What to Expect in Marijuana Addiction Treatment

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Calendar icon Last Updated: 11/12/2018

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Marijuana is a highly addictive drug that is more commonly used in heavy doses today. There are many different marijuana addiction treatment programs that you can use to help you overcome marijuana addictions. Understanding your addiction with marijuana is not only important but also necessary before you will be able to successfully overcome your addiction. Before you enter into a program, it is important to know what to expect in your treatment. You should always do your research and find out what treatment program is the best for you.

Unique Treatment Plan

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Marijuana addiction treatment will be catered to your individual needs.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the most important part of marijuana addiction treatment is for you to have a unique treatment plan. There isn’t one treatment that works for everyone. The program must be designed for you and your struggles with marijuana. Your physician will sit down with you and go over a plan that you are both comfortable with. The treatment plan may also need to be reassessed throughout your treatment. This is to make sure that every angle of your treatment is being processed and managed correctly for a successful recovery.

Medicated Assisted Detox

The detox process during marijuana addiction treatment is important and will be more than likely the first step in your treatment plan. During treatment, your physician and care team will assist you with detoxing and dealing with the withdrawal symptoms that may occur. When you are going through the detox stage of treatment, your physician may prescribe medicines to help you through the process. They will also encourage you drink plenty of water, exercise regularly and eat a high fiber and antioxidant diet.

Withdrawal Symptoms

The withdrawal symptoms that you may experience during marijuana addiction treatment may vary from another person going through the same process. Once your body has started the detoxing process, you may experience anxiety, insomnia, become irritated easily or violent behavior. These symptoms usually come because marijuana is known as a drug that will relax the body. When the body is not getting the drug that once relaxed it, it may start to have these feelings. The symptoms are all things that can be helped with medicated detox and behavioral therapy.


Depending on what your counselor and your care team comes up with in your treatment plan, you will go through some type of therapy. Many counselors prefer to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is a therapy that allows you to think about why you use marijuana and makes you have the craving for the drug. The first session that you will have, the counselor will have you dig deep and take a look at your addiction and the effects it is having on you and your loved ones. Depending on your marijuana addiction treatment plan, you may need to go to several sessions before you are complete. There are also family and group counseling that you may have in your treatment plan.

Recovery and Discharge Plan

Your treatment plan will include a plan to assist you with successful recovery and discharge. Depending on your marijuana addiction treatment plan, you may be able to enter an outpatient program or live in sober housing. You will still have access to counseling services until you and your care team are comfortable with your the recovery success. There is also rehabilitation and reinforcement services that can assist you maintain a clean lifestyle after discharge.