Marijuana Treatment in Southake and Highland Park, Texas
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug used by teens today. Approximately 60 percent of the kids who use drugs use only marijuana. Of the 14.6 million marijuana users in 2002, approximately 4.8 million used it on 20 or more days in any given month (Kids and Marijuana).
Outpatient counseling for Marijuana in Southlake and Dallas Texas areas is in high demand. Many teens are smoking regularly as early as 8th grade.
The marijuana that is available to teens today is much stronger than the marijuana that was available in the 1960’s. Sometimes it is also laced with other, more potent drugs. Marijuana is physically addictive. Each year, 100,000 teens are treated for marijuana dependence. Teens who smoke marijuana heavily experience much the same symptoms of withdrawal as users of nicotine. Weed smokers in North Texas are in no short supply.
Actually, the grade of marijuana these kids smoke is very strong. I believe that it actually medicates many ADHD symtpoms seen in males. The problem is that psychological dependence develops rapidly, and upon the withdrawal of marijuana, the teen goes through anger and rage, which are hallmark symptoms of psychological drug withdrawal. Compound this with bad grades, disrespect, a sense of entitlement, laziness and failure to obey authority we see a poorly functioning person.
Many Carroll, GCISD and Keller students begin their smoking habits in Middle School. It seems that by 10th grade, over 60 percent has tried marijuana. Juniors and Seniors at the Senior High comprised the largest group of daily pot smokers. I would guess conservatively that close to 65% of these two grades smoke pot at least weekly. No joke. I can also speculate on why that is, in that this base rate is elevated when compared to lower SES schools. I think you can read behind the lines.
Marijuana is Pervasive
MY KID IS A GOOD KID, HE JUST MAKES POOR CHOICES!
Really? Diagnostically, let’s examine the depth of this. Does your teen lie, steal, have poor friends? Does your teen violate the rules of society? Does you teen perform behaviors that could be grounds for criminal prosecution? Does your teen deal drugs by proxy? Does your teen take parental support as weakness? Are you used like an object- i.e., the parent is a supporting cast in the teen’s “play.”
These are cornerstone attributes of a psychiatric Axis II character disorder. Character traits are more able to shift while the child is young. However, hormones have a tendency to harden neurological function as well as character function. Part of my treatment strategy directly addresses this “corrupt” character, before the teen lands in a jail, other institution or dies prematurely. I’ve worked with this population for 25 years and it pains me to see kids commit suicide or have to get “shipped” to an institution because they were quite simply, out of control. Allow me to help your family through this difficult time, possibly averting a more restrictive intervention upon your teen.
This practice treats MANY marijuana-dependent teens and young adults in Southlake, Grapevine areas. Call today @ 214-431-2032 for more information
Marijuana Facts According to Published Studies
The University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study, which assesses drug and alcohol use among American youth, reported substantial increases among eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders from 1992 to 1997. These statistics show a disturbing national trend in the increase of marijuana use by teenagers (Facts about Marijuana Use).
Between 1991 and 2001, the percentage of eighth graders who used marijuana doubled from one in ten to one in five. Kids are using marijuana at an earlier age. Research indicates that the earlier teens start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on this or other drugs later in life. Of teens admitted for treatment for marijuana dependence, 56 percent had first used the drug by fourteen years of age, and 26 percent had begun by twelve years of age (Kids and Marijuana).
According to the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA), marijuana was the most frequently used drug of choice by teens. The NHSDA also reported that teens using marijuana on twelve or more days during the past year, 58 percent of them had one problem that they related to their marijuana use, 41 percent had two problems, and 28 percent had at least three problems that they related to their marijuana use. From age 12 to age 13, the proportion of teens who say they could buy marijuana if they wanted to more than triples, from 14 to 50 percent. Also the percentage of teens who say that they know a student at their school who sells drugs almost triples, from eight percent to 22 percent (Psych Central).
There are many reasons why some teens start smoking marijuana. Many kids start using because their older siblings or friends are consuming it in front of them. Often peer pressure plays a major role. Teens think it’s cool to use marijuana; they see their favorite movie stars smoking it in movies and their favorite bands sing songs about it. The problem becomes more severe when teens start relying on marijuana and think that they need it to escape from problems at school, home life, or with friends.
