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Information on Marijuana Addiction

Many doubt as to whether marijuana is an additive or harmful substance. It is indeed addictive and many seek treatment due to marijuana addiction. Those that become addicted to marijuana use habitually and heavily, affecting their quality of life. When trying to stop on their own, they are unable to, which leads them to seek a marijuana rehabilitation center.

Marijuana is an herb that produces psychoactive effects. It originally was grown as a source of medication. Although still used medicinally, it is considered more as a street drug. Common street names for marijuana include “cannabis”, “weed”, “herb”, “Mary Jane”, “grass”, “pot”, and “reefer”.


The effects of marijuana are immediate after usage. The duration of the high can last anywhere from one to three hours. If consumed by food, the high takes long to come into effect but lasts much longer. After inhaling marijuana, hear rate increases, bronchial passages expand, and pupils dilate. When THC enters the brain, the user begins to feel high or euphoria. THC awakens brain cells that release chemical dopamine.

Marijuana can be smoked, either through a pipe or bong, or rolled in cigarette papers. Another method is to smoke a “blunt”, which is a mixture of tobacco and weed rolled up in a cigar wrap. With this method, harmful chemicals, marijuana and tobacco, are mixed together. Marijuana can also be eaten in the form of edibles. Eating marijuana is thought to be four to five times more potent than regular THC. The effects produced are not immediately but can take anywhere from forty minutes to an hour to produce effects. Marijuana can also be brewed in with tea. Lastly, another common method is in the form of hash oil. It is a more potent and desirable way of smoking marijuana.

Under the influence of marijuana, one may feel that time is slowing down, colors may seem more vibrant and bright, sounds may be more intense, dry mouth, hungry, or very thirsty. As the effects ware off, a sudden sense of exhaustion or depression may occur. Long-term effects may include impaired memory, decreased ability to comprehend, develop bronchitis, and increased risk of cancer to the head, neck, and lungs.

Marijuana addiction is a mental obsession to either have or be using the drug. Long-term usage of the drug can lead to marijuana addiction. Often times, users or addicts may find themselves smoking weed alone, or begin selling the drug illegally. Addiction symptoms, including the mental and physical cravings, create difficulty when attempting to quit using marijuana.

When one finds they are smoking marijuana habitually, are becoming dependent on the drug, or are just noticing addictive behaviors towards marijuana, they are showing addiction symptoms. Becoming obsessed or dependent on weed alone is dangerous because it can lead to other drugs or harder drug use. As statistics have shown, marijuana is a gateway drug.

Marijuana Treatment

With marijuana addiction, the most common and effective treatment is behavioral interventions. There also are a number of family and outpatient groups that focus specifically on marijuana substance addiction. Inpatient treatment centers focus on helping addicts learn their addictive behaviors, regardless of the substance used.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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