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Marijuana Addiction

The term “marijuana addiction” may come as something of a surprise. After all, marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes has gained wide acceptance throughout the United States in recent years. An increasing number of states have legalized at least some form of marijuana use, and the call to end all legal prohibitions in the US is growing.

The reality, however, is that marijuana, despite its increasing legalization, is a highly addictive substance, much like other legal substances, such as alcohol, prescription opioids, and narcotics. 

There is mounting evidence that marijuana can pose significant risks, including the potential for cognitive impairment, lung disease, and some forms of mental illness. In addition, and contrary to popular belief, the often ridiculed “gateway theory” of marijuana is proving to be not a theory but an empirical fact. Indeed, chronic marijuana use is associated with epigenetic and neurobiological changes that can trigger or exacerbate and sustain addiction in vulnerable individuals. At the same time, the behavioral patterns that emerge with marijuana initiation and frequent use may give rise to a sort of drug desensitization process, in which the experimentation with and/or reliance on other (and often “harder”) substances loses its taboo.

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How Marijuana Works and How It Harms

The psychoactive component of marijuana, THC, acts on the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating the release, circulation, and absorption of key neurotransmitters and other biochemicals. The endocannabinoid system supports immune functioning, reduces inflammation, and impacts memory and cognition.

It’s the activation of the endocannabinoid system that triggers the “high” that marijuana users seek, resulting in mild euphoria, decreased pain, intense relaxation, and an overall sense of well-being. 

There are, however, a host of other physical and psychological side effects of marijuana use. These effects include:

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How Bayshore Can Help

At Bayshore, we understand the devastating toll that dependency, no matter its form, can take on your life and relationships. As such, we never minimize the power of marijuana addiction to wreak havoc on your health, your career, and your future. We also recognize the unique and significant challenges of overcoming a marijuana addiction, and because of this, we take a proactive, personalized, and comprehensive approach to marijuana addiction recovery.

Our onsite medical and mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to support you through the detoxification process, including providing round-the-clock medical and psychiatric supervision through the various phases of substance withdrawal. This helps to ensure a safer and more comfortable experience during detox. 

Our facility is fully accredited, licensed, and certified to provide comprehensive care, including the use of short-term pharmaceutical therapies as needed while undergoing marijuana detox. 

Similarly, because the symptoms of marijuana withdrawal may sometimes include psychiatric manifestations, from depression to anxiety,  our highly trained team of mental healthcare providers will be consistently by your side until you complete detox and are stable. 

With only six residents in our facility at one time and a 3:1 client to care provider ratio, we are able to provide our clients with the highest level of prompt and personalized care possible.  

After you have completed the detox process, we work with you to build a holistic, customized, and evidence-based recovery program that serves your short-term and long-range recovery goals. This includes individual, group, and family counseling services using a range of approaches, from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to art and music therapy. We also offer classes in nutrition, holistic medicine, and meditation and mindfulness. 

The ultimate goal of this holistic approach to recovery is to help you build a lifestyle that supports sobriety and addresses the factors that may have contributed to the development of marijuana dependency in the first place. Thus, in addition to CBT-based therapy, we also provide courses in meditation and mindfulness to help clients learn to better manage stress and anxiety without the use of marijuana. We also offer massage therapy and yoga classes to support clients who may be experiencing pain conditions and who may have previously relied on marijuana for symptom relief.

In addition to the detoxification, rehabilitation, counseling, and education services provided onsite, we also offer comprehensive after-care support, connecting you with the best care providers and most effective support services in your area.


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