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Friday, September 28, 2018

Young Adults Using Cannabis On The Rise

cannabis use disorder
Most Americans are in favor of either medical cannabis programs, recreational use laws, or both. There may be a day that comes in the not too distant future when we see cannabis downgraded to a status similar to alcohol, decriminalized on the Federal level. Naturally, there exists two pretty good arguments for supporting or criticizing legislation that will bring about more relaxed marijuana laws. Each case should, and likely will be considered carefully before any national decisions are made in the future.

Maintaining the status quo of marijuana legality is harmful and has disrupted the lives of millions of Americans. The fact that people are serving lengthy sentences in prison for cannabis is almost hard to believe, and yet that is the reality of many Americans. Even though the drug is habit forming for some people and can lead to a cannabis use disorder, doesn’t mean that locking people up for using the substance is the right course.

However, it is vital that legislation in this country, and the rolling out of laws that allow for adult use, be guided by public health and addiction science experts. Americans need to be able to access the facts about the drug so that they can make informed decisions at an age when the brain is still not fully developed. Simply put, there are inherent risks to using cannabis; many Americans, especially young Americans, are unaware of such hazards.


Young Adult Cannabis Use

The majority of people who use cannabis recreationally do so in moderation. Your average smoker is lighting up first thing in the morning, maintaining a high throughout the day, and then using the drug just before bed. Just like with alcohol, most Americans exercise caution when it comes to using the drug. However, research shows that young people who use the drug are at a heightened risk of experiencing cognitive deficiencies, social problems, and developing a cannabis use disorder.

Teenagers and young adults, in states permitting medical use or people over the age of 21 years, need to understand better what is at stake before they begin using the drug regularly, or at all for that matter. Millions of people in this country currently meet the criteria for a cannabis use disorder; such people seek the assistance of addiction treatment centers regularly. With that in mind, it is clear that cannabis – as some purport – isn't benign; those who attempt to quit on their own will often experience withdrawal symptoms that can precipitate relapse before recovery takes root.

The addictive nature of cannabis use is incontrovertible, and young people are vulnerable; which is why it is concerning to learn that the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey found that more non-college young adults are using the drug than ever. The MTF shows that daily, or near daily, marijuana use among non-college young adults is climbing. Last year, use reached its highest level (13.2 percent) among the mentioned demographic. Non-college attending young adults use marijuana at nearly three times the rate of college students.

Please take a moment to watch Dr. Nora Volkow discuss some of the findings of the survey:

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Cannabis Use Disorder

At Celebrate Hope, we can help men and women struggling with cannabis use disorder break the cycle of addiction. Please contact our skilled team of professionals to learn about our recovery programs and discuss treatment options.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Inspiring Others During Recovery Month

Recovery Month
If you are working a program of recovery and are dedicated to leading a life free from drugs and alcohol, then September is an important month. Each year at this time Celebrate Hope and treatment centers across the United States observe National Recovery Month. This a time when those working a program can play a critical role in encouraging others to take steps toward transforming their life.

Those who follow the news understand that millions of people across the country are currently wrestling with addiction and other debilitating mental health conditions, such as depression, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), and bipolar disorder. While recovery is attainable for anyone who is willing to take action and seek help, the vast majority of those who have mental illness never seek assistance. But, we can all do our part and encourage others to reach out for help.

National Recovery Month “provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate” the accomplishments of individuals in recovery, and in doing so, we inspire others to embrace change. Sadly, many people feel making changes for the better an impossible task; whether it be stigma or trying to recover without support, it is easy for people struggling with addiction to remain silent. And, if an individual isn’t able to speak up and call out for assistance, nothing is likely to change.

Join The Voices for Recovery

“The observance [Recovery Month] reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.”

One way to help people who are in the grips of addiction to see that recovery is possible is to amplify the message of the many men and women, young and old alike, who are committed to long-term improvement. People can and do recover when they believe it's possible; what better way to show the promise of tomorrow than providing a vehicle for those working a program to share their story.

The 2018 Recovery Month theme is, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” If you are in recovery, then you have an opportunity to inspire others by sharing your experience. You might find it surprising, but your story may be one of the catalysts that helps another make the courageous decision to reach out to a treatment center. What’s more, SAMHSA and other entities are hosting events throughout the month to spread these important messages:

There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.


Addiction Treatment

Celebrate Hope commends the hard work of men and women in recovery, and we are confident that your actions this month will inspire others to follow a similar path. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol or substance use disorder, please reach out to us as soon as possible to discuss addiction treatment options and start celebrating hope today.
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