How to Tell If Your Teen Needs Marijuana Rehab
Marijuana has been popular among teenagers for more than fifty years. Grass, pot, bud, trees: whatever your generation, there are plenty of names for it and plenty of places for it in pop culture and in music. It’s the most commonly used drug, aside from alcohol and tobacco, among young people, and it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to get. If you’re a parent, you may be wondering how to handle your teen’s pot smoking. Perhaps you smoked a little yourself back in school, and now you’re wondering when and if pot can become a serious problem.
It’s a myth that marijuana isn’t an addictive drug. It is, although it doesn’t have the devastatingly high levels of physical addiction of narcotics or club drugs. Some people can use it semi-regularly without becoming addicted; others cannot—in that way it’s similar to alcohol. But pot addiction can be just as devastating as any other kind of addiction. Talk to your teen about pot, and find out what he or she is really up to. Also keep an eye out for these signs:
- Dropping grades or dropping out of activities: Is pot getting in the way of schoolwork and other priorities?
- Different friends: Has your teen dropped his or her old friends and found new friendships centered around pot?
- Needing pot to function: If your teen can’t take a break from smoking weed, he or she may need it to function, which is a clear sign of dependency.
- Stealing: If your child is stealing money or household items, this may be a sign that he or she is driven to get more pot and is desperate enough to steal for it. This drive to obtain more at all costs is a clear symptom of addiction.
If any of this sounds familiar, you may need to get your teen into recovery as soon as possible. Archstone Recovery offers a variety of marijuana/pot addiction rehab programs. For teens, it’s important to start recovery in a safe place that’s removed from the pressures of friends, family, and social life. Archstone Recovery’s state-of-the-art facility in beautiful Lantana, Florida gets addicted teens “away from it all” so that they can fully focus on drug rehabilitation. Live in Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee or any other east coast state? No problem. Archstone Recovery treats teens from all over. For more information, contact Archstone Recovery today.