It is important to understand that each substance abused does require a different approach in terms of the interventionist. Each intervention is handled according to what substance your teen or young adult is addicted to and what type of detox and treatment will be required for recovery.
Marijuana goes by several names including weed, pot, smoke, kind, and sense. It’s primary active ingredient is THC and It can be ingested or smoked. A recent trend among adolescents is to soak marijuana in embalming fluid and smoke it. This is referred to as “sherm”, “happy sticks” or getting “wet”. The effects of this are very similar to smoking PCP or “angel dust”.
Marijuana generally hasn’t the high degree of personal and societal impact as does other “hard” drugs such as cocaine and heroin. As a result, marijuana interventions are more rare. A marijuana user seldom sells all of his belongings and ends up homeless as a result of his addiction. However, it is important to understand that although the impact is less, if a person uses any mood altering substance to handle life’s difficult problems, then his ability to deal with them over time becomes less. This itself causes problems. It isn’t the drug itself that is the problem; it is what happens as a result of his use that is the problem. Generally speaking there are two types of marijuana interventions that we perform.
Early Substance Abuse/Prevention
This type of marijuana intervention is more common than that of a late stage marijuana addiction. Essentially performed on younger individuals (teens, early adults) who have begun experimenting with marijuana and it’s now entered the problem stage. Since 98% of all hard drug users began with marijuana it is commonly referred to as a “gateway” drug into harder substances. Parents that usually choose to do a marijuana intervention on someone at the early stages of their usage generally do so to prevent their loved one from moving on to harder substances. Educating the family on addiction, enabling, and tough love gives families the foundation to help prevent their son or daughter from making decisions that can eventually destroy their life. Many times when conducting an intervention on harder substances, our intervention specialist hears from the family members “I wish I had done this years ago when this first started”. Performing a marijuana intervention on an early usage individual for prevention can usually save the family years of later heartache.
Late Stage Marijuana Addiction
Rarer than a prevention-type intervention, the late stage marijuana intervention is on someone who has been using marijuana for years and is now developing acute problems or an inability to deal with life without it. Generally speaking, this is an extremely difficult intervention to perform if the only drug abused (including alcohol) is marijuana. Since the addict has major denial systems in place, he can always point out the harder drugs as “worse” than his drug of choice. It takes a highly effective intervention specialist to break through this denial in performing a marijuana intervention on a late stage addict.
Statistically, a majority of marijuana addicts eventually engage in some form of “dealing” to help offset their habits. Oftentimes we have to take this into consideration when performing a marijuana intervention. In some cases, giving up the drug itself isn’t half as much a problem as giving up the lifestyle.
Essentially each marijuana intervention is unique and after proper analysis and guidance your intervention specialist will help you to determine when and what is the best approach.