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At Arapahoe House, marijuana is the third most common drug of choice among patients. Many more patients use marijuana as a secondary or tertiary drug, to augment their primary drug use. The number of Arapahoe House patients reporting a problem with marijuana - as a secondary or tertiary drug of use- has increased 28 and 76 percent respectively since recreational legalization. This is a substantial increase.

Beyond admissions numbers, Arapahoe House clinicians are seeing more severe reactions due to potency. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content has risen approximately 30 percent in Colorado's recreational and medicinal marijuana in recent years. This increase in potency increases the risk of toxic reactions, like psychosis. Since recreational legalization of marijuana, metro Denver emergency department visits involving marijuana increased by 98 percent and calls to poison control involving marijuana increased 120 percent.

In this issue of News of Substance, you'll learn about marijuana use among teens, one patient's journey from marijuana to methamphetamine to employment at Arapahoe House, and how you can respond if a loved one is misusing marijuana.

Success Story: Breaking out of marijuana's box
Any mind-altering substance really affects the way you develop. For me, marijuana and other substances hindered my ability to see outside the box; they limited my perspective of the world. Fear became my dominant emotion, expressed through anger and deceit. That combination made me volatile.

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Marijuana, common denominator for teens
"Marijuana is the common denominator among our adolescent patients," explains Ron Arner, LAC, LPC, clinical supervisor at Arapahoe House. He continues, "Some kids smoke cigarettes, others drink. Nearly all adolescents with high acuity substance use disorder uses marijuana."

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Are you concerned about your loved one's marijuana use?
Marijuana use can become a long-term habit or develop into the use of stronger drugs, depending on genetic and social factors. As marijuana use becomes increasingly common in mainstream society, it is important to know what characterizes addiction to marijuana.

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Family Therapy Breakthroughs

Is Addiction Genetic?

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Opening Doors to Outpatient Services

Medication Assisted Treatment Increases Effectiveness of Therapy

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Denver Broncos Super Bowl Champion Rod Smith Scores Big for Arapahoe House

VIDEO: Colorado's Opioid Crisis

A New Location for Arapahoe House North Metro Clinic

A Strong Start in School

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A New Vision for Arapahoe House

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Family Storytellers Edition

The History of Arapahoe House

Remembering Peg's Legacy

Q & A with President and CEO, Art Schut About the Future of Treatment

The Hortons' Journey

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What You Need to Know About Current Drug Trends




Five Ways the Affordable Care Act will Affect Arapahoe House

Parity: Our New Favorite Word

Alcohol Addiction Stories: When Health Insurance Pays for Treatment

More on Colorado's Medicaid Expansion

A Closer Look at Detox

A Day in the Life of a Detox Staffer

DUI Success Stories: From Thinking to Doing to Living

Aurora Triage Project Saving Community Thousands of Dollars

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Arapahoe House’s Sold-Out Golf Tournament Increases Revenue by 24 Percent

A Glimpse into Relapse

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How the Bad Things That Happen to Us May Increase Our Chances for Addiction

Back by Popular Demand, Dr. Drew Champions the Mission of Arapahoe House and Helps Raise More than $230,000

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4th Annual Arapahoe House Luncheon with Emmy Award‑Winning Actress Meredith Baxter

Arapahoe House Honors Jefferson Center for Mental Health at 12th Annual Community Partner Luncheon

How to Talk to Your Kids About Colorado Marijuana Legalization

Alcoholism Stories: A Smartphone and Sobriety

Q&A: Huffing

Arapahoe House Raises More Than $58,000 at Sold-Out Annual Golf Tournament

Prescription Drug Abuse Stories: My Prescription Drug Nightmare

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Alcohol for July 4

Q & A: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

With Support from the Alcohol Industry, Arapahoe House Holds its Highest Grossing Luncheon Yet

A Guide to Colorado Treatment Services for Your Loved One

Wellness Integrates Into Residential Treatment




Five-Time Emmy, Tony Award-Winning Actor John Larroquette to Headline Arapahoe House Fall Fundraiser

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Arapahoe House Sells Out 12th Annual Golf Tournament, Raises $63,000

Sobriety Stories: Serious About Sobriety

Arapahoe House Kicks off Public Phase of Capital Campaign with Grants from The Anschutz Foundation and Daniels Fund

The New Designer Drug: Bath Salts

A Closer Look at Driving Under the Influence

Art Reaching Kids

John Larroquette Helps Raise $200,000 for Community Addiction Treatment Services

Arapahoe House Heroin Admissions More Than Triple in Past Five Years

True Philanthropy: 2012 Ruston Award Given to James and Kathy Crapo

Drug Addiction Recovery Stories: Empowering Others as a Peer Mentor

Arapahoe House Welcomes New CEO




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