The first medical cannabis dispensary has opened in New Hampshire. At Bright Futures Treatment Center, we openly explore the topic of marijuana as a gateway drug in our group and individual therapy sessions as part of the men’s addiction treatment program. There are various debates on this heated topic, but one thing is for certain—many of our clients in our men’s recovery program sitting in our individual and group therapy sessions right now started out using marijuana recreationally which lead to harder illicit narcotics. That is not everyone’s story—we are all unique individuals with different paths. Continue reading as we explore the gateway drug theory, and if you or anyone you know is struggling with substance abuse, dial our men’s addiction sober support hotline at [wisSW_ClickNTap telephoneNumber=”844-762-3700″ type=”telephone||skype:”](844) 762-3700[/wisSW_ClickNTap] to speak with a recovering addict that will counsel you with the best advice and solutions for your affliction.
Gateway Drugs: Are They Real or A Product of Fear?
As CBSLOCAL.com reports with the opening statement about the developments in Plymouth, New Hampshire,
“New Hampshire’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open after receiving its registration certificate.”
We are left with the following dilemma: as the trend continues with states legalizing marijuana, will this lead to a further increase in the men’s drug addiction epidemic already sweeping the nation? With easier availability and access to marijuana, whether it be for medicinal or recreational purposes, doctors will soon enough be prescribing cannabis for everything from migraines to generalized anxiety disorders. Here at Bright Futures Treatment Center For Men, we are equipped to deal with any and all cases of substance abuse from chronic alcoholism, to deliberating heroin addiction, to marijuana dependence. While cannabis may not be fully physically addictive, the textbook analysis for addiction is there—compulsion and obsession to continue ingesting marijuana despite the negative consequences it causes in a person’s life—whether it be legal, family, or employment-related. We have had such cases and treated such clients successfully just like as any other—with an integrated men’s addiction treatment approach of group therapy, individual counseling sessions, and holistic healing. Proponents of the gateway drug theory often point to the many studies that correlate marijuana misuse and tobacco dependence, but that does not necessarily lead to harder drugs. Ultimately, the unique complexity of each individual determines their path in life and whether or not they become consumed by chemical dependence.
What To Do If You’re A Drug Addict
The labels and stigma of being a drug addict are not appealing—by definition a chronic marijuana user that is misusing or abusing the substance is addicted, and the fear is that this may lead the addict to seek out a stronger high. Many of our clients are former marijuana users that turned to prescription pain pills for a stronger euphoric high, or alcohol to mix with the weed until it became alcohol every single day. Of course, there are also many people that will go their whole lives only smoking a joint once in a while, that is because they do not have the addictive behaviors, tendencies, and personality that an addict does, it just never reaches that level. This is part of the disease model of addiction, and at Bright Futures Treatment Center For Men we believe that addiction is a disease, but it is treatable and can be put into remission with intensive addiction therapy and twelve step or self-help support groups. We applaud those that never succumb to the gateway drug theory, and will closely follow the medical marijuana developments in New Hampshire and across the nation. For anyone else that is a struggling drug addict and seeking help—we are here for you, and we know what to do so that you recover safely from your disease. Simply pick up the phone and contact our men’s addiction recovery admissions office today for a no cost assessment of your situation.