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  • Is Taking Medication As Prescribed Relapsing?

    Is Taking Medication As Prescribed Relapsing?

    Prescription medication is a hot topic in recovery. Many recovering addicts stay away from all types of medication, using natural alternatives such as herbal remedies when they become sick or have some other condition.

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know Where Possible Before Recovery

    10 Things You Didn't Know Where Possible Before Recovery

    Many addicts do not believe they are strong enough to overcome their addiction, and so they never actually seek out professional treatment. For many, they remain in denial that they even have a problem, and continue to engage in destructive behavior.

  • 10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are Looking For Recovery

    10 Questions To Ask Yourself If You Are Looking For Recovery

    Before you enter a recovery program, you should ask yourself these ten questions to help you find the right treatment program for your unique situation. This will facilitate your research into addiction treatment facilities for a better recovery and reduce your risk relapse.

  • Xanax’s Effect on the Brain

    Xanax’s Effect on the Brain

    Medications like Xanax may be helpful in alleviating symptoms of anxiety but evidence shows that long term use of the drug can lead to addiction and also be harmful to the brain. The drug's damaging effect on the brain can lead to problems like mental and behavioral abnormalities like dementia.

  • What the Bump to Schedule II means for Hydrocodone

    What the Bump to Schedule II means for Hydrocodone

    In a recent final ruling the DEA chose to move hydrocodone combination products from schedule III to schedule II. Hydrocodone products are a type of narcotic painkiller that is commonly prescribed to patients recovering from surgery or experiencing chronic pain.

  • Understanding Delirium Tremens and What Your Body is Saying

    Understanding Delirium Tremens and What Your Body is Saying

    Withdrawal from an alcohol addiction can involve a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms that occur throughout the process of detox. One of the most severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is delirium tremens and it tends to be a problem for the heaviest drinkers who are attempting to quit cold turkey.

  • How to Get the Most Out Of Your Recovery from Addiction

    How to Get the Most Out Of Your Recovery from Addiction

    Spending time at a rehab facility can be costly and takes a great deal of time out of your work schedule so there is no reason to throw away the experience. Rehab is an opportunity that you may not have the means to do again in many cases so it is important to invest all your energy and effort into recovery.

  • Why Massachusetts Rate Of Drug Addicted Babies Has Exploded

    Why Massachusetts Rate Of Drug Addicted Babies Has Exploded

    A recent study has found that Massachusetts has three times than the nationwide rate of babies born with opiates in their systems. The numbers, based on the hospital diagnosis data that is reported to the federal government, show that in 2013, 1,300 Massachusetts babies (or about 17.5 per 1000 births) were born having narcotics in their system.

  • Elizabeth Pena’s Death Linked to Alcoholism

    Elizabeth Pena’s Death Linked to Alcoholism

    The life-long acting career of Elizabeth Pena ended abruptly on October 14th in Los Angeles as passed away at only age 55. The actress' death shocked her family, fans and other Hollywood stars that were close to her.

  • A Breakdown of the Types of Addiction Treatment

    A Breakdown of the Types of Addiction Treatment

    While people suffering from addiction can experience similar symptoms, people may need different kinds of treatment depending on their circumstances and what works best with their lifestyle. Some addicts may have special needs that would require a certain type of treatment center or length of treatment.

  • The Struggle of Staying Sober with Chronic Pain

    The Struggle of Staying Sober with Chronic Pain

    Painkillers like prescription opiates such as vicodin and oxycontin are among the most dangerous and addictive drugs in the county. Addiction to opiates is steadily rising, and communities everywhere are struggling to find a solution to what has been referred to by many addiction health experts as nothing short of an epidemic.

  • Put a Stop to the Re-Direction of Obsession in Recovery

    Put a Stop to the Re-Direction of Obsession in Recovery

    For someone suffering from an addiction, refraining from their drug of choice may be one of the most difficult things they ever try to accomplish. Maintaining their self-control and not engaging in indulgent behavior with a particular drug may be so stressful and straining that they begin to obsess over something else.