Signs of Marijuana Use
Some of the signs teenagers exhibit when using marijuana are: dizziness and trouble walking, red bloodshot eyes, trouble remembering things that just happened, and they often appear silly and giggly for no apparent reason. The way marijuana affects each teen depends on several factors including:
• How strong the marijuana is;
• What the user expects to happen;
• Whether the user is drinking alcohol or using other drugs;
• The user’s previous marijuana consumption;
• Where the drug is used
Some teens feel no effects from marijuana the first few times they smoke it. Others may feel relaxed and somewhat giddy. Quite often marijuana makes the teen feel very hungry and thirsty. Others can sometimes experience bad effects from marijuana. They may become highly paranoid or have feelings of anxiety or dizziness (N.I.D.A.).
Regular marijuana users often develop breathing problems, such as chronic coughing and wheezing. Marijuana contains the same cancer causing chemicals as tobacco. The amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed by those who smoke marijuana are three to five times greater than among tobacco smokers.
How Marijuana Affects the Brain
The active ingredient in marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabinal). The behaviors exhibited by introducing THC to the brain are similar to those demonstrated by alcohol consumption. Marijuana can induce several emotional responses such as relaxation, introspection, feeling “in tune” with the world, and irrationality.
How Marijuana Impacts Daily Life
The teen drug abuser attempts to reconcile his basic urges with the demands of reality through the use of marijuana and other drugs. This behavior is directed toward the pursuit of pleasure and reduction of pain. If and when the teen seeks treatment, they are often underdeveloped emotionally, academically, and vocationally (Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, pg. 350).
The use of marijuana by teens can affect school, sports, and other activities; marijuana also affects memory, judgment, and perception. Teens who smoke marijuana on a regular basis start to lose interest in their appearance and how they are doing in school, at work, and at home.
The short-term effects of marijuana include memory problems, distorted perception, trouble problem solving, and loss of motor coordination. Marijuana has a strong odor that clings to teens’ hair and clothing and can remain on their breath despite efforts to mask it. The reactive properties of marijuana aren’t like other drugs. Not much is known for sure about the physical mechanisms of addiction and withdrawal. Some claim that marijuana is totally non-addicting, while others say that it is just as addicting as other substances.
Since the reasons for marijuana addiction among teens are unclear, it is impossible to assess whether or not they may become hooked until it has already happened. Research has now established that marijuana is addictive. Every year more teens enter treatment with the diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined. Sixty percent of teens admitted for drug treatment say marijuana is their primary drug of choice.
Research on the Effects of Marijuana Use
Researchers have found that heavy marijuana use impairs teenagers’ ability to retain information and concentrate. Regular marijuana use has been shown to be associated with poor academic performance. This is of a huge concern during teens’ peak learning years, as their brains are still developing. There is an association between an increase in marijuana use and a decrease in the likelihood of attaining at least a high school education. Students who smoke marijuana are more than twice as likely to cut class that those who don’t smoke.
Teens get a mixed message about marijuana, but the message needs to be clear. Marijuana is an illegal substance that affects teens in many harmful ways. It is very important to begin taking with kids about it by at least twelve years of age. Magazines or newspaper articles are often a good place to start your discussion about drugs. Teens need to be told clearly and often that using marijuana and other illegal substances carries significant health, safety, and legal risks (Kids using Marijuana).
Don’t be fooled by the trickery of legalization. Don’t let your teen con you into thinking that weed is ok. They’ll point fingers at an “A” student that smokes, or God forbid, point to a wealthy successful parent that smokes pot with their kids etc.. and say, “See, they smoke and they are pillars of society.” This is a form of a logical fallacy that is used in criminal courts ( and beyond the scope of what I want to convey here). This is a symptom of psychological dependence upon marijuana.
The wonderful aspect of my approach, is that I don’t judge clients. I establish a relationship and then gently confront them with the truth of marijuana dependence that is usually based on what they see in their own schools. Parents, the client and I all work together to hold the client accountable and become sober.
If you are interested in the program, please don’t hesitate to call.
Bratter, Thomas E., and Gary G. Forrest. Alcoholism and Substance Abuse – Strategies for Clinical Intervention, New York: The Free Press, 1985.
“Facts about Marijuana use” Psych Central. 6 Feb. 2001. 17 Dec. 2004 http://psychcentral.com/library/sa_factsin.html
“Kids and Marijuana” Marijuana Prevention Initiative. 13 Sept. 2003. 17 Dec. 2004 http://www.mediacampaign.com/marijuana/kids_and_marijuana.html
“Kids Using Marijuana” Kids Using Drugs. Oct. 2003. 17 Dec. 2004 www.drugfreeatlast.com/kids-marijuana.html