Marijuana Outpatient Treatment

Marijuana Outpatient Treatment

According to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Other facts about marijuana use include the following:

  • The 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed that an estimated 104 million Americans aged 12 or older have tried marijuana at least once in their lifetimes, representing 41.5% of the U.S. population in that age group.
  • A 2002 SAMHSA report concluded that the younger children are when they first use marijuana, the more likely they are to use cocaine and heroin and become dependent on drugs as adults. The report found that 62% of adults age 26 or older who initiated marijuana before they were 15 years old reported that they had used cocaine in their lifetime.
  • Results of the 2009 Monitoring the Future survey indicate that 15.7% of eighth graders, 32.3% of tenth graders and 42.0% of twelfth graders reported lifetime use of marijuana.

Therapy as an Outpatient Option for Marijuana

By definition, outpatient addiction treatment is treatment that you attend during day or evening sessions while returning home each night. Various outpatient addiction treatment options include the following:

  • Full day programs. These are the most intensive options and are the most similar to residential treatment. These programs offer a range of educational lectures, practical life skills sessions and scheduled treatment times.
  • Evening programs. During evening programs, participants meet evenings and weekends for a variety of group and individual therapies, lectures and classes.
  • AA, NA or other support groups. These groups are widely available. Meetings can occur at any time of day and individuals can attend as often as they want. Support groups focus on peers providing support for one another.
  • Private meeting sessions. These typically occur once or twice a week with a psychologist, psychiatrist or addiction therapist.
  • Group sessions. Group sessions are led by professionals and typically offer smaller group interaction at a less expensive rate than private sessions.

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment for Marijuana

In addition to the fact that outpatient treatment costs significantly less than residential care, there are several other benefits including the following:

  • Maintain work/school. Because there is a great deal of flexibility in the day and evening schedule of outpatient treatment, most participants can still go to school or work.
  • Anonymity. If you leave your school or work for an extended inpatient treatment program, your friends and colleagues are more likely to find out why you altered your lifestyle. By participating in outpatient treatment, you can remain at school or work and have a decreased chance of people learning about your struggles.
  • Family care. You are able to care for your children or elderly parents while attending outpatient treatment. This is especially critical for the person who is the primary or sole caregiver.
  • Local relationships. Because people who attend outpatient treatment typically attend at a location near their home or work, you have the opportunity to build relationships with peers in recovery in your area who will continue to be valuable resources of support.

Get Help Finding Outpatient Marijuana Rehab Options

Finding the right rehabilitation facility to meet your needs or the needs of someone you love can be an overwhelming experience. You need help and advice so that you can determine the most appropriate rehabilitation service for you. While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have about outpatient rehabilitation.