Medical Marijuana

High Sobriety Featured in The Guardian



High Sobriety is excited to announce our featured write up in The Guardian.


Check out the complete article here:
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/09/opioid-addiction-marijuana-treatment-joe-schrank-high-sobriety


For Nik, 27, who came to High Sobriety in February after a close call with heroin and crystal meth, using marijuana five to six times a day under supervision is part of his initial regimen. The cannabis helps stave off his nausea, bone pain, insomnia and drug cravings that come with detox. “If this place wasn’t here right now in my life, I would be dead. I was pretty close to dying two weeks ago,” says Nik, who has been through about 15 treatment plans over the past decade. “The idea of abstinence is great if you can live a life that feels connected,” he says. “It’s not viable for everyone.”

Nik’s use of marijuana half a dozen times throughout the day is extreme, Schrank acknowledges, but for him it’s necessary at this early stage of detox when dealing with such strong drugs as heroin and methamphetamine. For patients who have stabilized beyond their initial detox, marijuana consumption at High Sobriety goes down to twice a day – once midday and again before bed.

The goal is to get patients through the crucial first 30 days of detox and set them up with a means of maintaining that way of life, says Schrank. A few scientific studies seem to support his position. A recent University of Michigan study found patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64% reduction in their use of opioids. In states where medical cannabis has been legalized, opioid overdose deaths have decreased by 25%, according to research out of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

High Sobriety in The Guardian