Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana is Destructive

The observation of marijuana has shifted dramatically in recent years. While it is clearly not the same as heroin, marijuana should never be mistaken as a harmless drug. Marijuana abuse often comes before other, more serious forms of substance abuse like cocaine, meth or heroin addiction. While marijuana is being used increasingly in the treatment of various medical conditions, it still creates psychotropic effects that can impair a user’s judgment and cause them to engage in dangerous behavior.

Addiction Treatment for Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana is Unsafe

Marijuana abuse can create many physical and psychological dangers, which will increase with the scope and duration of protracted use. Some of the immediate dangers of marijuana abuse include:

  • Changes in Mood
  • Impaired Body Movement
  • Impaired Cognitive Ability
  • Memory Problems
  • Respiratory Issues
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Hallucinations
  • Poor Decision-Making
  • Increased Thrill-seeking

How Marijuana Abuse Affects the Brain and Body

When used daily and over the long term, the effects of the drug can be seen physically as well as psychologically. Those who smoke the drug can experience significant long-term effects, much like cigarettes smokers do. People who smoke marijuana are also at greater risk for developing various forms of cancer and lung disease. Additionally, those who smoke marijuana on a long-term basis can experience a persistent cough and breathing problems.

Florida Marijuana Addiction Treatment

For those addicted to marijuana, the experience when quitting the drug may be similar to other drugs. While the physical aspects of withdrawal are less severe than other drugs, many marijuana users can experience significant psychological symptoms that are associated with the withdrawal process. Some who quit using the drug may not experience withdrawal symptoms. Those that do may experience the many following:

  • Insomnia
  • Intense dreams
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Moodiness
  • Lack of hunger
  • Abdominal pains
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness

These withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, and many will use marijuana instead of enduring symptoms. It is imperative that those who are addicted enter treatment at a Florida marijuana addiction treatment facility. While most addicts may not experience sharp physical symptoms of withdrawal, our experienced treatment staff can use the detox process to perform a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose any co-occurring mental disorders that may be underlying.

As each client becomes medically stable, they will shift to a more formal and intensive drug treatment. During this stage, clients will undergo a combination of individual and group therapy, life and coping skills education, and any holistic-based therapy options such as yoga, and nutritional therapy. The individual treatment program considers the unique circumstances of each client and can be modified as the client’s needs change during treatment.

Once Florida drug rehab has been completed, our Florida treatment staff highly encourages newly recovering clients to attend aftercare programs such as intensive outpatient treatment or sober living. In these curricula, clients receive additional therapy and undergo addiction relapse prevention. This provides the necessary tools to re-enter their communities and continue the road to long-term sobriety.