Previous studies have shown that a few years ago, 4 million people aged 12 and older qualified as having cannabis use disorder (CUD) – which tends to develop when a person has become tolerant of marijuana and requires more and in higher doses in order to achieve their original desired effect. Despite so many people technically meeting the requirements for this type of diagnosis, not many people actually view it as a concern – and it’s often because they see it as a “natural” substance with no harmful consequences. Despite this common belief, the reality is that marijuana is just as addictive as any other drug that produces that intense feeling of pleasure. Even if a person doesn’t experience physical signs of addiction, they can reach psychological dependency – which is just as harmful, perhaps in a different way, because it’s not sought for treatment as often.

Many people experience the need to abuse marijuana in a way that helps them manage their daily lives. Some people have this view on it:

“If I want to experience any kind of feeling – relaxation, joy, numbness, etc., I rely on marijuana to help me get through it all.”

In fact, marijuana is often used for daily household activities, as people may become very reliant upon using it for a daily stress reliever. While marijuana can have beneficial effects – as previous studies have emphasized the therapeutic benefits of marijuana for certain medical conditions – it appears that marijuana addiction can develop from recreational use and can become quite dangerous, especially when things get out of hand. What’s holding most people back, however, is the belief that they can “quit” anytime they’d like – and this strong belief is what often holds people back from actually asking for help. 

If a person needs more to feel “high”, is experiencing withdrawal symptoms, if they’ve been using more than they’d like – they could be struggling with marijuana use disorder or dependency. At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor, you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.