Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at North Tampa Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at North Tampa Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Marijuana Abuse Effects, Signs & Symptoms

What is Marijuana Abuse

Understanding Marijuana Abuse

Marijuana is one of the most popular substances of abuse in the United States. While many people mistakenly believe that marijuana is a “safe” drug, the abuse of this substance can result in negative consequences.

Marijuana produces feelings of relaxation and a sense of detachment, and it can be addictive. Dependence upon marijuana is known clinically as cannabis use disorder. If you become addicted to marijuana, you may be at increased risk for physical, psychological, and social harm.

Thankfully, there is treatment available that can help you overcome an addiction to marijuana.


Statistics of Marijuana Abuse

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) reports that marijuana is one of the most commonly abused psychoactive substances in the world. The 12-month prevalence of cannabis use disorder in American adults over age 18 is roughly 1.5%. Statistics indicate that more men than women abuse marijuana, with 2.2% of men abusing it compared to 0.8% of women.


What are the Causes of Marijuana Abuse

The causes and risk factors connected to a person’s likelihood of abusing marijuana can be explained further in the following:

Genetic: Individuals who possess a family history of substance abuse, including the abuse of marijuana, are at greater risk for abusing marijuana than are those who do not have this type of family history.

Environmental: Certain environmental factors can affect one’s likelihood of abusing marijuana and eventually struggling with cannabis use disorder. The APA states that having a low socioeconomic status, living in an unstable environment, experiencing abuse or neglect, smoking tobacco, or struggling academically can all increase the risk for marijuana abuse. Additionally, associating with others who abuse marijuana can also increase this risk.

Risk Factors:

  • Family history of substance abuse and addiction
  • Suffering from antisocial personality disorder
  • Lacking inhibition
  • Suffering from conduct disorder during childhood or adolescence
  • Being the victim of abuse and/or neglect
  • Having easy access to marijuana
Signs and Symptoms

Learn More About the Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Abuse

The signs and symptoms that an individual who is abusing marijuana might display can vary, yet commonly include the following symptoms:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Withdrawing from friends and family members
  • Being in possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Engaging in behaviors that could be deemed risky or reckless
  • Unexplained absences from work
  • Decline in performance at work
  • No longer participating in activities that were once enjoyed

Physical symptoms:

  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Dry mouth
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Increased appetite

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Perceptual disturbances
  • Impaired judgment
  • Experiencing the sensation of time slowing down

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Euphoria
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Decline interest in things that one once found pleasurable
  • Anxiety

Understanding the Effects of Marijuana Abuse

Abusing marijuana can lead to many detriments throughout a person’s life. Both psychosocial and cognitive functioning can be affected, as can one’s physical health and overall wellbeing. Some of these effects can include the following:

  • Disturbed social relationships
  • Interaction with law enforcement
  • Familial strife, including divorce or loss of child custody
  • Suffering from an acute episode of psychosis
  • Onset of new, or worsening of preexisting, symptoms of mental health disorders
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Disturbances in one’s ability to perform occupationally, potentially leading to job loss or demotion
  • Respiratory illnesses
Withdrawal and Overdose

Learn More About the Effects of Marijuana Withdrawal and Overdose

When individuals who have been abusing marijuana suddenly end their use, a number of withdrawal symptoms can develop. While withdrawing from marijuana likely will not be as painful as withdrawing from other substances like alcohol or heroin, it can still produce distress. Some of these symptoms can include the following:

  • Depressed mood
  • Chills
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Shakiness / tremors
  • Decreased appetite
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Fever
  • Sudden and unwarranted anger or aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Weight loss
Co-Occurring Disorders

Marijuana Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders

Cannabis use disorder often co-occurs with other mental health conditions, including the following:

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Major depressive disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Stimulant use disorder
  • Other substance use disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Bipolar I disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
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My daughter was smoking weed and it was hurting her in school. North Tampa helped her stop smoking and her grades have since risen dramatically.

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