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Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Marijuana Dependence

Despite popular misconception, it is possible to become physically and psychologically dependent on marijuana. Today, marijuana dependence is beginning to display several similarities to other drug dependencies. Long term clinical outcomes show to be less severe than other drug dependencies despite marijuana users tending to abuse this drug for longer periods of time than those who abuse other drugs. Additionally, the success rates of treatment are rather modest. Only about 50% of adults who get treatment for marijuana addiction successfully remain abstinent. There are currently no medications available to help treat marijuana dependence, but research remains active. Recent discoveries raise the possibilities of a medication that can block THC’s effects on the human body, however research is still being conducted. In the meantime, marijuana addiction treatment programs provide evidence-based care and support that can help individuals end their dependence on marijuana and begin healing. For most, however, the first step in this process is detoxing from marijuana.

Marijuana Withdrawal 

The withdrawal symptoms associated with other drugs like heroin or cocaine are far more severe than the withdrawal symptoms a person experiences when detoxing from marijuana. And while the idea of marijuana withdrawal symptoms are often dismissed, they do occur. Marijuana withdrawal is mild but the symptoms are uncomfortable enough to be disruptive to those trying to get sober. In many cases, the withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable enough that people begin using again just to alleviate their discomfort. Because of this, the greatest risk associated with marijuana withdrawal is the risk for relapse. Studies found that 70% of users trying to quit smoking marijuana relapsed because of the discomfort of their withdrawal symptoms

A study of 500 adults who used marijuana was conducted and showed that 95.5% of participants experienced at least one withdrawal symptom when marijuana use stopped while 43% experienced more than one symptom. Headaches, the most commonly experienced symptom of withdrawal, tend to last for up to two weeks. Following close behind is sleeplessness, which can affect the overall health of the individual. The study concluded that those individuals who smoked daily experienced the most symptoms. 

Some additional symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal include, but are not limited to, the following: 

• Minimal appetite
• Irritability
• Mood changes
• Sweats and chills
• Cravings
• Problems focusing
• Gastrointestinal discomfort

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms were found to be most similar to those related to nicotine withdrawal. Unfortunately, if a person is an avid marijuana smoker, chances are high that withdrawal symptoms will develop when they stop smoking. Depending how often they use and how much they smoke, these symptoms could become bothersome enough to trigger a relapse.

There is good news, though — you don’t have to go through this process on your own. There are several levels of addiction treatment available that can meet you where you are at in your addiction. From residential treatment to outpatient care, you can obtain the professional services needed to halt your active marijuana addiction and begin establishing a strong foundation for lasting recovery.

There is good news; you don’t have to do it on your own. There are people out there willing to help you, to get treatment contact your health care provider. do your research, if you want to stop smoking bad enough you will find the resources you need.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Most individuals looking to recover from marijuana addiction do not require intensive, long-term care. Instead, outpatient treatment options tend to be enough for a person to establish their sobriety and build their recovery. However, that does not mean that people addicted to marijuana never require more in-depth care. For example, individuals with poly-substance abuse that includes marijuana can find themselves being most suited for a residential treatment program. Or, someone who has made countless efforts to get sober but who has been unable to do so can benefit most from residential treatment, regardless of the type of substance being abused. The most important factor is ensuring that each individual receives the treatment approach that can give them the best chance at a successful, drug-free future. 

If you are interested in getting professional treatment for your marijuana addiction, reach out to us right now. We can help guide you towards the right level of treatment for your needs. With our support, you can accomplish your recovery goals and start living a happy, healthy life.