When a little becomes a lot, it is important to gather your resources and get your family the help you and your loved ones deserve. The Pot Project has gathered the best and the brightest in the nation to offer you and your family the services and programs that can help turn things around and rebuild hope through help.
Once we receive your Scholarship Request Form, we’ll contact you to complete an assessment and determine the very best care for your family’s situation. If pot has become a problem, there are resources and programs available to help. Take the first step and reach out to us for more information.
Here’s what our experts have to say:
“For me, smoking weed at age 18 woke up the addiction beast in me almost instantly. I moved from smoking pot to smoking crack in 3 short years.” – Berkeley Dains, CIP
“There has been a drastic change in clients with marijuana addiction and eating disorders in our program over the years. While many use it for anxiety, the stimulant effect it causes is far different than ever before. In fact, what we often see is withdrawal symptoms similar to cocaine or other stimulants. The client can have a hard time committing to or staying in treatment because of anxiety, racing thoughts, and agitation.” – Candace Bruce, CEO, 21st Century Wellness, Inc.
“As adults, many of us tend to forget that our teenage years were filled with anxiety; anxiety about fitting in with our peers, anxiety about our appearance, anxiety about whether we would be invited to the next social function, and anxiety about our future. The initial anxiety-relieving effects of pot can be quite alluring. Unfortunately, for many teenagers we work with at New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center, pot no longer provides the desired level of relief from anxiety, but actually induces more.” – Johnny Patout, LCSW, Chief Executive Officer, New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center
“When you’re under stress, it’s so easy to turn to pot. It’s easy to have a smoke as a way to calm. Staying balanced includes knowing what to do to keep your anxiety in check and for a person prone to addiction, pot is anything but a solution.” – Asher Gottesman, CEO, Transcend Recovery Communities
“The legal or illegal consumption of marijuana, just like alcohol, has an inherently high potential for misuse. Although overdose is very unlikely, many deaths can be directly linked to its misuse. As it’s legality becomes more widespread so will it’s misuse, making the need for treatment options that much more vital.” – Sean Firtel, CIP, West Coast Recovery Centers
“At New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center our clinicians work with teenagers whose lives have been negatively affected by marijuana abuse. While is it obvious to those around them that their marijuana use has resulted in them losing interest in school and other activities they once enjoyed; they share something that is quite similar to all other addicts – they are in denial about the negative effects pot is having on their lives. Our efforts are focused on helping them become aware that their pot use is seriously affecting their brain function and level of motivation.” – Sarwat Gad, MD, ABAM Diplomate, Medical Director, New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center.
“Due to the relationship between the presence of anxiety and anxiety disorders with a client with eating disorders, ‘legalized’ marijuana has increased drug use in eating disorder clients as an attempt to mediate anxiety. Unfortunately, this stimulant effect worsens the anxiety and compounds the eating disorder.” – Candace Bruce, CEO, 21st Century Wellness, Inc.
“We’re happy to stand with our peers from around the country to go beyond the hype, beyond the myths; to separate fact from fiction. Adolescence is a period of rapid brain development, similar to that seen in infants and toddlers, and is not complete until an individual is in their mid-twenties. Marijuana acts on the brain and may significantly impact that development physiologically and emotionally. – Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CIP, NorthStar Academy
“Marijuana affects the same sections of the brain that respond to hunger. It can trigger disordered eating that in time may lead to an eating disorder. When THC enters the brain, it causes a ‘high’ by acting on the reward system of the brain. After continued use the client becomes accustomed to the euphoria. Not having it leads to symptoms of irritability, sleeplessness, and anxiety creating a vicious cycle between the eating disorder and marijuana use.” – Rebecca Cooper, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS, Author, International Speaker, Professional Educator, Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs
“Marijuana can be as dangerous as alcohol because it impairs motor function and coordination. It has the potential to cause injuries and motor vehicle accidents, just like alcohol. The addiction potential for marijuana does not change when it becomes legalized. Alcohol is legal, and it is the most highly abused substance in the world. Marijuana’s legal status has no impact at all on the risks and health hazards associated with its use. Like most other mind and mood altering substances, marijuana has a significant potential for abuse and addiction.” – Dr. Steven Karp, Medical Director, Advanced Health and Education, Medical Advisor, The Gardens at Lake Worth
“The dedication to the facts that the Pot Project will bring to our communities and individuals is invaluable. There is so much misinformation out there about marijuana and it’s harmlessness. The truth involving every aspect of marijuana needs to shared and discussed on deeper levels to raise more awareness and insight.” – Heather Ferris, Burning Tree