When Smoking Marijuana Starts at a Young Age
You may have had your first exposure to marijuana in a middle school or high school social setting. Whether it was curiosity, peer pressure or wanting to experience the “high” you’d heard about, you took a long draw off a bong/water pipe, ingested a marijuana-laced brownie or took a hit or two of a joint. That first experience was many years ago. Now you are well out of high school and still relying on marijuana to handle the stresses of everyday life.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse research indicates that 1 in 6 teens who use marijuana occasionally in high school become addicted. The figure rises to 25 to 50 percent if marijuana is smoked daily in high school.
If You Started Smoking After Adolescence
You may have missed smoking in high school, perhaps even in college. You may have been an adult offered a “recreational drug” in a social setting. What harm could there be? After all, marijuana has been legalized for medicinal use in some states. You tried it, you liked it and you continue to use it. What started as something that helped you relax in social settings has morphed into your default mechanism to handle life’s stresses.
Marijuana Use Affects Your Health; Our Drug Detox Facility Can Help You Heal
Marijuana users suffer many of the same ill-effects as tobacco users. Respiratory illness is common. Some people develop a daily cough and experience an increase in phlegm.
One study has shown that you have a 4.8 fold increase of having a heart attack within an hour of smoking. This is because marijuana raises your heart rate 20 to 100 percent within an hour of smoking and can have an effect on heart rhythms causing palpitations and arrhythmias. The risk may be greater if you are older or suffer from cardiac problems.
There may be a link between regular marijuana use and mental illness.
Temporary psychotic reactions such as hallucinations and paranoia may occur and with continued use, may contribute to the development of psychosis.
How You Can Stop Using and Take Control of Your Life
The best way to stop using marijuana is to get professional help. The first step is detoxification (detox). In a controlled and supervised situation, the side effects of withdrawal are minimized.
The intake process at Cliffside Malibu will help us decide on the best individualized treatment program for your particular situation. We use a holistic approach, combining Western and complementary medical practices to heal the mind, body and spirit. After detoxing, our team will decide the best therapies for your body which may include acupuncture, massage, fitness training, yoga, proper nutrition, and other strategies.
A psychotherapist will be chosen from our team who best matches your personality and profile. You will learn the driving forces behind your addiction. You will begin to heal and learn healthy coping methods to help you achieve the life you desire.
“Now Is The Time
When we refer to your spirit at Cliffside Malibu we are talking about hope. Hope is what will give you the courage and inspiration to live a life unencumbered by addiction. If you have a religious faith tradition that you find fulfilling, we will have clergy available and provide the opportunity to attend services. You may attend a 12 Step Program if it is meaningful to you. If meditating or communing with nature brings you peace, our ocean-view, private location is ideal. With our integrated approach, we will guide and support you on an evidence-based path of recovery. Only six percent of the treatment centers in America are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Cliffside Malibu is proud to be among them.
Your healing journey begins by calling Cliffside Malibu anytime at 1-800-501-1988.