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Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Marijuana Addiction Treatment at Promises

Marijuana abuse can take over your life. Get evidence-based substance abuse and mental health treatment that offers a fresh start. Our trained and licensed behavioral healthcare practitioners will create a treatment plan that reflects your preferences and life experiences. You’ll learn that life without drugs and alcohol is more rewarding than you can imagine.

What Is Treatment for Marijuana Addiction Like?

Like all drug addictions, marijuana poses clear risks. Regular use over time can result in both physical and psychological dependence. Promises treatment center can help you get better. Specifics of drug rehab are different for everyone, but usually include:

Detox and Addiction Rehab

Clients with marijuana use disorders are often addicted to other substances as well. They may abuse a prescription drug like an anti-anxiety medication (Xanax, Valium, other benzodiazepines). They may also use illicit drugs.  The first step in marijuana abuse treatment is often drug detox. If you’re a long-term marijuana user, you’re likely to experience marijuana withdrawal when you stop. The combination of marijuana and illicit drugs or prescription drugs can also bring about dangerous withdrawal symptoms.

Our medical team will make sure drug detox is safe and as comfortable as possible. We’ll ease withdrawal symptoms with medications and alternative approaches. You’ll emerge from detox feeling ready to begin the work of recovery in marijuana rehab.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Co-occurring disorders like anxiety or depression are also common with marijuana abuse. Addiction rehab tackles substance abuse and mental health disorders together. Our treatment center is licensed to treat both substance abuse and mental health disorders.  You may have an addiction to marijuana because you were originally trying to ease anxiety or depression symptoms. On the other hand, long-term effects of marijuana may contribute to symptoms that mimic mental health disorders.

Our psychiatric team will help you navigate mental health symptoms. Short-term medication may help mental health symptoms stemming from marijuana use. A long-term prescription drug may be necessary if you have an underlying mental health disorder. We’ll work with you regularly so we can tweak types of treatment as appropriate.

Individual Therapy

You’ll work one-one-one with a licensed behavioral healthcare professional. Therapy sessions give you a chance to dig into underlying issues contributing to marijuana abuse. You’ll develop a trusting relationship with your counselor and feel safe exploring such topics as:

  • Trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Family problems
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Self-esteem

Group Therapy

Group therapy is an important part of inpatient rehab. It provides many opportunities to learn healthy communication skills. Group therapy sessions include a small group of peers. You’ll “see yourself” in others and help peers by sharing your own struggles. Many find this part of drug rehab to be the most transforming.

Family Therapy

Alcohol and drug abuse have far-reaching impacts on loved ones. That’s why family therapy is available as appropriate. You’ll discuss difficult topics with the guidance of trained mental health professionals. You and your loved ones will learn better communication skills. You’ll learn how to support each other in recovery.

Continuing Care

You’ll be ready for life after drug rehab. We’ll connect you with resources that help you continue on the road to recovery after you leave. These may include:

  • Individual therapy session appointments
  • Family therapy appointments
  • Support groups
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Sober living options
  • Promises alumni group

About Marijuana

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the U.S. People typically smoke marijuana in joints (cigarettes), blunts (cigars) or pipes, or mix it with food. People sometimes smoke marijuana to self-medicate their mood. Unfortunately, the use of marijuana to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder can backfire. Marijuana drug abusers may become more anxious or more depressed.

Can You Be Addicted to Marijuana?

Data shows about 9 percent of marijuana users become addicted. The risk is higher among those who:

  • Start young
  • Abuse  marijuana on a daily basis
  • Have an underlying mental health disorder

Withdrawal symptoms are one of the key features of substance use disorders. Long-term marijuana users often go through marijuana withdrawal when they try to quit. Marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Drug cravings
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Changes in appetite
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Marijuana cravings
  • Chills

THC is the psychoactive substance in marijuana responsible for the “high” feeling. It remains in the body for a long period of time. Marijuana withdrawal may not kick in until about seven to 10 days after quitting use. For this reason, many marijuana abusers believe they can quit anytime they want to. They don’t notice withdrawal symptoms in the first four to six days, so they believe they aren’t dependent. They begin smoking or ingesting again before marijuana withdrawal symptoms set in.

Despite the legalization of marijuana in some states, marijuana  is still considered a Schedule I controlled substance under the Drug Enforcement Administration. Schedule I drugs are deemed by federal law to have no currently accepted medical use. They’re also the most dangerous of all the drug schedules with high potential for abuse and severe physical and psychological dependence.

How Marijuana Makes You High

The THC chemical in marijuana is responsible for the high people feel from marijuana. THC activates areas of the brain responsible for pleasure. When it enters the brain, it may produce:

  • Relaxation
  • Euphoria
  • Distorted perceptions
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulties with thinking, learning and memory

Social acceptance of marijuana use has spiked dramatically in recent years. However, marijuana drub abusers run a risk of developing problems with marijuana addiction. Doctors diagnose this form of addiction as part of a more broadly defined condition called marijuana use disorder.

Effects of Marijuana Use

It takes only a few minutes for the heart to speed up and blood vessels in the eyes to expand after smoking marijuana. Expanded blood vessels cause the red eyes and use of eye drops frequently associated with smoking pot. Marijuana affects users’ physical health. Marijuana abuse increases the risk of:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart attack
  • Respiratory problems from marijuana smoke:
    • Chronic cough
    • Chest illness
    • Lung infections

Ongoing research is shedding new light on the consequences of long-term marijuana use. Learning and memory are significantly impacted. These effects can last for years after stopping marijuana use. Long-term effects of marijuana are especially risky for those who begin using the drug at an early age.

Marijuana abusers report a number of problems including:

  • Less satisfaction with life
  • Poor mental and physical health
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Less academic and career success

Studies show that marijuana abusers are more likely to:

  • Drop out of school
  • Be late or absent from work
  • Jump from job to job

Marijuana abuse impairs judgement and coordination. This makes driving under the influence of marijuana extremely dangerous.  Marijuana use more than doubles the risk of being in a car accident. The risk is even higher when marijuana is mixed with alcohol abuse.

There’s a link between mental illness and chronic marijuana use. High doses can cause severe paranoia and hallucinations. Marijuana abuse and the development of psychosis later in life is especially prevalent in teen pot smokers.

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

People with a marijuana use disorder show signs of addiction similar to other substance use disorders such as:

  • Preoccupation with obtaining and using marijuana
  • Needing more marijuana to get the same effect (tolerance)
  • Relationships and financial problems
  • Failed attempts at quitting marijuana
  • Marijuana withdrawal symptoms without the drug
  • Neglecting work or school responsibilities
  • Missing personal obligations

About Marijuana Addiction Treatment

With the potency of marijuana reaching a historical high in recent years, cannabis addiction is an even greater concern. More people are showing up in emergency departments and addiction treatment centers with problems related to marijuana use. Some approaches that are effective in treating marijuana addiction include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • Contingency management

Addiction specialists treat the condition with behavioral therapy to change habitual actions of drug abusers. Many practitioners introduce clients to healthier alternative behaviors. Marijuana users learn to use healthy coping skills instead of resorting to drug use.

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Life is better without drug and alcohol abuse. Speak confidentially with our recovery advisors about Promises’ marijuana addiction treatment. We’ll  help you get your life back on track. Call: 844-876-5568

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