  • 5 Experiences that Happen in Early Sobriety

    5 Experiences that Happen in Early Sobriety

    Early sobriety is a time of major chafe and transformation. Most recovering addicts find that everything they have ever thought or believed comes into question when they are first sober and able to see with some clarity for the first time in what may be a while.

  • Self Love Is Part of the Recovery Process

    Self Love Is Part of the Recovery Process

    Recovery is a time of major reflection and growth for a recovering addict. When a person is using drugs and alcohol, they often face problems like low self-esteem and low self worth.

  • Realities Of Mixing Prescriptions With Other Substances

    Realities Of Mixing Prescriptions With Other Substances

    When you are prescribed various medications, you will be given an information sheet detailing the potential risks and side effects, as well as substances to avoid. Even consuming some herbal supplements, over the counter medication, or small quantities of alcohol while taking certain medications can cause significant health problems, including death.

  • Alcoholic Drinking Realities and Mythologies Revealed

    Alcoholic Drinking Realities and Mythologies Revealed

    Alcoholism is one of the most well-known types of drug addictions in the U.S. with an estimated 17 million people drinking excessively on a regular basis. As common as alcohol abuse seems, there are still many misconceptions about alcohol and drinking addictions.

  • 5 Tips For A Healthy Relationship in Recovery

    5 Tips For A Healthy Relationship in Recovery

    It has often been said that relationships are work, and, as anyone who has begun the process of recovery knows, so is getting sober. Overcoming the challenges presented by sobriety and by the life long process that is recovery requires dedication and compassion toward one's self.

  • 10 Things People in Recovery Deal with At Parties

    10 Things People in Recovery Deal with At Parties

    In American culture, drinking alcohol is considered the norm especially at celebrations and social gatherings. For someone in recovery who is using all of their willpower not to take a drink, going to a party can mean they are bombarded with potential triggers.

  • The Importance of Outside Help for those with Co-Occurring Disorders

    The Importance of Outside Help for those with Co-Occurring Disorders

    A co-occurring disorder is defined as the existence of a substance abuse disorder and a mental health issue taking place at the same time, the two intensifying each other. Several surveys and studies have shown this is a very common condition. A 1990 study lead by R.J.

  • 5 ways Vivitrol helps break Opioid Addiction

    5 ways Vivitrol helps break Opioid Addiction

    Recovery from opioid addiction can often be a difficult process involving a painful withdraw process. Psychological and physical addictions often combine to create powerful cravings that can be extremely difficult to overcome.

  • Alcohol Withdrawal and the Symptoms that Accompany It

    Alcohol Withdrawal and the Symptoms that Accompany It

    In the long run, sobriety is one of the best decisions a heavy and compulsive drinker can make, brining many benefits and restoring health. However, in the short term, withdraw from alcohol addiction can often be difficult.

  • 5 Reasons to Properly Plan an Intervention

    5 Reasons to Properly Plan an Intervention

    At its core, an intervention is an act of profound love. Although it can sometimes be very difficult or stressful to confront a person, if done correctly, it can make a huge difference in someone's life. Many people engaged in addictive behavior cope with their addiction through narratives of denial, ways of justifying their behavior to make it seem "not all that bad."

  • 5 Reasons Binge Drinking can Follow you Through Life

    5 Reasons Binge Drinking can Follow you Through Life

    A man who drinks more than 5 alcoholic beverages in a two hour period or a woman who drinks more than four is considered to be binge drinking. Drinking that amount of alcohol is not all that unusual for people at parties and it might seem like harmless fun.

  • How to Handle Substance Abuse in a Significant Other

    How to Handle Substance Abuse in a Significant Other

    Addiction is a disease that can ruin relationships and even tear apart marriages without the right kind of help and support. If you are in a relationship with an addict then you have probably experienced the worst side of them and dealt with the frustration of seeing them drunk or high day after day.

