It is common for people to minimize the risks associated with chronic marijuana abuse, however, there is no denying that when an individual is consistently abusing this substance, most aspects of his or her life will be affected in some way. For many, the ongoing abuse of marijuana, also known as pot or weed, can lead to negative repercussions, especially when the compulsion to continually abuse this drug supersedes other things that were once important. This pattern of behavior can ultimately spin into a cycle of addiction that can be extremely difficult for individuals to break free from.
Knowing how difficult it can be to combat a marijuana abuse problem, the staff at Wellness Resource Center delivers comprehensive treatment and recovery services that address the specific and unique needs of each client as he or she fights the war against marijuana addiction. With warmth and dedication, the staff at Wellness helps clients achieve sobriety and redevelop the confidence and skills they need to maintain it for the long-term.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to marijuana, it can be exceedingly frustrating to watch how the substance begins to negatively impact various areas of his or her life. Your loved one may not believe that he or she has a problem, but you know that if the behavior continues, further detriments likely await. In order to be supportive to your loved one during this time, consider the following tips:
- Educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of marijuana intoxication and withdrawal, as well as on the effects of prolonged marijuana abuse so that you can appropriately express your concerns to your loved one.
- Engage your loved one in an open conversation about his or her use of this substance, demonstrating your concern for his or her wellbeing and the effects that the use of the drug has noticeably had on his or her life.
- Refrain from lecturing your loved one, and instead remain calm and nonjudgmental. Anticipate that he or she will likely become defensive, but remain patient and empathic.
- Research treatment centers that offer treatment for individuals who are abusing marijuana and share your findings with your loved one.
- Once your loved one has begun taking part in treatment, ask his or her treatment provider to guide you in determining how you can best be of assistance to your loved one during this time.
- Be an active part of his or her treatment process, showing unconditional, unwavering support.
Why Consider Treatment at Wellness Resource Center
When individuals are preoccupied by their need or compulsion to use marijuana, other priorities in their lives begin to become less important to them. For some, their ability to perform in the manner that they are expected to at work becomes problematic, potentially resulting in job loss and prolonged unemployment. Additionally, relationships may become disturbed if individuals make obtaining and using marijuana their top priority, resulting in familial conflict, marital strife, and the demise of friendships. In regards to physical health concerns, the ongoing abuse of marijuana places users at risk for developing upper respiratory infections, tachycardia, lung damage, and an overall deterioration of the immune system. By engaging in appropriate treatment interventions, however, these outcomes can be avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Wellness Resource Center
The staff at Wellness Resource Center is dedicated to providing a comprehensive, individualized, and integrative approach to the treatment of chemical dependency and co-occurring emotional, psychological, and/or psychiatric conditions. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of treatment services for the adult men and women who are entrusted into our care as they recover from an addiction to marijuana. We believe in an abstinent-based approach to treatment and have found that those who suffer from dual diagnosis psychiatric concerns and substance abuse concerns, including the abuse of marijuana, respond best to treatment interventions that are offered in a holistic and simultaneous manner.
At Wellness Resource Center, we believe that everyone who comes to us for treatment is unique, bringing with them their own history, values, and worldview. For this reason, we offer clients highly individualized treatment that is customized to meet their physical, psychological, family, spiritual, and social needs. All clients take part in an array of assessments so that our staff is able to mutually develop appropriate short- and long-term plans of treatment and recovery as individuals take the first step towards overcoming their compulsion to abuse marijuana.
The first step of the treatment process at Wellness Resource Center begins at Phase I, which includes full-time treatment with housing. This phase of treatment is also referred to as our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and provides clients with a day-long schedule of treatment activities that meet five days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm. This program is staff-supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and promotes activities of daily living, while also integrating intensive therapeutic interventions as clients work to overcome their marijuana abuse problem. The following may be included into a client’s overall programming during his or her stay at Wellness Resource Center:
Medication management: When clients are suffering from symptoms of co-occurring mental health conditions in addition to marijuana abuse and addiction, the use of psychotropic medications may be implemented into their treatment plan in order for them to experience true relief from their distress. The use of medications, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Clients will meet with a psychiatrist at a minimum of once per week in order to manage and monitor any medication needs. Additionally, a client’s primary therapist, the program nurse, and the attending behavioral health technicians are all also available to help monitor medication throughout a client’s time spent in programming.
Individual therapy: Clients have the opportunity to meet with their primary therapist for individual therapy sessions once each week, but additional sessions may be added when needed or deemed clinically appropriate. These sessions are designed to be a time for clients to meet privately with their therapist and discuss their progress in treatment, while also addressing any concerns that may have arisen. The relationships between clients and their therapists are built on trust and are central to helping clients successfully heal.
Group therapy: Group therapy is at the core of treatment at Wellness Resource Center, and clients engage in group therapy sessions 5 days per week, with between 3 and 4 different groups meeting each day. While individual assessment and treatment are highly valued, we have found that exploring the commonality among clients is a vital avenue for helping them gain insight and make positive, lasting changes in their lives. Clients can expect to partake in process groups, age-specific groups, gender-specific groups, psychoeducational groups, and experiential groups. The different topics that are covered during these group sessions may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Coping skills
- Body image
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are offered to clients and their family members on an as-needed basis throughout their time spent in treatment. These sessions are led by either the client’s primary therapist or by the clinical director. When families cannot be physically present, telephone contact, conference calls, and written communication will be used in order to keep them involved and informed of their loved one’s progress, and to help them find resources for dealing with their own emotional struggles.
Experiential therapy: In order to promote a holistic approach to treatment for marijuana abuse and addiction, experiential therapies are available to clients while they engage in treatment at Wellness. The specific amount of time that a client will spend engaging in experiential therapy will vary, as all treatment is customized to meet each client’s unique needs. The types of experiential therapies that clients may participate in can include the following:
- Equine therapy (on an ancillary extra cost basis)
- Teamwork activities
- Adventure activities
- Communication-based activities
- Social activities
Family Program: Keeping in mind that marijuana abuse and addiction does not only affect the individual, but that it will inevitably impact his or her family as well, Wellness Resource Center is pleased to offer our Family Program at no additional cost to clients. Offered every other month, the Family Program offers psychoeducation for family members and allows them to participate in process groups where they can come to understand how their communication may be a barrier to their loved one’s recovery from an addiction to marijuana.
Once clients have completed treatment in Phase I of programming at Wellness Resource Center, they may step-down to treatment in Phase II. This extended care option is a form of part-time treatment through our intensive outpatient program (IOP) where clients can continue to reside in our client housing, attend part-time treatment, and receive case management while looking for employment. Phase III is recommended for some clies following the completion of Phase II, which offers clients a transitional style of living with semi-structured support.
Wellness Resource Center truly stands out in our seamless extended care continuum that does not limit clients with a maximum length of stay. In order to ensure that clients receive consistent, continuous care from their time of admission until they leave and beyond, staffing remains consistent throughout the continuum of care.