Approximately 1 in 10 people who use marijuana develop an dependence or addiction. In 2010, an estimated 13.1 million people worldwide had cannabis use disorder, including 4 million individuals in the United States (Degenhardt, PLoS One, 2013; NSDUH, 2016). Only in recent years have we begun to recognize the scale and scope of marijuana addiction—all this is to say that you are not alone.
Like any other disease, marijuana addiction can cause numerous changes in both your brain and in your body. Feeling like you don’t have control over your use can negatively impact your social interactions as well as your ability to think, work, and regulate your emotions. Physical symptoms of marijuana addiction are real and can be unpleasant. Reversing these changes requires not just recognizing that you have a problem, but also making an effective strategy to quit.
Treatment for marijuana addiction isn’t just about having the willpower to stop, or ‘flipping a switch.’ More than just having the motivation, it involves breaking a cycle of mental and physical dependence. It is a process that takes will, time, and effort. If you’re reading this, chances are you’re trying to find out exactly what that process entails. Or perhaps you’ve tried to cut down in the past, but relapsed after a few days, or weeks.
Exploring treatment options for marijuana addiction might seem daunting at first, but luckily, treatments are safe, manageable, and effective. Just by being here, you’re already making progress, by empowering yourself through knowledge about what treatment entails, and how to design a plan for success. And remember, the content on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified physician or other medical care provider.