  • Linking Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

    Linking Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence

    Addiction is a disease that can have negative consequences not only for the person abusing drugs or alcohol but also for everyone close to them. Substance abuse impacts nearly every aspect of a person's life and most commonly leads to marital and family problems.

  • 5 Reasons Why Staying Stopped is Harder than Stopping

    5 Reasons Why Staying Stopped is Harder than Stopping

    Someone struggling with a substance abuse problem may find it easy to gather up the resolve to say they are going to quit. They may even be successful at quitting and remain sober for a few months but find that they inevitably return to their old habits and are right back where they started.

  • Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Is Kratom a Substitute for Opiates or a Tool For Getting Clean?

    Opiate abuse is one of the fastest growing and most deadly diseases currently facing the United States. Each year, thousands of people overdose on heroin or prescription opiates, and despite the best efforts of law enforcement and public health officials, opiate addiction continues to be on the steady incline.

  • Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Recognizing the Signs of Active Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is a disease that strikes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Like all addictions, alcohol often leads the person who is suffering from alcoholism to deliberately conceal their alcohol abuse from others. Many loved ones may also not be entirely aware of what constitutes alcoholism, and whether their loved one is truly suffering from alcohol addiction.

  • How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    How valuable is Methadone Treatment to Opioid Addicts?

    Prescription drug abuse, of opioid painkillers especially, is a very fast rising form of drug addiction, claiming more lives then any other form of preventable death. Even when these prescriptions are not deliberately misused, they can easily become addictive, and often have a long and painful withdraw process.

  • What Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    What Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Aim to Prevent

    In an effort to identify instances of prescription drug abuse and reduce the cases of addiction, prescription drug monitoring programs are sharing prescription records with doctors and pharmacists in other states. A prescription drug monitoring program is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on prescribed substances that are dispensed within the state.

  • Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    Veterans with PTSD More Likely to Be Prescribed Painkillers

    The men and women who serve in the military may return home as heroes but they are often dealing with a myriad of problems after completing their service. Veterans often must cope with severe pain because of combat-related injuries and mental health problems such as PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Practicing Tough Love with an Alcoholic

    Seeing someone you really care about in the middle of something as intensely all consuming and harmful as an alcohol addiction can sometimes be excruciatingly painful. A life built around nothing but drinking can brings a lot of harm with it.

  • State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    State of New York Publishes Site to help Struggling Opioid Addicts

    The misuse and addiction of opioid painkillers is one of the most rapidly growing and serious drug addiction epidemics to plague the United States. The state of New York, which has the country's third highest population, has not been immune to the problems associated with this ongoing and growing drug problem.

Marijuana

Each year, 8.9%, or 22.6 million Americans, aged 12 and over, use marijuana and nearly half of all high school seniors have at least tried the drug before graduation.

Marijuana is the most widely-abused illicit drug in the United States. Marijuana is usually smoked; rolled up like a cigarette (called a joint), in a pipe, or from a water pipe (called a bong), which all effectively deliver smoke straight to the lungs. The drug can also be eaten or drunk as a tea to gain equal effects.

The active ingredient in marijuana is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which gets into the bloodstream and is carried to the brain quickly. The effects are felt right away and can last up to four hours. The brain’s reward system is stimulated, the neurotransmitter, dopamine is released, and the user feels euphoric pleasure. The drug is also impairing thought, concentration, and perception of time while inducing the high.

The desire to escape from reality, to numb painful emotions, and to experience an altered perception, with less damaging effects that come with alcohol, cocaine, or heroin abuse, for example, make marijuana an attractive drug to many people. The problem is, frequent users are not aware of the drug’s true damage and potential dangers.

History

Marijuana was originally used as food and then as medicine before becoming popular for recreational use during the 1960's. Throughout the following decades, marijuana use continued, and is still widely used and abused today.

