Drug Addicts Are Starting to use cannabis at rehab clinics.
A brand new study published in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that hospitals in legal bud states have seen a drop in patients checking in for opioid abuse, implying that greater availability of cannabis might help check the nation’s opiate epidemic. And now, to shove at the theory even further, a New York Times report reports that doctors and some rehabilitation clinics in California are openly using marijuana as a tool to help addicts on their route to recovery.
“Using cannabis is a comparatively safe practice.”
High Sobriety welcomes cannabis use by their patients, each of whom pay $25,000-$80,000 a month for a private room and treatment. High Sobriety co-owner Michael Welch, a former addict himself, believes that the constitutional flaws found in conventional 12-step programs result in ridiculously high recidivism rates — something he thinks cannabis can help.
“Every single treatment centre knows it, and we know it,’’ Welch said. “Some of us have had the same customers, five, 10, 15 times over. We say: ‘We merely can’t reach Billy, we simply can’t reach Joe.’”
Instead of giving up on relapsing patients or putting them back into the exact same plan that neglected them, High Sobriety is prepared to replace heroin with cannabis, even if it becomes a long-term addiction, and they’ren’t alone.
“The bulk of patients continue to utilize it,” Wallace surrendered about his patients’ marijuana use, but compared to their lives on opiates, the physician says he just hears great things like “I feel like I was a slave to that drug. I feel like I have my life back.”
But because cannabis remains a Schedule I narcotic under federal guidelines, some addiction professionals are liberal about ganja. Dr. Mark Willenbring, a psychiatrist who works with junkies, told the Times he wasn’t convinced, and had strong words for the idea that cannabis could help addicts recover.
“I ’m not prone to making exaggerated or unqualified statements and in this event I don’t want to make any: It doesn’t work,” Willenbring said. “Like attempting to heal alcoholism with Valium.”
But in California and the more than 20 states that have some form of physicians, legal cannabis access, and enthusiasts alike, are willing to try anything that might help kick the hard stuff — even if this means keeping a bong in the halfway house.