Christian Marijuana Treatment
Marijuana use is more common than use of any other illicit drug, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Legalization of marijuana in specific states has normalized its use in some communities, but just because something is legal doesn’t mean it should be part of a God-centered life. If your weed use has turned into dependence, you might not feel in control of your own life anymore, and you might feel disconnected from God.
Drug addiction and abuse lead you away from God, but He never gives up on you and always provides opportunities for you to find your way back to the light. Deuteronomy 31:6 states “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Christian marijuana treatment may be the thing God is putting in your path to help you.
Call our faith-based addiction counselors today at (844) 402-3605 to find out more about how to recover from a weed addiction with God’s help.
What Is Marijuana Dependence?
Marijuana is made from the leaves of the Cannabis sativa plant, and it is often referred to as cannabis, pot, grass or weed. Users often smoke marijuana, either from a rolled cigarette, a pipe or a water pipe to get a high. Some people also brew tea from pot leaves or cook it into foods such as brownies, candies or cookies. The brain becomes less sensitive to marijuana over time, so it takes more to get the expected effect. Increasing the frequency or dose of marijuana increases the likelihood of addiction.
About 30 percent of people who try marijuana develop a substance abuse disorder related to pot use, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). For many users, marijuana use turns into dependence. People who are dependent on marijuana experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using weed.
If you are a Christian who is abusing marijuana, it isn't a sign that you are undeserving of God's love. In truth, God is always with you, even when you despair. As 1 Corinthians 3:16 states: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” Getting help for marijuana abuse or dependence through a faith-based recovery program is a way to acknowledge His love for you.
The Effects of Marijuana Use
Marijuana causes its effects on the body by mimicking natural neurotransmitters that affect memory, concentration, coordination, movement, time perception and sensory perception. THC molecules are the primary active ingredient in marijuana. THC molecules attach to the receptors these normal brain chemicals use and cause a flood of dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter, into the system. THC also produces a cascade of other effects, and not every user experiences the same reaction to weed. Some of the effects marijuana users experience include:
- Feelings of relaxation
- Altered sense of time
- Increased sensory perception
- Increased appetite
- Short-term memory problems
- Slowed reaction time
Dependence on marijuana can lead you to pull away from loved ones and your faith community. It can cause problems at work or school, and can result in financial troubles or job loss. Heavy cannabis use over time might even cause long-term brain changes that affect your memory.
Marijuana use can lead you astray from a healthy, spiritually minded lifestyle in other ways as well. While high on marijuana, you are more likely to participate in risky behaviors and less likely to think clearly. The lines between right and wrong might blur during marijuana use, and you might be less able to resist temptations that lead you into sin.
The Signs of Marijuana Abuse
If you suspect that a family member is abusing marijuana, you might look for signs of cannabis use to verify your suspicions. Some typical signs of marijuana abuse include:
- Reduced attention to personal appearance, including poor hygiene
- A distinctive smell of marijuana smoke on the user’s clothing or breath
- Sudden changes in appetite
- Financial problems caused by spending money on pot
- Increased clumsiness and lack of coordination
- Loss of interest in work, school or hobbies
- Pulling away from the faith community
- Inability to fulfill responsibilities and obligations
- Spending more time around drug-using friends and avoiding friends who don’t use drugs
One important thing to remember is that simple willpower often isn’t enough to get someone to stop using marijuana. Drug dependence is an illness, and it can be difficult to overcome without help.
While a cannabis addiction can be powerful, God is stronger. Our Christian treatment counselors are available 24/7 at (844) 402-3605 to give you more information on how to compassionately and effectively help someone who is abusing marijuana come back to God.
Christian Marijuana Treatment
Entering into a Christ-centered residential treatment center is the first step in breaking free of the grip of marijuana dependence. Working with doctors, nurses, therapists and support staff that share your belief system makes the journey easier. Our inpatient program provides room and board during your treatment along with church services, Bible study sessions and a peaceful environment, so you can concentrate on recovering from addiction and repairing your relationship with God.
When you start your Christian marijuana treatment, you receive an assessment to determine the best recovery options for your particular needs and situation. Your tailored rehab program might involve supervised detox, individual counseling, group counseling, family therapy or simultaneous treatment for other substance abuse or mental health issues. No matter which components your treatment includes, God walks with you every step of the way.
If you are physically dependent on weed, you might experience withdrawal symptoms as the drug leaves your system. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms aren’t life threatening, but they often feel uncomfortable. Some pot withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, depression, irritability, restlessness, sleep problems and a loss of appetite. You might also experience headaches, stomach pain, chills or a fever. A Christ-centered detox and withdrawal program helps you get through the physical and emotional stress of withdrawal with God’s help.
Christian Counseling for Marijuana Abuse
For long-term recovery success from cannabis addiction, you need to understand the root causes of your marijuana abuse and learn skills to avoid using drugs in the future. Christian therapists help you work through your drug abuse issues with faith as a foundation for your recovery. If you have underlying mental health issues, including anxiety or depression, a Christian counselor can help you with these problems as well.
Life skills training teaches you specific strategies to avoid situations where marijuana might pose a temptation. Your Christian counselor can help role play specific scenarios so you are prepared to say no to drugs in the future. During individual counseling, you might also learn alternative methods of dealing with stress so you don’t turn to marijuana for anxiety relief. During group counseling with other Christians going through rehab, you can share ideas and discover how others deal with challenging situations so you have multiple techniques to fall back on in the future.
Family counseling overseen by a Christian therapist can rebuild relationships broken by drug use and give your loved ones the tools they need to support your long-term recovery.
Faith-Based Aftercare for Successful Recovery
Once you leave our facility and start putting the things you’ve learned into practice, our faith-based aftercare program helps you smoothly move into a life free of drugs. Continued meetings with a Christian counselor or participation in a God-centered 12-step program help provide continued support to resist temptations. Knowing that you have the support of both God and a community of faithful, trained individuals can help prevent relapses and can make temporary setbacks in recovery easier to overcome.
Make the choice to live the drug-free life that God wants for you and start your journey toward recovery from marijuana dependence today by calling (844) 402-3605. Our lines are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, so you can talk to a Christian admissions counselor any time.