Marijuana, or weed, is derived from the cannabis plant. Being one of the oldest crops known to man, it is little wonder that marijuana use has a long history and is the most commonly used drug worldwide. In the U.S., weed is still illegal under federal law but legalized for medical or recreational use in most states, including Washington. However, being legal does not mean that marijuana use is without risk. Alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription medications are legal but cause plenty of destruction in the lives of millions. If you are concerned that your use of weed has gotten out of control, the marijuana rehab center at Spokane Falls Recovery can help.
Many heavy, chronic marijuana users use this substance with alcohol or other illicit substances. At Spokane Falls Recovery, our addiction treatment center offers a full range of substance abuse treatment programs. Contact us today by calling 844.962.2775 to learn how to help you or your loved one overcome addiction to marijuana or other substances.
When Is Marijuana Rehab Necessary?
Sometimes individuals with addiction are aware on some level that they have a problem. Often, people can be in denial for long periods, even when their substance use disorder is apparent to those around them. Only a professional can provide a proper diagnosis. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is a standard diagnostic tool in mental health and addiction. The DSM-5 describes cannabis use disorder as the continued use of marijuana despite the severe impairment or consequences caused by its use.
According to the diagnostic criteria set forth by the DSM-5, cannabis use disorder is in place when an individual has used marijuana for at least one year and presents with two or more of the following symptoms, including, but not limited to:
- Use in more significant amounts, over a more extended period than intended
- Inability to cut back or stop use, even when trying
- Spending the majority of your time finding, using, or recovering from the use of weed
- Experiencing cravings or withdrawals when not using
- Continuing to use despite negative consequences in relationships, work, school, or with the law
- The use of weed takes precedence over all other areas of life
- Development of high tolerance or needing more weed to experience the same results
Cannabis use disorder is classified as mild when an individual displays two or three symptoms, moderate with four or five symptoms, and severe with six or more symptoms.
Learning More About Cannabis Use Disorder
With our culture becoming more and more tolerant of marijuana use, it is becoming more difficult for individuals to accept the need for marijuana addiction treatment. Marijuana use usually begins in the teenage years, commonly reaching the level of mild cannabis use disorder. For many, use begins to wane as they grow older, complete their education, and face more responsibilities. However, for some, marijuana use continues and reaches moderate or severe levels of cannabis use disorder. Long-term, heavy marijuana use may be due to amotivational syndrome, a gradual but continual movement into apathy and indifference about life. Amotivational syndrome leads to a deteriorated quality of life and unmet potential. Some of the risk factors of cannabis use disorder include:
- Family history of substance abuse disorders
- Unpredictable family circumstances or unstable living conditions
- History of mental health disorders like conduct disorder, depression, or anxiety
- Family members who smoke marijuana
- History of abuse or neglect
- Poor performance in school
- Easy access to marijuana
Many individuals with cannabis use disorder end up in treatment because the criminal justice system ordered them to do so. Spokane Falls Recovery Center is recognized for the success of our court-ordered treatment & legal support programs.
Seek Addiction Treatment at Spokane Falls Recovery Center
Marijuana use does not have to control your life. At Spokane Falls Recovery Center, we offer a wide range of outpatient addiction treatment programs that we can tailor to suit your unique circumstances and treatment needs. To discover how marijuana addiction treatment can help you live the life you want and reach your full potential, contact Spokane Falls Recovery Center today at 844.962.2775.