Although marijuana has the reputation of being safe and non-addictive, many people can and do develop a dependence and addiction to marijuana. Marijuana dependence develops when a person uses the drug enough to need it in order to feel normal because the brain is so accustomed to the presence of it. This happens in about 30 percent of people who use it. People younger than 18 are at a much greater risk of developing a marijuana use disorder, as their bodies are still developing and more susceptible to the effects of drugs.1
People who become addicted to marijuana continue using the drug despite ongoing negative effects on their lives. They generally experience the following side effects consistent with regular marijuana use: problems with recollection and memory, difficulty learning, lack of patience, distorted perception and/or reality, difficulty with clear thinking and problem solving, loss of coordination, rapid heart rate (palpitations), anxiety and panic attacks, which is mainly caused by the active chemical THC.2
Rehab for Marijuana Abuse and Addiction
Marijuana abuse is a difficult addiction to conquer because the drug is so readily available. However, by entering a quality marijuana rehab center, you can safely detox from the substance and learn the skills you need to resist the temptation to use again after completing treatment.
When researching different treatment programs, it is easy to get confused, as there are various types. Outpatient rehabs offer different amenities and flexibility than inpatient or residential treatment centers. Outpatient rehab facilities are generally a good fit for patients who need less structure but still need to attend counseling and other therapies. The schedule allows them to continue to live at home and keep up with important responsibilities. Residential rehab programs cater more toward patients with more severe addictions or who have relapsed in the past. They live on campus 24 hours a day for the duration of treatment in order to be able to solely focus on healing.
Benefits of Inpatient Marijuana Treatment
Inpatient marijuana rehab is for patients who will benefit more from 24-hour care than from the flexibility of outpatient programs. Inpatient rehabs provide on-going medical supervision and a drug-free environment focused on support and building healthy life skills. Residential programs often are located in desirable locations with pleasant weather and luxurious amenities; however, many local hospitals also offer inpatient treatment programs with a more narrowed medical focus.
Patients who benefit most from outpatient marijuana rehab are those whose addictions are less severe or who have already completed a time of residential treatment. Outpatient programs may be ideal for those that strong support systems at home—patients attend classes, therapy groups and individual counseling. Outpatient patients do not stay at the facility overnight and are often able to keep up work and family responsibilities, at least to some degree.
Finding the Right Marijuana Rehabilitation Program
When researching the right inpatient marijuana rehab facility, it is crucial to find a program that covers all aspects of your addiction and teaches the right recovery skills that will prepare patients for sobriety. If you or someone you love is struggling with marijuana abuse and addiction, please call our 24-hour, toll-free helpline to speak with one of our knowledgeable admissions coordinators today. We want to help you begin healing now.
1 “Is marijuana addictive?” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Accessed February 2018.
2 “What is marijuana?” National Institute on Drug Abuse. Accessed February 2018.