People who claim that marijuana is not addictive have obviously never spent a sleepless night of headaches and nausea lusting for just that little something to take the edge off.
How to Get Past Marijuana Withdrawal
Marijuana detox is tough, and the withdrawal pains are very real and strong enough to keep a lot of people using more than they want for longer than they want to. Because marijuana detox doesn’t present with an obvious physical syndrome of symptoms, and because enduring social perceptions about the drug were formed in decades past, when the potency of marijuana was nowhere near what it is today, there exists a lingering misperception about the severity of marijuana detox and withdrawal pains.
Marijuana Detox Is Real
They are real, they are medically recognized as such, and have been for years since a Harvard Medical School Study categorized them as a syndrome of symptoms. Marijuana detox symptoms are not physically dangerous but they can be very uncomfortable, and since the cravings during a period of marijuana detox can be so strong; marijuana detox presents a significant obstacle to sobriety and the bettering of a marijuana addiction.
Marijuana is addictive, the health risks of frequent use are many, and the benefits inherent in quitting make an attempt at detox a very good idea.
Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms
Marijuana withdrawal symptoms will peak in intensity within a day of cessation of use, and only gradually start to subside after three or four days.
- Loss of appetite
- Aggression and irritability
- Extreme cravings
Symptoms occur to varying degrees depending on the history and extent of abuse and personal physiology. Insomnia, anxiety and irritability are very frequently experienced.
Although you're not going to die from marijuana detox, the symptoms of withdrawal are very unpleasant, and since you feel co-occurring and intense cravings to use during the period of detox, the risks of relapse during the initial days of sobriety are high.
Marijuana Detox Treatment
No prescription medications exist for the real betterment of experienced marijuana detox symptoms, and only time will truly remove the discomforts of detox.
Sustained and vigorous exercise helps many to lessen the severity of symptoms of detox. Robust exercise can prompt the release of natural "feel good" neurotransmitters, helping to ease feelings of depression and anxiety, and sustained activity tires the body, helping somewhat with relapse provoking insomnia.
Having some form of sober support network to rely on during the initial days of temptation can help a lot and focusing your energies on activities away from temptations to use may also reduce the persistence of cravings.
Get Help for Marijuana Addiction
If you cannot quit on your own (and many cannot) you will need professional detox and treatment. Because cravings to use during the initial days overwhelm so many with the best of intentions to quit, progressing through detox in a facility away from access to marijuana may be required. Additionally, successful detox alone rarely provides a strong foundation for long term abstinence. To really stay drug free you need to develop self awareness over the root causes of your drug seeking behaviors, learn concrete and effective strategies to temptation avoidance, and learn with others how to have a good time without needing to get high.
The dangers of marijuana addiction are real; marijuana robs you of your initiative and clouds your emotions and your clarity. Marijuana use is associated with an increased risk for a number of different cancers, and also with a substantially increased likelihood towards certain psychiatric conditions.
Quitting is hard, but it's worth it, and if you can’t do it on your own, get help.
Page last updated Oct 09, 2012