Can You Get Addicted to Marijuana?

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Because marijuana is so widely used and is now legal in many states across the country, people mistakenly believe that this specific chemical substance is harmless and non-addictive. While marijuana is undeniably safer to use than substances like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, a person can get addicted to marijuana. Furthermore, marijuana addiction can lead to a range of negative consequences and can dramatically impact your overall quality of life. 

At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we understand how devastating marijuana dependence can be. Our marijuana addiction treatment program in Utah focuses on the root causes of addiction, helping clients work through the issues that have kept them stuck. To learn more about marijuana use disorder or to discover the best treatment options for you or a loved one, contact us today. 

Can You Get Addicted to Marijuana?

Some people who begin using marijuana recreationally will develop a marijuana use disorder over time. This means they continue using marijuana despite many negative consequences directly linked to drug use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3 out of every 10 people who use marijuana will develop a marijuana use disorder

The CDC states, “Another study estimated that people who use cannabis have about a 10% likelihood of becoming addicted. The risk of developing marijuana use disorder is greater in people who start using marijuana during youth or adolescence and who use marijuana more frequently.” In short, it is possible to become addicted to marijuana. Fortunately, individuals with a marijuana use disorder can fully recover with the right treatment plan. At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we offer effective marijuana addiction treatment options in Utah. 

Signs of Marijuana Addiction 

The most common signs and symptoms associated with marijuana addiction are:

  • Using more marijuana than intended
  • Trying to quit marijuana use but failing to do so for a significant amount of time
  • Spending a significant amount of time obtaining marijuana and using marijuana
  • Craving marijuana throughout the day
  • Feeling anxious or irritable when marijuana is not readily available
  • Continuing to use marijuana despite negative personal consequences 
  • Social or interpersonal/relationship problems that can be directly linked to marijuana use
  • Increased risk-taking behaviors involving marijuana, liking driving while under the influence or combining marijuana with other chemical substances
  • Developing a physical tolerance
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when marijuana use is stopped suddenly

The Prevalence of Marijuana Addiction 

How prevalent is marijuana use disorder? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently published an article titled “Marijuana use disorder is common and often untreated.” 

The article states, “Marijuana use disorder is common in the United States, is often associated with other substance use disorders, behavioral problems, and disability, and goes largely untreated, according to a new study conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The analysis found that 2.5 percent of adults — nearly 6 million people — experienced marijuana use disorder in the past year. In comparison, 6.3 percent had met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder at some point in their lives.”

Marijuana is among the most commonly used drugs in the country, preceded only by alcohol. In 2021, 52.5 million Americans over 18 reported using marijuana at least once within the past 12 months. Of these individuals, an estimated 16.3 million met the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana use disorder. Fortunately, help is available. With the right tools in place, marijuana addiction can be successfully overcome. 

Marijuana Addiction Treatment Options 

We offer several levels of clinical care to help people struggling with a marijuana use disorder and any co-occurring mental health concerns. 

  • Marijuana Detox — Because marijuana is commonly misused in conjunction with other chemical substances, entering into a medical detox program might be an essential initial step on the road to recovery. The symptoms associated with marijuana withdrawal are easily managed with a combination of over-the-counter medications and therapeutic intervention. 
  • Men’s Residential Program — At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we offer a male-specific residential treatment program. Our residential program was specifically designed for men struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns. 
  • Co-Ed Day Program — The day treatment program at Spirit Mountain Recovery is for those who desire the same level of integration and intensity that residential rehab provides. However, clients can live at home or in a sober living home while undergoing full days of intensive treatment. 
  • Co-Ed Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP) Program — Spirit Mountain Recovery’s IOP program in Utah offers a transformative journey to lasting recovery. Our co-ed program provides a structured and supportive environment for individuals seeking comprehensive addiction treatment. With a focus on healing the mind, body, and spirit, our IOP program empowers participants to overcome challenges and embrace a substance-free life.
  • Family Program — Family plays an imperative role in the addiction recovery process. Our family program caters to the unique needs of each family member while offering a range of services, including family therapy, individual therapy, and peer support groups for the loved ones of our clients. 

Additionally, we offer a range of integrated treatment services, taking a whole-person approach to recovery. Some of the treatment services we offer include:

  • Mediation and Yoga 
  • Mindfulness Training 
  • Experiential Therapies 
  • Equine Therapy 
  • Medication Management 

Marijuana Addiction Treatment in Utah

At Spirit Mountain Recovery, we understand that taking the first steps toward marijuana addiction recovery is challenging. Acknowledging that you are addicted to marijuana and taking steps to start the healing process is imperative to reclaiming physical, psychological, and spiritual health. 

Our caring and compassionate treatment team members will work with you to design a treatment program specifically suited to your unique recovery needs and goals. If you or a loved one is ready to begin the journey of comprehensive healing and seek help from our marijuana addiction treatment center in Utah, contact us today. Our admissions team will answer any additional questions you have, covering the levels of care and treatment services we offer at our marijuana rehab in Utah. We look forward to speaking with you soon.