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Marijuana Rehab Programs

Marijuana Rehab Programs

Although marijuana is generally considered a benign drug, it actually can be addictive and lead to needing marijuana rehab according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In fact, the agency reports that nine percent of people who use marijuana will develop an addiction—and the likelihood of becoming addicted to the drug nearly doubles when someone uses during their teenage years.

As a result, many people seek help with weed addiction just as they would with a dependency on any other type of drug. Marijuana rehabilitation centers help people tackle their addiction through a combination of medication that removes the drug from the body, and therapy that helps with the emotional and psychological issues that may contribute to abusing marijuana. This page provides information about how the rehab process works, as well as what those addicted to marijuana should do after they have completed treatment.

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Although marijuana is generally considered a benign drug, it actually can be addictive and lead to needing marijuana rehab according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In fact, the agency reports that nine percent of people who use marijuana will develop an addiction—and the likelihood of becoming addicted to the drug nearly doubles when someone uses during their teenage years.

As a result, many people seek help with weed addiction just as they would with a dependency on any other type of drug. Marijuana rehabilitation centers help people tackle their addiction through a combination of medication that removes the drug from the body, and therapy that helps with the emotional and psychological issues that may contribute to abusing marijuana. This page provides information about how the rehab process works, as well as what those addicted to marijuana should do after they have completed treatment.

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Fast Facts: Marijuana Rehabilitation

Marijuana is the second most common drug that people enter a treatment program for. (Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information)

In 2015, four million people around the country had marijuana use disorder. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

In 2016, 5.4 percent of children in the eighth grade, 14 percent of tenth graders, and 22.5 percent of twelfth graders reported using marijuana in the last month. In addition, six percent of twelfth graders were using marijuana on a daily or almost-daily basis. (Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse)

What Is Weed Rehabilitation Like?

Marijuana rehabilitation centers provide treatment that is designed to help people who abuse the drug overcome the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of their addiction. These facilities provide a holistic approach to treatment that includes getting the drug out of patients’ system, providing help for the subsequent withdrawal symptoms that can be dangerous if not monitored, giving patients the emotional support they need, and educating them on the nature of their addiction and how to develop healthy habits that will contribute to long-term sobriety.

Although marijuana is a widely used drug, there are signs that manifest themselves when someone has crossed over from casual, recreational use to a full-blown addiction. Some of the signs of abuse include having cravings for marijuana, spending money on the drug at the expense of paying bills, keeping stashes of marijuana around the house, and feeling the need to use on a regular basis. When people experience these symptoms, they should get help from a weed rehabilitation center.

The Benefits of Weed Rehab

Although going through marijuana rehab can be a challenging process, people who complete these programs can reap numerous benefits that they will enjoy for the rest of their lives. The following are some of the benefits of marijuana rehabilitation.

The first step of treatment in weed rehab is the detoxification process, where patients are given appropriate medications to get the drug out of their system. This treatment resets the body to break the cycle of marijuana use, as well as alleviates painful withdrawal symptoms—such as insomnia, stomach pain, fever, headache, and chills.

While detox can help the body get used to not having the drug, people cannot end their desire to use marijuana without addressing the underlying psychological and emotional issues that contributed to them abusing it in the first place. With this in mind, rehab for marijuana includes therapy that addresses issues like trauma, mental illness, and stress to help position patients to stop depending on weed to deal with their problems.

Patients who check into marijuana rehab centers learn about the nature of their addiction so they don’t continue to fall prey to it. During their time in treatment, people learn what their triggers are and how to avoid them, and what to do when they are exposed to the people, sensory experience, and events that have tempted them to smoke weed in the past.

Rehab allows patients to interact with other people struggling with addiction, which begins the process of forming relationships that are not centered around abusing drugs. Also, if family counseling is offered at the facility, patients get the opportunity to mend relationships that may have been broken because of their addiction. In addition, patients learn how to set boundaries with others, so they don’t participate in unhealthy relationships that may cause a relapse.

Marijuana rehabilitation helps people develop healthy habits that help promote a clean and sober lifestyle. These programs may teach how to deal with stress effectively, set goals, get used to a regular schedule, and eat a balanced diet.

How Rehab for Marijuana Works

In order to increase the chances of treatment leading to long-term sobriety, marijuana rehabilitation centers must address the physical and psychological effects of abusing the drug. They begin patients’ treatment with the detoxification process, which is designed to get the drug out of their system. Since the active ingredients of marijuana, particularly THC, are so potent, this step is important to ensure that patients addicted to the substance give their body a fresh start so they can successfully continue treatment.

