Some people question the concept of marijuana dependence or addiction, but clinical studies clearly indicate that the condition exists and causes harm. Although marijuana dependence seems to be less severe than other substances, the number of adults seeking treatment for marijuana abuse or dependency is still quite high.
In fact, many people report that their marijuana dependency has cost them their families and has led them to suffer from financial and legal problems, sleep and memory problems, and low self-esteem. If marijuana use is affecting your life like in these reports, you need to attend marijuana rehab.
Individuals looking for marijuana rehab in Florida can find long and short-term marijuana addiction treatment at Florida Center for Recovery in Fort Pierce, Saint Lucie County. Our inpatient marijuana rehabprogram offers innovative therapies that address the multidimensional aspects of marijuana addiction. Our inpatient marijuana rehab program also teaches personal accountability in a safe, nurturing, and real-life environment.
Patients seeking treatment for marijuana dependency here at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) will receive a thorough medical and clinical evaluation upon admission. If a prospective patient is found to be a poly-drug user, which is often common with marijuana users, an appropriate treatment protocol is developed to address that particular patient’s needs. This includes treatment for any related mental health conditions that the patient may also be suffering from.
Marijuana is a drug that’s derived from the cannabis plant. Since marijuana is derived from the cannabis plant, the technical term for marijuana is cannabis. Street terms for marijuana include weed, pot, herb, and grass.
The substance in cannabis plants that makes the psychoactive drug of marijuana that we all know today is THC. THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol and it’s just one of the countless cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Due to the THC in the cannabis plant, marijuana has psychoactive effects when consumed.
Since the THC in cannabis plants is necessary to make marijuana, only cannabis plants with more than 0.3% THC in them are technically considered marijuana. Cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC in them aren’t potent enough to be psychoactive and thus are considered hemp plants.
Because marijuana is so commonly used and less severe than street drugs like cocaine or heroin, many people don’t take marijuana addiction seriously. As a result, many people that are dependent or addicted to marijuana and need to attend marijuana rehab don’t.
There are actually many different ways that a person can consume marijuana. The primary way that people consume marijuana is by smoking it. Some people smoke marijuana in the form of joints, hand-rolled cigarettes, or cigar wraps, otherwise known as blunts. Others like to smoke marijuana through pipes or bongs. Some people even like to smoke the oil from the marijuana plant. This practice is known as “dabbing.”
Another popular way that people consume marijuana is through their food or drinks. For example, some people will bake marijuana into treats like brownies or cookies. Others may brew marijuana into their tea. (People who brew marijuana into their tea tend to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, though.)
Another way that a person can consume marijuana is by vaporizing it through electronic vapors. This form of consuming marijuana is not as popular as the others though.
One of the reasons why marijuana addiction and marijuana rehab isn’t taken as seriously as it should today is that the substance is growing in its legalization. Right now medicinal marijuana is legal in 36 U.S. states and recreational use of marijuana is legal in 15 U.S. states.
As a result, 1 in 5 Americans now lives in a state in which recreational use of marijuana is legal. This also means that approximately 109 million Americans now live in an area where adults can legally use cannabis.
With so many Americans being able to consume marijuana legally and out in the open, it’s no wonder why people grow up thinking that marijuana isn’t a substance that a person can develop an addiction towards. Combine this factor with the ever-growing popularity and promotion of marijuana use in the media, and you’ll notice that marijuana has taken the country by storm.
In fact, marijuana has become such a normalized and popular substance that, according to certain surveys, more than 45% of adults in the U.S. have used weed before. According to another survey, 1 in 8 adults is an avid marijuana user.
As much as people deny it, marijuana dependence and addiction are very much possible. This is due to the fact that cannabis interacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain. As a result, THC can imitate and block the actions of neurotransmitters in the brain like anandamide.
When THC imitates or blocks the actions of certain neurotransmitters, the body starts to become dependent on marijuana to perform such actions. As a result, people start to become dependent on marijuana to function.
Once people develop marijuana dependency, they’ll experience withdrawal symptoms when they minimize or discontinue their use of the substance. As a result, many people will continue to consume more and more marijuana each and every day to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
Once a person develops marijuana dependency and starts experiencing marijuana withdrawal symptoms, marijuana addiction isn’t too far behind. Thus, people that experience marijuana withdrawal symptoms should attend marijuana detox followed by marijuana rehab.
