Rehabilitation Options

Marijuana Rehabilitation Options

Marijuana addiction is a serious issue that affects teenagers and adults of all ages. It can destroy the family finances and rob addicts of their goals and dreams. The good news is that there is hope. Serious marijuana abuse and addiction can be turned around at a marijuana addiction treatment center. There the individual can learn better ways to find relaxation and relief from stressful situations.

There a number of marijuana addiction treatment options for you to choose from: outpatient marijuana rehab, inpatient marijuana addiction treatment, marijuana detox, drug counseling, 12 step meetings and more. Outpatient marijuana rehab can give you everything you need to make a clean break from marijuana. Inpatient treatment can double the amount of time you get to spend healing after addiction and increase your chances of remaining clean and sober after you return home. Aftercare services like counseling and 12 step programs can help you reinforce inpatient or outpatient marijuana addiction treatment and remain drug-free.

find marijuana treatmentAt a marijuana addiction treatment center, those who require it will start with marijuana detox. Here you will receive medical assistance if necessary as you go through the first few days or a week of being without the drug. Some have adverse withdrawal symptoms while others experience no discomfort at all. At a marijuana addiction treatment center, you can have the medical help you need if you need it.

The focus of marijuana addiction treatment, though, is the therapeutic aspect. Through personal therapy sessions, group sessions, educational classes and alternative therapies you can find a new balance and stability without marijuana. When you follow up with aftercare services like sober living or continued therapy, you can expect to heal from marijuana addiction through treatment.

Residential Marijuana Addiction Treatment Help

A residential marijuana rehab treatment program helps treat the condition in a number of different ways, both physically and psychologically, including:

  • Removing the individual from a potentially harmful environment and placing them (for an extended period of time) in a safe place where the sole focus is recovery.
  • By building a support structure within the treatment center – including staff, counselors and other patients in recovery
  • By providing programs that promote good health such as yoga, exercise and nutritional counseling that help enhance the overall mental health of the individual.
  • By providing privacy and anonymity during treatment – a factor is very important to those who have not revealed their condition to friends, loved ones or co-workers.

How Long Does Residential Rehab Take+

While recovery from addiction is a lifelong pursuit, most residential marijuana addiction treatment programs last between 1-2 months.  In the case of more serious marijuana addictions, an individual may engage in long-term rehab care.  These programs, designed for those with a history of relapse, can last a full year or longer.

Where Inpatient Programs are Found+

Marijuana is a problem all around the country.  Whether an individual lives in the city or out in the sparsely populated countryside, marijuana is a prevalent drug.  Residential treatment programs are usually found in quieter areas on the outskirts of a city.  This is because the object of  residential rehab is to separate the individual (temporarily) from their destructive environment.   Out in a quiet town or neighborhood the individual can relax, unwind and be inspired by the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Getting a Loved One into a Center+

If someone you love is suffering from a marijuana addiction, chances are good that they will not seek treatment on their own.  It may be up to you to hold an intervention, get them to see the extent of their problem – and literally drive them to the rehab center when the time comes.   This is a challenging time, but the best friends and family members are those who care enough to  get involved.

Don’t be fooled by those who say that marijuana is a harmless drug.   It has the power to destroy lives.  Residential marijuana addiction treatment is the most effective way to get help and stay clean.

Outpatient Programs

An outpatient drug rehab program for marijuana addiction is one in which the individual attends treatment during the day and is free to do as they wish (provided it is not associated with drugs) when not engaged in treatment.   The programs generally last a month or longer (depending upon the seriousness of the individual’s condition) and usually cost less than residential drug rehab care.

Who Needs Outpatient Drug Rehab+

First, it is important to discuss who should NOT consider outpatient marijuana addiction treatment.  Anyone who has a long history of relapse, or faces constant temptation in their daily lives might be better suited for a residential marijuana rehab program – where the individual moves into a treatment center full time so that they can focus solely on their recovery from marijuana addiction.

