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Understanding Addiction:
Marijuana Addiction

What is Marijuana Addiction? Marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, is a psychoactive drug. It is most commonly inhaled by smoking, vaping, or mixed with food. While legal in most states for medical or recreational use, abuse of marijuana can lead to addiction. Dependence on marijuana occurs when the brain reduces the production of endocannabinoid neurotransmitters that the drug provides in its stead. Chronic users may experience withdrawals from the substance when stopping their use of marijuana.

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Overview Signs & Symptoms Treatment Programs at Bradford

What are the Common Street Names for Marijuana?

  • Mary Jane
  • Weed
  • Pot
  • Grass
  • Ganga
  • Dank
  • Reefer
  • Bud

Signs and Symptoms

Signs Someone is Addicted to Marijuana

Common signs of Marijuana abuse or addiction include:

  • Weight gain
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Memory impairment
  • Lack of motivation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Decrease in IQ
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Impaired coordination

Not all signs and symptoms a person may experience are represented in the list above. If you or someone you know exhibits these symptoms, seek help.

How Does Marijuana Affect the Body and Brain?

Marijuana contains a psychoactive constituent called THC, which has a similar structure to the brain chemical anandamide. The similarity in structure causes the brain to recognize THC as anandamide. THC connects to cannabinoid receptors on neurons responsible for pleasure, memory, coordination, and other bodily functions. Activation of the brain's pleasure center releases dopamine, which then rewards the body for consuming the substance. The release of dopamine "teaches" the body to repeat this behavior and can ultimately lead to an addiction to marijuana.

When Does Someone Need Rehab for a Marijuana Addiction?

Growing social acceptance of marijuana has led to a false sense of security, downplaying the dangers of the drug. Many allow their dependence on the drug to grow into addiction before seeking help. Some people do not consider Marijuana addiction as serious as "hard" drugs, such as cocaine or meth. However, addiction to any substance should be considered a serious disease. Commonly referred to as a gateway drug, people who develop an addiction to marijuana could easily become addicted to other substances. It is important to address dependence on marijuana before it becomes an addiction.


Treatment for a Marijuana Addiction

Of all the dangerous drugs available, marijuana often seems low on the list. Although one of the most widely used drugs in the world, many people think of it as no big deal. Perhaps that’s why the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that an estimated 26.0 million Americans aged 12 or older were current users of marijuana. If that includes your loved one, you likely know the sad reality of how big of a deal it truly is. Help them consider a different path with our approach to marijuana addiction treatment for a unique and powerful experience to guide them through recovery.

A professional drug rehab program can help those addicted to marijuana safely and comfortably detox. After detoxing, participating in clinical group and individual therapy sessions can help the person address why they started abusing marijuana in the first place. Participation in an addiction recovery program can allow those addicted to marijuana a better chance at overcoming their addiction.

How Long is a Marijuana Addiction Treatment Program?

The intensity and length of a treatment program for marijuana addiction will rely on several factors. Treatment considerations include history of use, general health, co-occurring disorders, court-mandated or professional licensure requirements. A clinical professional will review these factors, among others, when recommending an appropriate length of treatment and level of care. For many suffering from marijuana addiction, inpatient treatment is a common recommendation. The average length of a drug rehab program at an inpatient facility is between 17 to 30 days. Depending on the severity of the addiction and progression with therapeutic programs, extended care or long-term rehab programs may be recommended. Many people also continue their treatment in an intensive outpatient program or continuing care program after discharge from an inpatient rehab program.

How Much Does Rehab for Marijuana Cost?

One of the most frequently asked questions from people seeking rehab for an addiction to marijuana is the cost of a treatment program. Many believe the cost of rehab to be a barrier in seeking help for their addiction. Fortunately, many insurance carriers cover addiction treatment programs fully or partially. Bradford's facilities are in-network with most insurance providers and plans, such as TRICARE, Veterans Choice Program (VCP), and TennCare.

Paying out of pocket, or private pay, is another option when seeking addiction treatment. Qualified rehab programs, such as Bradford, often offer several loan programs or flexible payment plans.

Religious organizations, government programs, and recovery non-profits may also issue grants or scholarships to cover treatment for those who qualify.

Break Free from Addiction at Bradford:

Bradford offers proven treatment for marijuana addiction through all levels of care. Our experienced professionals address emotional, spiritual, and physical needs to bring a comprehensive approach to long-term sobriety.

We offer:

  • Established treatment based on 12-Step principles
  • A continuum of care including, inpatient, outpatient, extended care, and continuing care services
  • Medical stabilization and detoxification support at all times
  • Proven tools to address multiple forms of trauma
  • Individual gender-based and transitional living programs
  • Programs tailored to fit the needs of professionals in healthcare, legal fields, sports, and veterans
  • A free, virtual Family Program
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Bradford can help you lead a fulfilling life free of your marijuana addiction. Make the first step to sobriety today by calling 888-SOBER-40.
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Contact Us Now

Since we opened our doors 40 years ago, our innovative inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs have been making healing and hope possible.

For more information or immediate confidential help, please call us anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.