Most long-term marijuana smokers develop marijuana withdrawal symptoms after approximately a week of discontinued use of the substance. Common marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:
As we briefly mentioned earlier, marijuana detox is necessary for those experiencing marijuana withdrawal symptoms. Marijuana detox rids the body of marijuana prior to attending marijuana rehab. Just know that there are no medications that a person can take to help manage marijuana withdrawal symptoms while in detox.
Shortly after a person experiences marijuana dependence and withdrawal symptoms, chronic marijuana consumption will start to alter the chemicals in the marijuana smoker’s brain. Once this happens, that particular individual has developed a marijuana addiction and must attend marijuana rehab. To determine if you or a loved one has developed marijuana addiction, you must know the physical and behavioral signs and symptoms of marijuana addiction.
There are numerous signs and symptoms of marijuana addiction. Some of the most common ones include:
Marijuana rehab resources and methods are similar to those of other rehab programs. As a result, addiction treatment programs and forms of therapy that are effective during marijuana rehab include cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, holistic therapeutic practices, and individual, group, and family therapy. Even typical aftercare addiction treatment programs like 12-step support groups are effective when it comes to maintaining sobriety after marijuana rehab.
The exact type of marijuana rehab program that a person should attend depends on the severity of that person’s addiction. If a person’s marijuana addiction is severe, he or she should attend inpatient marijuana rehab.
Inpatient marijuana rehab programs require that patients live at the facilities that they’re receiving treatment at. There are two forms of inpatient marijuana rehab. These two forms are residential inpatient marijuana rehab and standard inpatient marijuana rehab.
Residential marijuana rehab is slightly less intensive and restrictive than standard inpatient marijuana rehab. Both forms of marijuana rehab require that patients stay and receive addiction treatment for approximately 30 days or longer though.
If a person’s marijuana dependency or addiction isn’t too severe, he or she should attend outpatient marijuana rehab. Outpatient forms of marijuana rehab are less intense than inpatient marijuana rehab. Outpatient forms of marijuana rehab also don’t require that patients live at the facilities that they’re receiving treatment at. Thus, one can go home immediately after completing addiction treatment each day and tend to one’s regular day-to-day responsibilities.
The most intensive form of outpatient marijuana rehab is that of a partial hospitalization program. This is because partial hospitalization program treatment requires patients to receive addiction treatment all day long.
The second most intensive form of outpatient marijuana rehab is that of an intensive outpatient program. Intensive outpatient program treatment occurs for a few hours a day, a few days a week.
The least intensive form of outpatient marijuana rehab is that of standard outpatient treatment. This is because standard outpatient marijuana rehab only requires its patients to attend treatment for one or two hours, once or twice a week.
Florida Center for Recovery offers an array of addiction treatment therapies that aim to empower patients to achieve positive, fulfilling, and independent lives. Here at Florida Center for Recovery, we put our patients’ needs first. As a result, our staff is fully committed to being a part of each patient’s addiction recovery process. We also provide as much support and assistance for each of our patients as is necessary for them to achieve their recovery goals.
At FCR, we offer a comprehensive series of evidence-based addiction treatment programs to all of our patients. This includes holistic healing therapies that heal the body, mind, and spirit. This is because Florida Center for Recovery believes in treating the “whole” patient. That way our patients are better set up for success after completing addiction treatment.
As a trusted leader in addiction and mental health treatment, we here at FCR pride ourselves on offering programs that few other treatment centers in Florida provide. Some of these treatment programs include the following:
In addition to these unique addiction treatment programs, we here at FCR offer an Intensive Family Recovery Program. Our intensive family recovery program is designed to enhance the quality of our patients' relationships with their loved ones by providing each member of a family with addiction education, empowerment, and hope.
To learn more about Florida Center for Recovery, our marijuana rehab program, and all of the other rehab and therapy programs and services that we offer our patients, feel free to contact us anytime. We’d love to answer any rehab questions that you may have and get you set up to receive addiction treatment.
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Florida Center for Recovery utilizes an array of evidence-based, traditional, holistic and alternative therapies in the treatment of addiction. Therapeutic treatment is delivered face-to-face in both individual and group sessions. Group sessions include psychotherapy, a variety of educational lectures and discussions related to the disease of addiction as well as effective strategies for maintaining sobriety.