Marijuana Addiction Treatment Program

Marijuana refers to the leaves, flowers, and extracts of the plant Cannabis sativa and several closely related species commonly known as hemp.

Marijuana is the most commonly used and abused drug in society. It is also the subject of much debate over the legality and the impact of use in individuals. While legal in Canada, what is being left out of the conversation is the country’s marijuana addiction problems. if you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or drug addiction, it might be time to seek help and begin detox to start their recovery process

The American National Institute on Drug Abuse reports the following:

  • Long-term abuse of marijuana can develop into compulsive drug use behavior or addiction.
  • About 9% of those who commonly use or abuse marijuana becomes addicted.
  • This number increases among youth to 17% and daily teen abusers have a 20-25% chance of becoming addicted.
  • Recent studies have said that daily use of the drug has quadrupled in the United States in the past decade. (NIDA Infofacts on marijuana)

The chief component of marijuana is the chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When it is smoked, the THC transfers from the lungs to the bloodstream and is distributed through the body. When THC is introduced into the brain it attaches itself to the neurotransmitters of the brain bringing on sense of euphoria. Heart rate and blood flow also increase with marijuana use. The blood vessels of the eyes expand causing the eyes to have a red appearance.

Side effects of pot smoking are commonly dry mouth, hunger and thirst (commonly known as the “munchies”), and confusion.


Symptoms of marijuana substance use may include:

  • Increased appetite
  • Drowsiness
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Impaired memory
  • Slowed reflexes and impaired motor skills
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Altered sense of time


The most effective approach for marijuana addiction recovery is holistic. While the client lives in a therapeutic community, we use a range of diverse group and individual interventions. The group at our treatment facility recovers together with the support of experienced clinicians creating real change and the basis for long-term recovery

Affordable and effective continuing care is as important as primary care and drug addiction treatment. Addiction doesn’t occur in a few weeks and the addict needs to keep working on their drug rehabilitation program to keep their disease in remission.

The focus of treatment at Recovery Works is on the support group process with therapy and drug rehab programs that address personal struggles. This approach is then coupled with a strong emphasis on aftercare through Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. We encourage you to call today for more information or a free assessment at 778-430-1212.

Website content is written by Lowell Monkhouse, MA, ADC – Addiction Counsellor and Trauma Therapist

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