One of the most common substances that people abuse today is marijuana. This is especially true as more and more U.S. states are making marijuana legal. While marijuana may seem less harmful than other substances, it’s still possible to develop an addiction to it. Individuals that do develop a marijuana addiction will need to attend marijuana rehab.
Marijuana is a substance that’s derived from the cannabis plant. The ingredient in marijuana that causes individuals to get high is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. Cannabis plants that contain more than 0.3% of THC in them are considered marijuana.
It’s easier now more than ever to get marijuana. This is especially true since marijuana is becoming more and more legal. In fact, marijuana is currently legal for medicinal purposes in 36 U.S. states. 15 U.S. states have gone as far as to make marijuana legal for recreational purposes as well.
Due to the growing legalization of marijuana, more people are getting their hands on this substance. This is evident in that studies show that more than 45% of adults in the U.S. have smoked weed before. On top of that, other reputable studies state that 1 and 8 adults are avid marijuana users. This means more and more people will need marijuana rehab to break free from addiction.
When individuals use marijuana, cannabinoid receptors in the brain are activated by a neurotransmitter called anandamide. The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana called THC then blocks and imitates the actions of the neurotransmitters in the brain that were activated by the cannabinoid receptors. This causes the brain and body to no longer feel the need to make these actions occur naturally on their own anymore.
Then, before the marijuana user knows it, his or her brain starts to chemically change and become dependent on marijuana to function and release certain chemicals. Once a person’s brain makes chemical changes and becomes dependent on marijuana to perform certain actions, that person has a marijuana addiction.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that around 9% of people that misuse marijuana will eventually develop an addiction to the substance. This percentage increases to 17% when people start misusing the substance during their teen years. The percentage of day-to-day marijuana users that will eventually develop a marijuana addiction is 25%-50%.
People can consume marijuana in different ways. Most people consume marijuana by smoking it with a pipe or bong. Other ways to smoke marijuana include hand-rolled cigarettes and cigar wraps. When individuals just smoke the oil from the marijuana plant, it’s called dabbing.
People that want to consume marijuana without smoking it can do so by eating marijuana-infused food aka edibles. For example, many people like to bake marijuana into treats like brownies. Others may simply choose to consume marijuana through edible gummies or by infusing or brewing it into drinks like tea. The marijuana-infused food, drink, and treat options are endless.
Some people may even choose to vaporize their marijuana use. Regardless of how a person chooses to consume marijuana, he or she should make sure that the use of the substance isn’t so extensive that it leads to marijuana dependence or addiction. Otherwise, that person will need to attend marijuana rehab.
It’s easy to tell when a person develops a dependence on a substance like marijuana. This is because people that develop a drug dependency experience negative withdrawal symptoms when they minimize or discontinue their use of the substance.
Common marijuana withdrawal symptoms include:
Because individuals experience marijuana withdrawal when minimizing or discontinuing use of the substance, people that detox from marijuana often experience withdrawal symptoms. When people experience withdrawal symptoms that are severe in a medical detox facility, the facility’s physicians and staff will usually provide those people with prescription withdrawal medications to help them manage the symptoms.
Unfortunately, there are no prescription withdrawal medications for marijuana withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, individuals that are detoxing from marijuana at professional detox facilities must manage their own withdrawal symptoms until their bodies are clean of substances.
Every person that has an addiction to a substance is also dependent on that substance, but not every person that has a drug dependency also has an addiction to that drug. Therefore, it’s important to distinguish between marijuana withdrawal or dependency symptoms and symptoms of marijuana addiction.
Because every person that contains a marijuana addiction is also dependent on marijuana, but the same isn’t true the other way around, it’s apparent that marijuana addiction is more intense than marijuana dependency. Therefore, symptoms of marijuana addiction are more severe than marijuana withdrawal symptoms.
Common symptoms of marijuana addiction include:
To overcome marijuana addiction, it’s best if individuals attend marijuana detox followed by marijuana rehab.
Like most substance addiction rehab programs, marijuana rehab can be inpatient or outpatient.
Inpatient marijuana rehab is for individuals with severe marijuana addictions. As a result, inpatient marijuana rehab programs require patients to live in rehab facilities while in treatment so that they can receive 24/7 care and monitoring.
Standard inpatient marijuana rehab programs are very structured. Individuals with severe marijuana addictions that need to attend inpatient marijuana rehab but don’t want to live in such a structured manner can attend residential marijuana rehab.
Residential marijuana rehab is an inpatient rehab program that’s slightly less structured than standard inpatient rehab. Therefore, residential marijuana rehab patients will get more free time to themselves than their standard inpatient rehab counterparts.
One outpatient marijuana rehab program may be better for some but not another depending on the severity of a patient’s addiction. This is because there are different levels of outpatient marijuana rehab. The most intense level of outpatient rehab is partial hospitalization program (PHP) rehab. This is because PHP treatment is for individuals with moderate to severe addictions. Thus, PHP treatment requires rehab patients to attend rehab five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week.
The second most intense level of outpatient marijuana rehab is intensive outpatient program (IOP) rehab. IOP treatment programs require rehab patients to receive care a few hours a day, a few days a week. IOP marijuana rehab is for people with moderate marijuana addictions.
The least intense version of marijuana rehab is that of standard outpatient rehab. This is because standard outpatient marijuana rehab programs are for people with mild marijuana addictions. As a result, standard outpatient marijuana rehab programs only require individuals to attend rehab a couple of hours a day, a couple of days a week.
Grace Land Recovery is a dual diagnosis treatment center located in the Memphis, Tennessee area. As a dual diagnosis treatment center, we specialize in treating substance addiction and its co-occurring disorders. Therefore, individuals can receive high-quality substance addiction treatment and mental health treatment at our facility.
Grace Land Recovery knows that overcoming a marijuana addiction is just as difficult as overcoming an addiction to any other substance. That’s why we provide addiction treatment programs for marijuana use disorder.
The levels of care at which we offer such varied substance addiction treatment programs include partial hospitalization program (PHP) treatment, intensive outpatient program (IOP) treatment, and standard outpatient program (OP) treatment. We also offer different unique rehab programs and addiction therapy services such as relapse prevention and case management.
Addiction therapies at Grace Land Recovery include everything from individual therapy to group therapy, to family therapy, anger management therapy, and more. Therefore, individuals can incorporate different addiction therapies and their formats in their specialized substance rehab programs.
To learn more about Grace Land Recovery, our marijuana addiction treatment program, or any of our other specialized substance addiction treatment programs, contact us today! Our phone lines are available 24/7 and our facility’s office hours are Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm. To verify your insurance to see if it’s in-network here at Grace Land Recovery, go to our website.