Understanding Marijuana Detox

Before you go into a drug treatment program, drug detox is an import first step in your recovery. While you may be able to stop taking marijuana on their own, marijuana detoxification is best undertaken under the direct supervision of consulting medical professionals.

Marijuana affects brain development. The drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions.1 The longer a person uses marijuana, the more likely they are to have withdrawal symptoms when they aren’t using it.2

“Life gets so much better in sobriety. Every day is my best day….” —Dustin J., Heroes in Recovery

Marijuana Detox Basics

Marijuana interacts with the addict’s central nervous system and produces pleasurable side effects. After discontinuing marijuana use, chronic users often display increased levels of aggression several days to a week since the drug was used. This time can be confusing for the addict. It can also be frightening for people who are caring for the addict, especially if he is doing a marijuana detox at home without supervision.

Young man with counselorIn many cases, it is clear that addicts have multiple mental disorders in addition to their addiction, which is called a dual diagnosis.3 Mental disorders can make rehabilitation more difficult. In some cases, the disorders could even be contributing to the addiction. When doctors spot these conditions, they can begin therapies to ease symptoms and promote healing.

After the assessment, the person starts marijuana detox. A physician may prescribe medication, and the addict is often given nutritious foods that help the body heal. Some people who have withdrawal symptoms and experience sobriety feel a strong sense of depression. The staff at the facility knows to keep an eye out for this form of depression, so they step in to help the individual feel better.

It often takes one to two weeks for marijuana to clear the addict’s system. However, some people can emerge from a detox program faster. Similarly, some people need more time to complete the process. Addicts and their doctors determine when the detoxification program is over, based on individual symptoms of their marijuana detox.

How To Get Help

Since marijuana withdrawal symptoms can be severe, an inpatient detoxification program is often beneficial. If an individual lives at home and has access to friends and drug dealers, it is incredibly easy for an addict to return to drug use. It is likely more difficult to return to drugs when the individual lives in a facility with no drugs on the premises. Also, doctors in an inpatient marijuana detox program can often provide medications that can help the addict handle painful symptoms.

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1Marijuana.”NIDA. N.p., Feb. 2017. Web. 04 July 2017.

2Marijuana Withdrawal Is Real.”NIDA for Teens.N.p., 02 Apr. 2015. Web. 04 July 2017.

3Dual Diagnosis.”NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 July 2017.