Marijuana Addiction Treatment in Dallas
Although marijuana use as begun to plateau over time, it is still the most commonly used drug in the United States. Marijuana use is especially prevalent amongst adolescents, who typically begin using the drug during middle school or high school. Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is an addictive substance that has the capacity to alter structures and functionality in the brain, and once use of the drug has become uncontrollable, treatment is often needed to return users to a healthy lifestyle. At Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, we implement a multi-modal approach to treat marijuana addiction and other underlying mental health issues. By focusing on family-oriented values, we are able to help each of our residents return to a fulfilled way of life.
Facts about Marijuana
Marijuana is derived from the hemp plant and consists of its dried leaves, flowers or stems. Many users choose to smoke the drug by use of a joint, pipe, blunt or bong, which allow the drug’s most prominent component – delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – to quickly enter the bloodstream. Other methods of use include vaporizers, edibles and extracts that contain substances like hash oil. These extracts contain THC in a much higher concentration and result in an intense high for the user.
THC has many short-term effects on the brain, the most common and heavily popularized being:
- Enhanced senses
- Impaired mobility
- Short-term memory loss
- Altered sense of time
- Problems with thinking or strategizing
The short-term effects of marijuana tend to be the biggest appeal, along with a continual state of calm and contentment. Once the drug wears off, users tend to feel combinations of slight depression or increased irritation, which leads many individuals to use the drug consistently. With continued use, the increase in THC begins to impact receptors in the brain that control its development. The earlier marijuana use is initiated, the increased chance of permanent memory loss and debilitated mental function.
Marijuana and the Body
Because marijuana is a substance that is primarily inhaled, continued use can lead to issues with the lungs. Breathing problems and coughing as a result of smoking are common occurrences when using marijuana with some people experiencing similar side effects to smoking tobacco. The chances of lung infection and phlegm while coughing also increase with marijuana use.
Additionally, marijuana has been shown to cause hallucinations and paranoia, particularly after long-term use. Within those who have struggled with marijuana use as teenagers, the drug can increase anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Marijuana Treatment at Visions
Marijuana abuse in teens often requires the intervention of a professional treatment program, which is offered at Visions. We understand that a teenager’s needs are different than that of an adult, and we employ measures that specifically target the development, belief and value systems of adolescents. Our founding staff implement a multi-modal approach to not only treat addiction, but support and overcome certain mental health issues associated with drug use. We offer a safe environment for both males and females aged 13 to 18 years old, and use a variety of activities to approach the complex issues surrounding addiction. The specific modality used to improve a teen’s way of life will be determined upon psychological and behavioral evaluation, at which point the staff can offer counseling best suited for their individual needs.
We also require the active participation of family members affected by drug abuse as we believe that a supportive familial structure is key to treating addiction. With individual and group therapy approaches that include evidence-based treatment, experiential therapies, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and more, our staff, residents and their families can create a community of validation that increase the chances of successful treatment.
Our day school allows individuals to participate in a safe learning environment when they may otherwise struggle with more traditional methods of education. Residents will also simultaneously take part in residential treatment, which helps individuals learn the best way to carry out a productive way of life. Residential treatment is located in the hills of Malibu, California – a quiet and calming environment free from enabling stimulus and daily stressors. Each facility is set up as a home-like environment so that residents feel as comfortable as possible during their stay.
Once residents complete residential treatment, they will move on to outpatient counseling. Here residents learn how to apply what they have gained in residential treatment to everyday life and make a smooth transition into the real world. Counseling takes place on an individual, group and family basis where residents learn how to lead meaningful personal lives with the necessary skills they have gained. Finally, residents progress into the NeXt extended care facility, which offers continued motivation to live a healthy lifestyle. The NeXt program, as well as the programs before it, emphasize accountability within each resident, helping them recognize their destructive behaviors and allowing them to understand the impact their actions have had on others. Combined with transitional living and psychological care, those suffering from drug abuse can begin living a life of sobriety. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please know that there are qualified and understanding options available to you. Please call Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Dallas if you are ready to get started on a new and powerful journey.