After the detox step, weed rehab facilities go on to provide different types of counseling to help patients learn the underlying reasons for their addiction, their triggers, and relaxation techniques that help them cope with life’s problems without turning to marijuana use. Some of the therapies a marijuana rehabilitation center may offer include:

  • Contingency management
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Motivational enhancement therapy
  • This approach is designed to reward positive behaviors during the rehab process, so patients undergo frequent drug tests and receive different types of prizes for maintaining their sobriety.

  • This type of therapy addresses the negative thoughts and behaviors that contribute to patients’ marijuana addiction. Patients learn how to identify these destructive patterns and change their thoughts and behaviors accordingly.

  • It can be difficult for people addicted to marijuana to decide that they really do want to quit for good, so motivational enhancement therapy is meant to help solidify their decision to quit and encourage them to take the actions needed to back up their choice.

Effects of Marijuana Abuse
    • Anxiety
    • Breathing problems
    • Dry mouth
    • Hallucinations
    • Paranoia
    • Psychosis
    • Increased heart rate
    • Impaired memory
    • Mood fluctuations
    • Problems with thinking ability
The Gateway Drug

One of the common arguments against marijuana use suggests that it’s harmful because it acts as a gateway to other types of drugs. But is that true? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some studies indicate that this may actually be the case. The National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol Use and Related Disorders shows that people who were using marijuana when the study began were more like to develop an alcohol use disorder within three years than those who did not. And those who already had an alcohol addiction while using marijuana had their alcohol use disorder get worse during this time.

The Gateway Drug

One of the common arguments against marijuana use suggests that it’s harmful because it acts as a gateway to other types of drugs. But is that true? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some studies indicate that this may actually be the case. The National Epidemiological Study of Alcohol Use and Related Disorders shows that people who were using marijuana when the study began were more like to develop an alcohol use disorder within three years than those who did not. And those who already had an alcohol addiction while using marijuana had their alcohol use disorder get worse during this time.

Growing THC Levels in Marijuana

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana—is responsible for disrupting the parts of the brain responsible for memory, concentration, sensory perception, and coordination. Over the years, tests on confiscated marijuana have indicated an increase in the amount of this chemical found in the drug. In the 1990s, the THC levels were recorded as 3.7 percent, while levels in 2014 were 6.1 percent. Additionally, when people use hash oil from the marijuana plant, THC levels can be anywhere between 50 and 80 percent. While this sounds alarming, researchers are not yet sure what effects these increased THC levels have on the brain.

Growing THC Levels in Marijuana

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana—is responsible for disrupting the parts of the brain responsible for memory, concentration, sensory perception, and coordination. Over the years, tests on confiscated marijuana have indicated an increase in the amount of this chemical found in the drug. In the 1990s, the THC levels were recorded as 3.7 percent, while levels in 2014 were 6.1 percent. Additionally, when people use hash oil from the marijuana plant, THC levels can be anywhere between 50 and 80 percent. While this sounds alarming, researchers are not yet sure what effects these increased THC levels have on the brain.

What Happens After Marijuana Rehab?

Although checking into marijuana rehab is a tremendous and important step toward getting clean and sober, it is just the beginning of the journey. People who have struggled with marijuana addiction must continue working on their sobriety when rehab ends. This can include participation in aftercare programs offered by the rehabilitation center, twelve-step groups, and ongoing private therapy.

What to Do If You Relapse

Remaining sober after completing marijuana rehab can be a challenging endeavor and in some cases, the temptation to use again may be too great to resist. This section addresses what causes relapses, how to avoid them, and what people should do after experiencing one.

