According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 150 million people in the U.S. have tried marijuana and at least 85 million use it more than a few times a month. Marijuana is the most widely used illegal substance in the U.S. If you are one of the millions of marijuana users in the U.S. and want to know, do I need drug rehab for my marijuana use, here is some information that might be helpful to you.

What is Marijuana?

Whether or not marijuana is addictive is a topic that has been debated for many years. Technically, there are no physically addictive qualities to marijuana, so there is no need for detox and no call for addiction rehab or treatment. However, if you feel that you possess some qualities due to your drug use which could warrant the need to address the issues you have with the drug you should do so. One of the many problems to marijuana is that many physicians believe that it is a precursor to other drug use, which is simply not true.

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Use

Signs of marijuana use are bloodshot eyes, increased heart rate, and increase in appetite, impaired judgment and memory and a euphoric sensation that generally lasts approximately six hours. Long term use of marijuana can lead to feelings of fear, panic attacks, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations and delusions.

Programs for Marijuana Use

While there are no addiction treatments for marijuana use, there are a few reasons why an individual who is known to have long term marijuana use may enroll in a program to help them stop their use.

12 step programs such as Marijuana Anonymous (MA), promote the idea that marijuana use is an incurable brain disease that has been passed down from generation to generation in your family. 12 step programs suggest that your marijuana use is an addictive disease and that you inherited the marijuana gene or addict gene from your family. 12 step programs teach that the only treatment available for your marijuana use is belief in a higher power, meetings for the rest of your life and abstinence. However, they also say that you are powerless against your use and that you will relapse. If this was true, the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana would have never occurred like it is presently in the United States.

The truth is that there is no proof that marijuana “addiction” is a disease and there is no true inherited addiction gene either. Your marijuana use is a learned behavior that you developed by watching other people use marijuana; perhaps a family member or friend, but you did not inherit it. If you change the behavior, you can change your marijuana use, permanently if you want to. This should help you better understand that you do not need drug rehab for your marijuana use.

St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guests to use self change and self assessment to reevaluate decisions and choices and to make more productive choices and behaviors. If you truly feel you need help for marijuana use, Saint Jude’s is an excellent alternative which will help you successfully solve your drug problem