Marijuana is the most frequently abused drug in the U.S and many people see it as harmless. About 50% of Americans admit to trying marijuana at least once, partially because there isn’t the same stigma associated with using marijuana as there is with many other drugs of abuse. It’s frequently smoked in the open at parties, concerts, and college parties. Many people are raised in families where marijuana is used in plain sight and grow up believing that it doesn’t pose a danger of negative health effects and that it isn’t addictive.
Similar to other addictive drugs, it’s the positive effects and sensations of marijuana that lead to repeated use and subsequent abuse. While the effects of the drug differs based on a number of factors, people who use the substance may experience a sense of euphoria, find almost anything humorous, and feel generally happy. Colors may seem brighter and everything may be seen as aesthetically pleasing. The person’s positive mood and enhanced perception may be projected onto everything around them. Overall, the world seems like a friendlier, happier, more beautiful place.
Yet once addiction occurs, the additional symptoms that develop aren’t positive. These include excessive sleepiness and fatigue, impaired judgment and decision making ability, problems with motor coordination, paranoia, personality changes, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.
Often, people addicted to a marijuana have attempted to cut down or stop using it entirely, but due to the negative withdrawal symptoms they return to using it. In an effort to avoid experiencing these effects a second time, individuals will not attempt to quit again. If you are suffering from an addiction to marijuana, perhaps you feel others are judging you negatively. You may even believe it yourself. Perhaps you’ve begun to avoid friends and family members in an effort to avoid arguments over your use of marijuana, leaving you isolated and lonely. You may also feel that the drug is in control of you.
The Refuge is here to tell you that you don’t have to continue feeling this way and that you can regain control of your life. We can help you discover how to get on the path to recovery, and a life filled with happiness, success, and satisfying relationships.
Why Consider Residential Treatment at The Refuge
People who are addicted to marijuana can feel miserable – they may feel increased depression, anxiety, or confusion. Without adequate support, problems become much larger and the suffering far greater. Marijuana addiction can lead to other serious effects such as decreased life satisfaction, impaired physical and mental health, financial problems, and decreased productivity at work. Despite the negative effects, people addicted to marijuana are often unable to quit without help.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, The Refuge will provide you with strategies to help you modify your life so you can leave your addiction behind and pursue a positive, hopeful future.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
At the Refuge, we have a multidimensional addiction treatment program staffed by people dedicated to helping you regain your sobriety and teach you the skills necessary to lead a productive life – we know that you’re more than a collection of symptoms. We see you as a complete, unique individual and will focus on your special resources, strengths, and abilities to bolster your confidence. Our caring staff spends time getting to know you and works with you to identify methods of moving past your addiction. At the Refuge, we are concerned about your psychological, physiological, spiritual, emotional, social, legal, and occupational needs. As we provide care from a holistic approach, your treatment team will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan, specific to your needs, preferences, and resources. You will become involved in a 12-step program to provide additional encouragement, help, and the support of others.
Treatment Options for Marijuana Abuse at Refuge
We ensure that every individual who comes to us for help undergoes a comprehensive evaluation prior to creating the plan for treatment. Often people come to us with a co-occurring disorder that is interacting with your addiction, which requires additional components in your treatment plan. Your treatment team will continue to assess your condition during the course of your treatment to so we can provide the most effective treatment options to help you begin healing and learning the pathway to sobriety.
Detoxification: If necessary, you will first be admitted to our detox program and when appropriate, we use medications to provide the most effective and humane detox process possible. Medications may also be utilized to help with the symptoms of other co-occurring mental health conditions.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Our therapeutic approaches incorporate techniques from CBT which helps you identify maladaptive thoughts related to your addiction or that provide you with justification to continue using the drug. You’ll learn tactics to re-evaluate these thoughts and replace them so your thinking becomes more accurate and adaptive. This process of addressing your thoughts will alter your emotions and behaviors in positive ways.
Group therapy: Group therapy is our primary mode of intervention and will involve being surrounded by peers who are facing similar struggles, providing enormous support from others who understand firsthand the intense hardships you are faced with. At the Refuge, we have both process groups in which you can explore various issues, and psycho-educational groups which provide you with information about new skills such as coping, social-interaction, relaxation, or assertiveness training.
Intensive family therapy: Family Week – We know that drug abuse do not just affect the individual. Addictions often lead to strained relationships, deep sorrow, and pain for those watching you struggle with your addiction. Significant others are critical supports for you as you adjust to new ways of coping, work on discovering how to live without the substance, and try to create the foundation for a better tomorrow. Family members often need to process their own issues related to your addiction.
Experiential therapy: We believe that while empirically-supported interventions are important, experiential approaches are also significant.. These methods allow you different types of treatment options to help in your treatment and healing. Some of the specific techniques we use include:
- Art therapy
- Creative expression
- Ropes courses
- Equine therapy
- Music therapy
- Dramatic experiencing
- Sharing through speaking aloud to the group
- Somatic experiencing
- Meditation/Mindfulness training
- Breath work
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
As discharge approaches, your treatment team will work with you to determine what next step best applies to your specific needs and who you are as a person. Most clients opt for an outpatient setting with a high level of structure, such as The Refuge’s Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP). If your stay in our residential program was a continuation of previous treatment, you may feel ready to continue rehab through standard outpatient treatment. We will help you locate a specialist and help you create an outpatient schedule and first appointment.