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Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What is Marijuana?

Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant and is a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug that slows down your response and gives you a calm “high” that borders on euphoric. Although marijuana has been legalized in several states and is used for medicinal purposes, there is still a risk of addiction. Its street names include weed, pot, grass, bud, Mary Jane, and various other slang terms. The main psychoactive chemical in the drug that’s responsible for the intoxicating effects is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It’s found in the leaves and buds of the mainly female plant. In total, marijuana has over 500 other chemicals.

Statistics on Marijuana Usage

According to recent data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 30 percent of those who use marijuana could have some form of marijuana use disorder. For people who use before the age of 18, there is a 4 to 7 times greater chance of developing the disorder than adults. In the U.S., researchers estimated that 4 million people met the criteria for marijuana use disorder in 2015. Only 138,000 sought treatment voluntarily. The use disorder can transition into an addiction when the person is unable to stop using the drug — even when it interferes with their daily lives.

Who Becomes Addicted and Why

As with many other things, genetics plays a substantial role in who will become addicted to marijuana or other drugs. Studies of identical twins raised in different households support this position. It was found that they have higher rates of an addiction co-occurring, meaning if one develops an addiction, the other is highly likely to develop one too, than fraternal twins raised apart. This could work in people’s favor, though, as family ties can help people avoid the progression into addiction. 

Responsibility skills is another working theory. If people have jobs and families, they’re less likely to turn to addictive substances like marijuana. If they have healthy self-esteem and respect, along with a social network, they won’t need to turn to drugs typically. Those who don’t have many options may also turn to drugs and those who have had trauma that led to PTSD, such as combat experience or abuse. Drug use helps them take leave of their emotions and feelings. Environmental influences may also play a huge role in developing an addiction, as well as mental illness. 

For example, an estimated 50 to 50 percent of people addicted to marijuana have a co-occurring mental disorder. The majority have:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia

In the beginning, marijuana offers these people a benefit, making the world more interesting to counter the loss of depression. It also helps calm anxiety and shuts down the process where dreams form in the brain, eliminating nightmares for those with PTSD.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment

It’s important for those addicted to marijuana to get treatment, either in a residential care facility or with the help of a medical professional. Detoxification and withdrawal is the process of getting clean and resetting your brain to not rely on the drug. Counseling and skills development is used to help those individuals cope with life’s challenges and stress. Appropriately done, addicts can overcome their tolerance and avoid relapses with learned behaviors and skills.

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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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47 weeks ago

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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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