Treatment for Teen Marijuana Use
The common misconception that marijuana is a safe drug has contributed to it being the second most abused substance by teenagers, following alcohol. However, teen marijuana use has proven to have a variety negative short-term and long-term effects. In addition, adolescents abusing marijuana may not realize they are actually using synthetic marijuana, which comes with many additional dangers.
Teenagers experiment with marijuana for a variety of reasons. Whether they are trying to fit in with peers, cope with mental health issues, or simply want to get high, it is a serious issue. Effective teen treatment for marijuana dependence will not only help your teenager abstain from addictive substances, but will also help him or her get to the root of what is causing their substance abuse and begin moving forward.
At Teen Treatment Center, teenagers can get the help they need early on to eliminate the possibility of developing a full-blown addiction. Our admissions counselors are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about how we treat teen marijuana abuse: (844) 319-5239. All consultations are confidential and free.
Is Marijuana Addictive?
Many parents have asked the question, “Is marijuana addictive?” Despite the mistaken belief, individuals can become addicted to marijuana. The definition of addiction is, “a strong and harmful need to regularly have something or do something.” Despite the potential dangers and effects of marijuana, those who are addicted cannot fight the urge to abuse the drug.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one out of every six teenagers who use marijuana becomes addicted. In addition, 13 percent of individuals who develop a Substance Use Disorder began using marijuana by the time they were 14 years old.
Along with the heightened risk of developing a full-blown addiction, teen marijuana use disrupts normal brain function and can lead to developmental issues such as a lowered IQ. The functions of the brain that are negatively affected include:
If your teenager is showing signs of marijuana use, it is imperative to intervene early and get them the help they not only need, but deserve.
Signs of Marijuana Use in Teens
If you suspect your teen is developing a marijuana addiction, you’ve probably noticed several changes in their behavior and habits. The most common signs of marijuana use include:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Slowed reaction time
- Anxiety or paranoia
- Increased appetite
- Impaired memory
- Dry mouth
While they may be similar, the signs of synthetic marijuana use can be much more extreme, and include:
- Throwing up
- Violent outbursts
- Suicidal thoughts
If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, now is the best time to get the proper marijuana treatment for your teenager.
What does Marijuana look like? There are several compontents to look for. The Marijuana itself is often kept in pill bottles, tins or bags. Other marijuana paraphernalia may include rolling paper, bongs, a 'bowl', a hookah pipe and roach clips.
Effective Treatment for Marijuana use with Teenagers
Our abstinence-focused treatment programs help teenagers overcome substance abuse early on. Utilizing evidence-based treatment methods, adolescents are able to begin working through the underlying issues contributing to their substance abuse and decline in mental health.
Recognizing a one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective, our staff will create an individualized treatment plan for your teen that is tailored to your teen’s psychological, physical and emotional needs. Some of the evidence-based treatments and services that may be incorporated into their treatment plan include:
- Medically-supervised detox (if necessary)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Individual counseling
- Family therapy
- Group counseling
- Academic support
- Therapeutic recreation
- Life skills training
In addition, we recognize many teens struggling with substance abuse are also dealing with legal issues. Our Court Liaison Program allows teenagers to fulfill their legal obligations while simultaneously receiving drug and alcohol treatment. The goal of the program is to alleviate your teen’s legal worries so they can focus on healing.
Together, we can help your teen refocus and live up to their full potential without the use of marijuana, alcohol or other drugs. Our admissions counselors are available to answer any questions you may have by phone or chat 24/7: (844) 319-5239.
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