Marijuana is a popular chemical substance, one that can be used medically or recreationally. While this specific drug has been legalized in many states, it can still lead to physical and psychological dependence — which requires a multi-phased continuum of clinical care, beginning with medically monitored detox. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most commonly abused psychotropic drug in the U.S. In 2018 it was reported that close to 11.8 million young Americans used marijuana at least once over the course of the past year. Rates of marijuana use and dependence have been on the rise throughout the country, and medical emergencies directly linked to marijuana have also increased. The Drug Abuse Warning Network estimated that in the year 2011 there were roughly 456,000 emergency room visits directly linked to marijuana. The increase in medical emergencies is linked to increased potency. Marijuana is now more potent (and therefore more addictive) than it ever was previously.
There is a common and long-standing misconception surrounding marijuana use. Many mistakenly believe that because the drug is naturally derived and widely legal, it cannot lead to serious consequences or to physical or psychological dependence. The truth is that marijuana is addictive, and that medical detox is often necessary to alleviate the more severe symptoms of withdrawal. At Guardian Recovery Network we have extensive experience treating men and women of all ages who struggle with marijuana use disorder.