Teen Mom OG star Catelynn Lowell has been quite vocal about her struggles with addiction and mental health. While many critics tried to label her an “addict” and stigmatize her mental state, she has fought them all. Her continuous battle with herself and candid confessions reflect that it is an act of immense courage to embrace one’s problems, seek solutions and adhere to them. She has now finally admitted of being sober for five months after a fan recently accused her of being a “drug addict.”
Lowell has been struggling with an addiction to marijuana but she hasn’t smoked pot all these months and is proud of the achievement. Her treatment protocol necessitated that she got rid of all her chemical dependencies because of which she got detoxed from marijuana. Now, she has quit drinking as well.
In 2016, Lowell earned the wrath of her fans on social media when she was shown smoking pot while driving. She revealed that she spent years thinking marijuana could help her alleviate anxiety and depression but in reality it worsened her emotional health. Her medication regimen underwent major changes when she quit weed, but she felt better. She intends to continue taking medication for PTSD treatment as well.
Adverse effects of marijuana on health
Marijuana use can cause memory impairment, making it challenging to learn and retain information. It can also interfere with motor coordination and with one’s driving ability, and increase the susceptibility to injuries. It can also alter judgement thereby, increasing the risk of unsafe sexual practices and contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Unusually high doses can also cause psychosis and paranoia.
It is the most commonly abused substance in the United States and has both short-term and long-term side effects. Its short-term effects include mood fluctuation, altered memory, impaired body movements, slurred speech, drowsiness, etc. Long-term effects of marijuana include addiction and altered brain development. It can also impact academic performance and work productivity. Marijuana abuse is also known to cause cognitive impairment and lower IQ, leading to diminished life satisfaction and achievement. It is also associated with respiratory infections and pneumonia. Continuous use of marijuana also affects vascular resistance and coronary microcirculation. Marijuana addiction during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage and premature birth. It can also put the child at risk of birth-related defects and nervous system disabilities.
Marijuana withdrawal can be immensely painful if done all of a sudden without the supervision of experts. It can make the user experience insomnia, irritability, anger, anxiety, loss of appetite, headache, excessive sweating, digestion problems, nausea and muscle cramps. It is advisable to consult a health care expert before trying to wean off the drug on one’s own.
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