Over 23.5 million people are in need of treatment for illegal drugs.


Nearly 30 Million people have admitted to abusing Marijuana in the last year.


Daily marijuana users have a 50% chance of becoming fully dependent on it.

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What is Marijuana Substance Abuse?

MThe use of Marijuana is a very hot topic in the media due to extensive research on the plant’s medicinal properties. Marijuana is still classified as a schedule I illegal drug by the federal government regardless of the legalization of medical and recreational use on a state level. The Marijuana plant also known as Cannabis, has psychoactive properties when smoked or ingested. This plant has been genetically modified by selection over the past decades to enhance the potency of the cannabinoid called THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Many illicit drugs need to be processed with chemicals to extract the desired properties. However, THC occurs naturally in the plant and needs little to no processing for an individual to abuse this substance. Most people do not need to seek the help of drug rehabs for Marijuana abuse, but cutting down can be hard for some.

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Marijuana Abuse Detox

There is still an ongoing debate about the addictive properties of Marijuana. Most people believe that the addiction is purely psychological, mainly because it does not lead to withdrawal symptoms after 48 hours of the substance being out of the blood stream. However, a psychological addiction is no less devastating to someone's life and must be addressed. To clarify, a physical addiction is where your body goes through a series of withdrawals when the drug is not present in your body. These symptoms can be life threatening as physical addictions often effect your heart, digestion, body temperature regulation, and overall homeostasis of the body functioning. Psychological addictions affect mood and behavior, coping mechanisms, and responses to stress. As Marijuana has little in the physical addiction aspect of the drug, the psychological addiction has been known to effect life dreams, job performance, and social interactions.
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Marijuana Abuse Rehab

In many cases, those who enter treatment centers for Marijuana abuse and addiction are young people. Some have decided to go to rehab on their own while others have committed to rehab after having an intervention stages on them. This treatment is mostly residential or inpatient as the psychological addiction sparks cravings and triggers. A period of detox will be required, but since there are no real withdrawal symptoms, treatment can begin immediately in developing other coping mechanisms for stress. The most common reason for use of Marijuana is to help reduce stress in daily confrontations.

Dangers of Marijuana Abuse

Pleasant experiences of relaxation with the help of Marijuana are not the same for everyone. There are reported cases of individuals having fear, anxiety, panic and extreme distrust all of persons and things. These effects are more common when the plant has an unexpectedly high potency, or an individual is inexperienced with using the drug. When smoked, Marijuana can cause lung fiber damage limiting breathing and strenuous exercise.

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Short term effects

* Coordination Impairment
* Bloodshot Red Eyes
* Rapid Heart-Beat
* Cotton Mouth
* Laughing for No Apparent Reason
* Mucus-Filled Cough
* Uncontrollable Hunger
* Anxiety
* Fear or Paranoia
* Altered Perception of Reality
* Enhanced Sense
* Mood Changes

Long-Term Effects

Marijuana affects the way a person operates and the ambition or direction of the individual’s life. Some of the long-term effects that result from Marijuana use are:

* Potential loss of IQ in Adolescence
* Increased Risk of Chronic Cough
* Distorted Coping Mechanisms
* Increase Risk of Bronchitis
* Risk of Marijuana Use Disorder
* Increase in risk of Alcohol Use Disorder or other Substance Use Disorders.
* Increased Risk for Developing Schizophrenia
* Permanent Psychosis

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FAQ

What are approved therapeutic treatments for Marijuana Use Disorder?

Yes. A few of the therapeutic treatment methods that are known to be most effective in treating Marijuana Use Disorder. The methods include: CBT, contingency management and motivational enhancement therapy.

Does smoking Marijuana harm my lungs?

Yes. Smoking Marijuana is similar to that of tobacco smoke. It is irritating to one’s lungs and throat. Marijuana smoke also produced toxic fumes that particles that are known to damage one’s lungs.

Is there a connect between psychiatric disorders and marijuana use?

Yes. Many research studies show that the use of Marijuana increases an individual’s risk of mental health disorders. Such as: Substance Use Disorders, depression, psychosis and anxiety.

Does Marijuana use cause issues with one's Social life?

Research of the Marijuana drug has shown that it has many negative effects on an individual’s learning ability, memory retention and attention span. An individual that uses Marijuana on a daily basis, may actually be functioning at a level of intellect that is declined or reduced the majority if not all of the time.

Is Marijuana Really a Gateway Drug?

There is research to back this theory that suggests that the use of Marijuana creates a likelihood of additional substance use, mainly illicit. Which has high potential to develop into an addiction.

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Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Marijuana Use Disorder is commonly linked with addiction as well as physical dependence. When dependence is present an individual will often experience symptoms of withdrawal when the drug has stopped being put into one’s system. Common psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms of Marijuana use are: * Irritation * Depression * Anxiety * Restlessness * Fatigue * Inability to Sleep * Changes in Appetite * Abdominal Pains * Shaking * Fever * Hot and Cold Sweats * Headache

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Can I Overdose on Marijuana?

