Marijuana Treatment Program
- Marijuana Treatment
The Federal government has criminalized marijuana under the Interstate Commerce Clause, which gives the Federal Government the power to regulate the channels of commerce, the instrumentalities of commerce, and actions that substantially affect interstate commerce. Additionally, under the Supremacy Clause, any state law in conflict with federal law is not valid. These issues were addressed squarely by the United States Supreme Court in Raich v. Ashcroft, 352 F. 3d 1222 in 2005. Twelve US states had passed laws allowing some degree of medical use (9 of the 12 by majority vote of the citizenry), while a further six states had taken steps to decriminalize it to some degree, these laws passed by states and cities to decriminalize marijuana did not result in marijuana being legal, however, and some cities (notably Denver) actually saw an increase in marijuana arrests after passing their decriminalization laws.
The psychoactive effects of cannabis, known as a "high," are subjective and can vary based on the individual. Some effects may include general change in consciousness (altered perception), mild euphoria, feelings of well-being, relaxation or stress reduction, lethargy (seen more towards high cbd/thc ratio plants, such as Indica/Indica dominant strains), increased appreciation of humor, music or art, joviality, metacognition and introspection, enhanced recollection of episodic memory, increased sensuality, increased awareness of sensation, increased libido, creative or philosophical thinking, disruption of linear memory, paranoia, agitation or anxiety, experiential augmentation of other psychedelics and increased awareness of patterns and color.
Over the past few years SouthCoast Recovery has been on the forefront of treating Marijuana abuse more then ever before. Over this past year alone, clients that come to SCR for Marijuana Addiction treatment have also been found to have abuse issues with other drugs such as alcohol, prescription drugs, amphetamines, or narcotics. SouthCoast’s program helps all addicts that are dealing with addiction, but young people are the biggest population that we are treating in the past years. Finding a place that will approach a young person’s outlook on life, as an addict is something that we do not take lightly. It is important for families looking for help with Marijuana abuse to look at various rehabilitation solutions and make sure that a Marijuana specific program is available.
As with any new experience in life, the decision to enter treatment can be frightening. There are thousands of treatment centers available across the nation and many offer similar treatment modalities. The difference is that at SouthCoast the level and quality of care offered by our staff is the best in the nation. Most of our staff members have made the journey to treatment themselves and are uniquely qualified to identify with those who are just beginning on the path to recovery. We truly care and are committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that encourages one-on-one communication and a 24/7 open door policy. SouthCoast Recovery, It's About LIving!
Cannabis use has been assessed by several studies to be correlated with the development of anxiety, psychosis and depression, however, the causality of the correlation and its direction is a subject of debate that hasn't been resolved in the scientific community. Some studies assess that the causality is more likely to involve a path from cannabis use to psychotic symptoms rather than a path from psychotic symptoms to cannabis use, while others assess the opposite direction of the causality, or hold cannabis to only form parts of "causal constellation", while not inflicting mental health problems that would not have occurred in the absence of the cannabis use.
As much as 60% of the mentally ill are suspected to be substance abusers, and many seem to prefer cannabis and alcohol. Dr Stanley Zammit of Bristol and Cardiff universities (in the Daily express newspaper of the 27th of July 2007) reported "Even if cannabis did increase the risk of psychosis, most people using the drug would not get ill" But he added: "Nevertheless, we would still advise people to avoid or limit their use of this drug, especially if they start to develop any mental health symptoms or if they have relatives with psychotic illnesses." A 2007 study of studies published in the Lancet concluded that cannabis users are 40% more likely to be sufferers of a psychotic illness than non-users. In comparison, alcohol, as the only intoxicating drug with similar levels of popularity, has been linked to more than 65% of all suicides in a UK study, and linked to general psychiatric mental health problems including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, psychosis, psychoneurosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, physical brain damage and more. That is not to suggest that alcohol can cause schizophrenia, and if it were to cause temporary psychosis, it would be ameliorated after cessation of its consumption.
In addition to the mental health risks associated with Marijuana, there are also physical health risks in the form of cancer that need to be considered. Cannabis smoke contains numerous carcinogens. In 2008 a study was released by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand which showed that smoking cannabis increased the risk of lung cancer by 5.7 times over non-smokers. The 79 person study noted that "In the near future we may see an 'epidemic' of lung cancers connected with this new carcinogen. And the future risk probably applies to many other countries, where increasing use of cannabis among young adults and adolescents is becoming a major public health problem."
From the medical effects of Marijuana to social problems, SouthCoast Recovery’s Marijuana treatment brings solutions to the clients in a way that is tangible and easy to apply. Taking this into consideration we have put together to program that takes the mind body spirit approach to the client’s lives. We think that this is the best way to bring the clients all of the Marijuana treatment opportunities that we have.
