Most Marijuana Rehab is Forced says US Gov’t Study

Nearly six out of ten people admitted to drug treatment programs for marijuana are referred there by the criminal justice system, according to a just-released report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA).

In 2008, 57 percent of persons referred to treatment for marijuana as their ‘primary substance of abuse’ were referred by the criminal justice system. For adolescents, nearly half (48 percent) were referred via the criminal justice system.

By contrast, criminal justice referrals accounted for just 37 percent of the overall total of drug treatment admissions in 2008.

“Primary marijuana admissions were less likely than all admissions combined to be self-referred to treatment,” the study found. Specifically, the reported noted that only 15 percent of marijuana treatment admissions were self-referred (a category that includes individual self-referrals, as well as referrals by friends and family). This percentage was less than half the number of self-referrals for alcohol and cocaine, and about one-quarter the number of self-referrals reported for heroin abuse (56 percent).

Since 1998 the percentage of individuals in drug treatment programs primarily for marijuana has risen approximately 25 percent, the report found. This increase is being primarily driven by a proportional rise in the percentage of criminal justice referrals. According to a previous federal study, the proportion of marijuana treatment admissions from all sources other than the criminal justice system has been decliningsince the mid-1990s.

Commenting on the study, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “These statistics make it clear that it is not marijuana use per sethat is driving these treatment admission rates; it is marijuana prohibition that is primarily responsible. These people for the most part are not ‘addicts’ in any true sense of the word. Rather, they are ordinary Americans who have experienced the misfortune of being busted for marijuana who are forced to choose between rehab or jail.”

According to federal figures compiled by SAMHSA in 2009, some 37 percent of the estimated 288,000 thousand people who entered drug treatment for cannabis in 2007 had not reported using it in the 30 days previous to their admission. Another 16 percent of those admitted said that they’d used marijuana three times or fewer in the month prior to their admission.

– Article from NORML.

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  1. Walter on

    I suppose that would depend on the treatment program that you get into. It has been my experience that nowhere in the big book or the 12×12 is Jesus mentioned. They tout a “higher power”. Whether that be Jesus, Isis, nature herself, your family, etc etc etc. Now granted that most people in our culture think of Jesus when someone says god. However we must be aware that there are many other recognized gods / goddesses from many cultures other than Jesus. Puff puff pass!

  2. Beatnuck on

    The next step in this experiment will be mandatory religious training for atheists. Very few will voluntarily sign up. Most referrals will come from upstanding religious leaders concerned about the spirituality of the non-believers.

  3. anoncorp on

    it should also be noted, the treatment method is the ’12 Step’ program, which is basically filled with Jesus references.

    seriously, read the 12 steps sometime it’s all about ‘giving yourself to god’ and giving up the evil commie drugs. drug treatment is just a way for religion to further spread it’s tentacles in one of the most radicalized evangelical countries in the world (US and A)

  4. anoncorp on

    it should also be noted, the treatment method is the ’12 Step’ program, which is basically filled with Jesus references.

    seriously, read the 12 steps sometime it’s all about ‘giving yourself to god’ and giving up the evil commie drugs. drug treatment is just a way for religion to further spread it’s tentacles in one of the most radicalized evangelical countries in the world (US and A)

  5. Anonymous on

    When an individual denies recent pot use prior to drug treatment admission I find it difficult to simply believe because I can imagine lying in an attempt to avoid harsher sentencing (more ‘treatment’ or a fine), but regardless it’s silly to treat cannabis as a dangerous drug… caffeine rehab clinics make as much sense, if not more sense (because caffeine is addictive), as cannabis rehabs.

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  6. rogerus on

    the unions and most companies tell you from the start that you get one freebie.have dirty drug test admit yourself for outpatient treatment and keep your job.around here when you get probation for alcahol offences no drug testing but pot offences mandatory testing.you cant tell me those drinkers arent using dope too

  7. Anonymous on

    For that 15% that is counted as ‘self-referred’, I’m assuming that most were probably pressured to do so by family, especially for teenagers.

    I know that some companies are willing to keep an employee who flunks a urine test if he agrees to enter treatment, at least for their best employees. I wonder what percentage these people make up, and how they are counted.

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  9. Anonymous on

    So that’s why US cops are saying so many young people are in treatment for Cannabis. I thought that sounded pretty weird. How are they going to treat it, give you plenty of Oreos? Those people are going in there to avoid jail time or because their parents did an “intervention” on them and guilted them into it or told them they wouldn’t get the new car for graduation.