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Marijuana Plants Found in Pennsylvania Home

Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies arrested two people last month after seizing more than 70 marijuana plants from a greenhouse in the backyard.

A neighbor tipped off police that they suspected the unidentified suspects were growing the plants in their yard. Police found grow lights and other "little things" in the basement.

Not everyone develops an intolerance to marijuana. That's the main reason so many people debate the concept of cannabis addiction. After all, it's a natural plant so how can it cause such trouble? Heroin and OxyContin are opiates created from the poppy plant, and beer is created from barley and hops. Plants can contain serious addictive properties. While pot addiction isn't usually as dangerous as many other chemical addictions, it can destroy lives.

Cross Addictions

Cross addictions form when a user begins with one substance and combines it with another, ultimately becoming addicted to both. Studies have shown that continuous marijuana use is linked to mental illness. Depression is often treated with benzos which are high-level narcotics. Street dealers are also known to lace marijuana with cocaine, opiates, and other psychoactive drugs to ensure a solid addiction and return customer base. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 18.9 million Americans 12 or older used marijuana within the month before the survey. This equates to almost 4% of the nation's population which can lead to serious problems or even fatalities, especially when combined with alcohol and risky behavior such as driving.

Treatment Options Available

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 9 percent of marijuana users become addicted. That's far less than other substances such as alcohol, but it's still a significant number, especially considering marijuana can be a gateway drug to more dangerous addictions. Behavioral therapies work best for marijuana dependence. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy are the most common options. Studies have even shown that a single therapy session can make drastic improvements in dependency rates. The length and type of therapy depends on the level of addiction. If quitting isn't working and marijuana use is taking over your life or the life of a loved one, therapy may be a viable option to reclaim the user's life.

Drug rehab centers in Pittsburgh PA and Narcotics Anonymous (http://northpittsburghna.org/) can help you fight marijuana dependence and lead a happier life.

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