Marijuana Addiction in a Nutshell

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Although laws regarding the use of marijuana have become more liberal in recent years, and there is much controversy as to the true severity of risks associated with marijuana use, many still admit that this drug is both a gateway to substance abuse problems and a seriously risk venture in which repeat use can lead to addiction and a dire need for treatment.

While mixed concerns exist across the board as to whether marijuana is or is not a dangerous substance of abuse, there are certain elements of marijuana use that can be agreed upon including:

Psychologically, marijuana use can lead to a number of concerns such as anxiety, heightened paranoia and increased symptoms of depression.


Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can include heightened anxiety and social intolerance.

Likely the most serious of issues related to the use of marijuana is the subsequent withdrawal symptoms that a user will experience when he or she stops using the drug. Such symptoms can include:

Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options for those who are in the early stages of marijuana withdrawal. Quitting does not generally require medical intervention, but monitoring for safety can help to reduce the impact of side effects while also minimizing the risk of early relapse when symptoms of dependence and withdrawal are at their peak.

If you suspect that you or someone you care about is addicted to marijuana, consider calling 800-654-0987 for help.

Recognizing Marijuana Addiction

Both the mental and physical health of the user can suffer greatly when marijuana addiction sets in. Recognizing an addiction early on and seeking help immediately is key to the reduction of long term consequences associated with this potentially deadly disease. You may be addicted to marijuana if:

What Should I Do?

If you suspect that you’re addicted, seek professional help immediate. Many treatment options are available to reduce the impact of drug use on your life. You can consider a support group such as NA or Marijuana Anonymous, or consider asking a friend or relative for support.

If you’re ready to get professional treatment, residential care can be helpful but is not always necessary for an addiction to marijuana. Often times, outpatient care is sufficient to help with the cravings, to teach new life skills and to provide coping skills that will lead to recovery.

Call our helpline at 800-654-0987 for assistance in finding a rehab center that can help you fast track your recovery.