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Rehab Programs in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Tulsa is the second largest city in the state of Oklahoma and the 47th largest city in the U.S. The cities population is 391,906 according to the 2010 census. Located in “Green Country” northeast Oklahoma, along the Arkansas River and the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Tulsa was once the most important hub for the American oil industry, holding the nickname “Oil Capital of the World”. Now the energy, finance, aviation, telecommunications and technology sectors fuel the cities economy.

Home to the Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa. Also home to two world renowned art museums, opera, ballet and the art deco architecture. The city is full of culture and history, called one of America’s most livable large cities.  Tulsa police report a large problem with Marijuana cultivation, sales and abuse with its citizens.

Marijuana Addiction Rehab Programs

Marijuana is a green brown leaf derived from the cannabis plant, containing more the 400 chemicals. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main chemical in marijuana to give the psychoactive effect. Binding itself to cannabinoid (CB) receptors throughout the nervous system and other parts of the body. CB receptors are found in area’s of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thought, concentration, sensory and time perception, appetite, pain, and movement coordination. When THC enters the body it can cause a number of effects. Short-term memory loss is most common, it becomes hard to learn and retain information. Reaction time is drastically slowed and motor coordination is impaired. Many make the foolish step of  driving while impaired, risking their life and the lives of others.  This is also in combination with poor judgment and decision making.

The Effects of Marijuana

Marijuana causes an increased heart rate by 20-100%,  greatly  increasing the risk of heart attack, especially for those over the age of 50. Many marijuana smokers will find their mood altered to the point of euphoric feelings and calmness, this makes the drug so addictive. Each person is effected differently, commonly with high doses it results in anxiety and paranoia. Those who use Marijuana for an extended period of time are at ricks of addiction. Marijuana begins to consume their life leading to academic failures, poor job performance and diminished life satisfaction. For those who smoke Marijuana, the most common way, are at risk for respiratory problems such as chronic cough and bronchitis. They will find themselves with cognitive impairment even when not intoxicated. Those addicted to marijuana also will find themselves with emotional and psychological problems, depression and anxiety are most common.

Population studies have shown an association between marijuana use and increased risk of schizophrenia, also intensifying the symptoms of this disease. With marijuana addiction comes cravings and withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, sleeping problems, and anxiety. This can make it difficult for long-term marijuana smokers to quit.

The Statistics

  • According to NSDUH, in 2009, 4.3 million were dependent on or abused marijuana.
  • Approximately 9% of people who used marijuana may become dependent. The risk of addiction goes up to about 1 in 6 among those who start using as adolescents, and 25-50% of daily users.
  • 17% of people entering drug abuse treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse (63% of those aged 12-14; and 69% of those 15-17), representing more than 320,000 admissions (TEDS, 2008).

Treatment for Marijuana Addiction from Tulsa Oklahoma Rehabs

There is treatment available to those who are ready to quit abusing Marijuana. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational incentives, such as providing vouchers for goods or services to patients who remain abstinent, have shown to be successful in treating marijuana dependence. The body will be cleansed during the detoxification process. Counseling will be provided to get the the rout cause of the addiction as well as work through and mental health issues that are a result of chronic abuse of marijuana. There is help out there, contact a Tulsa Oklahoma rehab today and start on the road to recovery.