According to studies performed by the Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2003 and 2004, the total number of people ages 12 and older in the state of West Virginia who used marijuana in the past year is 140,000. Of the 140,000, 24,000 were between the ages of 12 and 17. 54,000 past year marijuana users were of ages 18 to 25 and 63,000 were 26 and older.Total use of marijuana in the past month, according to the same survey, by people ages 12 and older is 79,000. 12,000 were ages 12 to 17, 29,000 were 18-25 and 38,000 were age 26 or older.
Medical marijuana use in West Virginia is still not legal. The Marijuana Policy Project and Del. Mike Manypenny, (D) are fighting to legalize it. He states that of all the states that have legally passed medical marijuana use that the substance use in those states have gone down. He is trying to introduce a new bill for terminally ill patients so that they are able to use marijuana without having to live in fear of being arrested. Marijuana is medically used for about nine different diseases including chemotherapy. There was a Public Policy Polling done that showed 53% of West Virginians are in support of medical marijuana use. If this new bill gets passed then hospitals will have to decide if they want it used in their institutions.
There are many marijuana rehab and treatment centers in West Virginia but they do not have many positive results and often influence people to continue treatment by attending recovery meetings. These meetings are not always effective but there are non-12 step programs, non-treatment programs and cognitive behavioral education based programs that will make you understand that you or anyone can change your substance use with the right education and commitment.
People from the State of West Virginia call St Jude's everyday to learn more about how our Non 12 Step and Non Treatment programs differ from Marijuana treatment and rehab.
It is important to understand that relapse is not a natural part of Marijuana "recovery" because if you choose to stop using Marijuana today; there is no scientific evidence that proves you need to admit to being an alcoholic to remain sober.
You can lead a life free from any substance, but first you need to make the choice and take responsibility for your actions. This might seem hard right now, but your choices will lead to a greater and more fulfilled life. Call Today 1.888.424.2626