Muir Wood therapist, David Laing
Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services is a Joint Commission-accredited mental health and substance use disorder treatment provider located in Petaluma, California. We provide integrated evidence-based care including psychiatry, psychotherapy, experiential therapy, wellness services, and milieu therapy for adolescents and teens, and their family members.

Does Your Teen Need Marijuana Addiction Treatment?

No parent wants to believe that their child is in need of marijuana addiction treatment. Initially, many parents prefer to see marijuana abuse as a one-time thing and – if it continues – a passing phase. But the fact is that if marijuana abuse has turned into marijuana addiction then early intervention and treatment can make a world of difference in efficacy of care and recovery. The earlier your teen gets the help he needs, the more likely he is to:

  • Need treatment for a shorter period of time
  • Need less intensive treatment
  • Remain drug-free for a longer period of time
  • Avoid other “hard” drugs like heroin and cocaine
  • Avoid an accident while under the influence
  • Avoid unprotected sex under the influence that can result in an STD or teen pregnancy

If your teen is dependent upon marijuana, we can provide him with the treatment he needs to move forward and away from drug use. Contact us at Muir Wood today and learn more about our teen-specific substance abuse rehabilitation program for boys.

Signs That Your Teen Needs Marijuana Rehab

If you have already identified the signs of marijuana abuse in your son and/or found the drug itself as well as the paraphernalia used to smoke it among your son’s possessions, then it’s clear that marijuana abuse is an issue. Should those behaviors continue despite firm consequences at home and at school, how can you tell when marijuana abuse has turned into an issue that requires formal treatment?

  • Poor academic performance. Your child may be experiencing a number of problems at school as a direct result of ongoing marijuana abuse, including a drop in grades, missing classes, and expulsion for getting high on campus or being in possession of marijuana. As soon as this starts to happen, it’s important to take action; learning is cumulative and it’s difficult to make up the work and get back on track before graduation without damaging your son’s options for college.
  • Loss of interest in other hobbies and activities. Afterschool activities, sports, clubs and hobbies are all important parts of the teen experience. They contribute to positive social support, self-esteem, and his college applications. These often fall by the wayside when marijuana abuse becomes a problem.
  • Losing friends who don’t use drugs. Your son may have had friends for years who suddenly fall off when his marijuana abuse increases. This is a sign that his marijuana use has reached a crisis point, because it indicates how much he’s willing to give up in pursuit of staying high.
  • Decreased mental and emotional state. Long-term use of any substance will slowly start to erode at your teen’s mental capabilities and decrease overall mood. When not under the influence, your son may be sullen and despondent and while high he may seem distant and “out of it.” Because his brain is rapidly growing and maturing during this period, any use of marijuana can harm your son’s cognitive function and stunt his emotional growth.
  • Inability to connect with family members. When focused solely on getting high and staying high, your son will have little interest in engaging with other members of the family. He may argue more with you, be rude when invited to join the family for anything from dinner to a vacation, and spend less time with siblings and extended family members.
  • Lying, cheating and stealing. Your son likely doesn’t have enough money of his own to pay for marijuana when it becomes a chronic habit, so to pay for what he needs, he may steal from you or others and lie about it. Some teens take money while others steal items from the house to sell to get money for marijuana.
  • Criminal behavior. Breaking into cars, damaging property, shoplifting – all these are common crimes committed by young people with a drug problem. Whether causing trouble because they are under the influence or attempting to steal enough money to pay for more drugs, the result is the same: arrest, court, fines, and in some cases, a juvenile detention center if the behaviors continue unchecked.
  • Siblings are mimicking his behaviors. When the behaviors last so long and there are so few identifiable negative consequences to younger siblings, they may start to follow in your substance-abusing son’s footsteps, either getting high with their own friends or with your son.

Take Action

Overall, a decreased quality of life and family relationships due to marijuana use are big red flags that marijuana abuse is not a phase for your child and that it’s time to get treatment. Contact us at Muir Wood now to discuss the options in marijuana addiction treatment that are waiting for your teen.