Many people are unaware that they are addicted to Marijuana, this is probably due to the myth that it is natural. There has been a long-standing debate as to whether Marijuana smokers can become addicted to the substance, and whether the withdrawal symptoms are real.
How do you know if you are addicted?
- Experiencing strong urges to light up and smoke
- Losing interest in activities you usually enjoy
- Getting into trouble at work or with the authorities
- Having different eating or sleeping habits
- Showing little care about your appearance
- Your relationship is suffering as a result
Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA,) proved that 9% of recreational users become dependent on Marijuana. If you began in your teens, the figure rises to 17%.
Since Marijuana is the most widely used drug globally, these percentages reflect a significant number of people in Europe who are struggling with a dependence problem. In a study of 500 Marijuana smokers who had previously tried to quit, about a third relapsed into the habit. They had given in to withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability and nervousness.
This post will guide you on various ways to withdraw from Marijuana dependence.
The ‘cold turkey’ method – willpower
This involves quitting abruptly; you will need to be both mentally and physically able as the process can be difficult. Most smokers will experience severe withdrawal symptoms, similar to the flu; as such this method is only recommended for those in good physical shape. Your discomfort levels will be dependent on how long you have been smoking Marijuana; the longer you have smoked, the more severe your symptoms.
Many people will feel as though ‘something is missing,’ whilst others will feel cravings. Whilst will power plays a role in the withdrawal process, it is only effective if you have an informed strategy for managing the symptoms.
When will power alone does not suffice, people often resort to a treatment facility. Checking into a centre can be expensive; the process takes time and financial commitment. Ensure that you have made up your mind and it will be worth your efforts.
Because Marijuana isn’t classed as ‘life threatening,’ as Class 2 drugs (such as Heroin and opiates) are, rehabilitation is usually considered as a last option.
Many physicians will recommend certain medications to help with easing your withdrawal symptoms. There are therapists who can counsel you to discover the underlying reasons behind your addiction and to aid you with the tools for alternative coping strategies. For best results, seek help from a Marijuana addiction specialist.
Finally, look for a support group and join. It is helpful to go through your battles with recovering addicts and long-time sober people. The morale and mental support can be encouraging.