Like alcohol, just because marijuana is legal and socially acceptable in many parts of the country doesn’t mean it can’t become a real problem. But do you really need rehab for marijuana?
The mind-altering properties of pot, a result of the chemical THC in the plant, have made it popular and one of the most commonly used drugs in America, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
Marijuana creates a high when THC acts on your brain cells, causing heightened senses, mood changes, memory impairment and other effects.
Despite pot’s seemingly harmless appeal for users, however, long-term abuse of the drug can lead to both physical and mental issues.
Marijuana can cause breathing problems and susceptibility to the COVID-19 coronavirus. It also causes increased chances of heart attacks, and has been linked to depression, anxiety, temporary paranoia and other mental health concerns.
Like most drugs, pot abuse may also cause chaos on a wider level, in habitual users’ relationships and careers.
But can you really be addicted to pot?
“Marijuana use can lead to the development of a substance use disorder, a medical illness in which the person is unable to stop using even though it’s causing health and social problems in their life,” NIDA notes.
In fact, the agency says, research seems to indicate that anywhere from 9 to 30 percent of people who use the drug could develop a marijuana use disorder.
Quitting pot safely and for good means creating a plan for long-term recovery. You don’t want to stop lighting up only to start drinking more, for example. Entering residential treatment can be a way to address the underlying issues that have caused your use, improving your life all around.