Marijuana Addiction at PVRC
At PVRC’s Marijuana Addiction Rehab, we find it helpful for our patients to know as much as possible about the substance, in this case marijuana, that has come to exercise so much power over their lives. Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States. Marijuana is a dry, shredded mix of the flowers, stems, and leaves of the cannabis plant and is usually smoked as a cigarette (joint), but may also be smoked in a pipe. Less often, it is mixed with food and eaten or brewed as tea. Marijuana smoke has a pungent and distinctive, usually sweet-and-sour odor. The main active ingredient in cannabis is called THC. This is the part of the plant that gives the “high.” When a person smokes a joint, they usually feel its effect within minutes. The immediate sensations—increased heart rate, lessened coordination and balance, and a “dreamy,” unreal state of mind—peak within the first thirty minutes. These short-term effects usually wear off in two to three hours, but they could last longer, depending on how much the user takes and the potency of THC. On average, marijuana strength has increased by 2 to 7 times since the 1970s, according to THC levels.
Marijuana Addiction Symptoms at PVRC
Those who suffer from marijuana abuse and addiction can experience a wide variety of different symptoms. Most commonly, the user experiences rapid heartbeat, disorientation, lack of physical coordination, often followed by depression or sleepiness. Some users suffer panic attacks or anxiety. Marijuana can be addictive – it affects the brain’s reward centers in similar ways to other addictive substances – and the likelihood of addiction increases considerably for those who start young. When marijuana use becomes daily, or nearly daily, alterations to the brain can lead to an inability to perceive any negative impact. Some long term effects of marijuana abuse include cancer, breathing problems, memory loss, learning impairment, immune system suppression, and there is evidence it may cause birth defects in children. According to NIDA, marijuana use can also produce a temporary psychotic reaction (involving hallucinations and paranoia) in some users, and using marijuana can worsen the course of illness in patients with existing mental illnesses (source: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana).
Marijuana Addiction Rehab at PVRC
During marijuana addiction treatment at PVRC’s marijuana rehab, clients are offered medications and counseling that make the difficult withdrawal process easier, lessening and/or eliminating withdrawal symptoms. After withdrawal, or detox, is complete, promising treatments are then used, including cognitive behavioral therapy. This method of collaborative treatment for marijuana addiction involves a close partnership between therapists and addicted individuals. After successful detox and treatment, it’s imperative to continue the lifelong recovery process through a combination of regular attendance at 12-step meetings along with group and individual counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare. Overcoming addiction isn’t easy, but you don’t have to fight this battle on your own. If you or your loved one is ready to quit smoking marijuana, please contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s marijuana rehab is the right program for you.