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Information on Marijuana Rehab & Detox

Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 May 2024
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While working as a counselor, I saw firsthand that marijuana is one of the most commonly used substances, especially with other drugs. Whether an individual is using marijuana on its own or with other drugs, drug rehab centers can provide someone with the tools necessary to become drug-free. DRS provides a directory of treatment options, such as detox, rehab, peer support groups, prevention, and educational material. Below, you can choose a state and find a rehabilitation program that meets your needs.

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How To Treat Marijuana Addiction

In my professional experience, I have seen Marijuana addiction treated using various approaches. Since marijuana use can vary in severity, the type of treatment for each person depends on the individual’s personal habits and drug history. Detox, outpatient drug rehab, and inpatient rehab can all be effective.

During their time in a rehabilitation center, attending NA meetings, individual counseling, and group therapy is common. One of the more successful approaches for treating marijuana addiction is cognitive behavioral therapy. This form of therapy identifies and corrects problematic behaviors.

Comprehensive Approaches and Continued Care

Comprehensive rehabilitation is always the best option. Treatment could include traditional and non-traditional therapies. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy are successful options.

Holistic approaches, as well as non-traditional approaches such as adventure and wilderness therapy, equine or art therapy, yoga, meditation, and natural approaches, also tend to be successful.

Most recovering marijuana users benefit from aftercare support, such as outpatient counseling or a 12-step program

Professional Observations

While working at a treatment center, I encountered many individuals who were trying to stop using marijuana. When talking with them, it was discovered that marijuana was very much part of their lifestyle. They surrounded themselves with people who smoked or used marijuana and quite often used marijuana before doing any activity. There was this idea that being high on marijuana enhanced most of the activities they were doing.

Due to the nature of marijuana being a lifestyle drug, I saw great success with marijuana users who attended longer-term treatment. While detox is beneficial to get the person off of marijuana for a week, it does little to break the habits and routines one has established that are engrained in using marijuana.

I noticed when someone has a month or more to establish healthy routines and start enjoying things while not being high, their ability to remain drug-free increases. Long-term drug rehab also offers life skills to help individuals handle individuals who may not be the greatest influence.

Many of these individuals also fell into the trap of thinking marijuana use was not a big deal, a notion I saw countless times as a counselor. This type of thinking is unhealthy. At the end of the day, if you want to stop using marijuana and have failed, seeking professional help is a great option.

-Michael Leach, CCMA

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  • What type of drug is Marijuana?

    Marijuana is a mind-altering psychoactive substance that doesn’t fall into a distinct category used to classify drugs. It has been called a depressant, a stimulant, and a hallucinogen and can be categorized as any of the three. However, Marijuana most suitably fits into a class of its own because there are no other known drugs that cause similar effects.

  • What does Marijuana look like?

    The part of the plant most commonly recognizable is the plant’s flowers, also called buds. It looks like dried plant material and is usually green but may also appear in shades of brown or purple. Marijuana is also made into other forms, like hash, that can look like sand or a more wet, resinous material.

  • How long does Marijuana stay in your system?

    Marijuana stays in the human body for quite some time. The active component, THC, is fat-soluble and can be stored in the system for months before being metabolized and released. On average, THC stays in the system for around 30 days. But this figure can vary widely depending on the amount consumed, the frequency of use, and how long the person was consuming Marijuana at that rate. Other controlling factors include the person’s body mass, overall health, and nutrition. It is not uncommon for Marijuana to take 60 days or longer to be undetectable in a urinalysis test.

  • Is Marijuana addictive?

    This question has been highly debated, but the short answer is yes. Virtually any drug has the potential for abuse and addiction when misused, and Marijuana is no exception. Like alcohol, the drug’s legal status in many places doesn’t mean it’s non-addictive or safe. Marijuana is one of the most used substances in the US, after Tobacco and alcohol.

  • How is Marijuana used?

    Marijuana is most commonly smoked. An assortment of devices may be used to accomplish ingestion in this manner, but the most common is a simple pipe or rolled into a joint. Dabbing is the practice of heating Marijuana extracts until they produce a vapor that can be inhaled. Marijuana can also be eaten. These products are commonly referred to as edibles and can have more intense and longer-lasting effects than smoking the drug.

  • Who benefits from Marijuana rehabilitation?

    Treatment for marijuana addiction benefits anyone who has attempted to stop using the drug without success.

    It’s common for marijuana users to be recreational binge users or heavy daily users. In addition, it’s common to be a polydrug user, abusing more than one substance, and marijuana is generally always part of the problem.

    Rehabilitation programs are beneficial for someone using marijuana along with other drugs like alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit street drugs.

  • Want to know more?

    The questions from Addicted.org’s “Learn from our Experts” are answered by Michael Leach, CCMA. If you need further clarification on any of the questions above or have any other questions you can contact him directly at mike@addicted.org.

Common Terminology Surround Marijuana

Term
Definition
Cannabinoids
compounds found in cannabis. There are over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis, which can have different physiological effects on the body. Two of the most known cannabinoids are THC and CBD.
CBD
stands for cannabidiol. It is a non-intoxication compound found in cannabis.
Gateway drug
any drug whose use may lead to more dangerous or addictive drugs.
Hemp
plant in the same family as cannabis but cultivated for its fiber or seeds. It has a relatively small amount of THC compared to the plant variety grown to make marijuana.
Psychoactive drug
A drug that affects the central nervous system changes how the brain works and causes changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, emotions, or behavior.
THC
stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis and is mostly responsible for the “high” and other marijuana effects.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.

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Michael Leach is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, who has over 5 years of experience working in the field of addiction. He spent his career working under the board-certified Addictionologist Dr. Rohit Adi. His experience includes working with families during their loved one’s stay in treatment, helping those with substance abuse issues find treatment, and teaching life skills to patients in a recovery atmosphere. Though he has worked in many different areas of rehabilitation, the majority of his time was spent working one on one with patients who were actively withdrawing from drugs. Withdrawal and the fear of going through it is one biggest reason why an addict continues to use and can be the most difficult part of the rehabilitation process. His experience in the withdrawal atmosphere has taught him that regardless of what approach a person takes to get off drugs, there are always mental and emotional obstacles that need to be overcome. He believes having someone there to help a person through these obstacles can make all the difference during the withdrawal process.