Marijuana, or more commonly “weed”, is the most used unlawful substance in our country. This may be due to the wide range of social acceptance that the United States has procured throughout its history. This drug has been termed a “gateway drug” because of the high potential for users to decide to experiment with harder substances after its use. The Florida House Experience implements treatment programs to help those addicted to marijuana be able to return to daily life without marijuana’s addictive grasp.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is the flowers, leaves, and extracted chemicals from the hemp plant. It is the most commonly used illegal drug by American citizens to date. It is the only drug that can be grown for recreational use in our country, which makes it popular and easily obtained. Marijuana can be smoked in its original form, turned into an oil substitute, or eaten to experience the desired effects. Each marijuana plant contains over 60 psychoactive components known as cannabinoids, the active ingredient in the plant that gives a high. Among the 60, the most commonly recognized are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or more commonly known as THC. The potency and levels of THC in the plant are what determines how high someone will get from using this drug. Street marijuana can contain anywhere from 2 to 20% THC levels. You can never know how potent marijuana really is until it is used. Additionally, amount consumed, potency, and how it is ingested into the system can all affect its intensity.
Those looking for addiction treatment for marijuana use have generally been using this drug for over 10 years and have tried to stop multiple times but failed before they seek treatment. Since marijuana is known to be a gateway drug many of the afflicted have concurrent mental health issues or other drug addictions, like cocaine or alcohol. There are no current medications used in the treatment of marijuana addiction, but different forms of therapy have been proven to be successful.
Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
The social stigma that surrounds marijuana may be the reason why it is so popular amongst American citizens. Or, it could be how easily it is attainable and its inexpensive price. Either way, marijuana has been deemed in the minds of Americans as undangerous, when in reality it is a threat. Tolerance and dependence can be formed from its use, making it hard for the body to function properly without use. Addiction is apparent when an individual experience negative consequences from using a drug, tries to quit and fails, and yet still proceeds to use. Additional signs of addiction to this drug may include:
- Trouble retaining new information
- Impaired judgment
- Perceptions of distortion
- Decreased ability for problem-solving
- Impaired coordination
The Dangers of Marijuana Use
Along with the negative consequences that affect daily lifestyle for users, there is also a list of health hazards, both mental and physical, that come along with smoking or ingesting marijuana. The longer an individual uses marijuana, the higher their chances are for recognizing these negative health effects in their lives. Side effects that are detrimental to a person health that uses marijuana include:
Problems with the Respiratory System: It has been proven that marijuana contains some of the same additives seen in tobacco products that cause health concerns of the lungs. Long-time smokers have an increased of lung diseases like emphysema and chronic cough.
Problems with the Cardiovascular System: Ingesting marijuana in any of its form causes the heart to speed up, giving rise to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke. A person with pre-existing heart conditions may induce cardiac arrest by using marijuana products.
Mental Health Issues: It has been studied and proven that marijuana can prevent the memory from retaining information correctly, causing memory lapses in its users. It can interfere with tasks that involve remembering things and also decrease the motivation to complete them. Long-time marijuana users usually develop a sense of apathy, even for things they used to enjoy. For those diagnosed with schizophrenia, marijuana has the potential to onset and intensify symptoms of the disorder.
Childhood Development Issues: If a mother uses marijuana while she is pregnant, her baby has a higher chance of brain related problems, mainly the inability to develop properly. Additionally, babies whose mothers chose to use while they were in the womb have a higher chance of behavioral disorders and issues.
Psychological Dependence: Marijuana, for long-time users, can cause a psychological dependence in the body. When the drug is not administered, the body does not function the way that it should, causing withdrawal symptoms. Those that refrain from using although they have a dependence on marijuana will experience irritability, increased anxiety, and nausea. Dependence is recognized when an individual cannot complete daily responsibilities without using marijuana.
Marijuana Treatment Services
Treatment for addiction to marijuana takes multiple approaches including medical, psychological, and clinical techniques. Utilizing these approaches will delve into the underlying reasons for an addiction to marijuana. Confronting these underlying causes will help to alleviate the ties of addiction, and gives a recovering individual the necessary tools to be able to overcome addiction. At The Florida House Experience, we understand that each individual will have their own addiction recovery needs, which is why we come up with a detailed and personal approach to fit each patient’s needs and desires. Additionally, treatment includes relapse prevention strategies that can aid our patients in how to prevent a relapse in early recovery so that they meet their long-term goals for sobriety.
Education and therapy are the biggest tools in marijuana addiction treatment programs. Learning a new lifestyle and the dangers of drugs is a big part of developing a life around sobriety. Both in and outpatient treatment programs are proven to be successful in the treatment of marijuana addiction. Medical detox is also suggested, as it is a way to ensure the safety of the patients through guided medical care. Treatment for marijuana addiction allows an individual to take back the person they once were before addiction controlled their life.
Along with being able to refrain from drug use, graduate treatment patients will be aware of the healthy and meaningful relationships in their lives and have a chance to rebuild them again. Sobriety skills and education help recovering addicts deal with everyday situations without the fear of relapse. After treatment, individuals have a chance to rebuild their lives and start new without the hold from addiction. Take back your integrity and regain your personal well-being by choosing to treat your marijuana addiction through our treatment programs.