Last updated: 09/20/2018
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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In spite of the ongoing controversy surrounding marijuana’s legitimacy as a medicinal drug, people who abuse marijuana still run the risk of becoming dependent on the drug’s effects. Marijuana abuse rates exceed those of all other drugs, both legal and illegal.
While some people do use marijuana for medical reasons, a great many people abuse the drug for recreational purposes. As with any addiction, the drug’s effects in a person’s life ultimately determine whether a problem exists. The need for marijuana addiction treatment becomes an issue once a person’s life starts falling apart.
Marijuana addiction treatment helps addicts acknowledge the effects of marijuana in their lives and take the steps needed to take back control of their lives from addiction. Like most drugs of abuse, marijuana produces an array of adverse effects, which become the focus of marijuana addiction treatment.
According to the Rochester Institute of Technology, symptoms of marijuana addiction follow a progressive pattern over time. In effect, the benefits of marijuana addiction treatment work to reverse the negative consequences brought on by long-term drug use.
Here are 10 benefits of getting needed marijuana addiction treatment:
1. Eliminate Drug Cravings
Drug cravings are the engine that drives most every type of drug addiction. With proper treatment, addicts learn how to identify cravings triggers and replace drug-using behaviors with healthy coping strategies.
2. Overcome Withdrawal Effects
More oftentimes than not, withdrawal effects play a pivotal role in keeping a person addicted to marijuana. Marijuana addiction treatment helps ease addicts through the withdrawal stage using medication treatments designed to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
3. Financial Benefits
The longer a person uses marijuana the larger the dose needed to create the desired “high” effects. As a person’s tolerance level continues to rise, this endless cycle can get expensive. Recovering addicts see an immediate improvement in their finances.
4. Restored Mental Capacity
Marijuana’s effects on the brain place users on a steady course of cognitive decline. Through marijuana addiction treatment, abstinence from further drug use enables damaged brain functions to rebuild and repair.
5. Enjoying Everyday Life
With marijuana addiction, users equate happiness with getting “high.” Marijuana addiction treatment helps recovering addicts regain the ability to appreciate activities they once enjoyed.
6. Restore Relationships
Marijuana addictions place a wedge between addicts and the people closest to them. Through ongoing psychotherapy and support group work, addicts learn how to form and maintain genuine relationships with others.
7. Improved Job/School Performance
Marijuana’s effects in the brain inevitably impair a person’s effectiveness on the job or in school. With ongoing abstinence and treatment supports, work and school performance improves over time.
8. Manage Daily Life Affairs
Once a person “needs” marijuana’s effects to make it through the day, addiction has taken over. Recovering addicts learn healthy ways of coping with everyday stressors without the need for marijuana’s effects.
9. Improved Health
Long-term marijuana use leaves users susceptible to any number of physical and psychological problems. With ongoing abstinence, recovering addicts grow stronger and feel better, both physically and mentally.
10. Treatment for Underlying Conditions
For many people, marijuana becomes a way of self-medicating underlying depression and/or anxiety symptoms. Through ongoing psychotherapy work, marijuana addiction treatment provides needed help for any underlying conditions that contribute to a person’s addictive behaviors.