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What is Marijuana?

Cannabis, also known as marijuana or street names such as weed or pot, is one of the most commonly used substances across the globe. Dried marijuana is most often smoked, but marijuana wax and oil are frequently added to various foods, such as cookies and brownies, and consumed orally.

Marijuana use can cause relaxation, drowsiness, impaired memory, slowed reflexes and impaired motor skills, bloodshot eyes, increased appetite, dry mouth, and paranoia.

In some cases, marijuana use is casual and recreational. However, in individuals with a history of substance dependence, marijuana addiction can develop with prolonged use. When people begin using marijuana use at a young age, it can develop into an addiction that leads to loss of motivation, disconnection, and neglect of relationships, family, career, hobbies, and more. For people suffering from marijuana addiction, addiction treatment is useful when it addresses the underlying mental and emotional causes of dependence on a substance.

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Marijuana Addiction Treatment Programs

If you have a concern that you or a loved one has a problem with drugs or alcohol, Lighthouse Recovery Institute may be able to help! In our addiction treatment center patients meet with therapists weekly and have group therapy, ranging from 1 to 5 days each week. Patients learn coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, and best practice methods for managing underlying conditions such as depression and anxiety. Individuals can learn useful techniques for life such as mindfulness that can be integrated into various avenues for long term success in recovery.

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient marijuana addiction treatment consists of structured groups and sessions and residence in a supervised facility. This program allows for patients at the beginning of their recovery to access the support necessary to build a solid foundation.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment

Many individuals seek continued care after residential care and enroll in intensive outpatient treatment or IOP. IOP is ideal for individuals who want to continue addiction treatment with the flexibility to return to work, school, family or sober living.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment is provided as aftercare services once an individual has completed drug rehab. Individuals at this level of care reside independently or in a sober living environment and attend sessions as necessary to facilitate their transition into “the real world.”

Marijuana and the Brain

Marijuana contains more than sixty psychoactive chemicals called cannabinoids. However, the most abundant of these cannabinoids is THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. The amount of THC within the substance will determine the intensity of the high one will feel. Thus, there are many different strains of cannabis, with different THC intensity levels. As with any drug, the constant use and abuse of this substance will create an increased tolerance or desire for more to obtain a “better” high. When marijuana is abused, it can alter areas of the brain responsible for memory, cognition, impulse control, and executive functioning. Over time, heavy consumption of marijuana can cause psychological dependence, leading to depression and anxiety when the individual is unable to use.

There are arguments for the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana as the pro-marijuana community references that alcohol addiction, OxyContin, and other prescription medications such as Ativan, Xanax and Percocet have severe physical consequences in comparison to marijuana use.

Signs of Marijuana Use and Abuse

Marijuana addiction can have adverse effects on an individual’s physical and mental health, especially in someone who uses marijuana for an extended period. Some of these negative consequences include respiratory problems including lung infections and a chronic cough, cardiovascular issues such as the increased chance of a heart attack, mental health effects like memory impairments, and decreased motivation.

A strong odor of marijuana, paraphernalia such as pipes or rolling papers, behavioral changes, conflict with family members and increased sleep and appetite can indicate that someone is abusing marijuana.

Long-Term Effects of Marijuana Addiction

In addition to affecting the brain, marijuana use can cause weight gain and decreased energy. In pregnant women, marijuana use can affect the development of the fetus’s brain.

Just like any other substance, individuals who use marijuana for long periods can develop a dependence on it. Signs of marijuana dependency include the need to use increased marijuana to cope with everyday tasks and the experience of cravings and anxiety when marijuana is not readily available.

Identifying & Monitoring Marijuana Use

You will be able to recognize marijuana as dried out leaves and buds of a green/brown color. It will appear as a dry, herbal mixture. The smell of marijuana is very distinct and recognizable. Learning to recognize the order of weed can assist with identifying its use.

Marijuana is metabolized in individual bodies differently, depending on someone’s body fat, exercise level, gender, and diet. Therefore, it is difficult to determine how long marijuana will be present in drug tests. Most people will test positive for marijuana, or THC, for up to 30 days after consumption. This time frame, however, depends on how much marijuana was ingested and for how long the person has been utilizing the drug. For people in abstinence-based recovery programs, drug tests are used to determine whether the level of marijuana in someone’s system is decreasing (indicating abstinence) or increasing (indicating relapse.)

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Our Marijuana Treatment Center

Patients in treatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute have a variety of services available to them. Alongside individual and group sessions, patients have access to case management, vocational development services, a nutritionist, chiropractic and massage services, the gym, and recovery-oriented support groups and events. We strive to provide services that assist patients in achieving their optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

Will Insurance Cover Marijuana Treatment?

Most Insurance Plans will much of the cost of drug rehab programs. Individual insurance companies each have specific criteria for covering the cost of care. If you or a loved one are considering entering marijuana addiction treatment and are looking to obtain information about your insurance plan or if you want information concerning our flexible self-pay options, call our trained and compassionate staff today.

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