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Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused substances in Pennsylvania and the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 19.8 million Americans abused marijuana at least once in the past 30 days. NIDA also reports that about 2.4 million Americans, including about 1.2 million adolescents, try marijuana for the first time every year. The drug, which is composed of dried stems, leaves, and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant, creates a sense of detached relaxation, including altered perceptions of time and space, when abused.
Though many states have eased or eliminated laws that regulated the possession and use of marijuana, this does not mean that the drug is safe or harmless. Continued abuse of marijuana has been associated with a multitude of negative outcomes, and overcoming the compulsion to abuse this drug can be difficult without help from a reputable addiction rehab center. At White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania, we have developed specialized programming that has proved to be effective in the effort to help people overcome their dependence upon marijuana and make the changes that will allow them to pursue long-term abstinence.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment for Marijuana Abuse
If someone you love has become dependent upon marijuana, you may think that this is a minor problem that does not pose a significant risk. If so, please reconsider your assessment. Long-term marijuana abuse can have a serious impact on a person’s life. Please take a moment to consider the following ways that you can help your loved one:
- Learn the truth about marijuana from reputable sources such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- Research the types of treatment that have helped others whose situations were similar to what your loved one is experiencing, and identify rehab centers that offer the type and level of services that appear to meet your loved one’s specific needs.
- Talk to experts at the addiction rehab centers that you have identified. Describe your loved one’s situation, and get answers to any questions you may have about the treatment process.
- Learn how best to talk to a friend or family member about his or her drug problem. This does not have to be a formal intervention, and it should never be an argument. Educate yourself about the best techniques for having a productive conversation about this admittedly difficult subject.
- Have the conversation with your loved one. Express your concerns. Reiterate your love and support. Share the information that you have accumulated. Avoid the urge to criticize, blame, or issue ultimatums. Most importantly, listen.
- Volunteer to help your loved one with making appointments or setting up center visits. Let him or her know that he or she does not have to go through this process alone.
- When your loved one has selected a treatment center, talk to a staff member to learn how you can remain an active positive presence throughout the rehab experience.
Most important of all, be patient. The road to recovery is neither short nor straightforward. Leave no doubt in your loved one’s mind that you will be at his or her side every step of the way.
Why Consider Rehab at the White Deer Run Treatment Network in Pennsylvania
Long-term marijuana abuse can expose a person to increased risk for several adverse consequences. For example, regular marijuana abuse is associated with a loss of motivation, which can cause problems related to an individual’s personal, academic, and occupational obligations. Strained relationships, family discord, academic setbacks, and job loss are all realistic outcomes for people whose marijuana abuse continues unabated. Extended heavy marijuana abuse has been associated with cognitive setbacks, as THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana) interacts with areas of the brain that are not fully developed until adulthood. Other effects on the bodies and minds of those who abuse marijuana include upper respiratory infections, degradation of the immune system, heart problems, and an increased risk of developing certain cancers. The cumulative impact of marijuana-related damage to a person’s physical health, psychological wellbeing, and socioeconomic standing can lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, and social withdrawal and isolation. With effective treatment, at a reputable addiction rehab center, all of these negative outcomes can be avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered for Marijuana Abuse at the White Deer Run Treatment Network
The addiction rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network are renowned and respected throughout Pennsylvania for adults who are struggling with chemical dependency and certain co-occurring mental health conditions. With 16 locations throughout the state of Pennsylvania, the White Deer Run Treatment Network is uniquely prepared to offer a full continuum of care to help individuals achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
Programs within the White Deer Run Treatment Network include detox, residential rehabilitation, outpatient programs (OP), intensive outpatient programs (IOP), partial hospitalization programs (PHP), and halfway houses.
The goal of rehab at any White Deer Run program is not merely to alleviate symptoms, but to provide actionable solutions that empower individuals to identify, address, and ultimately overcome the obstacles that have been preventing them from living healthier, drug-free lives. When an individual enters treatment at a White Deer Run rehab center, he or she can expect to receive clinically superior care that has been customized to meet his or her specific needs and that is provided by teams of experienced professionals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Treatment at White Deer Run is a comprehensive experience in which participants are encouraged and empowered to play active roles in their own recovery. Depending upon an individual’s unique history, needs, strengths, and goals, the following are among the elements that may be incorporated into his or her rehab plan at centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network:
Detoxification: Depending upon the particular substance that a person has become dependent upon, and the length and severity of that dependence, attempting to stop or significantly reduce use without professional assistance can trigger the onset of distressing and potentially dangerous symptoms. At several rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network, individuals who have been incapable of ridding their bodies of the substances that they have been abusing can complete medically monitored detox prior to starting a residential rehabilitation program. Detox at a White Deer Run addiction center is a safe experience that features around-the-clock supervision by qualified medical personnel who can alleviate many of the painful symptoms of withdrawal. When the individual completes detox, which can last anywhere from three to seven days, he or she can seamlessly transition directly into residential rehab.
