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Marijuana: What You Need to Know About Weed Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery

Marijuana, cannabis, weed, or pot is one of the most widely abused illicit substances in the United States.

There’s a common misconception that marijuana is non-addictive. Yet, thousands of people seek addiction treatment each year because of how marijuana dependency has gotten in the way of their lives.

If you think you or a loved one is addicted to marijuana, it’s time to seek help. Here’s everything you need to know to do it. 

Marijuana Abuse in Teens and Young Adults

A 2015 research report found that 30% of people who use cannabis have some degree of dependency on it. That percentage increases even further among those who started using marijuana in their teenage years.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 43.7% of 12th graders say they’ve used marijuana before.

That percentage jumps to 47.8% of people when you look at the 26 and older demographic. And a whopping 51.5% of people aged 18 to 25 years report having used marijuana at some point in their lifetime. 

The percentage of high schoolers who reported marijuana use during their lifetime is increasing. For example, 27.9% of 12th graders said they’ve vaped marijuana in their lifetime, a significant increase from only 23.7% in 2019.

The news isn’t all bad, though. The percentage of 10th graders who say they vape marijuana every single day declined significantly from 3% in 2019 to 1.7% in 2020. 

 

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What is Marijuana Addiction Treatment Like?

Marijuana addiction treatment typically has two main goals:

  1. To treat the addiction itself
  2. To treat the underlying mental health issues that led to marijuana use in the first place

The first goal is only achievable when the patient abstains from using marijuana. Quitting cannabis can be an arduous journey and difficult to sustain on your own. That’s why it’s so important to find the right rehabilitation program.

When you do find the marijuana treatment program that’s right for you, here’s what to expect.

You’ll Stay Busy

One of the biggest hurdles to newly sober people is boredom. When you’re bored, you’re more likely to abuse your drug of choice.

To keep your mind free of thoughts about getting high, your inpatient program will give you a full schedule. That way, you won’t have time to think about using marijuana while you go through the program.

Once you’ve finished inpatient treatment, you’ll learn to create structured daily routines for yourself at home. The only difference is that you’ll trade out mid-day sessions for work.

Lots of Therapy

In order to get to the root of why you started abusing marijuana in the first place, you’ll need to undergo therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the more common techniques used for marijuana addiction treatment.

CBT is a type of therapy designed to help people overcome negative thinking patterns. Often, these negative thinking patterns contribute to the reasons why cannabis addiction develops. Overcoming them and finding better ways to cope with negative life events can help prevent another addiction from developing post-treatment.

Aside from talk therapy, you may also work on building healthy relaxation habits. Learning how to meditate, exercise, use massage, and other alternative therapies can help replace weed as a method of winding down.

 

Getting Help For Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction can be detrimental to your life and those of your loved ones. Luckily, seeking treatment can help you overcome your dependency while understanding the reasons you started using cannabis in the first place.

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