Typically smoked because of its ability to produce a relaxing, euphoric effect, marijuana is an illicit drug that contains a mind-altering, psychoactive chemical called tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC. Also known as weed or pot, when abused, this substance produces altered perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking, inability to solve problems, and memory difficulties. When used on a long-term basis, marijuana has the potential to lead to a number of ill effects, including cardiopulmonary and mental health disturbances.
At Sierra Tucson, the best rehab center for marijuana addiction, we understand that the road to recovery is no easy feat and that sobriety requires time, effort, and a lot of patience. Because we know how difficult it is to make the decision to seek treatment for a marijuana abuse problem, we have developed specialized treatment that strives to make the process one that is as comfortable as possible. By engaging in our comprehensive addiction treatment, individuals who are struggling with an addiction to marijuana can develop the skills needed to not only achieve sobriety, but also to maintain life-long recovery.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
As a family member or close friend of an individual who is abusing marijuana, you may notice first-hand how this drug is negatively affecting life of the marijuana abuser. It can be hard to come to terms with the fact that your love one has a problem with pot and it can be even more difficult to know what to do about it. If you have a loved one who is in need of professional help in order to overcome a marijuana abuse problem here are some things you can do to try and help them achieve life-long sobriety:
- Since many individuals do not know much about the nature of addiction, take the time to educate yourself about marijuana abuse. By learning about the symptoms of abuse and all about the recovery process, you will better understand what your loved one is going through and how you can best be of help.
- Bring up your concerns to your loved one about their abuse of marijuana, making sure he or she knows how much you love and care about him or her. Make sure that you talk to your loved one at an appropriate time and enlist the help of other loved ones when you can. When you do speak with your loved one, do not be surprised if you are met with anger, denial, or defensiveness, as these responses are common when an individual is confronted about his or her substance abuse.
- When learning about marijuana abuse and addiction, it is important to take the time to research various treatment options that specialize in addressing chemical dependency concerns and any other mental health concerns that your loved one may be facing. Once you have gathered all of this information present these findings to your loved one and help him or her decide on the most appropriate treatment.
- Once the treatment process has begun, make sure that you continue to be an active part of your loved one’s recovery process, offering him or her ample support and encouragement the whole time.
- Finally, remember to be patient because the road to recovery can be a long one.
Why Consider Treatment at Our Rehab Center
It is believed that long-term marijuana abuse can lead to the development of a number of harmful effects the can cause disruption in multiple areas of a person’s life. Those who smoke marijuana on a regular basis have been known to develop a number of physical health problems, including an increased risk for heart attack and lung cancer as a result of carcinogenic toxins. Abusers of marijuana also have a heightened risk for certain illnesses, such as pneumonia and other respiratory complications. Psychologically, marijuana abuse has been known to lead to the development of a variety of mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression as well as conditions in which paranoia is a symptom. Additionally, marijuana abuse can lead to an overall lack of motivation, reduced cognitive abilities, and poor interpersonal relationships. It is also quite common for those who are abusing marijuana to have financial difficulties and have multiple run-ins with the law. When a person becomes addicted to smoking marijuana, it takes away a significant amount of time from his or her friends, loved ones, and life in general. If a chemical dependency concern of this type remains untreated, these negative consequences will most likely occur or worsen over time.
Types of Treatment Offered at Our Marijuana Addiction Rehab Center
As an internationally known and respected treatment provider of medical, therapeutic, and experiential services, our treatment center is pleased to offer state of the art treatment for a wide range of behavioral health concerns. Through the integration of evidence-based practices and integrative therapies, our rehab prides itself on being a leading provider of services that are effective in treating addictions and other behavioral health problems. Holistic and individualized treatment is cornerstone to the premier care offered at our treatment center, and is provided by a staff of qualified and experienced. our rehab’s primary goal is to deliver services in such a manner that all who come to us for treatment will benefit from our services and resume the pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
Sierra Tucson, a premier marijuana abuse treatment center, includes Desert Flower, a 15-bed behavioral health inpatient unit, and a 124-bed behavioral health residential treatment center, both of which are situated on the same campus. Residents who require immediate stabilization due to the presence of psychiatric concerns or those who are in need of medical detoxification services can receive these interventions at Desert Flower prior to engaging in our rehab center’s residential care. When residents present to our treatment center with certain substances in their systems, the first step in their treatment will be to undergo the medical detox services offered at Desert Flower so that their bodies can become rid of the toxic substance. This period of detoxification is monitored by medical personnel in order to ensure that individuals remain as safe and comfortable as possible during the process. Residents will also engage in a number of therapeutic interventions during their time in Desert Flower. Following detox and completion of treatment at our inpatient unit, residents will then engage in comprehensive treatment at our rehab’s behavioral health residential treatment center.
Treatment for substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of marijuana, is delivered through our marijuana addiction treatment center’s Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program. Offered within our behavioral health residential treatment center, services supplied in this treatment plan are designed to elicit the most favorable outcomes for all residents. Our reputation as a leading drug addiction rehab center stems from our clinical excellence and the best, compassionate care that we afford to everyone who seeks our services. Our holistic approach to treatment respects the dignity of each individual, while offering a therapeutic environment that is fully conducive to healing the mind, body, and spirit. Treatment focuses on addressing each resident’s presenting problems, as well as underlying issues that exacerbate his or her struggles. It is our belief that, as residents gain new communication skills and learn to build healthy relationships, they can make sound decisions for a healthy quality of life and form deeper connections with others.
