marijuana addiction

Investigating the Relationship Between State Marijuana Legalization and Addiction

State marijuana legalization has led to the study of marijuana dependence and addiction. Many researchers are curious about whether marijuana use leads to dependence and addiction. There is a huge public perception that marijuana is safe and harmless. The goal of these studies is to figure out how true that conception really is. These studies…

A Wide Open Gate: Marijuana Addiction

The question is asked all the time. Is marijuana addictive? Many people argue over this, including marijuana users themselves. While some say marijuana is addictive and others do not, one thing that is certain is that marijuana can form a physical dependence. While 9% of people have a serious addiction (per Psychology Today), that’s 9%…

Is Marijuana Addictive?

There are a lot of competing perspectives on marijuana and whether it is truly addictive. So is it? A drug is considered addictive if it makes you dependent on it. In other words, you get withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it. You also crave an addictive drug – as in that’s all you really…

Miley Cyrus: A Recovery Role Model

Miley Cyrus’s battle with addiction has been highly publicized over the past couple of years. In 2015, Miley Cyrus was photographed in a recording studio surrounded by what appeared to be drug paraphernalia. Miley’s loved ones and fans watched her addiction story unfold in the news. Despite the difficulties she undoubtedly has faced in working through her…

Life Sentences for Drug-Related Crimes

When we picture “low-bottom” addicts and alcoholics, we tend to picture those who have suffered legal issues. Perhaps they received a few DWIs or spent a few nights in the drunk tank. Maybe they’ve even been in prison for years because they committed violent crimes while under the influence. Recently, one of our staff attended…

Our Promise of Personalized Care

If you look at the description of our programs, you will see that Amethyst Recovery promises personalized care for the sake of ensuring quality treatment for our patients. But what does this actually mean? Like any treatment center, we have a basic outline for how treatment should work. Our full continuum of care generally includes…

Young People in Recovery

When many picture groups like AA or NA, they picture middle-aged men and women who have reached the end of their ropes. They picture people who have been beaten down by life for decades, losings jobs and families along the way. Sadly, however, there is no shortage of young people among our ranks. There are…

Enabling: Loving Your Child to Death

Addiction takes time. It takes time to develop as the addict goes through the stages of the Jellinek Curve that lead toward the inevitable downward spiral. It takes time to recognize, as some signs of addiction will not show as immediately as others. And more than anything, it takes time to heal. It can be…

Why Cannabis Addiction is More Dangerous Than You Think

It may sound strange to some people that treatment centers receive patients who are addicted to marijuana, but they most definitely exist. While many people defend cannabis as being non-addictive, there is no shortage of marijuana users who experience physical discomfort if they do not smoke it every day. And those who are not defending…

Advertising and the Spread of Opioid Addiction

Those who watched Julia Louis-Dreyfus host Saturday Night Live this past weekend may be aware of the controversy created after the show featured a fake advertisement for a product called “Heroin AM.” It presents itself as a harmless ad for an over-the-counter medication, not unlike the ads you might see for NyQuil or DayQuil. Many…