Though cannabis is different from opioids or stimulants in some ways, it affects the body and brain; it is very much a psychoactive drug that can be abused. About one in ten regular users of marijuana have a cannabis use disorder (CUD). If you are concerned about your use of cannabis or worried about a loved one, there is marijuana addiction treatment in Pennsylvania at PAATC.
PAATC, or Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge, has over 60 years of experience treating teens and adults for every addiction, including alcohol, stimulants, opioids, benzos, and cannabis. Nearly fifty million Americans report using marijuana at some point. About a quarter of those may have a cannabis use disorder. To learn more about marijuana abuse, reach out to PAATC today by calling 844.442.8673 or asking to connect with us by completing our online form. We will answer questions like, “Is marijuana addictive?” and “How do I stop using cannabis?”
All drugs used for their psychoactive effects impact behavior, awareness, mood, thinking, and emotions. Marijuana interacts with brain function, and when use escalates, it can lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction when the body and mind can no longer function adequately without it.
Signs of marijuana abuse include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Feelings of euphoria and increased awareness
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Shifts in mood
- Lower energy levels
- Slower reflexes and reduced coordination
- Loss of concentration
- Memory issues
- Sleep complications
Is Marijuana Addictive?
Yes – marijuana is addictive. Though drugs like Oxy or meth are more likely to lead to addiction more quickly, sustained use of cannabis leads to both physical and psychological addiction in about 14 million people in the US annually. Marijuana abuse can lead to complications in life and with your health. See if anything in the list below applies to you. If it does, reach out to PAATC today at 844.442.8673.
- Binging – Do you tend to consume cannabis by binging, using much more than you might intend over a longer period?
- Tolerance – How much cannabis do you need to get high? Notice if that amount has increased over time. If so, you may be growing tolerant of the drug, so the same quantity no longer affects you as you want it to.
- Inability to stop – If you wish you could stop because pot use impacts your mental health or relationships, but you can’t, marijuana has control – not you.
- Impact on livelihood – If you can no longer meet the basic requirements of your job or are struggling to keep up in school because of your regular marijuana use, there is a chance you are addicted.
- Loss of empathy – People who abuse cannabis often become detached and no longer feel empathy as they once did.
- Disinterest – If you find you are apathetic about things that once fascinated you, marijuana affects your quality of life and identity.
- Cravings – Can you take it or leave it, or do you crave your next edible or joint when you have gone a while without?
Discover the Marijuana Addiction Treatment Necessary at PAATC
PAATC’s marijuana treatment center focuses on helping you leave marijuana abuse behind as you pursue healthier alternatives, sobriety, and renewed interest in life. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments in both men’s and women’s programs.
Compassionate staff with training and experience provide, among others:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Behavioral treatment options
- Dual diagnosis treatment
While you are in treatment with us, you can pursue faith-based therapy and will be supported by peers on the same journey. Don’t wait. Reach out today to learn about marijuana addiction treatment at PAATC. Call 844.442.8673 or use our online form.