Marijuana Addiction Treatment for Men
While some marijuana use is deemed safe and necessary for pain relief related to certain medical conditions, for many individuals, marijuana has negative short and long-term impacts. Short-term effects of marijuana on the brain include over-activating a part of the brain containing the highest number of THC receptors. This results in changes in mood, impaired body movement, impaired memory, and more. Long term, marijuana use can impair brain development including learning functions, memory, and thinking. Physical effects include breathing problems and increased heart rate while mental effects may include hallucinations, paranoia, and worsening of symptoms in individuals with schizophrenia.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that most adult marijuana users that seek treatment have attempted to stop six times or more. Because many people with marijuana related disorders, especially adolescents, also deal with other psychiatric disorders, effective marijuana treatment must address all co-occurring conditions and all aspects of use.
A comprehensive and integrative approach to therapy addresses the physical, mental, behavioral, emotional, and social impact of marijuana use. Therapies which have been shown to effectively assist marijuana treatment include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Contingency management
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
CBT is a form of psychotherapy that equips people with strategies for identifying and correcting problematic behaviors. These strategies help to enhance self-control, end drug use, and assist with controlling other common co-occurring disorders or tendencies.
This therapeutic management approach involves frequent monitoring for a particular behavior. When this behavior occurs, the provision or removal of tangible, positive rewards motivates positive change.
Individual and Group Therapy:
At Freeman Recovery Center, visitors engage in both individual and group therapy to learn effective, healthy communication strategies, work through complex emotional and mental trauma, develop positive social skills, build trust, and gain support and understanding for successful recovery.
Freeman Recovery Center offers both in-patient and intensive outpatient care depending on the individual’s needs. To learn more about our services, including marijuana treatment, please give us a call today.