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Is it “Just Pot”

I am on the mailing list for a treatment center in Canada called Edgewood. I have had the pleasure of visiting the facility and have referral several people who were happy to have been treated there. Here is some of the article: Our experience at Edgewood suggests the general public, those families who struggle with addiction, and most certainly those advocating for medicinal
use of marijuana could benefit from more information. What we are
concerned with is the lack of knowledge of the potential addictive qualities of the drug and other associated health
risks. As with alcohol consumption, many people use marijuana without suffering any apparent negative consequences. Like the occasional drinker, the occasional ‘toker’ may not recognize
or give credence to the potential for harm from the
substance. It is well documented that while consumption
of alcohol is benign for some, it can lead to addiction issues, physical and neurological damage, family crisis, or medical and
police emergencies for others. While statistics for the consequences of marijuana use are limited, it is
reasonable to suggest a percentage of those using marijuana run the risk of experiencing the same types of harms associated with alcohol. (Most people choose not to use illegal or controlled
substances, so it remains to be seen if legalizing marijuana would change its consumption and/or harm patterns.)For those genetically predisposed to addiction, marijuana is both highly
addictive and destructive. For others, prolonged use can negatively affect brain function, trigger psychotic
episodes and lead to lung disease from the constant exposure to toxins in the inhaled smoke. When despite all of this, the person using marijuana cannot stop, that’s addiction. Choice at that
point has nothing to do with it. For those who support medicinal
use of marijuana the implications of the method of delivery of the active ingredient is worth considering. Our experience with marijuana addicts in treatment is that they are admittedly
less interested in a controlled dosage in pill or tablet form. They are more interested in smoking as much as they themselves deem to be “okay”. And, while anecdotal evidence abounds, there
still is no clear scientific evidence that proves marijuana an equal, or superior, medicine to conventional medicines already available.
Society continues to debate the merits and perils of marijuana use and its legalization, but if we are going to engage in debate let us at least be as informed as we can be on this complex
subject and consider all aspects of its use. For some, marijuana remains a benign social stimulant; for others it can be the beginning of a path to ruin.

The Dangers of an Alcoholic Mother

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When you hear the words ‘alcoholic mother,’ you already have a mental image that’s disconcerting and confusing. It’s actually a dichotomy. Mothers are supposed to be nurturing, caring individuals, not falling-down drunks. How can the two possibly go together?Read the rest from Promises Treatment Centers here.

If you are currently drinking and are unable to stop, please do yourself and your family a favor and get help. You are not alone please contact BHH today at (808) 234-9838

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Interventions

Most of us have seen at least one episode of the TV hit show Intervention. They show graphic images of the addict using, the families talk about the pain cause by the person’s drinking or drug use, then the big drama filled secret meeting showing the person hopefully going off to treatment. A family contacted me recently wanting an intervention. I asked the Mother who appeared to be the enabler to come to my office to discuss the situation. In our session we discussed the issue at hand devised our next steps, she went home to speak with the other family members. We set up a meeting with siblings and close relatives, invited the addicted individual, making sure no one was being secretive. The addicted individual knew they were coming to discuss the issue at hand. I tell family member to say to the addict, “I would like you to come to help me deal with this issue.” Nine times out of ten the person will come to the meeting. Everyone showed up to the appointment with the addicted individual in tow. We met for about an hour and a half, the addict family member left agreeing to go to treatment. My services were about $300.00 for the intervention. Not everyone can do an intervention this way. They had the resources to set up a treatment facility on the Mainland. They had plenty of family members to stay with the person and keep the momentum going. I was told it took 2 hours to get the person in the car to go to the airport. They had someone stay with him in California for a few day during detox so they were the exception rather then the rule. The addict is in long term treatment and hopefully they will stay. The family will need to do their own work because they become as sick if not sicker then addict. Interventions come in all different sizes and shapes. Interventions work but it takes a lot of effort on the part of everyone involved to make it sucessful long term.