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Teen Marijuana Addiction Treatment in Los Angeles

According to the table published by the University of Michigan, an estimated 7.1% of 8th graders, 17.3% of 10th graders, and 30.5% of 12th graders reported using cannabis/hashish in 2021. Despite the government’s stern regulatory measures regarding the sale of marijuana and other substances, teen cannabis abuse in California is at an all time high. Teen marijuana use can lead to an array of negative consequences, so it’s important for parents to understand signs of teen marijuana addiction.

Understanding Teen Marijuana Use

What is Teen Marijuana Addiction?

Teen marijuana addiction refers to a condition in which a teenager becomes a frequent user and dependent on marijuana, despite the adverse effects. When teens are addicted to marijuana, they increase the amount they smoke and frequency, making the body tolerant. This condition can disorient the normal functioning of the body and hinder brain development. The risk and extent of teen marijuana dependence are measured on the basis of dosage, frequency, and potency of the marijuana smoked. Taking marijuana in liquid, wax, and solid forms increases the chances of addiction to smoking marijuana because the concentrates of THC are much higher.

Causes of Teen Marijuana Addiction

How Does Teen Marijuana Addiction Occur?

Teen marijuana addiction is a complex process that involves tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid receptors in the brain. When a teenager uses marijuana, the THC activates the brain receptors, improving mood and pleasure. Long-term teenage marijuana use increases the brain’s dependence on the drug, making adolescents experience an uncontrollable craving for marijuana, leading to compulsive use.

Teen Marijuana Abuse Signs

Signs of Marijuana Use in Teenagers

There are many warning signs of marijuana use in teens. These signs and symptoms can be divided into physical, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological side effects. While these are the most common signs, it’s important to remember that marijuana can affect teens differently depending on the strain and potency.

BLOODSHOT EYES

Marijuana dilates blood capillaries in the eyes, leading to low pressure. The dilated blood capillaries cause more blood to flow into the eyes.

INCREASED HUNGER

Marijuana addiction activates ghrelin and anandamide hormones, which cause feelings of starvation and increased appetite.

DIFFICULTY THINKING AND POOR MEMORY

Marijuana addiction impairs the prefrontal cortex, cerebrum, and temporal lobe in the brain, leading to cognitive difficulties and short-term memory loss.

FEAR AND PARANOIA

Some teens develop paranoia when they are addicted to marijuana. For example, they might hallucinate that police are chasing them.

DISSOCIATION

Dissociation is a common psychological symptom of teen marijuana addiction. It is characterized by derealization, amnesia, identity confusion, and depersonalization.

MOOD SWINGS AND IRRITABILITY

Teens may experience sudden shifts in their attitude and emotional state. They may also become easily frustrated, angry or hostile for no apparent reason.

Teen Marijuana Addiction Treatment by Key Healthcare

Teen Marijuana Abuse Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

There are many ways to help your teenager stop using marijuana. A majority of the time, adolescents will use marijuana to cope with their mental health issues. This is why Key Healthcare provides dual diagnosis teen marijuana addiction treatment to treat both the mental health condition and substance abuse. We develop individualized treatment plans to ensure long-term recovery for your child. If you are interested in learning more about our teen marijuana abuse treatment options, contact us today.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Our adolescent IOP marijuana addiction takes place 9 hours per week over the course of 4-12 weeks. Your teen will participate in therapy sessions that help them work through the reasons for marijuana use.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment (PHP)

Our PHP treatment for teens marijuana addiction takes place 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 3-4 weeks. Teens will attend therapy sessions where they will develop the coping skills needed to stop using marijuana and treat underlying mental health issues.

Teen Residential Treatment Program

Key Healthcare’s teen residential treatment program is a 45-60 day program in Malibu, California, where adolescents receive the highest level of care, with 24/7 support.

Extended Care

Our male-only marijuana addiction treatment extended care program for teens is a combination of our partial hospitalization program and sober living. Your teen will have around the clock support to treat all mental health and substance abuse issues related to his marijuana use.

Individual and Group Therapy

We utilize a variety of adolescent individual therapies and adolescent group therapies to treat mental health conditions and dual diagnosis marijuana abuse, including cognitive behavioraldialectical behavior, and acceptance and commitment therapy. During sessions, teens will learn coping skills and how to process their emotions.

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Key Healthcare works with a majority of health insurance providers and depending on your plan, 100% of the costs may be covered. Verify your insurance to get more information about your coverage.
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