Marijuana use is incredibly common. Fifty-one percent of Americans say they’ve tried it at some point in their lives. Marijuana is known by a variety of slang terms. You might have heard:
- And many others
Most commonly, users smoke the dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant, though marijuana can also be eaten or taken in an extract. The high you get comes from THC—a mind-altering chemical compound in the plant.
Marijuana has been used for many years, but changes have occurred in recent years that make much of the drug used today different than what it used to be. For instance, it probably contains much more THC than marijuana did in the past. Extracts known as “dabs” contain extremely high amounts of THC and can be dangerous to make and use.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in some states, and social acceptability of marijuana has increased as well. It’s easier than ever to access marijuana and become addicted.
How Do I Know I’m Addicted to Marijuana?
There’s a widely held belief that marijuana is not addictive and that using it has few harmful effects. It is possible to become addicted to marijuana, and using it can have many negative effects on your life, including:
- Physical health issues
- Psychiatric concerns
- Relationship difficulties
- Risk of legal consequences
If you prioritize your marijuana use above relationships, work, and sober hobbies, you may be addicted. Also, if you’re aware of the risks of using marijuana and continue to use it, even in the face of getting in trouble with the law, you’ve likely developed a destructive marijuana addiction.
How Do I Recover from a Marijuana Addiction?
Abstaining from marijuana is difficult to do on your own. You may continue to be pressured into using the drug, or you may be tempted to keep it up to cope with stress or other negative emotions. Co-occurring disorders (dual diagnosis) are common among people who abuse marijuana—especially anxiety disorders and depression.
For these reasons, if you’re ready to move on from marijuana, you should seek treatment options at a treatment center such as Washburn House in Worcester, MA. Our team of highly trained medical professionals, Masters-level therapists, and case managers will help you identify and address the things that led you to drug abuse.
What Happens When I Get to Washburn House with a Marijuana Addiction?
You will never be judged or lectured when you come to Washburn House. Instead, you’ll be greeted warmly and compassionately. If you haven’t already been pre-screened over the phone, our trained and licensed clinicians and medical professionals will complete a pre-screening evaluation with you. Your addiction and everything that makes it unique will be considered in this process, so we can match you with the program that’s right for your marijuana addiction.
You can trust that you will be respected throughout your time at Washburn House in Worcester. We’ll incorporate your unique needs and goals into your treatment for marijuana addiction.
What Path of Treatment Is Right for Me?
Medically Monitored Detox
Most people don’t need to detox from marijuana. Our medically monitored detox may be right for you if you’re using marijuana with other substances.
If our clinicians determine that detox is the right way to start your recovery journey, you’ll be in the care of medical professionals for as long as you need to withdraw completely. During this time, you may experience drug withdrawal symptoms that can last from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how severe your marijuana addiction is.
Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal are:
- Decreased appetite
- Cravings for the drug
- Feelings of restlessness
- Vivid dreams, including nightmares
Once you’ve physically recovered, your assigned therapist and case manager will walk with you through whichever program(s) best serves your needs. You’ll also develop a relapse prevention plan and aftercare plan to help you address problems and triggers you may encounter in the future.
Clinically Managed Inpatient Drug Rehab
Our inpatient program is our highest level of care, offering in-depth therapy in a highly structured residential setting. You’ll be able to focus without distraction on what led you to your marijuana addiction and gain the tools you need to stay sober.
Day Treatment Program
Day treatment, or partial hospitalization (PHP), allows you to spend your days receiving treatment and to go home in the evening. You’ll have the advantage of learning to integrate what you learn into your life in the community.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
IOP at Washburn House provides individual and group therapy, but also has a strong focus on relapse prevention. It’s less of a time commitment than other programs and allows you to live either at home or at our extended care/sober living treatment facility.
How Long Does Recovery from a Marijuana Addiction Take?
Detoxing from the physical symptoms of marijuana abuse can take a few weeks, but the emotional and mental health effects of the drug may last much longer. For example, if you were using marijuana to try to cope with an underlying mental health condition, like depression, you may find your depression returns and is worse than it was before you began using. To help prevent this, our addiction experts treat your co-occurring disorder, providing you with tools you can use to manage your emotions off of marijuana.
Recovery from a marijuana addiction is a lifelong process. You will always remember what it was like to use marijuana, and you may experience cravings from time to time. Your treatment here at Washburn House takes as long as you need to feel confident in your recovery. The insights and skills you gain will last a lifetime.
Does Washburn House Accept My Insurance?
Washburn House in Worcester accepts most commercial insurance plans.
What If I Don’t Have Insurance?
If you don’t have insurance, we also accept direct payments and have other payment options. Not sure how to pay for your addiction treatment? Give us a call. We’re happy to help!
What Happens When I Leave Washburn House?
After the treatment process, your assigned therapist and case manager will help you create a comprehensive aftercare plan that may include outpatient rehab and 12-step groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous. This process will begin well before you leave to ensure you have plenty of time to prepare for your discharge.
When the effects of marijuana take over your life, it can feel like you’re living in a haze. If you’re ready to think and live clearly again, contact Washburn House in Massachusetts. Our proven marijuana addiction treatment will help you build a path to the future.