Last updated: 04/30/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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If you want to know what rehab for marijuana addiction is really like, you have to know what type of treatment you want and marijuana treatments are available. Each type of treatment has its own format and although all rehabs are slightly different, most follow a common structure.
Inpatient Treatment for Marijuana Addiction
If you are in inpatient treatment for your marijuana addiction, your daily and weekly routine will consist of several things. These may vary depending on the rehab and the times will vary depending on your individual schedule.
During individual therapy, you will speak one on one with a counselor and discuss which type of therapy is best for you. According to the National Library of Medicine, the most common types of individual therapy are:
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Contingency Management
- Dialectical Cognitive Therapy
Once you decide on a type of therapy, you will attend therapy sessions daily.
Group therapy is also a daily experience during inpatient treatment. Some inpatient centers group people together by addictions while others are based on age or other commonalities. When you walk into group therapy, you will normally find a circle of chairs.
One person, usually an addiction counselor, will facilitate the group or choose the topic of discussion. During group, you will listen to the stories, problems, and concerns of others and share your own. Some of these group sessions are also 12 step sessions.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are no medications available specifically to treat marijuana withdrawal but there are medical treatment options for individual symptoms.
This means you will need to see a doctor. During inpatient rehab, a doctor will probably visit you weekly after your initial physical and assessment. The doctors usually:
- Discuss medication options
- Have medications prescribed
- Discuss medical concerns or illnesses
Doctor’s visits in marijuana rehab are generally brief.
Most rehabs have a variety of extra activities to help with self-esteem and skill building. These activities are usually by choice. Some of the extra activities sometimes offered are:
Each activity is designed to help you get away from the marijuana addiction and build the skills you need to re-enter society addiction free.
Outpatient Treatment Types for Marijuana Rehab
Outpatient marijuana rehab works differently from inpatient rehab. During inpatient rehab, you are staying at the facility while in outpatient rehab you are staying at home. Most outpatient centers allow you to schedule your appointments on your own time.
Although outpatient treatment offers the same types of individual therapy as inpatient treatment, the frequency of therapy is often once or twice a week or month, rather than daily. You still go to see the therapist and decide which type of therapy is best for you and then start therapy sessions.
Group therapy is the same as it is in inpatient treatment but sometimes with less frequency. During group therapy, you may have a choice whether you go to a regular group therapy or a 12 step group therapy program.
Inpatient doctor’s visits are often mandatory where in outpatient therapy they are encouraged. If you are in outpatient marijuana rehab, you might also be able to choose your own doctor.