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Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Addiction Treatment Facility at Cirque Lodge Cirque Lodge offers a private and exclusive alcohol and drug rehab center for problems with marijuana addiction. If you or a loved one is struggling with abusing or dependency to marijuana, we encourage you to call us at 1-877-99-REHAB. This pages offers research and information on use, abuse and drug rehab for marijuana addiction

Marijuana is the most commonly used and abused drug in society. It is also the subject of much debate over the legality and the impact of marijuana use in individuals. Many states have moved to make marijuana legal for medical reasons, while others are considering making it entirely legal in the future. Marijuana is addictive. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that long-term abuse of marijuana can develop into a compulsive behavior or addiction. Their research indicates that about 9% of those who commonly use or abuse marijuana becomes addicted. This number increases among youth to 17%. Daily teen abusers have a 20-25% chance of becoming addicted. (NIDA Infofacts on marijuana)

Facts on Marijuana

Marijuana Names
  • Pot
  • Herb
  • Weed
  • Grass
  • Reefer
  • Mary Jane
  • Hashish
  • Hash
  • Smoke
Marijuana derivative product of the Cannabis Sativa plant is the most widely abused substance classified as an illicit drug. The most common form of use is by smoking the dried and blended parts of the Cannabis plant. Intake of this smoke is done in a number of ways. It can also be blended into foods or brewed as a tea. Smoking marijuana allows for quick effect by being absorbed through the soft tissue of the lungs.

The chief component of marijuana is the chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When marijuana is smoked, the THC transfers from the lungs to the bloodstream and is distributed through the body. When THC is introduced into the brain it attaches itself to the neurotransmitters of the brain bringing on sense of euphoria. Heart rate and blood flow also increase with marijuana use. The blood vessels of the eyes expand causing the eyes to have a red appearance. Side effects of Marijuana addiction are commonly dry mouth, hunger and thirst (commonly known as the "munchies"), and sleepiness.

Long term THC effects the brain, damaging the Hippocampus region. This region of the brain is responsible for the functions of learning and memory. Other areas of the brain are affected by marijuana use including reasoning functions, motor functions and reaction functions. While many of these studies have shown clear alterations to the brain, reports have stated that these results are not consistent to provide proper data. Intoxication of marijuana can cause several distortions to perception and impair coordination, learning and memory. These effects can last for days and weeks as long as THC remains in the brain system.

Developing an Addiction

Reported Marijuana Withdrawal Problems
  • Irritability
  • Decrease in Appetite
  • Increased Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Intensified Craving
Advocates for marijuana question the addictiveness of the drug. Still, individuals each and every day are checking into an alcohol or drug rehab center to address their problems with marijuana. In 2009, an estimate of 740,800 people admitted into addiction treatment with marijuana as a primary substance of abuse.

Marijuana addiction is formed when a person can no longer control the impulse of marijuana use. Like all drug addiction, a marijuana addiction takes control of the individual's life structure, compromising all other aspects of living. When the drug is not in the system, withdrawal can be experienced and can be difficult to deal with.

Marijuana is also considered a gateway drug to far more addictive substances. People can have a harmless beginning with random marijuana use that can eventually spiral out of control. The 2009 Report stated that 83% of those that admitted with marijuana as the primary substance also struggle with other drugs or alcohol.

Marijuana Effects

Long-term use of Marijuana can have adverse effects on the heart, lungs and brain.

The Brain
Chronic abuse of marijuana can create changes to the brain. Studies have shown an increased risk to developing mental health disorders like anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

The Heart
Use of marijuana increases the heart rate by anywhere from 20-100%. One study estimates that marijuana users have a nearly 5% greater risk of heart attack. This is attributed to increased heart rates and the effects of marijuana on heart rhythms.

The Lungs
Marijuana smokers can develop many of the same chronic problems that effect tobacco smokers. This can involve chronic coughing, higher risks of infections, more frequent illnesses in the lungs and phlegm.

Recovery with a Caring Program

Like any addiction case, recovery from marijuana addiction takes considerable time and effort. Initial treatment is also strongly recommended from the appropriate drug rehab program. At Cirque Lodge we provide that appropriate program by offering an array of therapy approaches. Outpatient drug rehab programs may offer a few types of programs. At Cirque Lodge we feel that a multi-systemic approach to addiction treatment is what takes for the best overall drug rehab program. This consists of individual, group and family clinical treatments combined with the 12-step modality for recovery.

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Heroin Addiction
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