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Marijuana Treatment Services/Options:
• Intervention services
• Physical health evaluation
• Medically-supervised, social model and holistic detox options
• Medication to help with cravings, pain and sleep
• Continued physical care throughout recovery
• Psychological evaluation for dual diagnosis of problems such as depression and anxiety, which may be underlying causes of abuse
• Individual psychological treatment
• Individual counseling
• Family counseling
• Marijuana abuse education
• Health and wellness education
• Denial management
• Relapse prevention
• Anger management
• Acupuncture for pain management, stress reduction and decreased cravings
• Detoxification massage therapy
• Meditation for stress reduction, a calmer mind, reduced cravings and clarity
• Fitness sessions at gym (24-Hour Fitness)
• Integration of 12-step principles and Narcotics Anonymous meetings
• Structure, guidance and practice for long-term sobriety
Getting clean takes courage, guidance, and structure. SouthCoast Recovery's Marijuana Treatment Center offers intervention, detox, medication and treatment to conquer Marijuana addiction. Our world-class clinical staff offers daily individual attention to get to the heart of the problem, deal with the wreckage and build the framework for a new, sobriety-based life.
We offer affordable, effective rehabilitation on the cutting-edge. Marijuana addiction requires extended care. We offer 30, 60 and 90-day Marijuana Treatment programs tailored to the individual’s needs. We blend clinical and holistic Marijuana Treatment methods to renew mind, body and spirit while restoring relationships, goals and purpose. This prepares our clients for long-term sobriety, allowing our Marijuana addiction treatment program to excel where others fail.
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Marijuana is a green or gray mixture of dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. There are over 200 slang terms for marijuana including "pot," "herb," "weed," "boom," "Mary Jane," "gangster," and "chronic." It is usually smoked as a cigarette (called a joint or a nail) or in a pipe or bong. In recent years, it has appeared in blunts. These are cigars that have been emptied of tobacco and re-filled with marijuana, often in combination with another drug, such as crack. Some users also mix marijuana into foods or use it to brew tea.
How is marijuana used?
Cannabis products are usually smoked. Their effects are felt within minutes, reach their peak in 10 to 30 minutes,and may linger for two or three hours. The effects experienced often depend upon the experience and expectations of the individual user as well as the activity of the drug itself. Low doses tend to induce a sense of well-being and a dreamy state of relaxation, which may be accompanied by a more vivid sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing as well as by subtle alterations in thought formation and expression. This state of intoxication may not be noticeable to an observer. However, driving, occupational or household accidents may result from a distortion of time and space relationships and impaired coordination. Stronger doses intensify reactions. The individual may experience shifting sensory imagery, rapidly fluctuating emotions, a flight of fragmentary thoughts with disturbed associations, an altered sense of self-identity, impaired memory, and a dulling of attention despite an illusion of heightened insight. High doses may result in image distortion, a loss of personal identity, and fantasies and hallucinations.
Marijuana contains known toxins and cancer-causing chemicals which are stored in fat cells for as long as several months. Marijuana users experience the same health problems as tobacco smokers, such as bronchitis, emphysema and bronchial asthma. Some of the effects of marijuana use also include: an increased heart rate, dryness of the mouth, reddening of the eyes, impaired motor skills and concentration, and frequent hunger and an increased desire for sweets. Extended use increases risk to the lungs and reproductive system, as well as suppression of the immune system. Occasionally hallucinations, fantasies and paranoia are reported.
Effects of Heavy Marijuana Use on Learning and Social Behavior
A study of college students has shown that critical skills related to attention, memory, and learning are impaired among people who use marijuana heavily, even after discontinuing its use for at least 24 hours. Researchers compared 65 "heavy users," who had smoked marijuana a median of 29 of the past 30 days, and 64 "light users," who had smoked a median of 1 of the past 30 days. After a closely monitored 19- to 24-hour period of abstinence from marijuana and other illicit drugs and alcohol, the undergraduates were given several standard tests measuring aspects of attention, memory, and learning. Compared to the light users, heavy marijuana users made more errors and had more difficulty sustaining attention, shifting attention to meet the demands of changes in the environment, and in registering, processing, and using information. The findings suggest that the greater impairment among heavy users is likely due to an alteration of brain activity produced by marijuana. Longitudinal research on marijuana use among young people below college age indicates those who used have lower achievement than the non-users, more acceptance of deviant behavior, more delinquent behavior and aggression, greater rebelliousness, poorer relationships with parents, and more associations with delinquent and drug-using friends. Research also shows more anger and more regressive behavior (thumb sucking, temper tantrums) in toddlers whose parents use marijuana than among the toddlers of non-using parents.