Marijuana Is As Addictive As Alcohol
Why ARCH Takes Marijuana Addiction Seriously
- Marijuana is the most common illegal drug in the U.S. and has surpassed alcohol as the most common misused substance. Its cost to society in addiction, law enforcement, and lives is staggering.
- Marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug found in impaired drivers and crash victims involved in “drugged driving” accidents….especially when combined with its “friend” alcohol.
- There is a common misconception that marijuana is safe to use, but this is far from the truth. It affects learning, memory, intellectual functioning and perceptions. These effects can last for days or weeks after use; with chronic use, these effects can be permanent.
- Marijuana is a “Gateway Drug” often used in combination with alcohol. It is associated with experimenting or recreational use of other drugs particularly non- medical use of Prescription Drugs including opioids, tranquilizers, sleep aids, and psychostimulants.
- Marijuana is a dangerous drug and its use can have serious consequences. It affects the same brain circuits as all other drugs and can decrease the effectiveness of addiction treatments and recovery outcome of all substances.
- Approximately 10% of people who smoke marijuana will get addicted to it.
- Addicted marijuana users have difficulty controlling their use and continue to use it even though it has serious negative consequences to their life.
- People who smoke marijuana are 4 times more likely to develop depression. A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, suicidal ideation, and schizophrenia.
- Marijuana smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to develop psychotic symptoms.
Effects of Marijuana Use
Marijuana and IQ
- Recent studies report that regular use of Marijuana results in a significant decrease in IQ.
- Individuals who started using cannabis between the ages of 13 and 18 experienced an average IQ drop of eight points. An IQ of 100 puts places an individual in the 50th percentile of intelligence. If this person loses eight IQ points, it drops them down to the 29th percentile. Quitting or toning down cannabis use did not help adolescent-onset cannabis users to recover their lost IQ points. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2012
Marijuana Use and Teen Brain Development
- Chronic Marijuana Use Can Disrupt Normal Brain Development in Preteens, Adolescents and Young Adults.
- Marijuana is particularly dangerous to an adolescent’s brain development and can cause irreversible delays in brain maturation. This results in increased risk for behavioral and social problems, as well as under achievement in school and employment.
- Chronic Marijuana Use Particularly in Very Young People Increases the Risk of Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia and Suicidal Thoughts.
- Long-Term Marijuana Use Can Cause Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
- Long-term marijuana users that try to quit report irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, anxiety, and drug craving that make it difficult to give up. These withdrawal symptoms begin about one day following abstinence; peak at 2-3 days; and usually subside within 1 or 2 weeks following drug cessation.
- There are two FDA approved medications, Dronabninoland Nabilone in pill form, that contain the same active ingredients – THC- Tetra Hydroxy Cannabanoid– present in the smoked version of marijuana….that provide the same pain relief from these medicines as from smoked Marijuana! Ask your doctor for more information.
- Taking THC in “prescription pill form”, is less habit forming and does not contain the ~100 chemicals found in the smoke of marijuana which cause negative health consequences similar to tobacco.
- One study reviewed marijuana with other pain medications for cancer pain, chronic non-malignant pain, and acute postoperative pain. It was found marijuana was no more effective in controlling pain than 60-120 mg codeine and concluded that marijuana had more serious side effects.
Your ARCH Individual Evaluation & Treatment Plan for Marijuana Use is designed by our MD’S and will include a combination of selection below:
- Addiction, Medical and Psychiatric Evaluation by our Addiction Psychiatrists
- Examination of Co-occurring Medical Disorders and Poly-Addictions
- Internal Family Systems Psychotherapy
- Medication Facilitated Cognitive Behavioral Restructuring
- Social and Family Interventions
- Medication Management for Addiction and Psychiatric Disorders
The strangle hold the Drug Cartels have on their countries is staggering!
Mexico’s Drug Death Toll Double What Reported, Expert Argues
Molly Molloy, a researcher at New Mexico State University who maintains the Mexican news and discussion site Frontera List, has kept a detailed record of the bloodshed and estimates that the total homicides from December 2006 through June 2012 to stand at 99,667, according to an article written by Molloy in the Phoenix New Times.
“Assuming that a similar rate of murder continues through the remaining months of this year, the homicide toll at the end of Calderón’s presidency will add up to 110,061 victims,” continued Molloy.