Teen Marijuana Substance Abuse Overview

Teens today are using drugs at younger and younger ages, when their brains and bodies are still developing. Of all of the illicit drugs, marijuana is the most widely used. If your child is exposed to drugs, he or she will most likely be offered marijuana.

If your teen has let Marijuana control their life, then it has become more than a bad habit. Inspirations can help with your teen’s Marijuana addiction to the more serious heroin addictions. We understand what you are going through and we care about the future of your teen. We have gender based Marijuana treatment and other programs for your teen which include family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy, and recreational therapy. During your teens stay, they will go through different levels of treatment, with each level giving them more privileges than the last, helping them stay motivated in order to reach their goal of recovery. Along with the proper care from licensed, in-house therapists and a superior staff, we are confident that our Marijuana treatment can help reunite you with the teenager you used to know.

Other Names for Marijuana:

  • Pot
  • Grass
  • Herb
  • Weed
  • Mary Jane
  • Widow
  • Hash
  • St.Nicholas
  • Reefer
  • Skunk
  • Boom
  • Gangster
  • Kif
  • Chronic
  • Ganja

Facts About Marijuana

  • Some frequent, long-term marijuana users show signs of a lack of motivation (a motivational syndrome). Their problems include not caring about what happens in their lives and a lack of concern about how they look. As a result of these symptoms, some users tend to perform poorly in school or at work.
  • Heavy or daily use of marijuana affects the parts of the brain that control memory, attention and learning and can make it more difficult to learn and perform tasks that call for more than one or two steps.
  • Smoking marijuana causes some changes in the brain that are like those caused by cocaine, heroin and alcohol. Scientists are still learning about the many ways that marijuana can affect the brain.
  • One joint can deliver four times as much cancer-causing tar as one tobacco cigarette.
  • In a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a moderate dose of marijuana alone was shown to impair driving performance; the effects of a low dose of marijuana combined with alcohol were markedly greater than for either substance alone.
  • While not everyone who uses marijuana becomes addicted, when a user begins to seek out and take the drug compulsively, that person is said to be dependent on the drug or addicted to it. In 2002, more than 280,000 people entering drug treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse, showing they needed help to stop using it. Some heavy users of marijuana show signs of withdrawal when they stop using the drug. They develop symptoms such as restlessness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, weight loss and shaky hands.
  • The marijuana that teens use today has more than twice the concentration of THC, the chemical that affects the brain, than the marijuana of 20 years ago.
  • Young people who use marijuana weekly have double the risk of depression later in life, and teens who smoke marijuana weekly are three times more likely than non-users to have suicidal thoughts. Marijuana use in some teens has been linked to increased risk for schizophrenia in later years.

Dealing with a teen drug addiction is something no parent ever wants to go through. Being a teen is difficult as it is, and adding the stress and chaos that drugs bring to your life can make it even harder. As a parent, you might not think that your teen needs Marijuana treatment but most teen drug addictions start with Marijuana, that’s why it’s called the “gateway drug”. Teens dealing with depression rely on drugs for a quick fix but eventually cascade out of control. A Marijuana addiction might not seem like a big deal through the eyes of a parent that lived through an era where everyone smoked Marijuana. Marijuana is not what it used to be. It is becoming more socially accepted because of recent legalization in some states. For that same reason, it is becoming more harmful and addictive because it’s being used for medicinal purposes.

A lot of teens experiment with drugs, especially alcohol and marijuana, because they see no risk in trying something new. Other teens may be driven by a profound depression that is not recognized by anyone and will turn to drugs in order to fill some sort of void in their life. Marijuana releases dopamine which makes you feel good, but in the long run can cause lack of motivation and depression. A Marijuana addiction might just be an emotional addiction, but it is known that the earlier someone uses drugs (usually 14 or younger), the more likely they are to try more dangerous drugs in the future. As a matter of fact, ninety percent of adults who struggle with drug addiction first used drugs before the age of 18.

Not everyone who uses marijuana becomes addicted, but when someone seeks out to take the drug compulsively, they should also seek Marijuana treatment, because they have become dependent on it. At Inspirations we offer a marijuana treatment program that will treat and prevent your teen’s Marijuana addiction from resurfacing. “Addiction amongst young people is an epidemic,” says licensed clinical psychologist Ernest Jarman, from the documentary, “Collision Course: Teen Addiction Epidemic.” Substance abuse in general is America’s number one public health problem, and because substance abuse also runs strongly in families, it is no wonder where our teens get it from. Addiction is a disease that begins when the body becomes dependent on a substance by incorporating it into its daily functions. Just like cancer or heart disease, it can’t be stopped without help.

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