Recovery Begins With Northpoint Colorado’s Marijuana Rehab
Marijuana addiction, you say? Is there such a thing?
Short answer: Yes.
Weed addiction is medically termed cannabis use disorder (CUD). While percentages vary as to how many people become addicted to marijuana, the estimated number reported in a Denver Post article was 9%.
Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control estimates addiction occurs a little more frequently at 10% or one in 10. For those who begin using weed as a teen, the numbers go up to one in six who will form an addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse puts the number even higher at 30%. Twenty-two million people nationwide use cannabis monthly, mostly for recreational or medical purposes.
Marijuana Research and Development Creates Stronger Product
But the weed of 2021 has come a long way from the comparatively weak version used in the relaxed ’60s and ’70s, or even the early 2000s. The primary psychoactive ingredient that gives marijuana the kick that causes someone to experience the wished-for pleasant feelings is simply a molecule called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC affects the person’s brain activity and puts it in an altered sensory state, often referred to as the “high.” Taste, touch, hearing, smell, and vision are all psychoactively affected, making them seem stronger.
- For someone who is high on marijuana, colors seem brighter and people’s faces can seem odd, often inducing laughter.
- Taste seems more pleasurable for the high person, and they might make recipes that sound odd for someone who isn’t high.
- Some consistent feedback is that people feel they can hear music better, but it could also be a sense of simply thinking they hear better because of THC’s effects on the brain.
Multiple strains of the cannabis plant have been carefully cross-pollinated to create a stronger product, making marijuana growth practically a science.
Health professionals like ours at Northpoint Colorado have noticed these “advancements” can be harmful.
What someone may have expected to be a relaxing experience with weed can become a routine experience after a while. Regular use is just one typical sign of addictive behavior. As a person pursues the enjoyment of marijuana, they may begin to withdraw from activities that once created a healthy and productive environment.
Lack of motivation becomes a common excuse to stop meeting expectations at work or school. As one pays more attention to marijuana, social and family interactions begin to suffer.
For some people, all of these issues begin to add up to a cannabis use disorder. What was once a pleasurable, occasional activity has taken the driver’s seat in someone’s life.
Covering Up Weed Use
Anyone consuming marijuana regularly will know the drill when it comes to covering their tracks. They may resort to some of these common tricks to hide the scent or minimize the visible effects:
- Frequent clothing changes
- Keeping gum or mints for breath
- Hand washing to remove the smell
If you’re concerned about a loved one’s marijuana use, keeping an eye out for these items and behaviors listed below may be helpful. If you’re worried you may be addicted, maybe you’re starting to see your habits appear as you read.
Some items you may begin to notice around the house, in the car, or removed from the laundry:
- Clear Eyes brand (or generic) eye drops for redness or irritation
- Hidden glass jars or containers with lids to hide the tell-tale scent
- Ozium air deodorizer in their car to remove the scent
- Little Tree air fresheners
Behavior warning signs of addiction include:
- Little appetite, followed by random binge eating
- Low energy
- Reduced short-term memory
- Lack of motivation
- Sleeping often
- Increased spending to purchase large quantities of weed
Marijuana Addiction Can Lead To Other Dangers
Marijuana use can lead to dangers such as overdose or health conditions such as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS).
When a person feels some of the more serious physical effects following weed use, it may signal an overdose, which typically involves ingesting by mouth more than 50 milligrams.
Fatal overdose is uncommon, here is what to look for.
- Physical pain from vomiting and severe nausea
- Confusion, panic, and anxiety at extreme levels
- Abnormal fear and distrust
- Hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t there)
- High blood pressure and increased heart rate
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
Regular cannabis use can lead to CHS. Little on this disorder was known until the past decade when doctors noticed patients visiting emergency departments with similar symptoms to cyclic vomiting syndrome.
CHS involves a pattern that rotates, with the patient suffering from nausea, vomiting, and pain in the abdomen. Oddly, patients reported that hot showers seemed to help the condition. It would go away for days or weeks but kept reoccurring.
When doctors found out the person had consumed weed, they were able to recommend stopping the activity. Patients who stopped smoking or ingesting weed reported the symptoms disappeared. Some patients tried to start again later, but the problems reappeared.
Missed work, painful symptoms, and dehydration made CHS, and weed consumption, a problem in their life. If a person is experiencing CHS and can’t stop using weed, they may need professional help.
What Exactly Is Cannabis?
Weed comes from the female cannabis plant’s dried flowers. There are different strains of cannabis as many varieties grow naturally and continue to be bred through cross-pollination.
It’s smoked through a pipe or a joint, inhaled through a water bong, vaped through an electronic vaporizer, sprayed on the tongue, or consumed as an edible through candies, gummies, and even evening meal preparations.
Marijuana Side Effects
With regular, repeated daily use for long periods, people can develop physical and mental problems using marijuana.
