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Marijuana Rehab Treatment in Pittsburgh

Marijuana Addiction Treatment in Pittsburgh

If you or a loved one are seeking treatment for a marijuana addiction in Pennsylvania, Praxis by Landmark Recovery in Pittsburgh can provide you with the tools to overcome it. We offer personalized, evidence-based treatment including inpatient and outpatient rehab for marijuana addiction. Yes, you can become addicted to pot. This drug, like alcohol and opioids can disrupt your life. The question to ask yourself is can you stop using marijuana if you want to? Landmark Recovery offers proven treatments to help you live beyond a marijuana addiction.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana refers to the dried flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds of the cannabis plant. This plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids, which include a mind-altering component called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is a chemical that acts on cannabinoid receptors in areas of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, concentration, thinking, coordination, movement, and sensory and time perception. It’s the chemical that causes the high marijuana users are after.

There are many different ways marijuana is consumed. It is commonly smoked through hand-rolled cigarettes called joints or marijuana cigars called blunts. Marijuana is also consumed by inhaling smoke using glass bongs, inhaling vapor through devices that pull the active ingredients from the marijuana into the vapor, and through drinking tea brewed with marijuana or eating edibles – food that has marijuana cooked/baked into it. Marijuana can be baked into brownies, cookies, or candy.

What are the Effects of Marijuana?

Because marijuana is a psychoactive drug, there are both short-term and long-term side effects that may occur during use. While high, you may experience short-term effects such as:

  • Altered senses, such as seeing brighter colors
  • Altered sense of time, such as minutes seeming like hours
  • Changes in mood
  • Problems with body movement
  • Trouble with thinking, problem-solving, and memory
  • Increased appetite

Long-term, frequent use of marijuana may cause health issues such as:

  • Problems with brain development. People who started using marijuana as teenagers may have trouble with thinking, memory, and learning.
  • Coughing and breathing problems
  • Problems with child development during and after pregnancy, if a woman smokes marijuana while pregnant

Marijuana can also cause negative, unpleasant side effects such as anxiety, panic, paranoia, and hallucinations.

Is Marijuana Addictive?

While addiction is more common in drugs such as alcohol or cocaine, it is still possible to become dependent on marijuana. Studies show that one in 10 adults who use marijuana can get addicted. Your chances of becoming dependent increase to one in six if you start using before you’re 18.

You may be experiencing Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) if you:

  • Use marijuana every day or almost every day
  • Have tried to quit marijuana use but have been unsuccessful
  • Experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when you stop such as anxiety, crankiness, or trouble sleeping that go away when you start using marijuana again
  • Experience strong cravings for marijuana

Marijuana Abuse in Pittsburgh

More than 20,000 adults in Pennsylvania were arrested for marijuana-related violations in 2020, according to state police. Pittsburgh police made 772 adult marijuana-possession arrests in 2017 and 735 arrests in 2018, just three years after Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law was passed. City police can issue citations to people carrying small amounts of marijuana, but some officer do issue misdemeanor arrests. More than 14% of Pennsylvania residents who are 12 or older indicated they’d used marijuana at least once in the past year, according to a 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The annual average prevalence of past-month marijuana use in Pennsylvania youth aged 12-17 was 5.6%, which is slightly lower than the national average, according to the same survey.

Medical marijuana, also known as medical cannabis, is used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions. Pennsylvania has a Medical Marijuana Program which allows citizens to purchase approved marijuana products from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries so long as they obtain a medical marijuana ID card through the Medical Marijuana Registry beforehand.

The Medical Marijuana Law restricts the amount of marijuana that ID card holders can legally possess at one time – up to a 30-day supply. More than 633,000 patients and caregivers are registered in Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis program.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment Center in Pittsburgh

If you are addicted to marijuana, you may experience withdrawal when you attempt to undergo marijuana addiction treatment. This is especially true after discontinuing heavy or long-term marijuana use. Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal may include:

  • Little or no appetite
  • Mood changes
  • Irritability
  • Sleep difficulties, including insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Loss of focus
  • Cravings for marijuana
  • Sweating, including cold sweats
  • Chills
  • Increased feelings of depression
  • Stomach problems

Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable enough to make it difficult to abstain from marijuana use. For your best chance at marijuana addiction recovery use and preventing relapse, please seek out professional help at a Pennsylvania marijuana addiction treatment center. Praxis by Landmark Recovery of Pittsburgh takes an evidence-based approach to marijuana addiction treatment and provides personalized plans that are tailored to the specific needs of each client. Depending on the severity of one’s addiction and individual situation, patients can receive marijuana addiction treatment through a residential program, partial hospitalization program, or intensive outpatient program at select facilities.

We offer a medically supervised detox program that can help patients successfully detox from marijuana. During detox, our trained clinical specialists closely monitor patients around-the-clock during the entire process. They keep the patient safe and comfortable and may administer certain medications (such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, mild pain relievers, sedatives, and antiemetics) to help alleviate the negative symptoms and intense cravings associated with marijuana withdrawal.

Following detox, the patient is ready to begin therapy, the cornerstone of Praxis by Landmark Recovery’s marijuana addiction treatment. We offer various types of therapy such as individual and group counseling, family counseling, and group meetings, which you will more than likely receive a combination of. Behavioral therapy will help identify the underlying causes of marijuana addiction and teach new behaviors and coping mechanisms needed to resist future urges and prevent relapse. Some of the evidence-based behavioral therapies implemented by our marijuana addiction treatment center include cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy.

How Can I Get More Information on Marijuana Addiction Treatment in Pittsburgh?

If you or a loved one is struggling with marijuana abuse and is seeking treatment, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. Call Praxis by Landmark Recovery in Pittsburgh at 412-912-2123 to speak to one of our admissions consultants to learn more about our proven medically supervised detox and marijuana addiction treatment programs.


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