According to a study published by JAMA Psychiatry, about 30% of people who use marijuana meet the criteria for marijuana use disorder. It is estimated that users of cannabis have a 10% likelihood of developing an addiction to the substance overall.

Many people are skeptical about the addiction potential of marijuana. However, there has been a dramatic increase in THC concentrations in cannabis products sold legally in dispensaries as of late. 

Between 2008 and 2017, the average amount of THC in marijuana products nearly doubled, going from 9% to 17%, according to reporting by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The higher levels of THC could contribute to the increasing number of people experiencing marijuana addiction.

If you or a loved one are struggling with regular marijuana use, we are here to help. 

Beach House Center for Recovery offers comprehensive treatment programs for people with marijuana addiction and other substance use disorders. 

Our experienced team provides empathetic, medically assisted care, helping patients successfully address the core issues contributing to marijuana addiction and dependency. 

Continue reading to learn more.

What is Marijuana Addiction?

Marijuana is widely seen as a relatively harmless substance. Continual misuse of cannabis can cause legitimate medical issues and lead to addiction over time. 

Although marijuana is primarily believed to be non-addictive, prolonged use of any mood-altering substance can lead to changes in brain chemistry.

After consistent, daily use of cannabis products containing high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the euphoric compound in marijuana), some people develop a tolerance, requiring higher doses to achieve the desired effect. 

When a person discovers that they are unable to cease using marijuana regardless of the adverse health and social consequences, that person has developed a marijuana use disorder.

Is Marijuana Addictive?


While marijuana addiction is less common compared to substances like alcohol, nicotine, or other illicit drugs, some people can develop a dependency on marijuana.

The risk of dependency depends on multiple factors, including

  • Frequency of use
  • The potency of the marijuana consumed
  • Individual biology
  • Genetics
  • Mental health

Signs And Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

While the symptoms of marijuana intoxication differ wildly from the symptoms of opioid euphoria or alcohol overuse, the signs of addiction are similar and include:

  • Using higher volumes of marijuana than intended to achieve the desired result.
  • Attempting to cease marijuana use and failing.
  • Craving marijuana regularly. 
  • Continuing to use marijuana despite the social, personal, and health problems it causes.
  • Consuming marijuana in risky circumstances, such as while operating machinery or driving.
  • Consuming marijuana for more extended periods or in more significant quantities than initially intended.
  • Sacrificing previously valued activities to use marijuana.
  • Neglecting personal or professional obligations to use marijuana.
  • Dedicating a significant portion of the day to using marijuana.
  • Obsessing about the ability to acquire marijuana.
  • Having symptoms of marijuana withdrawal after stopping use.

How Serious Can Marijuana Addiction Get?

Marijuana addiction can range in severity. For some individuals, the effects might be mild and manageable; for others, it can significantly impact their daily life, relationships, and mental health.

The seriousness of marijuana addiction can manifest in various ways, including

  • Disruptions in daily routines, work, or school responsibilities.
  • Physical health issues, including respiratory problems, decreased cognitive function, and potential worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Strained relationships with family and friends, leading to isolation and withdrawal from social activities.
  • Legal troubles and financial strain.

While marijuana addiction might not be as severe as addiction to certain other substances, it can still have a significant impact on an individual’s life. Seeking professional help and support can aid in managing addiction and mitigating its effects on various aspects of life. 

How Is Marijuana Addiction Treated?

Treatment for marijuana addiction often involves various specialized programs to aid recovery.

At Beach House, we provide effective treatment options for marijuana use, including:

  • Inpatient/Residential Rehab: This intensive program involves staying at a treatment center, receiving round-the-clock support and therapy for focused treatment away from home.
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Offering flexibility, PHP allows individuals to stay home while attending treatment sessions daily, providing comprehensive support between inpatient and outpatient care.
  • Specialized Therapies: Counseling and therapy are vital components, helping individuals understand and change addictive behaviors and patterns. Therapies may include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and contingency management. These therapies aim to address thoughts, emotions, and behaviors related to addiction, empowering individuals to develop healthier coping mechanisms and make positive changes in their lives.
  • Dual Diagnosis Care: Tailored for those facing both addiction and mental health issues, this program offers simultaneous treatment for comprehensive care.

Each program offers unique support and treatments tailored to address different aspects of addiction and promote successful recovery from marijuana addiction. We also provide continuing care to help you maintain long-term sobriety. 

The Detox Marijuana Process Explained

When someone stops using marijuana, their body goes through a detox process. This means the body gets rid of the drug and gets used to not having it. For marijuana, the withdrawal symptoms usually start a few days after stopping and can last a couple of weeks. 

Withdrawal occurs when an external chemical the brain has adapted to is suddenly withdrawn, causing the brain’s natural receptors to readjust and self-regulate. 

When long-term marijuana use is stopped, withdrawal symptoms can occur.

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not typically life-threatening or severe. Still, they can cause discomfort, and they might linger for as long as several weeks, depending upon the length of marijuana use. 

Marijuana withdrawal can cause:

  • Persistent drowsiness
  • Appetite loss
  • Trembling
  • Mood fluctuations/irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Disordered sleep patterns
  • Nightmares

While some people might attempt marijuana detox on their own, long-term sobriety is more likely when cessation is accompanied by professional treatment like the one we offer at our medical detox facility in Florida.

Inpatient treatment will address the underlying issues that contributed to marijuana addiction and provide practical strategies for avoiding reuse.

Helping A Loved One With Marijuana Addiction Recovery

Supporting a loved one through marijuana addiction recovery involves understanding and patience. 

Here are some ways to help:

  • Learn about marijuana addiction and recovery to understand what they might be going through.
  • Talk openly but compassionately about their addiction. Listen without judgment and show understanding.
  • Offer encouragement and support for their efforts to quit. Celebrate their progress, no matter how small.
  • Help create a healthy environment by removing triggers or temptations and offering distractions or activities.
  • Be patient and supportive throughout the process. Recovery takes time and can have ups and downs.
  • Encourage seeking professional help or attending support groups to connect with others facing similar challenges.
  • Take care of yourself, too. Supporting someone in recovery can be emotionally challenging, so set boundaries and seek support if needed.

Remember, every person’s journey to recovery is unique, so providing understanding and unwavering support can make a significant difference in their recovery process.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment at Beach House Rehab Center

Beach House offers effective treatment options for people struggling with marijuana addiction. 

Our low patient-to-therapist ratio gives patients a high level of personal support, with individualized treatment plans that identify and explore the relevant emotional concerns that contribute to reliance on substances.

If you think marijuana rehab could be right for you or a loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact our compassionate and helpful admissions counselors today. Recovery is possible. We are here for you every step of the way.