Marijuana Addiction Treatment at NTS
Marijuana, despite reports to the contrary, can be a very addictive drug. Admission to addiction treatment facilities has doubled for marijuana addiction in recent years. The potency of the drug continues to increase and studies have shown that people under the age of 21 can obtain marijuana easier than alcohol. Even those who have done more addictive drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, will often say that “pot” is their primary drug of choice when asked.
A Sample Treatment Plan For A Marijuana Addiction at NTS:
- Motivational Interviewing Psychological Approach
- Career Testing
- Brain Scan Imaging to assess neurological damage
- Medication Assessment
- Cognitive Behavior Based Treatment Plan to address addictive behaviors and environmental triggers.
- Education on the biological effects of marijuana
- Individual Education to counteract “marijuana enculturation”
- Experiential Activities to address low motivation and counteract any depressive symptoms.
Although marijuana is not the most physically addictive drug (in comparison to methamphetamine or heroin), marijuana is sometimes the hardest drug for people to quit. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. One of the primary reasons why it is so hard for a person to quit smoking marijuana is the existence of an entire subculture of pot smokers which has developed over the years. The marijuana subculture has its own beliefs, customs, and rituals. Often the hardest thing to do in treatment is break through the strong barrier of denial, rationalization, and justification that has sprouted up as a result of the marijuana smoker’s involvement in this subculture.
Many marijuana smokers often argue that the drug does less damage than alcohol, but they are applying faulty assumptions to the use of alcohol. Most addicts and alcoholics assume that a person drinks alcohol to feel the inebriating effects of alcohol, but this is not true. This may be the reason some people drink alcohol, but “normal drinkers” do not necessarily drink alcohol to get drunk. In fact, “normal drinkers” will often stop drinking once they feel the effects of alcohol. In contrast, people smoke marijuana primarily to get high. Pot smokers want to feel the effects produced by the drug, and therefore it differs from alcohol. Marijuana addicts have difficulty seeing this difference between alcohol use and marijuana use.
The major active chemical in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the mind-altering effects of marijuana intoxication. The amount of THC determines the potency and, therefore, the “high” of marijuana. From 1980 till now, the amount of THC in marijuana has risen dramatically. The long-term effects of marijuana use can be both physically and psychologically damaging to the user.
Spice K2 Synthetic Marijuana Addiction Treatment at NTS
If you do an Internet search on the word “spice” you will most likely find more than just information on what herbs to use to flavor to your next meal. The term ‘Spice’ now also refers to a variety of products sold as legal substitutes for cannabis. In 2004, Spice began appearing in head shops and on the Internet with product names such as ‘K2′, ‘Genie’, ‘Spice Diamond’, ‘Spice Gold’, ‘Spice Silver’, ’2Spicy’ and ‘Spice of Life’. Now many countries have either completely banned or are considering ‘Spice’ as an illegal controlled substance. The reason being is that Spice contains potent synthetic cannabinoids, such as JWH-018, JWH-073 and HU-210. These synthetic substances are similar in chemical structure to the active ingredient as cannabis. Hence, spice is sold as a legal way to get high. In the United States, some forms of synthetic cannabis are considered a controlled substance that is illegal to possess or use. Several states have passed acts making it illegal under state law.
Addiction to Spice and any other synthetic cannabanoids can occur in the same way as addiction to marijuana. Although there is a lack of official studies on the effects of this class of drugs on humans, recent evidence reports that large doses can have negative effects that are not found among marijuana users, such as increased agitation and vomiting. Also reports of daily use by individuals over a three month period produced withdrawal symptoms similar to those found in narcotic users.
NTS takes the same approach to treating addiction to Spice K2 like the addiction to marijuana with assessment of medical and psychological conditions, education, counseling, and development of an individualized treatment plan by a certified drug treatment professional.
If you or a loved one needs help with Marijuana or Spice K2 addiction we can help.