Counseling for Marijuana Abuse

Counseling for Marijuana Abuse

Multi-generational use of alcohol and marijuana is not as uncommon as people may think. Having been a favorite drug of choice in the early 1960s, it has never lost its appeal. Part of the attraction of marijuana is that it makes people feel less inhibited, relaxed, and silly. In this state, people have a tendency to say and do things they might not otherwise do, such as overindulge in food and alcohol, say revealing things, and act in a foolish manner.

While some short-term effects of marijuana are considered fun and desirable, others include problems with memory and learning, distorted perception (sights, sounds, time, touch), trouble with thinking and problem solving, loss of motor coordination, increased heart rate, and anxiety. Probably not some issues you want to deal with during a hunting trip with your father and grandfather.

Counseling for Marijuana Abuse

In the case of marijuana abuse, many people think “it’s no big deal; it should be legalized; it’s no worse than drinking.” However, regardless of the legal status of marijuana or alcohol for that matter, when a person abuses marijuana, it can have a long-term negative impact on their lives.

Therefore, when counseling a person for marijuana abuse, the abuser–counselor relationship is the foundation of treatment. In an effort to guide an abuser away from marijuana, the relationship between the abuser and the counselor is at the core of the change process.

One of the primary reasons an abuser stays within a counseling program is the relationship that he/she has with their counselor who can take the following actions:

  • Listen empathically
  • Provide support and encouragement
  • Display genuine concern
  • Respond to concerns
  • Provide clarifications and explanations

Counseling can help patients understand how marijuana dependence damages their lives, but counseling also teaches the skills that help end dependence. Seeking help is not weak; it can help end your marijuana dependence for good.

Get Help for Marijuana Addiction

Finding the right detox program to meet your needs or the needs of someone you love can be an overwhelming experience. You need help in getting advice so that you can determine the most appropriate marijuana addiction treatment for you. While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about marijuana addiction and detox programs. We are here to help.