Several kinds include alcohol, opioids, cocaine, meth, Cannabis or Marijuana, and other unspecified substances. These illicit substance groups are highly addictive, posing significant psychological and physical harm to those who use it.
According to records, approximately 55 million or roughly 16.9% of 331 million people in the U.S. use illegal substances. At the same time, 30% of this number have substance abuse disorder. And with this alarming number of dependents, help is very much needed.
The chemical compounds, if given in the correct dosage, may help treat various health-related problems. They include chronic pain relief, decrease of anxiety, and weight loss.
Marijuana also prevents diabetes, fights cancer, treats depression, helps in autism treatment, and regulates epilepsy seizures. Additionally, it heals broken bones, helps treat ADHD/ADD, treats glaucoma, slows down Alzheimer’s disease development in older people, helps with tremors in Parkinson’s disease, and ease anxiety attacks.
Marijuana may cause loss of I.Q. by 8 points. Suppose a person starts using it at an early stage, but even then, quitting can never recover the lost I.Q. Points.
Conditions such as depression, anxiety, suicide planning, and psychotic episodes are linked to marijuana abuse.
Frequent marijuana use affects timing, movement, and coordination, harming performance in sports.
Being in front of the wheel of a vehicle may affect a person’s coordination. The immediate reaction to situations on the road like road and traffic signals, attention to commuters, and the like may result in accidents and loss of life.
Marijuana can hinder a baby’s development inside the mothers’ womb. Prenatal problems may occur, such as baby growth restrictions, premature birth, stillbirth. Added chemicals in the brain can result in poor cognitive function and hyperactivity of the child after birth. Chemicals from marijuana can also be transferred through breast milk preventing a baby’s healthy development.
Research says that people who use marijuana have relationship problems, low self-esteem, low performance in school, and reduced life satisfaction.
Substance abuse always has its unique withdrawal syndrome. Marijuana users’ withdrawal syndrome includes insomnia for a few nights of no sleep and occasional sleeplessness for months to follow. What follows is depression/euphoria, then, nightmares, and finally, vivid dreams.
Anger comes next, from slow-burning rant to irritability to burst of rage. The emotional juggle kept bouncing back and forth from anger, depression, and euphoria. Sometimes, the feeling of fear and anxiety, loss of humor, decrease or increase in sex drives is visible. And after three months, slowly fades and comes back to normal.
Three or more of the listed symptoms must be exhibited by the patient physically. These are the indications of a withdrawal syndrome timeline.
- A week after the discontinued use, symptoms may appear.
- Symptoms peak appear after the discontinued use.
- In 10 – 20 days, the severity of symptoms will have a steady decline.
- Withdrawal syndrome concludes if the patient starts smoking marijuana again.
- Frequency, length of use, and usage amount will depend on the severity of symptoms and the time to detox.
A detox program will help chronic users of marijuana. Professional supervision from medical practitioners is highly recommended to lessen withdrawal syndromes. At Ambrosia Drug Treatment Facility, patients obtain a higher chance of having a relapse and stay sober.
There are several reasons for having a detox, and it includes:
- A mental disorder that goes with marijuana addiction – people tend to self-medicate, especially on mental health problems, for fear of criticisms. Medical detox works along with this problem, along with marijuana addiction.
- Setting oneself in quitting the habit but tends to fail – Withdrawing from chronic marijuana use is so uncomfortable. Seeking medical help from professionals is very much needed.
- Environment – the standard of living boost substance abuse, and crushing a lousy habit is next to impossible. A detox program can bring about a home away from home feeling added with busting addiction.