out for include the following:
- A decline in school or work performance
- Legal trouble relating to drugs
- Neglecting responsibilities with their school, work, or in their personal life
- ”Munchies” or hunger
- Engaging in behavior that can be classified as risky (driving under the influence)
- Lying about using marijuana
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Respiratory problems
- A chronic cough and bloodshot eyes
- Trouble maintaining relationships
- A distorted perception of reality
What Is Marijuana Abuse Treatment?
Marijuana abuse treatment is any system that is used to put a halt to drug use quickly and permanently. There are both inpatient and outpatient services that can include a wide variety of options such as relapse prevention techniques, the teaching of life skills, one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and stress management. For marijuana, most individuals will utilize an outpatient program with a customized plan depending on their history and the severity of their addiction.
What Is Marijuana Dependency (Marijuana Addiction)?
Addictions have come to be classified as mental illnesses that physically alter both the body and mind. For marijuana, the individual will go out of their way to obtain and use this drug even though it is damaging their life or the lives of those around them. Four of the most common symptoms are:
- Intense Cravings – Any time the individual is not high, they will have a craving to use it.
- Loss of Control – They are unable to stop using marijuana without help.
- Tolerance – They must use marijuana in higher doses or more frequently for the same effect.
- Physical Dependence – They can no longer function normally unless they have recently used and will experience withdrawal symptoms when not high.
Those who fail to stop using marijuana don’t simply have a lack of willpower. These people are dealing with a serious illness that requires professional treatment and help.
What Are the Risk Factors for Marijuana Addiction?
An addiction to marijuana can develop regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or gender. Common risk factors for developing an addiction include the following:
- A positive first experience with the drug such as euphoria
- Ongoing peer pressure
- Low self-esteem
- A history of substance abuse
- A family history of substance abuse
- Past trauma such as physical or sexual abuse
- Growing up in a dysfunctional home
One of these risk factors will generally not lead to an addiction, but it is a combination of internal and external factors that are often the culprit. While it cannot be predicted exactly who is at risk or will become an addict, anyone who has noticed the signs of marijuana abuse in themselves or others should seek help immediately.
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There are so many reasons to enter rehab and stop the destructive cycle of marijuana addiction – a cycle that wreaks havoc on not only the individual, but also the individual’s loved ones.
If left untreated, marijuana addiction can, and will, take everything from you. Call us today at 844-894-2673 for more information on how Liberty Bay Recovery can help.
Regardless of your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, United Health Care, ValueOptions, GEHA (Government Employee Health Association), UMR (United Medical Resources), Providence Health Plans, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare, or even state insurance — we can help you. We also offer many affordable self-pay options.
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Located in Portland, Maine, Liberty Bay Recovery is a nationally recognized addiction treatment center designed to help addicts with their marijuana rehab recovery. Please feel free to contact us today to see how we can help.