Marijuana Addiction Centers

Marijuana addiction centersThe National Survey on Drug Use and Health demonstrates just how widespread marijuana use is in this country — 40 percent of Americans aged 12 and older have experimented with the drug.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network has estimated that marijuana use accounts for more that 215,000 visits to the emergency room each year. Users may think that this is a safe drug to use, but it can cause serious health problems when it is abused. In order to understand how marijuana can produce adverse effects, you should become aware of the health effects of the drug.

Effects of Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana can have some long-term effects as those who use marijuana on a regular basis are at a high risk of experiencing memory loss. Marijuana can also interfere with your ability to learn. Some of the other effects of the drug include:

  • Breathing problems and a greater risk of infection in the lungs
  • Panic attacks and anxiety stemming from paranoia
  • Elevated heart rate

You may not experience every one of these effects, but there will be some signs that can indicate you are using and abusing the drug that can be evident to other people.

Signs of Marijuana Abuse

Some of the signs that can indicate the abuse of marijuana include:

  • Red and watery eyes
  • The smell of marijuana smoke
  • Drug paraphernalia in the home, car and possessions of an individual
  • Deteriorating memory that is noticeable
  • Loss of interest in other activities they once enjoyed
  • Dramatic changes in weight and sleep habits

You may not believe there are any withdrawal symptoms associated with marijuana abuse, but they can exist and appear when you stop using the drug suddenly.

Marijuana Withdrawals

After you have used marijuana for an extended period of time, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug is no longer used. The withdrawal symptoms are generally mild and do not pose serious health threats. These symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation and irritability

Some users will be able to stop using the drug without seeking treatment. However, there are many benefits to treatment, including supervision during withdrawal.

Treating Marijuana Substance Abuse

Most people will choose to avoid drug treatment centers for a marijuana addiction; however, marijuana is highly psychologically addictive and treatment is often needed for addicts. If you have an addiction and cannot stop using the drug on your own, call our helpline. We can help you get the treatment you need to safely and effectively stop abusing marijuana.