References to marijuana use, and its subculture, are found frequently in current pop culture through music and film, and celebrities often make headlines when arrested for possession of marijuana

Rates of Marijuana Use

According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, nearly 40% of the U.S. population over the age of 12 has tried marijuana at least once in their lives. With a population of 313.9 million, 125.5 million people have smoked this illegal drug.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that, each year, 8.9%, or 22.6 million Americans, aged 12 and over, use marijuana, and nearly half of all high school seniors have at least tried marijuana before graduation.

Since the drug is so frequently used by teenagers and young adults without an understanding for how marijuana stunts the emotional, physical, and mental development of adolescents, the problem needs to be addressed.

For more information, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731.

The Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana impacts the organic functioning of the mind, body, and soul, therefore, the drug is a danger to the physical, mental, emotional, and psychological health of any user.

While a marijuana smoker appears lethargic and lazy, the drug actually stimulates the respiratory and circulatory systems, making the lungs and heart work harder. Consequently, the drug can create depressant or stimulatory effects in its users.

Effects on the brain include:

  • Memory problems
  • Learning difficulties
  • Lack of concentration
  • Loss of coordination
  • Increased paranoia
  • Increased fear
  • Emotional isolation
  • Impaired judgment

The physical effects of marijuana are:

  • Sedation
  • Pain reduction
  • Coughing (from lung irritation)
  • Increased appetite
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Faster heartbeat
  • Intensified sensations
  • Increased hunger
  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of bodily control and muscular coordination
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slowed reaction time
  • Addiction

Psychological effects of marijuana are:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • A loss of self-identification
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Diagnosable psychosis
  • Addiction

Chronic marijuana use makes the user very susceptible to health problems like heart attack, stroke, respiratory problems, and cancer of the lungs or throat. Further, since THC affects the same part of the brain that controls memory and focus, some people can become paranoid and anxious when high.

Studies show that 6% to 11% of all fatal accidents are attributed to the effects of marijuana. Other external marijuana side effects include legal problems, work and financial problems, and trouble sustaining healthy relationships.

Like any drug that affects the mind and body, marijuana can become addicting as the mind becomes dependent upon its presence. The brain adapts to the stimulation of its pleasure center and begins to rewire itself after repeated reinforcement in the form of marijuana use.

To find out more, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731.

Medical Marijuana

While some people truly need the medicinal effects of marijuana, the legalization of the drug’s use in many states has lead to abuse of the system.

The drug is used to treat the following medical conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle tension or spasms
  • Loss of appetite during cancer treatment or from HIV/AIDS
  • Pain from cancer treatment
  • Convulsions
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Jaundice, beriberi, and ague
  • Delayed childbirth
  • Cough relief
  • Opiate withdrawal
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Infection (as an antibiotic)
  • Eye issues, like glaucoma

The average medical marijuana user is male (70%) in his 40s (70%), and does not have a true need for the drug. In the states where marijuana is legal, through a prescription, many people have figured out how to abuse the system and obtain the drug without proper doctor’s orders.

For further information on medical marijuana, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731.

Addressing the Dangers of Marijuana

Psychological and emotional dependence on marijuana are common, but physical dependence can also happen when the drug’s use has become regular. Marijuana then has a hold on the user’s mind, body, and soul.

Based on SAMHSA’s annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, data from 2002 to 2007 helps explain the trend of marijuana use among the youngest members of our population. The survey found that the use of marijuana decreased among adolescents between each survey year. For all U.S. citizens between the age of 12 and 17, marijuana use went from 8.2% in 2002 down to 6.8% in 2005, which then remained constant through 2007.

The decrease in those smoking marijuana is attributed to the increase in knowledge and awareness of the drug’s true impact. When higher risk and long-term effects were better understood by the adolescent age group, fewer decided to try, or to continue using, marijuana.