  • Pressure from people in a social group
  • Feeling ambivalent about recovery and not completely committing to living a sober lifestyle
  • Exposure to people, places, and situations that stir fond memories of being high
  • Failure to create a long-term relapse prevention plan
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Stress from daily life left unchecked
  • Relationship problems
  • Lack of support
  • Associating marijuana use with happiness
  • Participate in twelve-step programs like Narcotics Anonymous and Marijuana Anonymous
  • Participate in a Self-Management and Recovery Training program
  • Move into a sober living facility after completing rehab
  • Participate in an aftercare program available through marijuana rehab
  • Build a new social circle of sober people
  • Find new places to hang out that are not associated with drug use
  • Regularly exercise in order to keep stress under control and remain fit
  • Avoid conflict as much as possible in order to prevent stress
  • Adopt relaxation techniques like mediation and yoga in order to handle stress
  • Work with a therapist
  • Don’t get discouraged and believe that sobriety is impossible to achieve
  • Contact an twelve-step program sponsor
  • Get support from understanding friends and family
  • Use the relapse as a teachable moment and adjust behaviors to avoid another one
  • Adjust recovery plan
  • Go to a doctor to explore the possibility of an undiagnosed mental disorder
  • Get therapy for unresolved trauma
  • Replace personal items that may create memories of being high
  • Understand the warning signs of relapse to recognize the possible dangers so it doesn’t happen again
  • Go back to a marihuana rehab facility
Relapse or Lapse?

When people who stopped abusing marijuana go back to using the drug on a regular basis, it is considered a relapse. However, when someone has a one-time slip in drug use, it is considered a lapse. Either way, when a lapse or relapse occurs, people with addictions can lean on their support system to get back on track with their sobriety.

Relapse or Lapse?

When people who stopped abusing marijuana go back to using the drug on a regular basis, it is considered a relapse. However, when someone has a one-time slip in drug use, it is considered a lapse. Either way, when a lapse or relapse occurs, people with addictions can lean on their support system to get back on track with their sobriety.

Spotlight: 5 Marijuana Rehabs

Michael’s House Treatment Centers

ADDRESS:

Michael’s House
2095 N Indian Canyon Dr.,
Palm Springs, CA 92262

PHONE:

(877) 937-8491

Michael’s House Treatment Centers

Michael’s House Treatment Centers has four campuses that each has a distinct rehabilitation focus. At the Stabilization Center, patients go through the intake process and then receive detoxification treatments; the Men’s Center and Women’s Center provides patients with the therapy and education programs they need to adapt to sober living; and the Outpatient Center allows those who cannot participate in the inpatient programs to get the help they need by coming to the facility about 15 hours per week. In addition to detoxification and therapy, patients can participate in twelve-step programs, relapse prevention classes, and adventure therapy activities like rock climbing, zip lining, and hiking.

Promises Treatment Centers

Contact Information:

20786 Cool Oak Way
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 695-1712

12816 E Turquoise Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
(480) 470-0037

840 Co Rd 420
Spicewood, TX 78669
(512) 808-4056

20723 Rockcroft Dr.
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 695-1708

Promises Treatment Centers

Promises Treatment Centers offers drug and alcohol detox to help patients cope with the withdrawal symptoms they experience, as well as massage therapy, neurofeedback, and acupuncture to give them extra comfort as they get the substances they abused out of their body. In addition, the center offers a variety of therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy. Patients can also take advantage of a women’s mental health treatment program, dual diagnosis therapy, and an aftercare program.

The Recovery Village

Contact Information:

633 Umatilla Blvd.
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 771-2700

6000 Lake Ellenor Dr.
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 613-5558

443 S. Hwy 105
Palmer Lake, CO 80133
(719) 884-0063

3964 Hamilton Square Blvd
Groveport, OH 43125
(614) 916-6571

The Recovery Village

The Recovery Village has treatment that includes intensive outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospitalization programs comprised of detox and counseling services. In addition to drug and alcohol treatment, The Recovery Village offers therapy for eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and co-occurring mental illnesses. No matter what program patients need, they have the opportunity to get their treatment in a relaxing environment that includes a nutritionist, fitness center, and pool.

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

ADDRESS:

40 Timberline Dr.
Lemont, IL 60439

PHONE:

(844) 335-1932

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center specializes in helping women and adolescent girls who have drug and alcohol addiction, as well as eating disorders, trauma from sexual abuse or abandonment, and self-harm behaviors. The facility provides comprehensive treatment in a nurturing and structured environment that is surrounded by reflecting ponds and 43 acres of woods. During their stay at the facility, patients participate in activities such as individual and group therapy, education sessions, and twelve-step meetings.

Mount Regis Center

ADDRESS:

125 Knotbreak Rd
Salem, VA 24153

PHONE:

(866) 302-6609

Mount Regis Center

Mount Regis Center offers inpatient and outpatient programs, as well as partial hospitalization treatment. Each program provides help that is tailored to patients’ individual needs, including drug or alcohol detox, relapse prevention services, grief counseling, and group and individual therapy. In addition, patients are given reading and writing activities to help them process their experiences at the center and think about their new clean and sober lifestyle.

