A study conducted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration revealed that 17.4 million people in the U.S. use marijuana and the drug has also seen an increase on college campuses and use among young adults. Some feel they need Marijuana Detox Treatment, and other's believe that the drug is harmless to them and there is no need to stop.
Marijuana is a dried mixture of stems, seeds, leaves and flowers of the hemp plant or Cannabis sativa. More commonly referred to as pot, grass, herb, reefer, weed or Mary Jane, most users smoke pot in hand rolled cigarettes or in pipes, bongs or cigars. It may also be brewed as tea or mixed in food. Marijuana is one of the most commonly use illicit drugs in the United States. Its primary ingredient HTC is known to provide some pain relief and can also be used to control nausea and increase appetite. In states where it has been legalized, it is now being prescribed for a number of ailments including glaucoma, anxiety, pain relief, and nausea.
When inhaled, marijuana is transported from the lungs to the bloodstream where it is distributed to the brain and other body organs. Marijuana can also be ingested orally in food items such as baked goods. Marijuana users experience a sense of calm and contentment. In addition marijuana also affects concentration levels, motivation, movement and time perception.
Constant use of marijuana can negatively affect relationships with family and friends as well as careers and work relationships and lead to economic and financial ruin. Side effects from heavy, habitual marijuana use are dry mouth, , red eyes, pulmonary problems, irregular heartbeat, blood pressures problems, impaired mental function, headache, panic attacks, , depression, extreme apathy and problems with sexual functions. Medical research shows that long term heavy use of marijuana can cause paranoia, delusions and even bring about symptoms of schizophrenia.
To help you rebuild your life after detox, you are encouraged to enroll in a program that will help you avoid the choices that led to marijuana use. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that will help you make different choices, while teaching you to develop different habits and reinforce those habits with different behaviors that will help lead you to long term success without drug use permanently.
As marijuana does not cause a physical dependency, most people report minimal or no withdrawal symptoms after discontinuing usage. Therefore a medical marijuana detox treatment is not necessarily needed for marijuana use; however there are a number of programs that can help you stop your use long term such as 12 steps programs, holistic programs and alternative programs. 12 steps programs promote the idea that your marijuana use is a disease from which you can never recover. Their ideology promotes that the only treatments available is surrendering your addiction to a higher power, and attending meetings for the rest of your life.
Holistic programs use Eastern remedies such as acupuncture, meditation and yoga to help alleviate the desire to use marijuana. These programs focus on a mind, body and spirit approach. While many individuals find the holistic approach to be very effective when participating, it does not seem to provide long term solutions for building new, healthier habits.
The most effective approach to overcoming marijuana use problems is a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches the truth about addiction; that it is a behavior and a choice. The Saint Jude Retreats offers a program that helps people to identify thought and behavior patterns that are counterproductive to their success. Our cognitive behavioral education is a six week program that helps guests reassess their choices, take control of their lives and develop, habits and behaviors that enhance their lives and lead to long term success.
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