Marijuana Use Disorder – Statistics and Facts
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 30 percent of all men and women who try marijuana will eventually develop a physical or psychological dependence on the drug. It is also estimated that people who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are between four and seven times more likely to develop a marijuana use disorder later on in life. People who use marijuana for an extended period of time and attempt to quit cold turkey report experiencing a range of symptoms including increased irritability, disrupted sleep patterns, intense psychological cravings, restlessness and general feelings of physical discomfort. Withdrawal occurs when the brain adapts to having large amounts of marijuana present in the system. In the year 2015 alone, 4 million American adults met the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana abuse disorder. However, only 138,000 of these men and women sought professional treatment – and even fewer sought medical detox. This is partially because many mistakenly believe that marijuana addiction is not possible, and partially because many believe that even if a marijuana used disorder is present, it is possible to quit without professional intervention and withdrawal symptoms will not be disruptive.
Quitting marijuana is not as easy as some might think. Successfully quitting any chemical substance long-term will take a lot more than making a resolution and committing to personal change. If you want to overcome a substance use disorder of any type or severity, some level of clinical care will always be necessary. When it comes to marijuana abuse, a long-term program of outpatient treatment is often sufficient as a stand-alone option (as opposed to medical detox, inpatient rehab and a long-term program of continuing care). Of course, this will depend heavily on the personal history of the client and whether or not he or she has been abusing any other chemical substances. It also depends on whether or not any undiagnosed or untreated mental health issues are present. If you feel that outpatient treatment might be an ideal fit it is a good idea to get in touch with a local treatment center for more information. Princeton Detox & Recovery Center is dedicated to helping men and women of all ages and New Jersey and all surrounding areas overcome marijuana addiction and go on to be the very best versions of themselves for the remainder of their lives. The moment you give us a call we will conduct a brief pre-assessment over the phone which will help our clinical team determine which level of care is right for you.