Drug Abuse Treatment Programs, Rehabilitation, and Help
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Drug Abuse Treatment Programs
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Many people believe that they cannot get addicted to marijuana and that it has no negative effects on their life so why would they want marijuana help? Most seek help due to the fact that they cannot go a day without it. If they do not have it every day they feel they cannot function. This is also how people feel, that they cannot function, when they are addicted to other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, etc.
Many people believe marijuana is harmless. They will not start stealing from people or lose their house due to smoking it.
Marijuana is a green, brown or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa which is usually smoked as a cigarette (called a joint or a nail) or in a pipe or bong. The slang names for marijuana include pot, herb, dope, reefer, grass, weed, ganja, Mary Jane, boom, gangster and chronic.
Marijuana when smoked gives many a feeling of relaxation and everything including the person moves in slow motion. For some it causes feelings of paranoia and anxiety while still for others it makes them “giggly”. Most people after smoking it become extremely hungry, referred to as the “munchies”. These are the most known symptoms of marijuana use.
None of these symptoms of smoking marijuana seem too serious. However, using marijuana can produce adverse mental, emotional, behavioral and physical changes in the person. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana can be addictive.
Marijuana smoke just like cigarette smoke harms the lungs. Marijuana can impair short-term memory and verbal abilities. It also affects the persons’ judgment and will distort their perceptions. It may also weaken the immune system and possibly increase the persons’ possibility of developing cancer.
Marijuana is also considered a “Gateway drug” which means it can lead to experimenting with other, harder drugs. Most people start smoking marijuana at a young age due to peer pressure or from maybe having seen their parents smoke it. They try it and nothing bad happens, they have not turned into a criminal. They continue to smoke it because they are not afraid of it. Nothing bad has happened to them. As they continue to smoke marijuana they become curious about other drugs.
Their curiosity leads them to consider cocaine, heroin or maybe a prescription painkiller. They like the high of the marijuana so why not try something else? There is no fear of drugs at this point. They try one of the harder, more quickly addictive drugs and their life does change. They then find themselves doing all the things like stealing from family and friends they said they would never do. Asking for marijuana help is a smart idea if someone smokes it daily before possible needing help for another drug.