Marijuana rehab is designed to help people struggling to overcome a cannabis addiction. The basis of marijuana rehab focuses on treating the psychological aspect of the abuse disorder.
Most marijuana rehab treatment programs are conducted in an outpatient rehab setting, which usually does not require admittance into an inpatient treatment facility.
Marijuana rehab programs are different from just the detox process, as they are designed to treat the psychological aspect of the addiction to prevent the person relapsing back to a cycle of drug abuse.
Many people struggling with marijuana abuse and addiction may also have underlying mental health disorders that need to be treated. The most commonly linked psychiatric disorders with cannabis abuse include depression, anxiety and psychosis.
Detoxing from marijuana won’t produce horribly painful withdrawal symptoms, unlike detoxing from heroin or alcohol, but there are some physical symptoms to watch for. These include headaches, coughing up phlegm, loss of appetite, digestion problems and profuse sweating.
Sweating is the body’s natural way of trying to eliminate toxins. Excessive sweating can deplete the body of potassium, so it’s important to eat a balanced diet during the detox process to maintain a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals.
Stopping the use of marijuana suddenly can also cause psychological withdrawal symptoms that stem from the mental aspect of the addiction. Some of the more common psychological symptoms can include insomnia, nightmares, loss of concentration, anger, anxiety, and depression.
Many people who have quit marijuana after years of long-term abuse report that vivid dreams about using drugs again are common, lasting months or even years after quitting. As THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) suppresses the dream-state during sleep, it’s normal for the brain to re-activate the dreaming mechanism at full force.
Unlike most other drugs, THC is stored in the body’s fat cells, so it can take longer for the body to get rid of the toxins as compared to other drugs. Some parts of the body can still retain traces of THC a couple of months after stopping use.
Marijuana rehab programs are designed to help recovering addicts learn ways to live life without numbing the emotions or avoiding reality with drugs. Rehab therapy offers structured programs designed to provide support and guidance throughout the recovery process.
In some cases, prescription medication may be required to treat any underlying mental health issues that may be present along with the addiction. For example, treatment center staff may need to administer antidepressants to treat symptoms of acute depression. Non-addictive sedatives may also be administered for those struggling with symptoms of insomnia.
Each treatment program is tailored to the individual person’s needs. The triggers behind marijuana addiction are different for everyone. For example, a person struggling with low self-esteem may benefit from counseling to improve self-image. An unemployed person may benefit more from vocational counseling and training, which improves the chances of gaining meaningful employment, and can boost feelings of self-worth at the same time.
Treating the underlying triggers for substance abuse can remove the original reason for turning to drugs, making it far more likely the person will remain clean for the long term.
Relapse prevention programs involve teaching the person to recognize their individual drug abuse triggers and implement new strategies and coping skills for living life without cannabis.
Exercise programs are also strongly recommended for people recovering from cannabis addiction. Physical activity helps the brain to produce endorphins, which are the body’s natural ‘feel-good’ chemical. Endorphins are known to help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, which can be common through the recovery process.
Regular attendance at group meetings, such as Marijuana Anonymous can be highly beneficial for recovering people. Group counseling and meetings provide new social connections, which allow participants to interact with like minded people facing the same challenges and struggles. Group meetings also reduce feelings of isolation and provide strong support networks for learning to live a clean life.
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