Given recent reports from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration there are no recorders deaths resulting from a Marijuana overdose. However, when Marijuana is chemically altered and made into an ingestible form, Marijuana can cause effects extreme to the point that one may feel as if they are overdosing. For example, consuming an abundance of edibles may cause someone to have severe effects that can lead to vomiting and unpleasant experiences. Sometimes hospitalization may even be required.

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Inpatient Marijuana Rehab

Inpatient facilities give individuals treatment for addiction where ones stay in a fully furnished residence with others getting addiction treatment for a period of time. This period of time typically lasts for 30, 60 or 90 days and sometimes longer. Professionals provide one on one therapy, group counseling, medical support, and family support meetings. Inpatient removes an individual from the environment that the addiction began development, this is usually best done out of town, and provides the attention and support the individual with addiction require for full recovery. Inpatient rehab also works to treat the underlining cause of the addiction; psychological, history or environmental. This form of treatment has the best track record as it usually leads to lasting recovery.

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Outpatient Marijuana Rehab

An outpatient rehab program for Marijuana treatment allows an individual to travel to and from the treatment facility every day several times a week. This type of treatment is designed for those who are unable to spend a short length of time in a residential facility and are not able to take time away from life’s responsibilities. Outpatient allows an individual to go to work, school and attend every day responsibilities. The reoccurring issue with outpatient treatment is that the individual will have to face triggers in the environment in which their addiction came able. While this form of treatment isn’t for everyone it is often successful for some and has done wonders for thousands of individuals in need of treatment for Marijuana use.

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Full recovery is a long process and often time involved strong aftercare, during which someone will need to stay away from triggers that could make them want to use the drug. A good rehab treatment center will be able to discuss the various options available to an individual and design an after care plan to ensure successful recovery. While getting treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder, many will be involved in therapeutic treatments such as: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Contingency Management. These types of treatments a proven to be most effective in treating the specific disorder.

When to seek help for addictionMarijuana Abuse and Alteration

Individuals that use Marijuana on a consistent basis and have consumed grand doses of this drug may experience some unpleasant effects. Some may experience acute psychosis as well as loss of ability to understand self and have a personal sense of identity. Other ways that this drug may be abused is through alteration. Marijuana, can be altered and the THC extracted to create bubble hash, hash, hash oil, shatter wax and other forms of concentrated THC that individual that use Marijuana might also be abusing.

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Marijuana as Medicine

The term medical marijuana in terminology is in reference to the use of marijuana plant that is whole and unprocessed. In addition to the basic extracts of the plant in order to treat specific symptoms and diseases. The healing chemical components of Marijuana are known as Cannabinoids which are related to the plants THC and CBD. CBD does not alter the mind or behavior and is useful to reduce inflammation, pain and much more. THC is approved by the FDA to help with pain, inflammation and muscle relaxation. Due to the Marijuana plant containing the chemical components that assist in treatment of a vast amount of symptoms and illnesses, there has been a debate about the legality of medicinal Marijuana use. In fact, there are several states in the United States that have passed laws that make Marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.

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Marijuana: A Social Taboo

Marijuana has a very distinctive and pungent scent while growing, during the drying process, and when being smoked. Whether or not Marijuana is physically addictive is up for debate, however, Marijuana can be mentally addictive and bad habit forming. People use Marijuana because they believe there is little or no danger in it, especially since it has been legalized in various countries and even in some states in the United States. People tend to use this drug to self-medicate for depression, anxiety, and choose to use this substance over pharmaceutical medication for illnesses like cancer and seizures. Unfortunately, there are significant dangers in abusing Marijuana to someone’s social life due to the taboo nature of this plant. Many find that they start to experience problems at school, home or at work.

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Often times, the use of drugs introduces an individual to a community of others that use drugs and to places that others use, resulting in an environment that could compromise one’s well-being. These aspects could be a trigger to use the drug again or an individual may continue to use due to pressure of peers. Individuals can develop friendships or relationships that encourage Marijuana use to an unhealthy and illicit level. Traveling for treatment will help an individual to break this cycle and get the help they need. Since most insurances cover treatment, consider traveling for rehabilitation to create distance between you and any person or place that could compromise your health and recovery. To find out exactly how much your policy covers contact your insurance company or verify your insurance with us.

alcohol abuse interventionHow Is Marijuana Addictive?

The use of Marijuana has a high potential to develop into problematic use. Marijuana addiction is commonly referred to as Marijuana Use Disorder. Marijuana Use Disorders are mainly connected to physical dependence; this is where an individual will feel symptoms of withdrawal when not using the drug. Individuals that frequently use Marijuana report the following symptoms: agitation, disturbances to mood, sleeping problems, a poor appetite, strong cravings, the inability to rest as well as other type of discomfort that is felt physically. However, Marijuana is addictive and use of the drug can become an addiction. Marijuana Use Disorder or addiction is present when an individual is unable to stop using Marijuana, regardless of the consequences that are related to ones use.

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