Marijuana use remained steady among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders over the past five years despite softening of perceived risks. Past-month use of smoked marijuana remained steady among 8th graders at 6.5%, 10th graders at 14.8%, and 12th graders at 21.3%. Six percent of 12th graders report daily use of marijuana. The majority of high school seniors do not think occasional marijuana smoking is harmful, with only 31.9% saying that regular use puts the user at great risk compared to 78.6% in 1991. However, disapproval of regularly smoking marijuana remains relatively high at 70.7% among 12th graders, although this rate had gradually declined from a high of 90.1% in 1992.
Past-month marijuana use continues to exceed cigarette use among high school seniors. In 2015, 21.3% of high school seniors used marijuana in the past 30 days compared to 11.4% who smoked cigarettes. In 2015, for the first time, daily cigarette use (5.5%) was lower than daily marijuana use (6 percent) among high school seniors. Among high school seniors, 79.5% say it is easy to get marijuana.
Behavioral treatment options for marijuana addiction include the following:
Motivational enhancement therapy (MET), is designed to lessen the resistance a person who abuses marijuana may have to abstain from using it. This intervention is also designed to motivate the individual to recognize their marijuana addiction and change.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and contingency management. CBT teaches people who abuse marijuana the skills needed to help them stop using the drug and ways to avoid or manage other problems that might prevent them from marijuana addiction treatment and recovery.
Contingency Management usually provides marijuana users with vouchers of increasing value as a reward for repeatedly testing negative for (the absence of) drugs over time. Those vouchers are then exchanged for positive items or services that promote the person’s participation in more positive (pro-social) activities, like securing employment or advancing their education or health.
Each of these interventions uses techniques that are designed to enhance the skills of the person addicted to marijuana and their family members as a way of reducing or discouraging their marijuana use.
Although there is no medication that has yet been shown to be a clearly effective treatment of marijuana-use disorders and marijuana addiction, research shows that antidepressant medications may help some individuals manage marijuana withdrawal and to avoid relapse, respectively.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
MI is an addiction treatment option that uses a collaborative therapeutic conversation between the client and substance abuse counselors that addresses the common problem of ambivalence for change with their addiction, and works on ways to encourage the client’s commitment to their addiction treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT addiction treatment encourages clients to question and examine recurring thoughts to phase out those that are negative and unhealthy and detrimental to their addiction treatment.
Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
Similar to CBT, REBT it helps clients identify, challenge, and replace their destructive thoughts and convictions with healthier and more adaptive thoughts regarding their substance abuse and addiction.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
DBT teaches clients how to regulate their emotions to reduce the self-destructive behaviors that derive from extreme, intense emotions. An effective treatment for drug abuse, drug addiction, eating disorders, anger-related issues, self-injury, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Seeking Safety Therapy
Seeking safety Therapy is a present-focused therapy that helps clients maintain safety from trauma (PTSD) and drug use and addiction by focusing on coping skills, grounding techniques, and education.
Other Addiction Treatment Options that increase chances of Recovery include:
• Individual Therapy
• Family Therapy
• Group Therapy
• Recovery-Oriented Therapy (ropes course, equine therapy, etc.)
• Expressive Therapy (art therapy, music therapy, psychodrama, etc.)
• Therapy dealing with trauma
• Psycho-Educational Groups:
– Relapse Prevention Groups
– CBT Groups
– Relaxation and Meditation Groups
– Social Skills Groups
– Mood Disorder Groups
– Medication Group
– Health and Nutrition
– Anger Control
– DBT Groups
These options are all provided at BlueSky’s Addiction Treatment Center located at our facility.