Marijuana intervention begins with a correct diagnosis. This is a key first step in dealing with an individual’s addiction to marijuana.
Traditionally, the most objective criterion available for identifying marijuana use is urine testing. Urinalysis is the most widely used technique and provides an objective measure for determining whether recent drug use has occurred over the past two to four days. Other tests to diagnose marijuana use are biological fluids and tissues, such as saliva, sweat, and hair. These tests may reveal additional information about an individual’s drug use patterns.
When it comes to drugs, it is commonly held that while cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, etc. are dangerous, marijuana is not. Thus educating users of marijuana of the dangerous effects is a form of intervention in the early stages of addiction. All drugs contain a poison or are a poison, and the poison molecule in marijuana is THC. It is the THC that causes the high and also causes the following undesirable conditions.
- It has been found that marijuana effects “short-term memory.” It also has been shown to affect concentration, learning, and remembering.
- Grades and performance usually drops with regular use.
- Personality is altered when the user is high and decisions are made that are uninhibited and often time hurtful.
- Ambition is decreased.
Early action from friends and family of teens who have started using drugs could help a teen stop before treatment may be needed. Intervention models for marijuana include:
- Family Drug Intervention
- The Johnson Model of Intervention
Intervention can be a major factor in getting someone the help they desperately need.