Marijuana Rehab

Most marijuana users are not and will never be addicted to the drug. However, heavy users can develop a dependency and may experience personal, social, and financial problems due to their marijuana usage. In these cases, marijuana rehab may be necessary.
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Is Marijuana Addictive?

This is a highly debated question, but the ultimate answer is yes, marijuana does have addictive properties. However, most marijuana users will not get addicted to marijuana. 

Marijuana is often used socially, and due to it being legal in many states, moderate use is becoming socially acceptable. This is not an issue for most people who do not use marijuana heavily for extended periods of time. 

However, chronic users, or people who use marijuana daily, are at risk of developing marijuana use disorder. A user is diagnosed with marijuana use disorder when their use of the drug becomes problematic. 

People with marijuana use disorders often find that they have developed a dependency on marijuana, meaning they experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping, cravings, and other consequences when they stop using the drug.

Marijuana use disorder becomes an addiction when the user is unable to stop using the drug even though it is having negative impacts on their life. 

“In 2015, about 4.0 million people in the United States met the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana use disorder; 138,000 voluntarily sought treatment for their marijuana use.”

-National Institute on Drug Abuse
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Can You Go To Rehab For Marijuana?

Yes. Treatment, or “rehab,” for marijuana is available for anyone with a marijuana problem. It is very similar to treatment programs for alcohol and other drug addictions. 

What works for one person might not be the best option for another. If you’re looking for help with your marijuana use disorder, it’s important to review all of your options and pick the best type of treatment for you. 

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Inpatient Marijuana Rehab

Inpatient care is the most intensive type of marijuana addiction treatment available. Inpatient rehab takes place entirely at the treatment facility. Patients sleep, eat, and undergo all therapies and treatments while living at the facility. 

Due to their highly structured and intensive approach, inpatient centers yield the highest rates of success for helping patients overcome their addictions. 

Inpatient marijuana rehab programs are ideal for people who have previously failed to overcome their addiction or have a very severe case. They typically take place over 30, 60, or 90 day periods, though the lengths of time may vary depending on the individual patient. 

The main benefits of inpatient marijuana addiction treatment include:

  • 24-hour medical supervision and support.
  • Completely drug-free environment
  • Highly structured timeline
  • A sense of community
  • Aftercare planning
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Outpatient Marijuana Rehab

Outpatient marijuana rehab is a less intensive treatment option for people with a marijuana use disorder. Outpatient treatment utilizes many of the same therapies and treatments as inpatient treatment, however, patients do not live at the facility. They often return home for meals (depending on the program) and to sleep.

Outpatient programs are ideal for anyone who struggles with marijuana dependency, but not addiction, or people who have to maintain work, school, or familial obligations throughout their recovery. These programs also typically last 30, 60, or 90 days, though they can be shorter or longer if necessary. 

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How to find a good marijuana treatment program near you

If you or someone you know is suffering from a marijuana use disorder, it’s important to get help. A good place to start is by calling SAMHSA’s national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or use their treatment locator online.

Talking with a professional and doing your own research will help you figure out which type of treatment is best for your individual needs.

You can also talk with a therapist or counselor about your marijuana use. Many therapy offices provide treatment services themselves, and if they don’t, they will help you find somewhere that does.

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Paying for Marijuana Rehab

Most marijuana rehabilitation programs are covered by medical insurance. If you don’t have insurance, many facilities offer sliding scale fees, or payment plans for patients who can’t afford to pay upfront.

Resources

NIDA. "Marijuana." National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6 Apr. 2020, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana.

Budney, Alan J et al. “Marijuana dependence and its treatment.” Addiction Science & Clinical Practice vol. 4,1 (2007): 4-16. doi:10.1151/ascp07414

NIDA. "Marijuana." National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6 Apr. 2020, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana.

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Updated on: June 24, 2020
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Michael Bayba
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