Marijuana recovery takes time and the right, evidence-based approach. Our skilled team at Landmark Recovery’s Indianapolis marijuana recovery center will design a marijuana recovery program that suits your needs and helps you know what to expect.
What is Marijuana?
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. 1 It is a natural drug made from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the Cannabis plant. Dried marijuana can be rolled into a cigarette, burned in a water pipe, added to food items, or brewed in a tea. 2 An emerging trend of concern is the use of marijuana products in vaporizers (also called e-cigarettes), especially among young people.
Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a mind-altering compound that interacts with specific receptors in areas of the brain responsible for memory, learning, attention, decision making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time. 3 THC activates these areas to provide the user with intense feelings of euphoria and relaxation. 4 Other common consequences of marijuana use include heightened sensory perception, laughter, altered perception of time, and increased appetite.
Adverse Effects of Marijuana Use
Short-term negative effects of marijuana include anxiety, fear, paranoia, hallucinations, difficulty concentrating, impaired motor coordination, and memory loss. 5 Marijuana also alters judgement and decision-making capabilities, increasing the chance that you engage in risky behaviors. 4
Chronic marijuana use decreases cognitive function and increases the risk for mental illness, 6-7 and several long-term studies have found that people who use marijuana have a four to five times greater chance of developing depression. 8-9
Approximately 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will get addicted to it. 10 These individuals will have difficulty controlling their use, and they will continue to abuse marijuana even though it has negative consequences to their life. Marijuana use also increases the likelihood of developing other addictions. 11
Marijuana Use in Indiana
According to recent findings from National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 1 in 6 individuals in Indiana over the age of 12 used marijuana in the past year, and 1 in 10 used marijuana in the past month.
Young adults had the highest rates of marijuana use in Indiana, with 1 in 3 reporting past-year use and almost a quarter of individuals aged 18-25 reporting past-month use. Marijuana use is also common among Indiana teenagers, with the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System reporting that 1 in 6 Indiana high school students (grades 9-12) have used marijuana in the past month.
Every day, people in Indiana enter marijuana recovery programs to deal with marijuana addiction. Last year, approximately half of all admissions to Indiana treatment centers identified marijuana use as a problem, while nearly 1 in 5 individuals reported marijuana as their primary drug of choice at treatment admission. 14
Marijuana Recovery Programs in Indianapolis
Are you struggling with marijuana addiction and looking for help, but are unsure of where to start? Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis can help you overcome marijuana dependence and get on the path to recovery. We are proud to offer evidence-based treatments in a substance-free, supportive environment at our new marijuana recovery center in Indianapolis, conveniently located off I-465 .
Once you have made the decision to begin your marijuana recovery, you must go through detox to flush out all traces of marijuana from your system. Although marijuana is commonly referred to as a harmless drug, many marijuana users develop a psychological dependence on the drug known as marijuana use disorder. Like other forms of addiction, this dependence will cause you to experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using marijuana. 15 This specific withdrawal syndrome, called THC abstinence syndrome or cannabis withdrawal syndrome, is mainly characterized by mood and behavioral symptoms of light to moderate intensity. Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal often include: 16
There are usually no medical complications of marijuana withdrawal, and symptoms can often be treated in an outpatient setting. 16 For individuals who experience intense cravings and severe discomfort following the discontinuation of heavy or long-term marijuana use, a medically supervised detox may provide the best opportunity to complete detox and prevent relapse.
Landmark Recovery offers a marijuana detox program to help you successfully get through marijuana withdrawal. Our trained clinical specialists will closely monitor you throughout the entire marijuana recovery process and may administer certain medications to reduce cravings and help relieve withdrawal symptoms. Sleep problems feature prominently in marijuana withdrawal, and medications that improve sleep often play an important role during detox. 17 In addition to sleep aids, other supportive medications commonly used to manage marijuana withdrawal include antidepressants, anti-anxiety/anti-stress medications, mild pain relievers, and medications for nausea and vomiting. 18
After detox, you will be ready to join a marijuana recovery program for the therapy phase of your recovery. Landmark Recovery offers a number of science-backed treatment options at our Indianapolis marijuana recovery center. Individual and group counseling are often combined with behavioral therapy, which studies have shown to be a very effective form of marijuana treatment. 18
Various forms of behavioral therapy will be used to identify the root causes of your marijuana addiction and teach the new behaviors and coping skills needed to prevent relapse. Behavioral therapies utilized by Landmark Recovery’s marijuana recovery program include cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy.
How Can I Get More Information About Landmark Recovery’s Marijuana Recovery Program?
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