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Marijuana Addiction: Clearing the
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Is Marijuana Addictive? Am I addicted?

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Public acceptance for marijuana has reached a peak. Now legal in many states, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that 53% of Americans favor its legal use.

But using marijuana occasionally is one thing. Being addicted to it–and treating it as a potentially stepping stone to other addictions–is another. Public acceptance aside, marijuana addiction is dangerous–and can seriously disrupt your life.

If your life centers around scoring and smoking marijuana–potentially to the detriment of all else–you may have an issue. You might be tempted to exonerate yourself because of the relative innocence of marijuana vs. harder drugs. But dependency on marijuana–as with other drugs–can be powerful and progressive.

There’s been controversy around whether marijuana is a gateway drug. Whether or not it is, addiction to marijuana alone can disrupt your life—and the lives of those that love you.

The first step is diagnosis.

We invite you to take our test –and determine whether or not you’ve got an issue. If you do, read on, and consider contacting us to guide you through steering your life back to normal.

Marijuana Addiction: Signs, Symptoms, and Effects

  1. Anxiety.
  2. Drug cravings.
  3. Irritability.
  1. Insomnia.
  2. Decreased appetite.

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Anxiety.

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Drug cravings.

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Irritability.

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Insomnia.

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Decreased appetite.

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Types of Marijuana Treatment

Cognitive-behavioral Therapy: A form of psychotherapy that teaches strategies to help patients identify and correct problematic behaviors and increase self-control.
Contingency Management: A therapeutic management approach based on the principle that behavior is a function of its consequences. Good behavior is rewarded, bad behavior is punished.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy: A systematic form of intervention that focuses on motivating the patient toward change.
Withdrawal from Marijuana
Compared to other drugs, the effects of marijuana withdrawal are relatively mild. They usually last for up to two weeks after stopping.

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