Joe Schrank, founder of the The Fix, a website dedicated to addiction recovery, has opened High Sobriety – a first-of-its-kind rehab center that uses cannabis as a central part of its treatment plan. Seen as a highly contentious move in the rehab world, High Sobriety has been met with skepticism and criticism for its use of marijuana in a field where success is traditionally measured by total abstinence. At High Society, marijuana is used as part of both a regimen to help people get through withdrawal symptoms and as a reward at the end of the day.
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. 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.
In hospitals, hotel rooms and homes across the US, deaths from opioid overdose have quadrupled since 1999. Many of them are people who receive prescription painkillers from their doctors, then end up in a spiral of opioid addiction. The “treatment gap” plaguing the addiction crisis – only 10% of people in need of treatment get it – is a result of a range of factors, from an inability to access affordable care to a lack of substance disorder screenings.
Costs at High Society start at $42,500 for an initial month of treatment. Read article here…