Chronic marijuana use can cause many problems in your life. Our Las Vegas facility provides evidence-based treatments that will help you overcome marijuana addiction.
Marijuana, also known as weed, pot, grass, bud, herb, ganja, and Mary Jane, is a mind-altering drug made up of the dried leaves, flowers, and stems of the Cannabis sativa plant. 1 People use marijuana to experience a “high” that is characterized by relaxation, euphoria, heightened sensory perception, and an altered perception of time. 2 These effects are due to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana that overactivates cannabinoid receptors found in areas of brain that influence pleasure, memory, sensory and time perception, concentration, and coordinated movement. 3
Negative short-term effects of marijuana abuse include anxiety, panic attacks, racing or irregular heartbeats, impaired short-term memory, distorted perception, loss of motor coordination, and impaired attention, judgment, and other cognitive and brain functions. 3 People who consume too much of the drug at once (or use marijuana with an unexpectedly high potency) can suffer from an acute form of psychosis known as cannabis-induced psychosis. These individuals may experience auditory or visual hallucinations, extreme paranoia, delusions, depersonalization, and derealization. 4
The long-term use of marijuana is associated with memory loss, impaired learning and coordination, sleep problems, and increased risk of drug and alcohol use disorders. 5 Chronic marijuana use can lead to stroke, heart attack, chronic cough, bronchitis, and the development of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a condition marked by recurrent bouts of severe nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. 6-7 The cumulative effects of repeated marijuana use also increase the risk for psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. 8
Marijuana is an addictive substance; it is estimated that as many as 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will develop an addiction. 9 The incidence of marijuana addiction increases among individuals who start using the drug at a young age and those who use the drug daily.
According to recent results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, marijuana use in Nevada has dramatically increased over recent years. An estimated 15% of Nevada residents currently use marijuana, more than triple the rate from 2013. 10 Marijuana use is most common among young adults, with 32% of Nevada residents aged 18-25 reporting marijuana use in the past 30 days. Findings from the 2019 Nevada Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that 20% of Nevada high school students currently use marijuana, 37% used marijuana at least one time during their life, and 8% tried marijuana for the first time before their teen years. 11
The high rate of marijuana abuse has become a major public health issue in Nevada. The number of emergency department visits and inpatient hospitalizations related to marijuana abuse has significantly increased since 2011, and self-reported marijuana use during pregnancy among Nevada mothers has more than doubled since 2017. 12 Many individuals who seek substance abuse treatment in Nevada cite marijuana use as their primary concern. In 2019, marijuana addiction was reported in 9% of all admissions to Nevada treatment centers. 13
Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas can help you break your marijuana addiction and regain control of your life. Our Las Vegas marijuana addiction treatment center offers science-backed treatments that will guide you through every step of the program and provide you with the life tools needed to achieve long-lasting abstinence.
Based on an initial screening and medical examination, we will develop a personalized treatment plan for you that ensures all of your recovery needs are met. Depending on the length and severity of marijuana abuse and the presence of any existing medical or mental health issues that need to be considered, we can provide treatment services through a combination of residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
The first stage of marijuana treatment will be detox, a natural process that involves flushing out all traces of marijuana from your system. If you heavily abused marijuana for an extended period of time you will likely go through marijuana withdrawal as your brain adjusts to functioning without the presence of THC and continuous stimulation of cannabinoid receptors. Symptoms of withdrawal can appear within a day of last using marijuana and may include: 14
The marijuana detox program at Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas will get you through detox as safely and comfortably as possible. Our medical team will closely monitor you to make sure the withdrawal process is on schedule and that there has been no relapse back to marijuana. We can also prescribe certain medications, such as anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and sleep aid medicines, that can alleviate specific withdrawal symptoms and help ease the detox process. Some individuals, such as chronic marijuana abusers and those who have co-occurring addictions or mental health disorders, may need to detox under medical supervision where they can receive around-the-clock care in a safe and secure environment.
After you successfully complete detox, you will be ready to transition into the therapeutic phase of marijuana addiction treatment. The cornerstone of Landmark Recovery’s marijuana abuse treatment programs is behavioral therapy, a form of psychotherapy that will help change the negative thought patterns underlying harmful marijuana use and replace them with healthier ways of coping with stress and other triggering situations. Behavioral therapies that have been effectively used to treat marijuana addiction include cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy. 15 Other scientifically valid interventions incorporated into our individualized marijuana treatment programs include individual and group counseling, family therapy, peer support meetings, meditation and mindfulness therapy, health and wellness education, and exercise and recreational activities.
Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas can help you overcome marijuana addiction in a safe and comforting environment. Please call our Las Vegas treatment center at 725-217-9910 to learn more about our medical detox and marijuana treatment programs.
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