Treatment for Marijuana Withdrawal

Treatment for Marijuana Withdrawal

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Marijuana withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty with shifting thoughts
  • Memory development issues/foggy brain
  • Respiratory issues
  • Heart problems

Recovery from Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana’s widespread abuse is partly due to its availability, low cost, peer pressures, the erroneous belief that it is not habit-forming and other issues. Its abuse can lead to experimenting with more harmful drugs as well as dependency.

Detox, which can last as long as five days, is recommended in a rehab setting due to withdrawals and the possibility that other drugs might be involved. Rather than waiting for an overdose and a ride to an emergency room, rehab is the better choice. Rehab removes users from the environment and relationships that encourage drug use. Rehab also provides structure, accountability and support. But rehab alone will not necessarily provide long-term recovery, as it is up to the individual to commit to the processes involved in maintaining sobriety.

Marijuana Addiction Dangers

Addiction can be deadly. Even marijuana use, once considered to be non-addictive, can lead to adverse health effects—whether psychologically (through its effect on memory and thinking), physiologically (as in respiratory problems and associated health risks) or as an addiction pathway to more dangerous substances. Marijuana detox, recommended in a rehab or hospital setting, provides a transition to treatment. Here medical addiction specialists can monitor withdrawal symptoms and issues, provide an individualized treatment plan and offer proven treatment methods that aid in forming new patterns of behavior.

In a recent National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) study, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and vouchers (incentives for abstinence) were found to be useful in treating marijuana abuse especially when treating white males. While CBT teaches new patterns of behavior and helps the individual identify triggers, the combination of incentives with CBT created an enhanced treatment approach for the best results. A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) accredited treatment center or hospital offers a comprehensive approach to treatment often using CBT and the following options:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • 12-step programs
  • Specialized treatment plans for special issues
  • Alternative treatment methods
  • Educational workshops and programs
  • Wellness and nutrition
  • Aftercare
  • Recreation

Want to Stop Abusing Marijuana?

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