Marijuana Use Disorder Treatment Specialist Q&A
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Marijuana use disorder refers to the dependency on marijuana use that some people may experience. Similar to the ongoing and repeated use of other substances that can lead to an addiction, marijuana users who regularly use marijuana can develop a dependency on the drug. This dependency can cause people to experience symptoms of withdrawal when they are not using the drug, such as irritability, cravings, decreased appetite, restlessness, mood changes, and difficulty sleeping.
Marijuana use disorder is the addiction to marijuana that causes some people to not be able to stop using it, despite how it interferes with other parts of their life, like with school, work, or home, as well as their social and interpersonal interactions. Marijuana use disorder is classified into three different categories, based on the number of symptoms users experience. Mild cases exhibit two to three symptoms, moderate cases show four to five symptoms and severe cases of marijuana use disorder present six or more symptoms of the criteria outlined by the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
There are many determining factors that can be used to establish if someone is addicted to marijuana and how mild or severe their addiction is.
The criteria that is used to gauge the level of addiction include the following indicators:
● Using larger amounts of marijuana, or for a longer period of time, than intended.
● Continued desire or unsuccessful attempts at cutting down or controlling marijuana use.
● Spending large amounts of time in the acquisition, use, or recovery from the effects of marijuana.
● Feeling a need or strong pull towards the use of marijuana.
● Inability to perform at work, school, or home due to recurrent use.
● Continuing to use marijuana despite it having recurring negative effects on social and interpersonal interactions.
● Lack of interest in social, recreational, or occupational activities.
● Putting yourself in physical danger due to the use of marijuana in certain situations, such as driving or operating heavy machinery.
● Continuing to use marijuana despite it causing or exacerbating physical or psychological problems.
● Increased tolerance to the effects, resulting in increased dosage or frequency of using marijuana.
Symptoms of withdrawal between uses.
People experiencing any of these indicators should seek intervention from a trained professional, such as the team at Restoration Recovery, to determine if they are addicted to marijuana and get the necessary treatment.
Marijuana use disorder is treated similarly to other substance abuse disorders, typically treating an underlying health concern. It has been found that people who are suffering from a substance abuse disorder typically also suffer from additional substance abuse problems or other psychiatric disorders. Treating these types of conditions is usually done through behavioral modification treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, or motivational enhancement therapy. Each of these treatments works differently to retrain the behavior that has led the patient to experience substance abuse and direct them away from needing the substance that they were addicted to. Finding a medical professional trained in diagnosing and treating substance abuse disorders will ensure that the patient receives the best treatment for them, with different therapies potentially needing to be tested before finding the right one.
Despite the common misconception that marijuana is harmless and doesn’t lead to addiction, it could in fact be just as dangerous as an addiction to any of the harder drugs. In recent years, the potency has greatly increased, making it much stronger than it used to be for previous generations of users. This puts users at a higher risk of negative side effects of using the drug, which can include a reduction in their ability to quickly respond and react in dangerous situations, like when driving or even operating machinery.
It can also create issues with users’ work and home life, with them not fulfilling their duties and social and interpersonal relationships. People who suspect that they are experiencing a dependency on marijuana use should seek out treatment from a trained professional, such as the team at Restoration Recovery, to get a proper diagnosis and explore their options for treatment.
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