Marijuana has traditionally been the illicit drug with the highest use-rates nationally and in Louisiana. According to the Louisiana State Police Drug Analysis Unit, marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the state, followed by cocaine (and crack cocaine). An examination of treatment admissions data from 2005 to 2011 revealed that marijuana is the most commonly cited illicit substance for drug treatment admissions in the state, followed by cocaine. Treatment admissions for marijuana have accounted for approximately 21% of all admissions from 2005 to 2011.
Even though marijuana remains the most abused illicit drug in Louisiana, use has declined slightly over the previous decade. There were 349,000 annual marijuana users in Louisiana in 2007, of which 187,000 reported marijuana use in the previous thirty days. The number of annual marijuana users in Louisiana decreased from 355,000 in 2003 to 349,000 in 2007 - an average annualized change of ?0.34% per year. The number of monthly marijuana users decreased from 209,000 in 2003 to 187,000 in 2007 - an average annualized change of 2.20%.
Marijuana use in Louisiana is also low compared to the national average. From 2006 to 2010, an average of 5.5% of the Louisiana population reported using marijuana in the previous thirty days, compared to the national average of 6.0%. The rate of college-enrolled students in Louisiana using marijuana increased from 14.5% to 16.3% between 2009 and 2011, compared to an increase from 16.8% to 17.3% nationally during the same timeframe.
Despite the low marijuana use rates observed in Louisiana, it is important that substance prevention efforts continue to address marijuana as well as more prevalent substance use issues such as adult alcohol misuse and underage drinking. Marijuana abuse and dependency represents a significant cost to the state in terms of treatment.
Marijuana Addiction Treatment Offered at A Center for Addiction Recovery
At A Center for Addiction Recovery, treatment for marijuana addiction is offered through behavioral treatment therapies such as motivational enhancement therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management. Clients struggling with marijuana abuse are taught skills relevant to quitting marijuana and avoiding or managing other problems that may interfere with a recovering outcome. Our clients will also learn functional analysis of marijuana use and cravings, self-management planning to avoid or cope with drug use triggers, drug refusal skills, problem-solving skills, and lifestyle management. Often clients who are abusing marijuana also use other harder, more dangerous illicit drugs in combination. If that's the case, the client will require skilled medical attention at our residential addiction treatment center where detox (when necessary) takes place. Following detox the client completes treatment by attending our comprehensive addiction treatment program where traditional, alternative and holistic therapeutic sessions are offered.
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