The Importance of Marijuana Treatment Centers

The Importance of Marijuana Treatment CentersMarijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. Approximately 6.6 percent of the population, or 16.7 million people, were users or marijuana in 2009 (an increase from 6.1 percent in 2008 and 5.8 percent in 2007). The problem with marijuana is that many people overlook the seriousness of use and even consider it “harmless.” The fact is, marijuana is a mild hallucinogen comprised of THC. THC is a fat-soluble compound that lingers in the body long after the person stops using and is potentially toxic. Marijuana also reduces a person’s ability to learn and retain information. Chronic marijuana smokers are also at risk for respiratory ailments like chronic bronchitis, asthma and COPD. Lastly, marijuana is often laced with other, riskier substances that put users at risk of overdose and even death.

The amount of marijuana users in this country is staggering and reliable treatment programs for marijuana addicts are a necessity.

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

If you suspect a marijuana addiction in your loved one, there are signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired coordination
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Dilated pupils/bloodshot eyes
  • Decreased academic performance
  • Neglect of responsibilities
  • Neglect of personal hygiene
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia

Who Needs a Marijuana Treatment Center?

Many people experience a significant lack of motivation after long-term marijuana use, leading to poor performance at work or school. Some researchers have hypothesized the “gateway drug theory” which suggests that marijuana opens the possibilities for users to try other, potentially life-threatening drugs like heroin or cocaine.

Treatment facilities for marijuana addiction are designed to help patients understand the root cause of their addiction and learn techniques to avoid using in the future. Patients also attend group counseling sessions that allow them to converse with their peers about their drug abuse and build a solid support system for when they leave treatment.

Who Can Get Help at a Marijuana Treatment Center?

Marijuana usage is common among the general population and there are treatment centers available that cater to every kind of patient. Marijuana addictions can often be treated in an outpatient program that allows patients to live away from the facility but still receive a full range of medical and psychological treatments. Many patients in an outpatient program can continue to go to school or maintain their jobs. There are also programs specific to women and teens as well.

Call our toll-free number if you or someone you love is struggling with marijuana abuse and wish to discuss your treatment options.