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Sterling Heights is the fifth largest city in the state of Michigan with a total population of 129,699 according to the 2010 United States Census Bureau. Sterling Heights is one of the core suburbs of Detroit. Sterling Heights is the host to the annual festival “Sterlingfest”. This is a large event held in July/August each summer, it is held in Dodge Park, a large park near downtown Sterling Heights. During the event, Dodge Park is crowded with food stands and carnival rides. The event also features performances by several artists and groups. This festival and its crowds is also accompanied by excessive alcohol and drug abuse. Marijuana seems to be the drug of choice during these events.
There was 596,000 marijuana users in a one month period in the state of Michigan according to a recent survey. Some who use Marijuana in Michigan end up become addicted and in need of a treatment facility to quit without relapse. There was 7,585 treatment admissions in Michigan for Marijuana addiction.
Marijuana is a gray or green mixture of dried flowers and leaves from the Cannabis sativa, or hemp plant. Marijuana is also known as pot, grass,trees, ganja, weed, Maryjane and hash. It contains a chemical known as THC that when smoked or eaten, it creates a high. Marijuana acts as a sedative, which means it has a calming effect, giving a sense of well-being or euphoria, even at time altering the individuals perceptions. Marijuana is a highly psychologically addictive drug. Marijuana has both short- and long-term effects on the body. Short-term effects last 2 to 4 hours when the marijuana is smoked and 5 to 12 hours when it’s taken by mouth.
Short-term effects include:
- accelerated heart rate
- disordered thinking
- impaired concentration, thinking ability, and judgment
- impaired perceptual and motor functions
- inappropriate emotions
- increased appetite
- increased blood pressure
- short-term memory loss
Long term use of marijuana increases a person’s risk for the following diseases and conditions:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- heart disease
- increased risk for heart attack (After age 45, Marijuana use causes significant stress on the heart, drastically increasing risk for heart attack for about an hour after they smoke the marijuana.)
- increased risk for lung cancer
- loss of ambition or inability to carry out long-term plans or function effectively
- psychological addiction
- reduced breathing capacity
An individual abusing marijuana for an extended period of time begin to loose inhibition, they will ignore consequences of their actions despite knowing the negative effects, repeatably fail to meet duties at work, school, or home. Many feel that the use of marijuana does not effect their ability to function, which is especially dangerous such as when driving, their actions can lead to legal problems.
It’s time to quit, Visit a Sterling Heights Rehab
Marijuana is highly psychologically addictive, requiring help from an rehab program to quit without relapse. Rehab centers will offer you counseling to get to the root of the addiction, treating any mental health issues you may have developed from long term use. Contact a Sioux Falls rehab center today to start on the road to recovery.