Marijuana misuse is prevalent in communities across the country. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported that “Marijuana is the most commonly used addictive drug after tobacco and alcohol.” Younger individuals between the ages of 11 and 18 misuse marijuana at a high rate, increasing their risk of developing other substance use and mental health disorders. Redpoint offers a solution by providing high-quality personalized treatments that address the underlying cause of substance misuse and any related mental health issues. Our holistic approach to care ensures that our clients have access to the resources they need to manage and treat the effects of addiction.
Adverse Effects of Marijuana Misuse
Stigmas surrounding marijuana use and misuse have changed significantly in recent years. As more states legalize the use of medical marijuana, the drug has become easier to obtain. Misinformation and media stereotypes have led to dangerous misconceptions about the side effects of marijuana misuse. For example, most people are unaware that marijuana is a powerful drug that can be potentially harmful and addictive to anyone who uses it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Marijuana use might have permanent effects on the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.” Regardless of age, anyone who misuses marijuana has the potential to experience adverse effects that impact all areas of life, including:
- Impaired focus
- Risk-taking behaviors that can lead to severe accidents or injury
- Addictive behaviors
- Difficulty with memory, learning, attention span, and problem-solving
- Problems with maintaining healthy social relationships
- Difficulty keeping up with work or school responsibilities
More severe side effects decrease quality of life by interfering with career development, personal goals, and interpersonal relationships. Marijuana misuse also increases the risk of developing co-occurring mental health disorders.
Co-Occurring Disorders and Marijuana Use Disorder
The symptoms and side effects of mental health disorders can interfere with treatment for substance use disorders (SUDs) related to marijuana misuse. To decrease the risk of relapse, we use client-focused treatment plans. In addition to providing comprehensive treatment for SUDs, we also offer high-quality mental health services to address co-occurring conditions, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Bipolar disorder (BD)
- Major depression
- Social anxiety disorder
- Other mood and anxiety-related disorders
To see a complete list of what we treat, you can visit our Treatment page.
To decrease the risk of relapse and enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation, you must learn how to manage disruptive symptoms of mental health disorders. The clinicians at Redpoint tailor therapy modalities and alternative treatments to meet your individual needs. We take steps to ensure you have the tools you need to overcome challenges related to symptoms and side effects of co-occurring disorders.
Common Misconceptions About Marijuana Misuse
Misinformation can lead to bad decision-making. The team at Redpoint provides education on the realities of substance misuse to decrease the risk of relapse. Some common misconceptions surrounding marijuana misuse include:
- Marijuana does not cause adverse physical or mental side effects
- Marijuana is a better alternative compared to other “harder” substances
- Legitimately prescribed medical marijuana cannot be misused
- Marijuana misuse cannot cause permanent damage
Any substance can lead to adverse reactions, including possible long-term or permanent damage. Marijuana, when mixed with alcohol or other drugs, can cause significant health issues up to and including unconsciousness, paranoia, and permanent brain damage.
Treatment Options at Redpoint
Redpoint provides personalized treatment plans to ensure every client receives the necessary support to achieve long-term sobriety. Individuals in recovery from marijuana misuse benefit from the evidence-based and alternative therapies we offer, including:
- Life skill coaching
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Creative healing
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
- Motivational interviewing (MI)
- Relapse prevention
We believe that collaborating with clients and creating individualized treatment programs provide the best outcomes. Our holistic care ensures the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of each client by incorporating a wide range of alternative therapeutic methods, including:
- Energy healing
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
Coping With Chronic Issues
Many people misuse marijuana to self-medicate and cope with the symptoms of mood disorders or other chronic conditions. At Redpoint, you will work with our clinical team to learn new coping skills capable of eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms and side effects of co-occurring conditions. You will learn helpful techniques that can translate into other areas of your life and provide a foundation for healing and personal growth.
Some of the coping skills we teach include:
- Meditation and mindfulness techniques
- Positive self-talk and cognitive reframing
- Breathing and relaxation exercises
- Problem-solving techniques
- Emotion recognition and processing
The men and women at Redpoint are here to help you overcome challenges you may face during rehabilitation and long-term recovery.
Aftercare and Managing Daily Stressors
Maintaining sobriety from SUDs requires a solid foundation of coping skills and other tools to help you manage everyday stressors in a healthy and productive way. Redpoint offers aftercare planning and alumni services to give you the resources to succeed in recovering from marijuana addiction and related conditions.
After completing our rehabilitation program, you can transition to independent sobriety with the confidence and knowledge that you can safely cope with social situations and daily stressors in a way that prevents relapse or maladaptive behaviors. Only you can choose to recover from addictive behaviors by reaching out for help.
Rehabilitation provides relief from the side effects of maladaptive behaviors involving marijuana misuse and related mental health disorders. The expert team at Redpoint uses a client-focused holistic approach to treatment that provides each client with the support and resources they need to achieve and maintain sobriety. To learn more about our services, call us today at (303) 710-8496.