Also known as pot or weed, marijuana consists of the dried leaves from the cannabis sativa plant. When ingested through smoking or eating marijuana-laced foods, the drug’s active ingredient, THC, creates pleasurable feelings, relaxation, and sometimes hallucinations. Although marijuana has a reputation for being “safe,” it is still a drug and can cause severe harm to many areas of a person’s life if it is abused. Fortunately, it is possible to treat a cannabis use disorder with the help of a dedicated treatment staff at a comprehensive substance abuse treatment center.
Wilmington Treatment Center has helped individuals with cannabis use disorders and other substance use disorders for over 30 years. Located in beautiful coastal Wilmington, North Carolina, our friendly, caring staff is committed to helping each person in our care find freedom from marijuana abuse and live the life that he or she deserves.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It is difficult watching a loved one struggle with an addiction to any drug, and as with almost any drug, a person who is abusing it may deny that he or she has a problem that needs to be addressed. Thankfully, there are a number of steps you can take to encourage your loved one to find help. These steps may include:
- Research marijuana and learn about the effects it has on those who abuse it. Develop your ability to recognize the signs of marijuana intoxication and marijuana abuse. By learning about the drug, you can begin to empathize with your loved one and perhaps understand a bit about why he or she has turned to the abuse of marijuana.
- Investigate different options for treatment. Learn about different treatment options, and speak with treatment center staff to learn what makes each individual program unique. Make sure to ask about their approach to treatment. Once you have completed your research, make a short list of a few sites that may be a good fit for your loved one.
- Resist the urge to cut off contact with your loved one. Remember that he or she is in crisis and likely needs your help. When you discuss the marijuana abuse with your loved one, try your best to remain open, nonjudgmental, and supportive, and work hard to ensure that the conversation does not become an argument. When your loved one is ready, present your list of treatment centers to him or her and discuss options for care.
- Once your loved one agrees to enter treatment, assist him or her with logistical issues such as transportation and setting up appointments with treatment center staff members. You might also consider accompanying your loved one to those meetings to provide support.
- Above all, make sure to continue taking care of yourself during this process. Exercise, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep are all good ways to look out for yourself. In addition, get social support around you by requesting the help of family and friends.
Why Consider Treatment at Wilmington Treatment Center
If left untreated, marijuana abuse can have disastrous effects on a person’s life. Use of marijuana has been linked with poorer cognitive functioning, resulting in difficulty holding down a job or performing at expected levels. As with other drugs, marijuana use can also place strain on relationships, potentially leading to separation, divorce, and social isolation. In addition, people who abuse marijuana often lose their desire to pursue goals in life, and marijuana abuse has also been linked with the emergence or worsening of mental health symptoms. Marijuana smoke also has carcinogenic properties, placing users at risk for respiratory diseases similar to those experienced by tobacco smokers. Marijuana also often acts as a “gateway” drug, as marijuana users are much more likely to turn to harder drugs.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wilmington Treatment Center
Situated along the Atlantic coast in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington Treatment Center is where men and women come to receive the restorative care that they need to live healthier, joyful, and more productive lives free from the constraints of addiction. Since 1984, Wilmington has been able to help thousands of individuals win the war against substance abuse and chemical dependency, and we believe that we can help you or your loved one achieve the same goal.
Our 139-bed center is licensed as a hospital, and employs a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping patients as they navigate the road to recovery. Our programming employs the most advanced and effective treatment protocols, and we have structured our treatment so that patients can receive a full spectrum of services under one roof. In choosing our center to recover from an addiction to marijuana, the following types of treatment are among those available to you so that you can learn to make the changes needed to achieve your each one of your recovery goals:
Inpatient detoxification: Long-term abuse of certain substances can cause a person’s body to become dependent on them. When this is the case, detox services become an important step in the recovery process. Our inpatient detoxification is medically monitored and allows patients to have their bodies cleared of their substances of abuse so that they are able to effectively participate in our rehabilitation programming.