Q&A with Marijuana Rehab Experts

Dr. Sal Raichbach of Ambrosia Treatment Center earned both a doctorate in psychology, as well as a master’s degree in clinical social work. He is actively licensed in the states of Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, and New York.

  • How often does your treatment center work with patients that are addicted to marijuana?

    Ambrosia Treatment Center works with plenty of people who are addicted to marijuana. Most of the time, these individuals combine marijuana with other substances. This is commonly referred to as polysubstance dependence.

    Although it’s less common for people to seek treatment specifically for marijuana, all addictions and mental health issues must be dealt with to give that individual the best chance at long-term sobriety.

  • When patients check into rehab for marijuana addiction, what can they expect?

    Typically, an individual wouldn’t need to go through a medical stabilization or detox if they are only using marijuana. However, since many people use marijuana in combination with other substances, detox may be necessary for those addictions.

    A good treatment program will follow up medical stabilization with psychotherapy, education, and spiritual development to build a foundation for a lifetime in recovery. This is accomplished through one-on-one and group educational sessions, activities like art or music therapy and psychotherapy.

  • What are the chances of relapse for those who have completed treatment for marijuana addiction? What can people do to avoid it?

    The numbers behind relapse are difficult to measure for multiple reasons. Studies that rely on accurate reporting from the user are questionable at best because that person could be in denial or flat out lying about a relapse.

    The important thing to remember here is that recovery from an addiction is a lifelong process. A stay-in residential treatment will give the individual all the tools they need, but it’s up to them to use them in the real world.

  • What should people do if they experience a relapse? Can they get back on track on their own or do they need to re-enter treatment?

    If someone relapses on any substance, it means there are gaps in their recovery, and that always requires some action, usually in the form of treatment. Any addict or alcoholic will tell you that they’ve tried multiple times to get on track without help and were unsuccessful.

  • What would you tell people who believe marijuana addiction isn’t as serious as addictions to other types of drugs?

    Addictions come in all shapes and sizes. What makes an addiction serious is how it negatively affects the lives of those who suffer. Although marijuana isn’t physically addictive like heroin or alcohol, the psychological effects are real and can get very serious. The substance isn’t as much of a qualifier as the underlying reason that the individual is using drugs or alcohol to begin with.

    Michael Castanon is the Founder and CEO of Luminance. He is dedicated to helping people who suffer from addiction and mental health disorders by creating a treatment center with a mission of transforming lives and continually pursuing better solutions.

  • When patients check into rehab for marijuana addiction, what can they expect?

    At Luminance Recovery, we individually assess each patient to understand their particular needs and circumstances and devise a treatment plan accordingly. Depending on the patient’s unique treatment plan, they can expect to receive a wide array of treatments ranging from one-on-one therapy to lifestyle therapy, such as yoga and meditation, to aftercare planning and much more. The ultimate goal of rehab is to promote a positively altered life in the future beyond the rehab doors.

  • What are the chances of relapse for those who have completed treatment for marijuana addiction? What can people do to avoid it?

    Relapse is complex, making it hard to determine the exact chances of relapsing. While relapse is by no means an inevitable part of recovery, no one is perfect and combating an addiction is a grueling process. While it’s not possible to avoid all situations, people, and places that may put you at risk for relapse, there are steps you can take to limit your exposure. To give yourself the best chance at avoiding relapse, try to avoid high-risk situations, find an activity to fill your time, implement a sleep and eating routine, avoid people, places or things that foster your addiction, and create a relapse prevention plan.

  • What should people do if they experience a relapse? Can they get back on track on their own or do they need to re-enter treatment?

    If you experience a relapse, it’s important that you have someone you can call and be open with. Depending on your unique situation, you might decide that re-entering a rehab treatment program is necessary. In other instances, you may be able to get yourself back on track through sober meetings or therapy. It’s extremely important that you have a plan in place in case you slip up so that if relapse does occur, you know exactly what steps to take.

  • What would you tell people who believe marijuana addiction isn’t as serious as addictions to other types of drugs?

    At Luminance Recovery, we don’t prioritize or place urgency on one drug addiction over another. Marijuana can be just as addictive as any other drug, from extreme dependency to horrible withdrawals. It’s important to remember that every addiction is dangerous as it easily has the potential to ruin or drastically derail promising lives.

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