Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Due to societal pressures, marijuana can be one of the hardest substances to give up. The increasing social acceptance of marijuana contributes to this in the same way it contributes to alcoholics not wanting to quit. Most people with an addiction don’t feel they have a problem and those around them may not see it as a problem either.
However, there are many people who use marijuana on a daily basis and have all the traditional symptoms of an addict. These are people who cannot control their use no matter the consequences.
Those who receive treatment for a marijuana addiction are predominantly individuals who have chronically used marijuana on a daily basis. These are people who have tried to quit on their own many times, but couldn’t do it alone. If this sounds like you, get in touch with help today.
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Treatment Centers for Marijuana Addiction
Many people who develop a marijuana habit are able to quit without entering a full-scale treatment center. However, for those in an environment that makes it seemingly impossible to stop using marijuana, an inpatient treatment center may help cut out daily triggers or proximity.
Getting Off Marijuana
Although marijuana may not be physically addictive in the same way as other drugs like heroin or alcohol, the psychological addiction can be powerful. Behavioral disorders, such as gambling addictions, are great examples of the power of mental dependencies.
In 2012, over 950,000 people received some form of treatment for marijuana use.
More people than ever hold the opinion that marijuana is tolerant or acceptable. A 2013 Gallup poll showed that for the first time, the majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. This perception likely contributes to the belief that marijuana is not addictive. Although people addicted to marijuana don’t exhibit physical symptoms and they may function at a higher level than someone addicted to heroin or meth, it doesn’t mean they don’t have a dependence. Misconceptions about the addictive nature of marijuana shouldn’t stop the people who need treatment from receiving it.
Marijuana Detox and Withdrawal?
Some may be surprised to hear that marijuana can produce withdrawal effects; they just aren’t as severe as those of other drugs. The effects of marijuana withdrawal have been compared to nicotine withdrawal because both drugs can:
- Increase irritability
- Cause anxiety
- Make it harder to sleep
- Spur cravings
Other symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include:
- Insomnia or extreme fatigue
- Reduced appetite or weight loss
- Mood swings
- Inability to experience pleasure
Inpatient Rehabilitation for Marijuana Addiction
Some people receive inpatient treatment to kickstart their recovery. Of those receiving inpatient treatment, many are placed there by the criminal justice system. However, there are people who choose this treatment method voluntarily. Inpatient rehab lasts between 30 and 90 days.
The primary treatment options available for people dependent on marijuana include therapy and support groups.
Many people who get treatment for marijuana addiction use behavioral therapy to tackle the psychological aspects of their addiction. The amount of time spent in behavioral therapy varies from person to person but may last roughly 12 weeks. Undergoing behavioral therapy can help you understand your addictions and motivations better. This is a great way to arm yourself against cravings and relapses. With a primarily psychological drug like marijuana, it is also crucial to implement Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as other therapeutic methods.
Support groups are one of the most popular ways people receive help. There are many support groups available to those who wish to kick their habit. Marijuana Anonymous (MA) is the most substance-specific support group for this addiction. This group is modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), including a 12-step program to work through the addiction. Because many communities do not offer MA, many seeking support in their recovery will find Narcotics Anonymous (NA) to be a more accessible option.
Other support groups exist, such as the SMART Recovery program, for those looking for options outside the traditional 12-step model.
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Beating Your Addiction
Everyone has their own purpose for seeking help. Deciding to receive treatment for marijuana addiction can be tough, and some people think receiving treatment for marijuana is unnecessary. However, the majority of people who want to get over an addiction just can’t do it alone. The most important thing to remember is that you can beat this addiction. Take control of your life today.