Side effects include:
- Reduced memory recall
- Blood pressure changes
- Heart attack
- Abnormal heart rate
- Breathing problems (coughing, wheezing)
How is Marijuana Addiction Diagnosed?
A medical professional will follow the standard assessment to meet the medical benchmarks required for an official marijuana addiction diagnosis. Northpoint Colorado’s admissions team will assess you under these guidelines to determine if you could benefit from marijuana treatments at our licensed detox and recovery inpatient treatment center.
Assessment Protocol for Addiction Treatment
Some key questions about your substance use will include:
- Do you use larger amounts of marijuana more often than intended?
- Do you want to cut back on marijuana use but find it difficult on your own?
- Have you stopped hobbies and activities you once enjoyed in your pursuit of marijuana use?
- Is a lot of time spent on thinking about weed, finding ways to obtain it, being under the influence of it, and recovering from weed hangovers, only to do it all over again?
- Do you have trouble meeting obligations or attending work or school because you’re focused on spending time using marijuana?
- Are you putting yourself in harmful situations like driving while under the influence of weed?
- Do you have withdrawal symptoms, sleep more, and experience irritation when you temporarily stop using?
Once you stop using marijuana, you can have mild to severe withdrawal symptoms, mainly depending on the level of addiction. Symptoms usually begin within 12 hours of last use. Withdrawal usually lasts between one day to one week.
- Anxiety and insomnia (can’t sleep)
- Loss of appetite
- Overproduction of saliva (drooling)
- Lowered heart rate
- Increased mood swings
- Increase in aggressive behavior
Marijuana Rehab: Detox / Treatment / Aftercare
Northpoint Colorado’s highly trained staff will assist you through our inpatient program that begins with detox before moving to rehab treatment over four weeks. Your full time will be spent in phases of treatment care, covering detox to rehab with behavioral therapy (that helps you reframe your thinking patterns) to outpatient and aftercare services and support.
- Detox offers you 24/7 support from a full medical team with prescription medications available to ease the discomfort of withdrawal. You’ll be able to focus entirely on your recovery.
The length of time in detox will depend on your body’s response during the withdrawal process but generally lasts a few days, if needed. This valuable time spent on physical wellness will help build your strength and focus for rehab treatment.
- The rehab phase will focus on the mental aspects of your addiction. You’ll understand the root causes of your cannabis use, manage cravings that can cause relapse, and retrain your brain to function normally without weed.
- Aftercare will be recommended as part of your individualized recovery plan. It may include outpatient treatment and community interaction with our alumni group. Regardless of which path you are directed to take, you should continue to practice in aftercare what you’ve learned in treatment and receive support to maintain a sober lifestyle.
Northpoint Colorado Treats Marijuana Addiction From Rehab to Recovery
Marijuana addictions can happen to anyone.
People who find themselves addicted to weed are often surprised how it crept up on them and now feel powerless to get out from under its control. Considering quitting can be complicated. How will you still hang out with your friends? Will it be uncomfortable? Worries about the withdrawal side effects alone can cause a person to repeatedly put off something they want — recovery — due to their fear.
Northpoint Colorado offers evidence-based treatment with a more comfortable detox atmosphere. Its inpatient rehab setting will allow you to focus 100% of your time on your full addiction recovery.
There is no magic formula, but evidence suggests marijuana recovery programs that treat a person’s mental health and overall wellness, in addition to the addiction, have a stronger recovery rate.
Northpoint Colorado is experienced with treating marijuana addiction. When you call, our well-trained staff is ready with free assessments and same-day admissions. We’re waiting for your call to a stronger life at (970) 410-8228.
- What treatment is given to teens who smoke marijuana?
Behavioral therapy in a peer group and one-on-one with a counselor is the evidence-based treatment that’s common for adolescents. The goal is to learn how to focus their thoughts, behaviors, and reactions toward healthy approaches as they grow into adulthood.
Including the family is also helpful because the addiction affects the whole household. After the teen finishes treatment, this family participation will help in the transition to the home environment if the teen was in an inpatient setting.
Continuing therapy support in an outpatient program is often recommended. There are often teen branches of Narcotics Anonymous for anyone under 18 who wants to participate in NA’s 12-step programs in the community.
- When is it time to get my teen treatment for marijuana use?
If your child is using marijuana and cannot stop on his or her own, it may be time to have them assessed for cannabis use disorder.
Some signs include being unable to complete school assignments, not participating in social or recreational activities they once enjoyed, hiding their use, or getting in trouble with school or law enforcement for having drug-related items (pipes, rolling papers, etc.) or substances in their car or on school property.
Many teens enjoy sleeping a lot, which is also a sign of marijuana use, but it’s a challenge for parents to determine if it’s too much sleep. If sleep interferes with a part-time job, school, or family obligations, sleep may be a key symptom.