Individual therapy: Individuals who enroll in residential rehab, outpatient treatment, or a halfway house within the White Deer Run Treatment Network to be treated for marijuana abuse or dependence have the opportunity to participate in individual therapy sessions with a therapist or counselor. Depending upon the program, individual therapy sessions may be held according to a regular schedule or arranged on an as-needed basis. While the frequency and duration of individual therapy sessions may vary from program to program, the purpose and function will remain the same. In individual therapy sessions, an individual can work one-on-one with a qualified professional to process successes, setbacks, and other rehab experiences, while also having the opportunity to address issues that he or she may be hesitant or unable to discuss during group or family therapy.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a fundamental aspect of treatment at all levels within the White Deer Run Treatment Network. Group therapy sessions, which typically involve a small number of individuals in treatment along with one or two experienced professionals, offer a range of immediate and long-term benefits to participants who are recovering from marijuana use disorder. During group therapy, individuals in rehab can learn from the insights and experiences of others who are working through similar problems and challenges. Group therapy also provides a forum for individuals in treatment to become more effective listeners, practice healthy interpersonal communication skills, and share their own knowledge and opinions. While the type and general topic of a group therapy session will have been established before the group begins, the specific content and direction of the group will be influenced by the contributions of participants, thus providing another means for individuals in treatment to play active roles in the course of their care.
Family therapy: Parents, spouses, siblings, and other family members can be significantly impacted by an individual’s marijuana abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. They can also play an essential role in their loved one’s treatment and ongoing recovery. However, the transition from caring about a loved one who is struggling with an addiction to supporting a family member in his or her efforts to maintain long-term recovery may require significant changes both in general family dynamics and in the specific behaviors of the individual family members. In recognition of these realities, the addiction treatment centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network conduct family therapy sessions on both scheduled and as-needed bases. Among the many benefits of family therapy, these sessions provide a structured and supervised forum for addressing divisions among family members, strengthening the family unit, improving healthy communication, and helping family members learn how to provide valuable ongoing support to their loved one.
At each level of care within the White Deer Run Treatment Network, participants work closely with therapists, counselors, and other professionals to prepare detailed discharge plans. The result of this intensive ongoing planning process is that when an individual has completed his or her time in rehab, he or she will have a thorough plan that identifies the professional referrals, community services, and other resources that will support his or her efforts to maintain and build upon the progress that was made in treatment.
Regardless of whether the next phase of an individual’s recovery will take place at home or in a follow-up or step-down treatment environment, the goal of the addiction rehab centers within the White Deer Run Treatment Network is to ensure that he or she is prepared to experience continued success along the path of long-term recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Where are there marijuana addiction treatment centers?
Marijuana addiction treatment is available at many centers in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Within PA, treatment is available for individuals who are struggling with marijuana addiction only, as well as those whose dependence on marijuana is accompanied by a co-occurring mental health disorder. The type and level of marijuana addiction treatment can vary from center to center, so it is important to identify the one that is the best fit for you.
What are the causes of marijuana addiction?
When you abuse marijuana, your body may adapt to the presence of this drug, and may even begin to crave it, which is known as dependence. When you attempt to stop or significantly reduce the amount and/or frequency of your marijuana abuse, your body may react with a variety of distressing physical and psychological symptoms. This is known as withdrawal. Various genetic and environmental factors can raise or lower your risk for becoming addicted to marijuana.
What is the best marijuana rehab center in Pennsylvania?
When searching for the best marijuana rehab center in Pennsylvania or any other state, the most important factor is whether or not the center you are considering is prepared for the type and level of care that will meet your specific needs and help you achieve your short- and long-term goals. In other words, your goal should not be to locate the “perfect program,” but instead to find the program that’s perfect for you.
What are marijuana addiction treatment options?
Options for effective marijuana treatment include residential care, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming, and traditional outpatient services. Some people are able to successfully transition out of treatment after completing one level of care, while others participate in multiple levels before they are prepared to pursue long-term recovery from marijuana addiction. After completing care, many people find that ongoing participation in a support group is extremely beneficial as they work to resist relapse and remain in recovery.
How does marijuana affect the body?
The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. When you use marijuana, THC interacts with receptors in your central nervous system, causing you to experience effects such as problems perceiving time and space, memory impairments, lack of coordination, changes in mood, and other sensations. Long-term marijuana abuse has been associated with impaired brain development, cardiovascular problems, and other negative health outcomes.
Can marijuana be addictive?
Contrary to claims that marijuana is a harmless or non-addictive substance, experts believe that as many as 30% of people who abuse marijuana may develop an addiction to this drug. According to data collected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about four million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for marijuana use disorder, which is the clinical term for marijuana addiction, in 2015.