Adolescence, a critical period of growth and development, comes with its unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when some individuals may experiment with substances like marijuana. While marijuana is often perceived as a ‘soft’ drug, it can have serious implications for a young person’s health and well-being, particularly if they become addicted. Kiwi Recovery’s marijuana addiction treatment program provides help for adolescents and teens struggling with weed.
The substance abuse treatment services at Kiwi Recovery are designed for young people living with addiction. Through a holistic approach to treatment, teens can learn the skills they need to overcome marijuana addiction and lead healthier lives. Find out if our treatment center in Boston, Massachusetts, could be a good choice for your teen by calling 617.751.6610 today.
Is Marijuana Addictive?
Yes, marijuana can be addictive. About 9% of people who use marijuana will become addicted to it. This number increases among those who start using it at a young age and those who use marijuana daily. The active compound in marijuana, THC, interacts with areas of the brain that govern pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement, leading to the high that users experience.
While marijuana is not as addictive as other substances like cocaine or heroin, it can still cause physical and psychological dependence in some people. Withdrawal symptoms may make it difficult for individuals to quit using the drug, and those who become addicted may need professional help to overcome it.
Recognizing Marijuana Addiction in Teens and Adolescents
Spotting the signs of addiction in teenagers can be challenging, given that some signs might resemble typical teenage behavior. However, parents and caregivers should look out for:
- Changes in behavior, such as withdrawal from family and friends
- Decreased interest in activities they once enjoyed
- Declining academic performance
- Unexplained need for money or secretive behavior
- Noticeable lack of motivation or energy
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
- Paranoia or anxiety without apparent cause
If you recognize these signs, having a conversation with your teen can help you determine whether marijuana use is a problem. If it’s not, be sure to discuss the risks associated with using any substance. If the signs suggest your teen might be struggling with addiction, our marijuana addiction treatment program can help.
Kiwi Recovery’s Marijana Abuse Treatment Services
Our outpatient treatment programs offer flexibility that allows adolescents to continue with their education while receiving treatment. They include:
Intensive Outpatient Program
The intensive outpatient program (IOP) is designed for clients who do not require medical detoxification or 24-hour supervision. It involves attending therapy sessions several days a week, for multiple hours each day.
Full-Day Treatment Program
A step up from the IOP is the full-day treatment program, where the adolescent spends the day at our center but returns home in the evening. It offers a higher level of care, including more intensive therapy sessions.
Aftercare programs are crucial for maintaining long-term sobriety. They provide continued support and counseling to help adolescents reintegrate into their normal routines and manage potential triggers.
Co-Occurring Rehab Program
Co-occurring disorders, where an individual has both a substance use disorder and a mental health issue, are common in adolescents using marijuana. A co-occurring rehab program provides integrated treatment that addresses both issues simultaneously.
Find Weed Addiction Treatment at Kiwi Recovery Today
Kiwi Recovery’s marijuana addiction treatment program offers adolescents the help they need to move past weed addiction and lead healthy, productive lives. Reach out today to find out how we can help your teen enter recovery. Contact us at 617.751.6610 for a confidential assessment.