At Paradigm San Francisco we provide residential treatment for a wide range of teen substance abuse and teen mental health conditions, including Teen Marijuana Abuse Treatment. Marijuana is the most commonly abused drugs among teens and can have severe negative effects, despite teens’ common misconception of it being a relatively mild recreational drug.
Teen Marijuana Abuse Symptoms
Teens often have a casual attitude toward marijuana, which is one reason teen marijuana use continues to increase and be a serious concern. From a cultural standpoint, marijuana is often regarded as a substance with mild effects and the legalization of the substance might make it even easier for teens to view it as a casual recreational drug. This unfortunately causes teens to vastly underestimate its risks. Teens are especially vulnerable to these kinds of misconceptions because they’re unaware that marijuana’s effects on teens’ developing brains is vastly different than that on adult, fully-developed brains. In fact, this is one of the greatest risks of teen marijuana abuse, as the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, targets brain receptors that are associated with development, as well as with movement, memory, and pleasure. Especially in cases of repeated use, marijuana can actually disrupt healthy brain development and functioning, causing long-term or even permanent effects.
Beyond the risks of teen marijuana abuse has on the brain, it can also cause other negative effects on teens’ bodies as well as in their lives. While teen marijuana abuse often has an effect of causing teens to feel relaxed, in some teens it can produce an onset of anxiety and/or even paranoia. It also causes elevated heart rate and can have negative effects on the respiratory system, as well as triggering and/or aggravating symptoms related to existing mental illness.
Marijuana is a highly addictive substance and in cases of Teen Marijuana Abuse, teens will become lazy and withdrawn, as the constant use of the drug causes them to maintain a sort of numb apathy toward most things in their lives, including their responsibilities and their relationships. Understandably, this kind of apathy causes numerous problems over time, such as teens struggling in school, withdrawing from and/or being irresponsible with extracurricular commitments, being flaky in friendships and/or changing peer groups, and generally withdrawing from others. Teen marijuana abuse also often creates a very unhealthy cause-and-effect cycle, in which these symptoms leads to increased tension and stress in their lives, which will trigger them to use more, which will in turn worsen the effects.
Paradigm San Francisco Teen Marijuana Abuse Treatment
At Paradigm San Francisco, we provide teen marijuana abuse treatment for teens ages 13-17. As with all of our teen substance abuse and teen mental health treatment programs, we pay careful attention to diagnosis and treatment of Co-Occurring disorders, especially since Teen Marijuana Abuse is often present with mental health conditions, such as Teen Anxiety or Teen Depression. Throughout our treatment process, our therapists work with teens to address their current marijuana abuse from the deepest and most causal level possible, supporting them to identify and process the underlying emotional triggers and stressors that may have led to the use in the first place. Therapists also work to help teens evaluate what kinds of thoughts and feelings are connected to the behaviors and reliance upon the drug, as well as what effects their behaviors have had in their lives. In our teen marijuana abuse treatment programs, we offer a wide selection of therapeutic modalities and support programs, in order to help teens address all aspects of their lives, including their emotional, relational, social, and academic needs. In this way, our holistic approach supports teens to not just gain sobriety and overcome reliance on marijuana, but allows them to heal and grow as people, and be prepared to succeed in their lives.