Marijuana Addiction Treatment

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In Atlanta and the United States at large marijuana is used more often than any other illegal drug. Because use is so common, it is easy for people to underestimate its addictive potential. In 2009 4.3 million Americans met the medical criteria for marijuana addiction. The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that about one in six people who begin using the drug as an adolescent will become addicted. In 2008 17% of admissions to drug treatment programs were marijuana related.

Health Problems Associated with Marijuana Use in Atlanta

Marijuana use can cause a number of negative side effects and health problems including the following:

  • Marijuana affects short-term memory, and users may have trouble learning and retaining information
  • Coordination is affected by marijuana, and this increases the risk of physical injury
  • Reaction time is slowed by marijuana, and this impairs driving ability
  • Judgment is altered, and marijuana users may engage in high-risk activities they would otherwise avoid
  • Marijuana can increase heart rate by 20 to 100%, and this contributes to heart attacks and other medical complications
  • Some individuals may experience psychosis when using marijuana
  • Those who smoke marijuana may develop respiratory problems such as a chronic cough, more frequent chest colds and a heightened risk of lung infections like pneumonia
  • Marijuana users increase their risk for certain cancers

Marijuana use may cause other problems as well. Marijuana use on the job has been associated with higher rates of accidents, absences, tardiness, worker’s compensation claims and job turnover. This drug use also affects achievement level, social life and mental health.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Treatment for marijuana addiction is available for Atlanta residents. This treatment can be on either a residential and outpatient basis and is similar to treatment for addiction to other psychoactive substances. Marijuana addiction treatment typically includes the following:

  • Motivational enhancement
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Identification of drug use triggers
  • Relapse prevention training

Identifying and treating co-occurring mental health conditions is also important for long-term recovery. There are correlations between marijuana use and higher rates of depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. Regardless of whether mental health concerns precede marijuana use or are a result of it, they need to be treated in an integrated manner to provide the best chance at a drug-free life.

Find Marijuana Addiction Help for Atlanta Residents

If you or a loved one is addicted to marijuana in Atlanta, we can help you break free. Call our toll-free helpline, and ask us any questions you may have about marijuana addiction and treatment. We can discuss your options and provide information and support. We are staffed around the clock, so there is always someone ready and willing to talk with you. Call now.