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The recent decriminalization of marijuana is sending the message that cannabis is a safe drug. However, marijuana is like any other illegal drug. It carries risks and can be habit-forming. While the outcomes may not be as severe compared to other drugs, marijuana addiction follows a similar path as addiction to other drugs. People can get addicted and will go through withdrawal if their body goes without marijuana.
While the jury is still out on whether or not cannabis is a precursor to other drugs, it definitely can set you on a path to harder substances. This isn’t because marijauna is a gateway drug per say, but rather that it gets people used to self-medicating when they’re feeling stressed or anxious. Even if you don’t become addicted to marijuana, you can develop unhealthy, destructive behaviors.
Golden Road Recovery is an inpatient treatment center in Chatsworth CA that treats all types of addictions, including cannabis addiction. Our program is especially helpful for young adults, as this is when people are most likely to become dependent on marijuana.
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Is Marijuana Really Addictive?
One of the first questions that people ask when inquiring about our treatment services is if cannabis is really all that addictive. The short answer – yes.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that 9 percent of people who abuse marijuana will develop an addiction to the drug. That risk rises to 17 percent if users start in their teen years and rises to 25 to 50 percent for those who use the drug every day.
These statistics show us that marijuana use can trigger an addiction. This risk comes from changes that happen in the brain, just as they do with other drugs and alcohol.
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At What Point is Intervention Necessary?
So how do you know when it’s time for an intervention program? People who use marijuana frequently may claim that the drug is harmless, and in some states, it’s legal. This makes it difficult to tell when it’s time to intervene. However, any time drug use comes before your other responsibilities, it’s a concern.
Here are some or the signs that you may benefit from a marijuana addiction treatment program:
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Even though the mainstream press may suggest that marijuana is harmless, this simply isn’t true. Marijuana is a drug and it can be addictive in some people.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one has a cannabis addiction, contact Golden Road Recovery. We have individualized treatment programs that can address your cannabis use and the underlying factors that may be leading you to self-medicate. By getting ahead of your drug use, you can put a stop to more serious addictions down the road.