Using a biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to care, residents engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan can partake in the following treatment methods, of which are outlined in each resident’s individualized treatment plan, as well as in our rehab’s daily treatment schedules:
Medication management: When individuals are struggling with the presence of a co-occurring disorder in addition to their addiction to marijuana, the implementation of psychotropic medications may be incorporated into their overall plan of care at our treatment center. The need for such medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Residents who are engaged in the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program will have the opportunity to meet with either a psychiatrist or qualified physician at a minimum of once per week so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored for therapeutic effectiveness and any necessary changes can be made.
Individual therapy: Master’s level clinicians and/or licensed psychologists at our marijuana abuse rehab offer individual therapy sessions with residents several times per week depending upon the treatment modality that is being used. All residents are guaranteed, however, that a minimum of one individual session will take place each week. Each resident’s therapist will be assigned to him or her depending upon the identified presenting concerns, the therapeutic approach that will be used in order to effectively address those concerns, and the specific training that the therapist possesses. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting wherein the resident is afforded the opportunity to discuss his or her progress in treatment, address any concerns that may arise, and process through various feelings that he or she is experiencing.
Group therapy: At the time that residents are admitted into the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder treatment plan at our rehab center, they are assigned to a small group of peers, of whom are engaged in the same treatment. This group will meet together for therapy sessions four times per week. In addition to serving as a general process group, topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to:
- Relapse prevention
- Healing anxiety
- Anger management
- Didactic lectures
- Working through grief and loss
- Identifying feelings of shame in order to move to a place of resilience
Four Day Family Program: Recognizing the important role of loved ones in the lives of residents, our rehab center includes the Four Day Family treatment plan for family members and other close identified loved ones of residents. This type of treatment typically occurs during a resident’s third week of treatment and allows loved ones to engage in the therapeutic process to practice healthy communication and boundaries with understanding and support. Family members and loved ones can attend psychoeducational lectures, process groups, and a family dinner that can unify a family unit in a powerful way. Lastly, loved ones can remain in contact with a resident’s primary therapist should questions or concerns arise during the course of treatment.
Therapeutic Recreational Activities: In order to help residents at our rehab build a stronger sense of self and increased confidence as they overcome their addiction to pot, this treatment option offers residents a myriad of therapeutic activities, of which are conducted daily or on a weekly basis. A resident’s participation in such activities will be outlined in his or her treatment plan and may include the following:
- Equine therapy
- Expressive art
- Adventure therapy (including a ropes course and rock wall)
Additional services: In order to best care for the needs of those who are working through an addiction to marijuana and any co-occurring conditions, our rehab is proud to offer a number of additional services through an innovative approach to treatment. Special time is set aside for selected individual appointments which will be outlined in one’s treatment plan in order to address individualized needs. Such services may include, but are not limited to:
- Mindfulness meditation
- Personal training
- Psychological testing
- Somato-emotional response massage (SER massage)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) SE (Somatic Experiencing) therapies are offered when deemed necessary based upon an assessment conducted by a psychiatrist
Furthermore, residents engaged in the care delivered through the Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorder Program at our marijuana addiction treatment center will be provided with educational lectures and will participate in 12-step meetings. Each day will end on a positive note by allowing residents to gather together and reflect through a Gifts and Blessings Ceremony.
Should a resident require stabilization services while engaged in our treatment center’s residential treatment, he or she is able to partake in the services supplied by Desert Flower Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit before returning to residential treatment. The staff of professionals conducts an ongoing assessment of each resident’s progress and needs and offers assistance in making this transition smooth so as to continue the process of healing with as little disruption as possible.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Sierra Tucson’s method for providing the best, all-encompassing care for every resident who comes for treatment includes thorough discharge planning and continuing care services that are second-to-none. Once a resident engages in services to treat an addiction to marijuana and co-occurring concerns at our rehab, a comprehensive continued care plan is devised so that they can remain successful once treatment is complete. Those partaking in the services at Desert Flower meet with continued care staff to assess each individual’s needs and plan for discharge. Those engaged in the residential treatment at our rehab center meet with the same continued care staff and regional outreach specialists and partake in lectures and one-on-one planning sessions to ensure quality referrals and to establish any follow-up appointments that may be required once they have been discharged.
Furthermore, residents exiting the residential treatment, along with their family members, can benefit from The Connections Program. This plan includes 12-month-long case management services that are in place to offer ongoing and substantial support to former residents. A representative from this treatment plan contacts residents 48 hours after they are discharged and is available to assist these individuals in seeking and receiving the additional services they need in order to remain successful in the process of healing and recovery.
Lastly, former residents can take part in the Alumni Relations affiliated with our marijuana abuse rehab. These services include groups offered through outpatient centers, of which are located across the United States.
If you or a loved one wishes to receive the superior care that has improved the lives of many individuals who have struggled with chemical dependency and co-occurring conditions, look no further than our treatment center. The life you have envisioned can begin here.