Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Marijuana Symptoms & Effects

Understanding Marijuana

Learn About Marijuana

Marijuana, which consists of leaves, stems, and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant, is one of the most frequently abused drugs in the United States. The drug is commonly ingested by being smoked, added to food and eaten, or brewed into a tea. The principal psychoactive component of marijuana is THC, which is short for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. THC interacts with several parts of the brain, including the hippocampus, which is associated with the creation of memories, and the amygdala, which is linked to emotional learning.

The short-term effects of marijuana abuse include mild to moderate analgesia, stimulated appetite, impaired memory, enhanced relaxation, and distorted perceptions of time and space. Multiple studies suggest that chronic and/or heavy marijuana abuse may lead to irreversible structural changes in the brain, including decreases in the volume of the hippocampus and amygdala.

Though many people hold the mistaken belief that marijuana is a harmless substance, the truth is that abusing this drug can lead to significant negative outcomes. Thankfully, substance abuse treatment centers have developed effective programming that can help people regain control over their behaviors, overcome the compulsion to abuse marijuana, and resume their pursuit of a healthy drug-free future.

Statistics

Marijuana Statistics

Surveys indicate that about 25 million people in the United States have abused marijuana at least once in the past year, and that about 100 million Americans have abused this drug at least one time in their lives. Globally, information provided by the United Nations indicates that about 3.5% of the world’s population (or about 155 million people) engage in marijuana abuse every year.

In the first decade of the 21st century, nearly seven million Americans were arrested for violating laws related to the use, possession, or sale of marijuana. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reports that in 2011 alone, marijuana abuse contributed to more than than 450,000 visits to emergency rooms.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and Risk Factors for Marijuana Addiction

Several genetic and environmental influences may determine a person’s risk of abusing or becoming dependent upon marijuana.

Genetic: Having a parent or sibling who has or had a substance use disorder increases the likelihood that a person will also develop a substance use disorder, as does having a family history of mental illness. As advances in technology have provided researchers with greater insights into human genetics, more than 250 genes, acting alone or in clusters, have been identified as possibly having an influence over whether or not a person will be predisposed to developing a substance use disorder.

Environmental: Growing up in a family where the abuse of marijuana and/or other drugs was commonplace can be not just a genetic risk factor but also an environmental influence on a person’s chance of developing a substance use disorder. Other environmental influences that can raise a person’s likelihood of abusing marijuana include living in poverty, having chronic exposure to stress, experiencing trauma, and associating with friends or colleagues who abuse drugs.

Risk Factors:

  • Age (most people who abuse marijuana first do so before age 30)
  • Personal or family history of substance abuse
  • Personal or family history of mental illness
  • Personal history of trauma
  • Poor stress-management capabilities
  • Early exposure to substance abuse
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

The following are among the many symptoms that may indicate that a person is engaging in marijuana abuse:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Possessing rolling papers, roach clips, and other drug paraphernalia
  • Neglecting one’s appearance and personal hygiene
  • Acting secretively or deceptively regarding one’s activities and/or whereabouts
  • Pattern of unexplained absences from work or school
  • Declining performance at work or in school
  • Engaging in eating binges
  • Engaging in risky, reckless, or otherwise dangerous behaviors

Physical symptoms:

  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Delayed reaction time
  • Increased appetite and resultant weight gain
  • Lethargy
  • Hypersomnia
  • Dry mouth
  • Bloodshot and/or glassy eyes

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Problems forming or recalling memories
  • Impaired concentration
  • Difficulty tracking the passage of time
  • Impaired sensory perception

Psychosocial symptoms: 

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Fear, panic, and/or paranoia
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
Effects

Effects of Marijuana Abuse

Chronic marijuana abuse can increase a person’s risk for experiencing a wide range of short- and long-term damage, including the following:

  • Respiratory infections and lung damage
  • Heart problems
  • Abuse of alcohol and other substances
  • Impaired capacity for learning
  • Academic failure
  • Job loss and unemployment
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Legal problems, including potential incarceration
  • Financial trouble
  • Family discord
  • Damaged or destroyed interpersonal relationships
Co-Occurring Disorders

Marijuana Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

Many individuals who abuse marijuana are also struggling with co-occurring mental health disorders such as the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Withdrawal

Effects of Withdrawal

Sudden cessation of use after a person’s body has become dependent upon marijuana can bring about several unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including the following:

  • Powerful cravings for marijuana
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Concentration problems
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
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