Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at The Camp Recovery Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at The Camp Recovery Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Marijuana Addiction Signs and Symptoms

About Marijuana Addiction

Learn More About Marijuana Addiction

Containing delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as its active ingredient, marijuana is a drug that causes feelings of relaxation and detachment from one’s surroundings when it is abused. Also known as pot or weed, the route of administration of this drug can range from smoking it, preparing food with it, or brewing it as a tea. And while many people will report that they feel there is no harm in using this substance, the truth of the matter is that marijuana can negatively impact a person’s life, especially when it is abused for a prolonged period of time.

Individuals who abuse marijuana long-term, along with those who abuse large quantities of this substance, often do not perform well in school or at work due to the learning, memory, and concentration impairments that can ensue. Furthermore, it is believed that abusing this drug can cause significant damage to an individual’s health and increase the chances for a person to have interaction with law enforcement and the legal system due to engaging in risky, criminal behaviors. Additionally, many mental health and addiction experts believe that the abuse of marijuana can lead to experimenting with and eventually abusing other illicit and dangerous substances that can lead to more severe consequences down the line.

Fortunately, however, there are treatment options in existence that can help people refrain from abusing marijuana. In seeking treatment, an individual can come to understand the impact of marijuana abuse and the reasons why the abuse began in the first place. Additionally, if a person who abuses marijuana is battling an untreated mental health condition, a treatment center that supplies treatment for substance abuse can also identify an existing mental illness and offer care for that affliction as well.


Marijuana Addiction Statistics

Within the United States, marijuana is said to be one of the most abused substances in existence today. According to research, it is believed that almost 6,000 people experiment with marijuana for the first time each day and nearly 69 million people have used this drug at least once in their lifetime. Additionally, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World reports that adults who are 26 or older actually abused marijuana for the first time before they were 15 years old, and that these same individuals eventually went on to experiment with more illicit and dangerous substances later in life.

Causes & Risks

Causes and Risk Factors for Marijuana Addiction

While there are many theories that explain why and how a person comes to abuse marijuana, experts believe that, aside from certain risk factors, an individual’s genetics and environment can play integral roles in determining whether or not this substance will be abused. Consider the following:

Genetic: Conclusive research has found that a person’s genes can make him or her more susceptible to abusing substances, such as marijuana. Studies that examined the prevalence of substance abuse and addiction among family members, along with research that analyzed specific clusters of genes believed to make an individual more vulnerable to substance abuse, showed that a certain people are more likely to abuse substances based on a genetic history of substance abuse and addiction.

Environmental: The environment in which a person was raised or currently spends most of his or her time can greatly impact whether or not marijuana will be abused. For example, if a person is exposed to this type of substance abuse and is easily able to acquire marijuana, there is a high likelihood that that individual will experiment with and abuse this drug. This risk increases exponentially should a person suffer from a mental health condition at the same time. Certain symptoms of mental health conditions, when left untreated, can compromise a person’s ability to make good decisions or appropriately cope with stress. When this is the case, substances, such as marijuana, are likely to be abused as a means of coping with stress or emotional turmoil.

Risk Factors:

  • Exposure to the abuse of marijuana
  • Being able to easily acquire marijuana
  • Lacking appropriate coping skills
  • Having a history of trauma
  • Family history of substance abuse and/or addiction
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Peer pressure
Signs & Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

Depending on the amount of marijuana that is abused, as well as the longevity of this type of substance abuse, the apparentness of signs that infer a person is abusing marijuana may or may not be obvious. In order to decipher whether or not an individual is abusing marijuana, it is a good idea to take note of any of the following behavioral, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial symptoms:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Possessing drug paraphernalia
  • Eating an excessive amount of food
  • Engaging in risky behaviors
  • Procrastination
  • Laughing for seemingly no reason
  • No longer participating in activities that were once enjoyed
  • Change in peer group
  • Isolation from friends and loved ones
  • Instigating conflict with others
  • Omitting or lying
  • Stealing
  • Missing work or school
  • Poor academic or occupational performance

Physical symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Glassy eyes
  • Poor hygiene
  • Increase in one’s appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Coughing
  • Decreased energy

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Paranoia
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty learning new information
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Short and long-term memory problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Experiencing altered states of perception
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor decision-making abilities

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Feelings of depression
  • Increased anxiousness
  • Irritability
  • Increased agitation
  • Feelings of panic
  • Declined interest in things that were once deemed pleasurable

Effects of Marijuana Addiction

Continuing to abuse marijuana without seeking treatment can cause a person to be more vulnerable to a number of effects that could be irreversible. By engaging in treatment, a person will be able to significantly reduce the potential for the following effects or avoid them all together:

  • Development of certain types of cancer
  • Development of an additional substance use disorder
  • Reduced academic or occupational productivity
  • Potential job loss
  • Academic failure
  • Relationship problems
  • Interaction with the legal system
  • Tachycardia
  • Hindered learning capabilities
  • Irreversible cognitive impairment
  • Development of a mental health condition or conditions
  • Weakened immune system
  • Development of upper respiratory problems
Co-Occurring Disorders

Marijuana Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders

Those who abuse marijuana are often plagued by the symptoms of certain mental health conditions. Whether an individual experiences symptoms synonymous with a mental illness as a result of abusing this drug or is battling a disorder prior to the abuse of marijuana, it is quite common for marijuana abusers to meet diagnostic criteria for a mental health condition or conditions. In fact, individuals who regularly abuse marijuana often do so as a means of coping with untreated mental illness symptoms. The listed disorders are those that abusers of marijuana are frequently grappling with:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Additional substance use disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Effects of Marijuana Withdrawal & Overdose

Regular abuse of marijuana will cause a person to experience a number of effects in the event he or she stops using this substance. The following are among the symptoms and effects that can occur should a person refrain from abusing marijuana:

  • Irresistible cravings for marijuana
  • Onset of symptoms similar to those related to depression
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling uneasy or shaky
  • Impotence
  • Poor concentration

My son's grades were dropping and his performance at football practice was suffering. When I caught him smoking pot, I knew I needed to get him help. The camp's program taught him about the effects of his choices and he is now back to being his old self. I'm grateful for the camp.

– Susan L.
Marks of Quality Care
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • The Jason Foundation

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