Marijuana Is Addictive Despite Its Legality
Some of the negative impacts of using marijuana include negative impacts on health, diminished cognitive function, lack of motivation and inability to perform at work or school.
One of the common misconceptions about marijuana use is that it’s not addictive. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Almost 10% of all users become addicted. This increases the younger in age a person starts smoking marijuana. Those who do struggle with addiction may find they’re unable to stop smoking when they want to. They may also experience feelings of withdrawal, including sleeplessness, irritability, decreased appetite, anxiety and cravings to use the drug.
If you suffer from a traumatic event or are going through a depressive episode, Marijuana use generally increases, like it is as if you were binge drinking alcohol. Marijuana users in these mental states may soon begin to wholly depend on the effects of THC on the body, which then ties itself to addiction. If you or a loved one needs help for any addiction, please reach out to Recovery at the Crossroads today!
Marijuana Is Touted as a “Safer” Alternative to Alcohol and Opioids
One of the common narratives that people spread about marijuana use is that it’s a safer alternative to both alcohol and opioids. However, marijuana compared to other substances is not necessarily a healthy comparison to make. The truth is that consuming marijuana in any form has its own set of problems. It can still be a dangerous substance when it’s abused, which does happen. Comparing which is the more dangerous substance between the alcohol industry and marijuana use has no positive outcome. Alcohol consumption is bad when people abuse it, and the same applies to marijuana.
This means there’s no safer option in the way a person chooses to become inebriated. When they do it through drinking alcohol excessively, sometimes known as binge drinking, it becomes unsafe. The same applies to consuming marijuana, despite its legality in the Garden State.
Marijuana Can Now Be Found in Alcohol
Another reason marijuana has become the new alcohol is that the two are now being combined. Drinkable weed is a new trend in the craft beer industry, and cannabis companies are only getting started on this marriage of convenience and profit. While smoked marijuana presents its own set of issues, reining in marijuana use will become much harder if people can simply drink it at their local bar.
COVID-19 Contributed to the Desire To Escape
Yet another reason why marijuana has become the new alcohol is that during the pandemic, people turned to the substance as a way to escape. For many people dealing with the rigors of lockdowns and anxiety, making the switch from alcohol use to cannabis products was a no-brainer. This was despite the fact that it would have been far more beneficial to many people’s mental health to instead replace alcohol with healthier habits that perpetuated positive health effects.
Substance use, even so-called recreational use, is never a substitute for healthy habits. Daily marijuana use increasing over the pandemic to avoid drinking has resulted in a marked increase in those seeking treatment for substance abuse issues.
Treating Marijuana Addiction
Treatment admission rates indicate that heroin, alcohol and marijuana represented the three main substances for which people were admitted into treatment facilities in the months following the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting treatment is imperative to bringing a marijuana addiction under control. Options include dual diagnosis behavioral therapy, which will help to reroute the way you engage in certain coping mechanisms that may lead you to abuse marijuana.
Medication-assisted treatment is another option. Since marijuana withdrawal does come with side effects that can be physically unpleasant, medication-assisted treatment can help reduce the amount of marijuana you may be using while you work on the other components of treatment.
Finally, some people opt for outpatient drug rehab in dealing with substance abuse. For those who may not have obstacles in their home environment, this is an ideal option to help address prevention and ways to minimize and/or stop consumption entirely.
No matter the cause of addiction, the effects can be overwhelming. Recovery at the Crossroads is here to help! We provide effective outpatient addiction treatment to residents across the great state of New Jersey and the following localities of Mount Laurel Township, Monroe Township, Camden, Cherry Hill Township, Deptford Township, Wenonah, Pine Hill, Clementon, Lindenwold, Somerdale and Woodbury. Call today or fill out our admission form — we are here to help you!