What is Marijuana Addiction?
Statistics have shown that more than one in three people have tried marijuana, and one in eleven people who use marijuana will become addicted to it. And the Sunshine State is no exception to this problem. It is often the first illegal drug people try and its use is widespread, particularly among teenagers and young adults. It has been reported that teen pot smokers have a one in six chance of becoming addicted. The Gardens at Lake Worth, a Rehab Center in Florida (FL) is here to help.
Use of the mind-altering drug from the Cannabis sativa (help plant) has been increasing since 2007. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2013 there were 19.8 million people who reported using in the past month, accounting for about 7.5 percent of people aged 12 or older. In 2014, 4.3 million Americans met clinical criteria for dependence or abuse of marijuana over the past 12 months.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse associates heavy abuse of marijuana with deteriorating mental and physical health, problems with relationships, a likelihood of dropping out of school and abandoning goals, less career success and more worker’s compensation claims.
Why People Become Dependent
As THC and other chemicals move from the lungs to the bloodstream when marijuana is smoked, people almost immediately feel a nice elation and relaxed state. Some may experience seeing, smelling, tasting, and hearing more or better, along with a heightened sense of touch. Often those who are high will laugh and be very hungry. THC activates the brain’s reward system. Neurons are stimulated to release high levels of dopamine. This directly impacts the brain’s chemistry. Over time, the brain will come to depend on marijuana to function normally. Recreational users seek this high; regular users develop a tolerance to it, with more and stronger drugs needed to achieve the same effect; and substance abusers crave it and it becomes one of the most important things in their lives. Those addicted to marijuana will continue to use, despite being aware that it is causing problems in their day-to-day activities. The urge to use is insatiable.
How Marijuana Affects People
Marijuana impairs short-term memory, learning capabilities and coordination. Focus, concentration and the ability to perform complicated tasks fall by the wayside. It also increases heart rate (up to two times for four hours), relaxes and enlarges breathing passages, and expands the blood vessels of the eyes. It can increase bleeding, lower blood pressure and affect blood sugar. The drug is irritating to the throat and lungs and users may cough heavily when smoking it.
Physically, marijuana users may also experience dizziness, dry mouth, shallow breathing, and a slower reaction time. While the drug can make you feel happy, it can also cause negative feelings to show, including depression, distrust, fear, panic attacks, and paranoia.
People who use marijuana frequently report irritability, moodiness, trouble sleeping, and restlessness. The substance may reduce your system’s respiratory response, with chest colds and lung infections being common. Long-term, marijuana use compromises your resistance to common illnesses, suppresses the immune system, reduces male sex hormones and sexual capacity, destroys lung fibers.
Reach Out for Help
It is never too late to take your life back! Evidence-based treatment, like the customized rehab programs provided at The Gardens at Lake Worth Rehab located in South Florida, can help you get to the root of your addiction and give you the tools you need to increase your chance of long-term recovery. The rest of your life can begin today; call 844-357-3422 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to take the first step on your drug-free journey.