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Marijuana Addiction

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Marijuana Addiction

The Cottage House at Avalon Malibu is licensed under the California Department California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and treats substance use disorders and co-occurring behavioral health issues. Our licensed psychiatrists work with the underlying psychiatric disorders that often accompany a marijuana addiction. We believe that the key to long-lasting healing and recovery is to treat the entire person and all underlying factors that are the root causes of a marijuana addiction.

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States. Marijuana is commonly referred to as pot, herb, Mary Jane, and grass. The marijuana plant, also known as hemp, produces potent flowering buds. Some people ingest marijuana by eating it or making tea. Many other people smoke marijuana in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints; some use pipes or water pipes called bongs. Marijuana cigars, or blunts, are also a favorite method.

What are the Effects and Risks of Marijuana?

Marijuana is a powerful drug that which targets the brain and cannabinoid receptors. These receptors play a significant role in brain development and function. With regular use, marijuana will overstimulate receptors in the brain and produce difficulty with thinking, problem-solving, coordination, learning and memory.

Because marijuana impairs coordination and judgment, the effects double a driver’s risk of being in an accident. When marijuana is used in conjunction with alcohol, the combined result is worse than either substance alone.

Who is at Risk?

Most individuals who have a marijuana addiction start smoking the plant form in their youth, when their brains are undergoing significant development. Marijuana’s effects on the developing brain create unique risks. When young people use marijuana, they may experience a decrease in cognitive abilities. Daily use of the drug alters vital neural connections within the brain, leading to weakened verbal communication skills, lowered learning capabilities, and a shorter attention span.

Researchers have discovered an association between chronic marijuana use and mental illness. The link has been demonstrated with later development of psychosis, and the risk increases for those who start using marijuana when they are young. Marijuana users often struggle with other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

How Can I Tell if I Have a Marijuana Addiction?

The likelihood of forming a marijuana addiction is increased for those who start young. Many don’t believe that marijuana affects brain function and are unable to distinguish any harmful impact from the drug. This debate is ongoing. Marijuana is a substance that can hinder a person’s physical growth. In addition to the possible effects on cognitive development and mental health, marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs. Frequent marijuana users can develop many of the same respiratory problems as tobacco smokers. The effects include a persistent cough, increased phlegm production, and respiratory infection. Clients who come to Avalon Malibu’s Cottage House will discover the benefits of our continuum of care. Thirty-day programs are only the beginning of the recovery process. The goal of Avalon Malibu’s recovery program is not to simply control the symptoms, but to guide our clients along the path of long-term recovery that may require years to fully accomplish. We pledge to follow our clients and their journey for one solid year after discharge, through continued phone and internet guidance and alumni meetings.

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