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Marijuana Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Marijuana Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Marijuana is the most popular recreational drug in United States and unfortunately, the number of people who think that marijuana abuse is not associated with any significant side effects is alarmingly high. Once a person has developed dependence, proper treatment plan will be needed to get rid of it. Long term users and people who start abusing marijuana from a young age are particularly more susceptible of becoming an addict. However, recovery is possible. There are a number of rehabilitation centers located nationwide that offer treatment to marijuana addicts. At SLO Recovery Centers, every patient is assessed for his condition and a treatment plan is devised accordingly.

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Treatment options for Marijuana addiction:

  • Inpatient treatment programs:
    Inpatient treatment is the most intensive type of treatment. The patient is made to live in a specially designed facility during the treatment. The patient may have to live for varying periods of time usually ranging between a few weeks to a few months depending upon the condition and recovery rate of the patient. Marijuana addiction treatment is not as painful process as the treatment of other heavy drugs, so the patient doesn’t have to live in rehab center for long. SLO Recovery Centers use advanced techniques to facilitate the process of recovery. The experts at the center monitor the condition of the patient 24/7 and provide all the treatment needed. Chances of recovery increase a great deal for patients who opt for inpatient treatment programs. These are highly recommended for the patients who have been dependent on Marijuana for long periods of time.
  • Partial hospitalization program:
    Partial hospitalization program is offered to the patients who need something more than outpatient treatment. It is highly recommended for the patients experiencing severe mental health issues. A team of doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists and psychologists takes care of the patient at SLO Recovery Centers during the process.
  • Outpatient treatment programs:
    Outpatient treatment offers same facilities excluding the living in part. The patient is allowed to live at home, performing his everyday tasks, while getting treated at the same time. It is a suitable program for patients who cannot afford to quit their job or education and move in to a rehab center. Also, it costs less. Most of the Marijuana addicts can be treated by outpatient treatment. However, those with poor mental health may need inpatient treatment. The patient is also required to visit rehab center from time to time depending upon his condition. Having a supportive family at background not only speeds up the recovery process but also increases success rates.

Use of behavioral therapies:

A number of therapies are employed during the process of drug rehabilitation. Drug abuse ends up ruining whole life of the addict. He loses his friends, career, job and even family. Drug rehabilitation is a process that involves preparing the patient for a new life. The goal is to cure the addict of the addiction and prepare him to start his life all over again. It is only possible if therapies are used. From the start to end, therapies play a crucial role. Some commonly offered therapies offered at SLO Recovery Centers include:

Individual therapy:

It is a one on one treatment approach that involves the patient and his therapist. The counselor discusses every aspects of addiction including what lead him to it and what his triggers are. The patient is then treated to remove the root cause of the addiction. Also, it is made sure that the patient knows his triggers and avoids them successfully.

Group therapy:

Group therapy involves a number of patients. Talking to each other about their coping mechanisms can help the patients learn a lot. Group therapy also helps the patients stay determined and focused on their recovery.

Spouse/family therapy:

Spouse or family therapy involves the patient and his family/spouse. It can help to facilitate the process of communication between the addict and his family. The family is able to understand the condition of the patient in a better way.

Use of medications:

Although there are not any specific medications approved by FDA that can be used during the treatment of marijuana addiction, several OTC drugs can be used to ease withdrawal symptoms.

  • Pain relievers can be used to relieve body aches.
  • Antiemetics help with nausea and vomiting.
  • Antidepressants can help manage depression.
  • Anti-anxiety medications can be used to control anxiety.
  • Sleep aids can be used for insomnia patients.

Treatment of co-occurring conditions:

Presence of co-occurring conditions refers to a situation where an underlying psychological disorder is present along with drug addiction. Studies show that people battling mental illnesses are more likely to become dependent on the drugs. Even though the addiction can be treated, the mental disorder still persists and does not go away without proper treatment. Recognizing and treating such issues is given due importance at SLO Recovery Centers. The treatment of addiction is not possible unless these conditions are treated as well. There are great chances of relapsing if such disorders are left unattended.

Relapse prevention:

The chances of relapse never truly go away even after a complete treatment. A major portion of recovered addicts ends up relapsing. The chances are increased even further when a proper treatment program is not availed. It is important to know relapse prevention techniques to successfully avoid the temptations.

  • Know your triggers: There are certain triggers that lead a patient towards drug abuse. Knowing these triggers can help the patient to avoid or resist them. Stress is the major trigger for most of the patients. Certain methods can be used to reduce stress such as exercise, yoga, acupuncture, massage etc.
  • Keep healthy company: Keeping healthy company is important to maintain a life of sobriety. The circle of addicts should be abandoned as soon as possible. Having friends who abuse drugs can be the biggest reason of a relapse.
  • Have a support system: Having supportive family and friends at back can be immensely helpful to stay sober. The patient can tell his triggers to his friends and family and they can help him avoid them. Also, being held accountable can also be a factor for the patient to keep his hands off drug.
  • Adopt a healthy lifestyle: Eating healthy, doing regular exercise and yoga and staying positive can help the patient stay drug free for the rest of his life.