As for who can benefit the most from outpatient marijuana rehab, please consider the following:

  • Individuals who are not at risk for relapse during treatment
  • Individuals who need to maintain a presence at work or school during treatment
  • Individuals who can gain support from family and friends during treatment
  • Individuals who are looking for a treatment option that is less expensive than residential drug rehab

Insurance and Outpatient Marijuana Treatment+

One of the benefits of outpatient marijuana addiction treatment is that it is more likely to be covered by insurance.  Every day, countless men and women are able to get reimbursement for their marijuana rehab as a result of coverage by the mental health care plans offered by their employers.   Some residential rehab programs allow for insurance reimbursement of course, but the chance of coverage for outpatient care is historically higher.

marijuana addiction signsRehabilitation for a Dual Diagnosis

Recent studies have shown that nearly 17 million Americans report using marijuana at least once a month and just under one-third of graduating high school seniors report having tried it in the last year. With so many people using marijuana, it is a shame its consequences are not better understood.

Many people consider marijuana to be a “safe” drug. They think it’s natural and therefore can’t cause harm. Unfortunately for those operating under this assumption, these beliefs are not correct. Marijuana has many physical and emotional consequences for individuals who abuse it.

In fact, individuals who get high on marijuana regularly are more likely to have:

  • A diagnosed mental illness
  • A heart attack in the first hour after use
  • Impaired cognitive abilities
  • Frequent cough and upper respiratory infections
  • Accidents on the job with workers’ compensation claims
  • Setbacks in their career

What Needs Treatment First: Marijuana Abuse or Mental Illness?+

We do know that mental illness rates are higher among individuals who abuse marijuana than for those who do not. However, there is still some debate over whether marijuana causes psychological disorders or if individuals with mental illness are just more likely to use marijuana.

The mental and emotional circumstances someone with a psychological illness finds themselves in puts them at a higher risk for using marijuana as a form of self-medication. This would support the theory that mental illness leads to drug use.

Nevertheless, a recent study resulted in evidence that the younger someone is when they start abusing marijuana, the more likely they are to develop a mental illness. This research demonstrated that children who start smoking marijuana before age 12 are twice as likely to develop a mental illness than those who start smoking after age 18. Many experts feel this may be confirmation that the use of marijuana can be the cause of a mental illness for some individuals.

Types of Mental Illness Linked With Marijuana and Dual Diagnosis Treatment+

Evidence is coming to light that the relationship between marijuana and mental illness is due to a complex combination of factors. Family history and genetics are two of the biggest aspects of an individual’s life that predispose them to developing a psychological disorder.

Depression and thoughts of suicide are common mental health issues among marijuana users, but individuals who abuse marijuana are especially vulnerable to being diagnosed with schizophrenia. In fact, with new developments in brain scan technology, research has shown that marijuana impacts brain chemistry in the same way as schizophrenia. Due to these findings, researchers are starting to make the first solid case that for certain individuals marijuana abuse may lead to the symptoms of schizophrenia.

Finding Effective Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Marijuana and Mental Illness+

Nearly 10 percent of people who abuse marijuana will become addicted. Marijuana addiction alone can lead to overwhelming ramifications with an individual’s family, career, friends and financial well-being. Add a mental illness to the mix and devastating consequences are the result.

Dual Diagnosis treatment is the answer to alleviate the emotional, mental and physical pain caused by the combination of marijuana addiction and mental illness. If you need help for yourself or someone else with a Dual Diagnosis then contact us today. We have a variety of top-rated Dual Diagnosis treatment programs to match your individual needs.

Get Help

The type of marijuana addiction treatment you choose will depend upon your circumstance and your drug history. If you have only been using marijuana for a short time or if you have a low level addiction and don’t smoke too often, then an outpatient marijuana addiction treatment program should serve you well. If you have been smoking marijuana for years and have been unable to quit on your own despite the negative consequences, you may do better at an inpatient marijuana rehab. If you are diagnosed with another disorder – a psychological issue like depression or anxiety or a social or behavioral disorder like ADD or ADHD – then you will benefit from a dual diagnosis marijuana addiction treatment. Here you can get treatment for both marijuana addiction and your co-occurring disorder simultaneously and increase the effectiveness of treatment.

Call us for help finding a marijuana addiction treatment that best fits the needs of you and your family.

Additional Resources
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/marijuana.html
http://www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/marijuana.html