The effects of marijuana abuse can disrupt many areas of your life. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas provides evidence-based treatment and helps you understand what to expect during marijuana recovery.
Marijuana — also commonly known as weed, pot, or grass — is a mind-altering drug derived from the dried, shredded flowers and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. 1 It can be used in many different ways that include being rolled into a joint, smoked in a pipe or bong, and vaporized with a vape pen. 2 Marijuana is also available as oil and wax extracts and a wide variety of infused food and drink products.
People who use marijuana experience a “high” characterized by intense feelings of pleasure and relaxation, heightened sensory perception, altered perception of time, and increased appetite. 3 The main ingredient in marijuana responsible for its psychoactive effects is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), a chemical that interacts with cannabinoid receptors in areas of the brain responsible for pleasure, time perception, and pain. 4
Instead of relaxation and euphoria, marijuana abuse can also produce negative effects like anxiety, fear, distrust, panic, increased heart rate, impaired motor coordination, poor judgement and decision-making capabilities, and difficulty concentrating. People who take large doses of marijuana can experience an acute psychosis that includes hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and a loss of the sense of personal identity. 5 Long-term marijuana use can lead to disrupted learning, memory loss, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, decreased attention to personal hygiene and appearance, and an increased risk for schizophrenia, depression, bronchitis, stroke, and heart failure. 6 7 8
Marijuana affects the brain’s reward system in a similar manner as other addictive drugs, and chronic abuse can lead to addiction. Results from a recent national survey indicate that as many as 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted. 9
The availability and use of marijuana in Nevada have dramatically risen since the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana in 2017. Nearly 1 in 7 Nevadans (aged 12 and over) currently use marijuana and more than 1 in 5 report the use of marijuana in the past year. 10 Marijuana use among young adults is significantly higher compared to the overall population, with nearly 1 in 3 Nevada residents aged 18-25 reporting current marijuana use. Marijuana use is also common among Nevada teens and adolescents, with results from the 2019 Nevada Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicating that around 1 in 5 Nevada high school students currently use marijuana, 4 in 10 tried marijuana at least one time, and nearly 1 in 10 used marijuana before age 13. 11
Marijuana abuse is a major issue for Nevada residents seeking substance abuse treatment. According to recent admissions data, marijuana addiction was reported in 1 out of every 11 admissions to Nevada treatment facilities in 2019. 12
Are you struggling with marijuana addiction and unable to quit on your own? Treatment at a marijuana recovery center can help you overcome marijuana addiction and get on the path to recovery. Landmark Recovery is proud to offer personalized marijuana recovery programs at our local treatment facility conveniently located in the city of Las Vegas.
The first stage of marijuana recovery is detox, the natural bodily process that involves flushing out all traces of marijuana and accumulated toxins from your system. 13 If you are a heavy or long-term marijuana user, you will likely experience marijuana withdrawal soon after you discontinue use. 14 Withdrawal symptoms usually appear within a day of the last use and may last up to a few weeks, although some symptoms can persist for many months. 15 Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal may include: 16
The marijuana detox program at Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas will get you through marijuana withdrawal as safely and comfortably as possible. Our medical team provides around-the-clock care and will closely monitor you for any complications that may arise during the withdrawal process, including severe depression that can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. 16 Our clinical specialists may administer medications to help alleviate specific symptoms of marijuana withdrawal. Benzodiazepines can be given to reduce severe anxiety, antidepressants can be prescribed to treat depression, and various sleep aid medications can be used to address cases of persistent insomnia. 16
After detox has been completed, you will be prepared to enter the therapeutic stage of marijuana recovery treatment. Depending on the nature of your addiction and any unique challenges (such as a co-occurring mental illness), individualized treatment may be received through a combination of residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
Counseling and behavioral therapy remain the primary interventions for treatment of marijuana addiction. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a proven treatment that has been associated with significant and sustained reductions in the use of marijuana. 17 This form of therapy identifies the root causes of marijuana abuse by helping individuals understand the thought patterns and behavioral skills that make them vulnerable to use. Cognitive behavioral therapy also teaches the healthy behaviors and coping strategies needed to manage problems or situations that may trigger relapse. Other science-backed therapies used in Landmark Recovery’s marijuana recovery programs include contingency management, family therapy, and motivational enhancement treatment (or motivational interviewing). 18 19
Landmark Recovery can help you beat marijuana addiction and maintain long-term recovery. Please call our Las Vegas addiction recovery center at 725-217-9910 to learn more about our detox services and personalized marijuana recovery programs.
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