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Marijuana Addiction:
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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.
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  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

Maybe you’ve tried to quit smoking on your own–and it hasn’t worked. Maybe you haven’t yet tried…but you want to. It’s crucial to find the marijuana treatment that best suits your needs.

Marijuana addiction is real, but luckily, it can be overcome with time, patience, effort, and the right treatment. Studies show that standard treatments, involving medications and behavioral therapies, help reduce marijuana dependency, especially for heavy users. There are many inpatient and outpatient programs available to address this. Your successful recovery might involve a combination of treatments, such as counseling, medication (to treat any possible underlying mental illness), aftercare, support groups, and the like.

The following behavioral treatments have also shown promise in treating marijuana dependency:

  • 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.

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