SAMHSA reports that, in 2002, 32.4% of those between the ages of 12 and 17 understood the risk of smoking marijuana once a month and chose not to use the drug. One year later, 34.9% of that same age bracket accurately perceived marijuana’s risks, and even fewer teenagers used the drug. When the potential dangers are understood, less kids smoke marijuana.

Adverse Life Consequences

With all of the mental, physical, and psychological effects outlined above, additional dangers of marijuana include the impact on one’s daily life. While marijuana is often not seen as a highly-dangerous drug, the truth is that the repeated use of any mind-altering substance will create adverse life consequences.

Many pot smokers did not fully understand marijuana dangers as they began to smoke the drug early in life, and more frequently. Consequently, many marijuana users find that the drug is interfering with school or work performance, in relationships with family and friends, in the ability to stay financially stable, and in their physical and mental health.

Over time, individuals who have become physically and emotionally dependent on marijuana, find themselves falling behind on basic fundamental life skills that peers have appropriately developed. Self-esteem problems arise, self-reinforcement abilities deteriorate, and confidence is diminished.

Why Doesn’t Use Stop After Adverse Life Consequences?

The use of mind-altering drugs is progressive in nature, meaning use will continue when not properly intervened on and treated.

Psychological and emotional dependence on marijuana are common, but physical dependence can also happen when pot use has become regular. The drug then has a hold on the user’s mind, body, and soul.

Physical dependence is marked by withdrawal symptoms that occur when the use of the drug is stopped. The body and brain have adapted to the pain-reducing effects of marijuana, for example, and when stopped, all emotional pain seems overwhelming and impossible to face. The ability to sleep is disrupted when physical dependence has developed, and anxiety may greatly increase when marijuana is not being used to self-medicate.

If you see the dangers of marijuana use impacting your life, or the life of someone you love, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731.

Dependence on Marijuana

A desire to use marijuana more often, and the need for a higher dose to experience the same effects indicates tolerance and dependence on the drug.

While marijuana does not have the same physical dependence as other drugs do (alcohol, cocaine, heroin), the substance is still highly addictive. A user becomes more psychologically than physically dependent on the high, yet the repeated use of marijuana can create the same adverse life consequences as any other substance.

When continued marijuana use creates a need for higher dosages to achieve the drug’s effects (the euphoria, the high, and the escape), dependence has developed. A desire to use more often, and the need for more marijuana in a single session to achieve the same effects (called tolerance), are the major symptoms of dependence.

Tolerance is yet another one of the marijuana dangers because it leads to smoking more often, and in larger doses, which causes more mental, physical, and psychological damage.

Are you dependent on marijuana, or do you know someone who fits the criteria? Call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 to seek appropriate information and help!

Withdrawal from Marijuana

Withdrawal symptoms from marijuana are delayed sometimes for several weeks to a month after a person stops using the drug.

Darryl S. Inaba, director of the Genesis Recovery Center and co-author of the book Uppers, Downers, All Arounders explains his take on marijuana dependence and withdrawal by saying,

Sometimes people who’ve been smoking for five years decide to quit. They stop 1, 2, 3 days, even a week, and they (especially those who think marijuana is benign), say, ‘Wow, I feel great. Marijuana’s no problem. I have no withdrawal. It’s nothing at all.’ Then they start up again. They never experience withdrawal. We see that withdrawal symptoms to marijuana are delayed sometimes for several weeks to a month after a person stops.

A sure sign of dependence on a drug is the presence of withdrawal symptoms when use of that drug stops. With marijuana, withdrawal does not happen immediately after cessation, as it does with other drugs, like heroin and alcohol. Instead, the symptoms present themselves more slowly, but for a longer period of time.

Withdrawal from marijuana includes the following symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Aches, pains, and chills
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Slight tremors
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stomach pain
  • Sweating
  • Cravings for more marijuana use

A 38-year-old recovering marijuana-dependent man shares his experience with withdrawal:

I would break into a sweat in the shower. I could not maintain my concentration for the first month or two. To really treasure my sobriety, it took me about three or four months before I really came out of the fog and really started getting a grasp of what was going on around me.

