Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Marijuana is one of the most abused illegal drugs in the US. Belonging to the plant species also known as hemp, the cannabis or marijuana plant is both legally and illegally grown all over the country. Some people use this plant for medical purposes, while most use it as a recreational drug. What makes this plant dangerous is that it causes paranoia and impairs a person’s response and motor skills, in addition to be a gateway drug. Using marijuana also causes:
- Uncontrolled urge to laugh
- Increased heart rate
The chemical THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical culprit that causes these side effects. Although there are other hemp species that are also used in fiber and clothing industry, these varieties of hemp do not contain or have very little THC in them. Compared to cannabis sativa, these other hemp species cannot cause the same intoxicating effects. This is because of the lack of THC.
THC levels determine the intoxicating capacity of a plant. Some marijuana plants can contain as much as 20% THC. Marijuana enthusiasts are trying to develop other methods of growing the plant wherein it can increase the THC levels produced by the plant. On the other end of the spectrum, authorities are trying to stop this illegal propagation and culture of marijuana as it is directly related to crime and illegal drug abuse.
Marijuana abuse has led to numerous health issues, which include cardiovascular problems, heart attacks, mental disorders, physiological problems, and drug dependency. It has also been reported that consuming marijuana during pregnancy affects the development of the baby. Due to these bad effects, Christian marijuana rehab centers have been established all over the country. The government supports the establishment of marijuana rehab centers as it is beneficial for those people who are looking for professional help in order for them to combat their addiction. As of today, there are three primary methods that are being used for marijuana addiction treatment.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy—this form of therapy addresses the person’s behavior and perception. It aims to change how a person sees and handles situations wherein drug use is triggered. It also aims to address issues that occur along with the drug use problem.
These methods had been proven to work for a lot of patients who had been addicted to various substances. Despite the fact that there are still no proven medications to help suppress marijuana addiction, support from family, friends and professionals are essential in recovering from the psychological addiction.