Marijuana Treatment Centers

Many treatment centers offer programs that facilitate detoxification from multiple substances. Marijuana, for instance, is usually used in tandem with other drugs so it is rare to find programs that focus primarily on a cannabis addiction. However, at the root of any drug use, are similar components that typically manifest themselves in addiction. These are the primary issues that must be dealt with and overcome in order to win the war of addiction in one’s life. Marijuana treatment does not need to be voluntary. Often, a family member, employer or the court system can be the motivating factor for an individual receiving drug treatment for marijuana. (See marijuana drug war for background info on marijuana).

Marijuana Treatment Centers and Programs

Most marijuana drug treatment centers will guide patients through a clinical regimen that includes a thorough medical examination, including medical history and a gauge of appropriate measures to go about treating the illness. With marijuana addiction, however, there is no medication that helps to treat the abuse. However, recent discoveries about the workings of THC receptors have raised the possibility that scientists may eventually develop a medication that will block THC’s intoxicating effects. Such a medication might be used to prevent relapse to marijuana abuse by reducing or eliminating its appeal. Therefore a good treatment center will offer quality and efficient counseling type programs that help patients to address the underlying emotions that may contribute to their dependence on marijuana.

The right program should offer individual care providing the intensity of appropriate therapy throughout each stage of recovery, from extended residential care to lifetime aftercare services. Components that may be included in an individual’s treatment program are determined on an ongoing basis according to a comprehensive evaluation that takes place at admission and continuously throughout the marijuana addiction treatment. The marijuana treatment program should incorporate therapy that is effective in addressing underlying causes of marijuana abuse:

  • Dual diagnosis
  • Issues with family
  • Issues at the work place
  • The legal system

Personalized treatment programs will help to focus on counseling and group support systems that tailor specifically to the needs of the patient.

Group Therapy

A marijuana treatment group is typically an abstinence-based group of 10 to 12 persons trying to end their dependence on marijuana. Attendance at these marijuana specific 12-step meetings or MA (marijuana anonymous) should be led by medical professionals with experience in helping individuals recover from marijuana addiction. Group therapy helps to instill hope in recovering addicts to relate to those who are also in progress and have come through the process. Being able to be in a safe environment and express what is on one’s mind and heart is beneficial in the recovery process.

One-on-One Counseling

Another model for treatment involves one-on-one intervention or counseling. Once an assessment has been made, providing an overview of the patient, a discussion about the patient’s use of marijuana, reasons for favoring or opposing quitting and answers to any questions the client has about quitting or modifying use, the appropriate forward steps can then be made.

Incentive Programs

Some programs offer incentives for sobriety to patients that improve their overall chances of recovery. Giving patients vouchers for abstaining from marijuana are part of these incentives. Vouchers can be redeemed for such goods as movie passes, sports equipment or vocational training.

Recovery Follow-Up

After marijuana detoxification is achieved, the marijuana treatment center should work individually with patients but also in groups and with their family as well. Emphasis on the importance of maintaining sobriety and recovery from marijuana addiction helps the patient re-enter into society gradually and marijuana free. This is a pivotal part to maintaining a drug free lifestyle.

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