If you see the signs of withdrawal in yourself or someone else, call Recovery Now TV at 800-281-4731 to find out the next step!

Treatment for Marijuana Abuse & Addiction

“I thought I could control it because when I woke up in the morning, I didn’t get high for the first hour and half. I figured an hour and a half, that proves that I’m not hooked on this stuff because I don’t really need it.” - quote from a recovering marijuana addict at a Marijuana Anonymous meeting

When any form of dependence on marijuana has occurred (physical, mental, emotional, psychological), treatment is necessary to stop the progression of use to abuse or addiction.

Recreational use of marijuana has progressed to abuse when one or more life consequences, directly connected to the drug’s use, have occurred and the person has still not changed marijuana-using behaviors. For example, if a college kid is smoking marijuana very often and starts missing classes and noticing his grades drop, yet he does not cut back on the amount of marijuana he is smoking, then he is abusing the drug.

The indicators used to determine when abuse has progressed further to diagnosable addiction are the presence of dependence in one form or another, the presence of withdrawal symptoms when marijuana use fully stops, and the following five criteria:

  1. Loss of control over marijuana use
  2. Obsession with using marijuana
  3. Continued use despite adverse life consequences
  4. Denial of a problem with marijuana use
  5. A high likelihood of a relapse, or a return to marijuana, after a period of quitting.

When marijuana use can be defined as abuse or addiction, treatment is needed. The first step in the process toward recovery with any mind-altering substance is detoxification.

Marijuana Detox

The body and brain must first rid itself of all traces of marijuana before formal treatment, true healing, and official recovery can begin.

With a trained staff of physicians, substance abuse counselors, and other medical personnel, marijuana detox is successful. Appropriate medications and therapeutic techniques make the detoxification process more pleasant.

Once the body has cleared out the remaining THC, formal treatment can begin.

Formal Treatment

The greatest problem with marijuana is the way it impacts its users’ lives. When the mind, body, and soul are all affected by a substance, that drug is dangerous. Treatment for marijuana dependence, abuse, or addiction helps those who are suffering from the consequences of marijuana.

To heal from the disease of addiction, people from all generational, economic, and racial backgrounds need formal treatment. Addiction is an ailment of the mind and body. In addition to dependence on the drug, the brain’s natural system of chemicals is disrupted. Continuous marijuana use has created new neurological pathways that affect the pleasure centers. When attempts to quit using marijuana are made, the chemical imbalances can cause major depression or anxiety. When not properly treated, users can return to marijuana abuse, or may also turn to other drugs, for relief. Treatment must address the many mind and body changes that occurred during active addiction in order to be effective.

After the completion of a medically-monitored detox program, entry into an inpatient, residential program is recommended. With twenty-four-hour care and accountability, recovering marijuana abusers and addicts live and participate in treatment in one location. An inability to leave the facility, paired with constant care, peer support, and individual counseling works well to begin a life without mind-altering substances.

After 30, 60, 90, or 180 days in inpatient treatment, most recovering addicts participate in an outpatient program. At this level of care, the same principals of recovery, and the same therapeutic approaches are utilized, but now the client has more autonomy. The commitment to stay clean and sober is needed because there is no longer around-the-clock accountability and monitorization. Clients typically do not live on-site as they did in residential treatment, so daily choices to stay clean are up to each individual.

A commitment to not using is all that is needed to begin detox, treatment, and recovery. Choosing a life without substances is not easy, but the staff at Recovery Now TV is here to help. Our team has been consistently matching marijuana users, abusers, and addicts with appropriate treatment successfully.

The daily life of someone dependent on marijuana can change. Call Recovery Now TV to find out how: 800-281-4731.

Sources:
National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Uppers, Downers, All Arounders by Darryl S. Inaba & William E. Cohen
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services