Marijuana Addiction Treatment
Just as there are medically safe and necessary uses for certain pain killers and prescriptions, marijuana can sometimes be used a means for alleviating pain in certain medical conditions. But like other prescriptions, this substance is frequently abused leading to severe negative and permanent consequences for an individual’s health and wellbeing. Marijuana addiction treatment aims to help individuals overcome the short-term and prevent long-term damage due to sustained marijuana use.
Is Marijuana Habit-Forming?
It is often said that marijuana is not habit-forming, but in fact a major short-term effect of marijuana involves over-activating the part of the brain which houses the majority of THC receptors. This over-activation lights up the “reward” regions of the brain and causes shifts in mood, impaired memory, impaired body movement, and more. With sustained use, marijuana can lead to permanent brain impairment, causing memory and retention problems, delayed learning function, delayed thinking, and more. The physical impact of marijuana addiction includes an elevated heart rate and breathing issues. Users may also experience hallucinations and paranoia which can be especially dangerous for individuals with schizophrenia.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse found that the majority of adult marijuana users who attempt to quit have tried six or more times to do so, exemplifying the degree of dependency marijuana can produce. Marijuana may be used as a means of self-medicating and controlling psychiatric or behavioral disorders. To achieve lasting recovery, dual diagnosis and treatment of all co-occurring conditions are needed to ensure individuals receive the help they need for total and lasting wellbeing.
Therapies involved in marijuana addiction treatment include:
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Contingency management
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, is a psychotherapy form which provides individuals with strategies for first identifying and then correcting negative behaviors linked to addiction or other problems. Individuals learn how to end drug use through self-control, healthy coping mechanisms, and how to monitor and manage co-occurring disorders.
This method of therapy involves monitoring for a particular recurring behavior. A positive reward may be given or removed in response to this behavior in order to motivate positive changes in the individual.
Group and Individual Therapy:
Freeman Recovery Center leads visitors through both individual and group therapy sessions. Group therapy allows individuals to process and engage in different ways and to connect with others who understand the journey of recovery. Individual therapy allows visitors to engage one-on-one with a licensed counselor to process and overcome personal traumas, emotional, or mental hardships.
Freeman Recovery Center tailors each treatment plan to the unique needs of the individual. We help men and women overcome marijuana abuse through both residential and outpatient treatments. Call us today to learn how we can help.