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The short answer is yes. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has stated that almost 10 percent of people across the United States who frequently use or abuse marijuana will see that becoming addicted to the drug is the result. This likelihood of marijuana addiction occurring in these instances increases from 10 to 17 percent when habits of using the drug begin during the teen years. This percentage takes a drastic leap to anywhere between 25 and 50 percent when marijuana is recreationally used every day.
Promoters and other people who support the use of marijuana often express how the drug is completely harmless and safe because of its organic roots. Much of their efforts are basically geared towards getting others to believe that marijuana does not have any addictive tendencies like those that come from other drug and alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, those efforts are just not backed by scientific evidence.
The trained drug addiction and mental health specialists at New Leaf’s addiction treatment facility in San Juan Capistrano provide the best evidence-based treatment options for both men and women anywhere in Southern California.
A lot of people often claim that marijuana is harmless and should not be considered in any substance abuse drugs. In some states, it is even wholly legal to use specific amounts of marijuana sparingly. Because of this, many people find it challenging to recognize when using marijuana could potentially be causing health problems, some severe enough to require abuse treatment from a proper addiction center before seeing improvements to the user’s physical or mental health state.
The Mayo Clinic has proven to be an excellent resource for anyone wanting to do more research and learn about the various symptoms that may confirm the development of an addiction to marijuana.
Common signs and symptoms that are frequently seen include:
Reports have shown that marijuana may not have such a powerful addictive grasp on an individual compared to other common drug addictions and alcoholism. Marijuana addiction, though, comes with an accompanying psychological addiction causing dual diagnosis conditions that have been seen as being extremely difficult for some people to overcome. Common behavioral disorders such as gambling addictions exhibit the strength that some mental dependencies can have on a person.
Ironically, Gallup conducted a poll the showed the majority of Americans being in favor of legalizing marijuana. This poll took place in 2013 when in just the previous year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) claimed that over 950,000 Americans received some form of help from a treatment center for marijuana use-related issues.
Much of this perception people have about how marijuana is not addictive originates at the fact that many people do not show physical symptoms and may be able to still function at a high level. Just because someone is not showing the unattractive and sometimes horrific side-effects that appear with someone addicted to dangerous substances such as meth or heroin certainly does not mean that their dependence on marijuana is not causing the user any harm.
There is a wide variety of both short and long-term effects that can be caused when using marijuana. Obviously, the symptoms vary from one person to another because of several contributing factors such as the user’s size, medical history, or any pre-existing conditions, to name a few. Industry professionals agree that among the most common negative side-effects of long-term marijuana abuse include:
Treating and recovering from marijuana addiction can be a difficult process. At New Leaf Detox and Treatment, we only use evidence-based practices that have proven to be effective to help you overcome your substance use disorder. Our medical and admissions staff will work with you to develop a treatment plan that adheres to your specific needs.
Our rehab in San Juan Capistrano offers a variety of treatments such as residential living and continuing care programs that are all designed to encourage a successful recovery. Learn more about the treatment programs we offer for marijuana addiction, we can help you build a life of lasting recovery.