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Does Marijuana Change your Behavior?

For most people entering into a Massachusetts drug rehab center, they are well aware that not only can you get addicted to marijuana, but it can also cause you to change your behavior.

Contrary to popular belief, you can in fact get addicted to marijuana, as evidenced by the number of people seeking help here at Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is “the chronic, relapsing brain condition that is characterized by compulsive seeking behavior, and use despite being aware of harmful risks and side effects.”

If you find yourself experiencing negative effects on your health, relationships, and work life because of your marijuana habit, then this is a sign that your drug use has turned into an addiction. Before most people accept help from a Massachusetts addiction center, they are in denial regarding whether or not you can develop a physical dependence on weed. However, not only can you develop a physical dependence on marijuana, but it caused the following withdrawal symptoms:

– Agitation

– Anxiety

– Cravings for marijuana

– Loss of appetite

– Sleep problems

About one in 11 marijuana users develop an addiction, and it is usually those who use weed every day. Continued use of it can cause marijuana to change your behavior, with physical signs and symptoms such as:

Physical Change:

– Bloodshot eyes

– Fast heart rate

– Increase cravings for snacks

– Lack of coordination

– Sleepy and lethargic

Behavior Change:

– Confusion and lack of focus

– Losing interest in normal activities such as school

– Misjudging time

– Secretiveness

– Unusually talkative

If you are unsure if a loved one has a marijuana addiction, then the easiest way to tell is to see if there are immediate signs of marijuana use. Some of these signs include difficultly paying attention, bloodshot eyes, increased appetite, difficulty solving problems, memory impairment, and increased heart rate. You can also tell if someone is using marijuana based on their reactions to things happening, such as if they respond with panic, fear, or anxiety; if someone is using a large amount of weed, then you will probably notice signs of delusional behavior, hallucinations, and paranoia.

With over 25 years of experience helping people overcome their marijuana addiction, Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts provides the most innovative and personalized drug treatment programs. Our Massachusetts drug treatment program is evidence-based, individualized and gender-specific. Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts also offers outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs. Post-addiction treatment is crucial to helping maintain sobriety, which is why we offer sober living through a variety of affiliate facilities. Once your stay at one of our sober living homes is complete, then an alumni program run by Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts will help make sure that your recovery stays on track.

If you or a loved one are in need of a quality Massachusetts drug rehab center, then call Treatment Alternatives Massachusetts for more information today.

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