It’s a sad fact of life, but people do become dependent on marijuana. Whether through personal circumstances or a lack of understanding, approximately 22.2 million people use the drug in the United States today. Fortunately there are numerous options available to those who wish to kick their habit. If you are using marijuana and wish to stop, the first thing to do is remember that you are not alone.
The First Step
To begin with, you need to find a rehabilitation program that satisfies your insurance. If it doesn’t, do not despair. Low-cost programs and payment plans are available. If you have a mental health issue, look for an option that covers ‘dual diagnosis’. Lastly, ensure the program offers a comprehensive after-care plan.
Types of Treatment
You can opt for an inpatient or outpatient program. Inpatient treatments normally enable you to remain on site at all times during the course of your treatment. If circumstances at home contribute to your problems and you need time away from the stress, this is usually the preferred option. Outpatients programs require commuting from your home to the clinic. Counseling and therapy are used in addition to other forms of treatment including self-help approaches.
Types of Medication
Various forms of medication will be used in your program to reduce symptoms and ease the craving. These may include antidepressants such as Bupropion and Nefazodone. You may also be required to take a synthetic version of THC, the most addictive substance found in marijuana. This helps to alleviate symptoms such as cravings, chills and anxiety.
What about Withdrawal?
Fortunately, withdrawal from marijuana is less severe than other drugs. However, it is important to be aware of the facts so you know how to deal with them. They usually arise within 24-48 hours of stopping the use of marijuana, reach their maximum level within four to six days and can last for anywhere up to three weeks before ceasing. You may experience anger or irritability and have difficulty sleeping. Your appetite may decline and cravings will increase.
What Else Can I Expect?
Drug and alcohol dependency is not a disease. Addiction is the symptom of a deeper and more personal issue. Therefore, you can expect to be treated with reverence and respect at all times. When you undergo your rehab program you will also receive support and guidance as to how to overcome the issues which led to you developing your addiction in the first place. Your program will be tailored to accommodate your individual needs and afford you both comfort and luxury.
If you want to overcome your dependency on marijuana, do not delay. The road ahead will be challenging, but you will not be alone. Wherever you choose, a dedicated and friendly team will support you every step of the way. Good luck!