Individual therapy: Wilmington patients are assigned a primary counselor upon admission to our center, and will be able to meet with this staff member as requested by the patient or as recommended by our team. We believe that those looking to defeat an addiction to marijuana can greatly benefit from one-on-one time with a counselor, as these meetings can be a time to process feelings and emotions, set present and future goals, and talk through any experienced had while in our care.
Group therapy: Those who are battling an addiction to marijuana often suffer through their addiction alone. At Wilmington, however, patients are part of a community that is united in the front against substance abuse and addiction. Group therapy sessions, where men and women truly feel that sense of community, are integral to the care we offer at our center. The following group therapy opportunities, which are offered daily in the mornings and afternoons, are but a few examples of those we are make available to our patients:
- Chronic pain group
- Understanding relapse group
- Process group
- Community meetings
- 12-Step groups
- Men’s group
- Discharge planning group
- Women’s group
- Life Stages Groups, which cover specific topics centered around the needs of young adults, middle adults, and those chosen by the patients themselves
Recreational Therapy Program: Living a sober life, free from the grips of a marijuana addiction, means much more than just abstaining from substance abuse. For many individuals working on their recovery, sobriety also means discovering new leisure activities and enjoying them in a manner that does not involve the use of marijuana or other substances. In order to expose our patients to substance-free fun, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Recreational Therapy Program that allows patients to participate activities and hobbies that help men and women hold true to their treatment goals.
Recreation time: At Wilmington, participation in psychical, social, recreational, cultural, and health maintenance activities is an important part of our patient’s day-to-day life at our center. Monday through Friday, we designate 90 minutes of recreation time, during which patients can take part in the following:
- Big Book Study
- Air hockey
- Arts and crafts
- Bocce ball
- Art therapy
- Board games
- Coloring pages
- Working on your Step 1
- Recovery Bible study
- Run/walk fitness trail
- Ping pong
- Foundations training
- Therapy outings
Family therapy: If it is deemed necessary for a patient’s care, family members, loved ones, and our patients can have scheduled family sessions with our licensed marriage and family therapist. Recognizing that an addiction to marijuana has the ability to affect those closest to our patients, these sessions can be used as a time to repair the damage addiction has caused and can be the setting in which bonds can be reestablished in a healthy and constructive manner.
Family Program: In an effort to provide education and support to the family members and loved ones in our patients’ lives, Wilmington is pleased to offer a Family Program. Offered each Saturday and Sunday, this program allows individuals in our patients’ primary support networks to come together to share their stories, learn about resources available to them, and receive the care they need to help the person they care about successfully recover from an addiction to marijuana. Wilmington also offers a more intensive Family Program that covers the same material and offers the same level of support, though that programming is offered on the first Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each month.
Operation Recovery: A unique treatment track offered at our center, Operation Recovery is a specialized treatment option designed to meet the specific addiction treatment needs of military service members and first responders. This track utilizes the Seeking Safety Model for treating trauma, and includes a variety of treatment methods, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Group sessions with active duty and/or retired military personnel
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy through Wilmington’s Combat Related PTSD Program
- Coordination of care between medical and clinical staff
- Introduction to the 12-Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) meetings with military staff from local bases
- Monthly presentations led by Military One Source and the local Veterans Association
- Family involvement
- Command involvement (when consent is granted)
During the treatment planning process, the above methods of care can be added to a patient’s personalized treatment plan. Our staff works closely with those who choose to heal and recover at Wilmington to determine the types of the treatment will be best suited to meet patients’ individual needs. Should a patient’s needs change, his or her treatment plan can also be revised in order to help the person as he or she works towards achieving new goals.
Following completion of our inpatient rehabilitation program, patients can then step down to our partial hospitalization level of care, and then intensive outpatient treatment so that they can continue to work towards living the recovered and sober lives they deserve to be living.
If you or your loved one would like to learn more about Wilmington’s transformative treatment and how we can help you or a person you care about leave an addiction to marijuana in the past, please contact us to gather more information. Our staff is happy to speak with you, and can help you determine if our center is the perfect place to have your or your loved one’s addiction treatment needs met.