At Ballen Medical and Wellness, we build on traditional addiction treatment methods, to ensure the most effective, holistic recovery for you or your loved ones. In teens and adults seeking treatment for marijuana addiction, abuse, or dependence, holistic therapy aids in identifying underlying causes of addiction, helping ease withdrawal symptoms, strengthening resistance to cravings, and building coping skills so individuals will not relapse when put in tempting situations. Following alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States, with over 11.8 million young adults who report using it within the past year.
As described by Harvard Health Publishing, medical marijuana can be useful for pain control in conditions including multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel syndrome, HIV, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, and dozens of other conditions involving chronic pain. While proponents of marijuana advocate that this drug does not cause addiction or reliance, scientific research shows otherwise. As described in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains, about 30 percent of people who use marijuana develop some type of problem, such as dependence, addiction, and cravings. For individuals who begin smoking before the age of 18, they are up to seven times more likely to develop problem use. With 21.2 million people struggling with substance use treatment, you are not alone.
As identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regular marijuana use puts individuals at risk of addiction and long-term consequences for brain health, heart health, lung health, mental health, etc. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, attaches to receptors in the brain creating chemical reactions in the brain associated with relaxation and tranquility. The brain alters with the use of marijuana. Over time, the brain only begins to function optimally when the substance is present. These are the beginning stages of addiction.
Addiction goes hand-in-hand with withdrawal. When someone who is dependent on marijuana stops its use, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms. As defined by the DSM-5, withdrawal is defined as an individual having 3 or more of the following symptoms:
- Irritability, anger, or aggression
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Sleep difficulty
- Decreased appetite or weight loss
- Depressed mood
- At least one of the following physical symptoms that causes discomfort: abdominal pain, shakiness/tremors, sweating, fever, chills, or headache
Withdrawal symptoms often appear in the first 24 hours, peak in the first week, and last for a few months. At Ballen Medical and Wellness, we offer IV Therapy Treatments that can help mitigate the discomfort, irritability, and sleep difficulty that makes quitting so hard.
Therapy for Marijuana Addiction
Psychological addiction to marijuana can be the hardest part to overcome. Our Psychiatry and Counseling Team offers treatment that will help you learn the tools and skills necessary for your addiction recovery.
- Individual Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Addiction and Substance Abuse
- Integrative Psychiatry and Therapy
Both individual and group therapy can be useful tools in the fight against addiction. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches strategies and skills necessary for individuals to learn, not only to better fight relapse but to teach cognitive behavior strategies. These strategies help individuals identify and correct problematic behaviors not only with regard to drugs but relationships and a wide range of other problems in life. Benefits of CBT include:
- Anticipating likely problems
- Enhancing self-control
- Develop healthy and effective coping strategies
- Teaches specific techniques for self-monitoring cravings
Reach out for Help
If you or your loved ones are struggling with marijuana addiction, it is important to first recognize that cannabis addiction is possible, and can have lasting effects on your mental and physical health. That being said, addiction should not be tackled on your own. Millions of people worldwide struggle with substance abuse. Ballen Medical and Wellness has a Psychiatry and Counseling Team that can help ease your withdrawal symptoms and cravings, and build your skills for tackling your substance addiction. If you’d like help figuring out the best treatment option for you or your loved ones, fill out the form below or call our front desk at (720) 738-8531 to speak with a member of our staff.