Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Virtually every marijuana addiction treatment involves counseling, behavioral therapies, and a support system. Marijuana itself is emotionally and mentally addictive. When a person is addicted they often identify themselves as users, but not abusers. These users will seldom have friends who don't smoke. This person's conversation will tend to center around marijuana. Friends and family realize that this person won't do anything without smoking first. Drug addiction, in general, is complex but treatable. Nearly 25 million people addicted to illegal drugs need programs for recovery. However, many people, who are addicted, admit or recognize that marijuana is also a drug. Even so, more than 150,000 people annually admit they are plagued by this condition. As with all addiction, this addiction is characterized by compulsive behavior, craving, seeking, and using. It's usually pretty simple to tell if someone has a real addiction. When this individual makes the proclamation that they could quit anytime, yet relapse due to an overwhelming compulsion to use marijuana; despite making own firm decision to give up the drug, addiction exists. Although this is a chronic, recurring issue for many, marijuana addiction treatment has a great rate of success when all the basic elements for effective programs are in place. "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before , as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5)

In the 1970's, the scientific community took a long hard look at addiction as a social ill. Research found that people were constantly behaving in ways that were self-destructive and destructive to the relationships with family and friends. Researchers also found that relapse after a personal commitment to give up the detrimental cycle was frequent and unrelenting. Various experimental treatments led to a comprehensive list of marijuana addiction treatment principles that have since been used with great success. The primary activities in any rehabilitation or recovery plan include: 1) detoxification, 2) treatment and, 3) relapse prevention. Detoxification may involve coping with severe withdrawal symptoms. In any case, the plan must recognize and resolve this aspect of the overall program. Furthermore, the prevention of relapse is critical for maintaining program effectiveness. The first lesson learned about program structuring was that the cookie cutter approach to treatment would doom the marijuana addiction treatment to failure. Each and every individual, though similar in many ways, will respond to treatment differently. Additionally, easy access to resources was, and remains, a critical component to people who want to reach out for help. When obtaining treatment is perceived as too cumbersome, lots of addicts will continue on with their behavior for weeks or months before getting up the courage or fortitude to proceed.

People's minds, and psychosocial needs are so different from each other that a marijuana addiction treatment option that works for a whole class of addicts may not be the right choice for an individual. When a person is an addict, there is a history or a reason why they chose that path. In most cases, it was not a conscientious choice to run to marijuana just for the enjoyment of it all; but quite the opposite. The person was attempting to escape from something or someone. As a child, it may make complete sense to escape an abusive parent or a neglectful situation. However, once a person reaches the age of legal adulthood, these same constraints are no longer an actual threat, but a perceived one. Therefore, when a teen begins to use drugs and then continues on through adulthood, the cognitive and behavioral development is often stunted. The impact on the person is that he or she has an inability to move forward in life without dealing with the past demons. This component of marijuana addiction treatment cannot be brushed over or ignored. Assessment of the individual, including their particular circumstances, and then developing an adequate service plan to meet a person's needs is the beginning of effective treatment.

Any plan of action should be carefully set up with both long and short term objectives. As each objective is met, identification of new, deeper, better objectives will take recovery into overdrive. It is important to recognize that one of the underlying causes of any type of addiction, may be a mental disorder. When there are co-existing mental conditions, each disorder must be treated separately, yet integrated in approach. There may be a need for medical, as well as, counseling and other treatment modalities that work in concert with one another for the person's benefit. Addiction recovery is often rife with relapses. Measuring the successful of the behavior modification will include scheduled and intermittent drug screenings. It would be counterproductive to go along as if a person could never relapse. A good marijuana addiction treatment program will need a way to measure the effectiveness of the program. Not "using" is a great score card.

With the high incidence of relapse for people who have been clean only a short period, follow-up even after the formal program has been completed is a very important aspect of a well-rounded, well-executed, and effective marijuana addiction treatment program. Post treatment encompasses a variety of programs with different goals as outlined: 1) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy seeks to deal with recognition, avoidance, and the ability to cope with situations, 2) Multidimensional Family Therapy addresses the influences to actual drug use, 3) Motivational Interviewing is actual one-on-one inspiration for those who are ready and willing to change their behaviors, and 4) Contingency Management encourages abstinence from drugs through positive reinforcement. Most program providers have a minimum length of time that a person should remain in the program, no matter what kind of progress they are making. Recovery from surgery takes time. Recovery from the break-up of a relationship takes time. It only makes sense that recovery from a life of self-abuse takes time as well.

Marijuana Treatment Centers

Marijuana treatment centers provide therapy both physically and mentally to ensure complete recovery from this serious addiction. Thoroughly understanding what insurance companies will cover as well as personal needs will narrow the choices down. Though there may be conveniently located facilities close by, a person may choose to travel in order to get the best care or simply to completely remove oneself from a discouraging situation. Understanding the seriousness of a dependency on this drug may further encourage or motivate a person toward sufficient management. Marijuana addiction treatment may include psychological counseling, dietary changes, and exercise regimens. This is an effort toward healthy living in replacement of coping with unwanted stresses in life.

Evaluating the reasoning for use of this drug will lead to a better understanding of the type of management required on a personal level as well as the most effective use of insurance money if it is available. Contacting the insurance company before even taking the time to research marijuana treatment centers will save time and frustration in the long run due to the fact that some insurance companies may only allow the use of a certain facility or certain types of management. With this information a person can adequately research the appropriate facilities for the best personal choice. People who do not receive treatment for this type of drug use can experience memory loss, distorted perception, trouble with thinking and problem solving, loss of motor skills, decrease in muscle strength, increased heart rate, and anxiety. These problems may not occur immediately or abruptly, but gradually in a way that may not be noticeable until the problem is very serious. If these symptoms go undiagnosed and untreated, a person may become more prone to developing cancer.

Treating this type of addiction without professional help is possible, but difficult if use is regular and long-term. Funding treatment may become a difficulty if insurance will not cover marijuana addiction treatment. Surrounding oneself with positive influences and removing environments of temptation may increase the chances of successful recovery. In addition, better health will enable the body to better combat the temptations of this drug. This may include evaluating diet and exercise as well as stress levels a person endures on a regular basis. If drug use is not regular then documentation of when a person does feel the urge to use it will reveal possible stressors that lead to use. This information will enable the user to practice self-therapy by eliminating tempting situations with the support of positive influences. No matter what dramatic changes a person makes in their life, marijuana addiction treatment will fail if a person is surrounded by temptation or negative influences.

Motivation to seek help may come in the form of educating oneself about the dangers of marijuana use. Smoking this drug is four times worse than smoking cigarettes with consideration to the tar content. In addition, heart disease and lower immune system function are also high risks a user has to deal with. In addition to personal harm, the user puts all people he or she comes in contact with in danger because of the impairment of driving, lack of responsibility taken, and decreased health the user exposes everyone else to. Marijuana treatment centers will help patients deal with unique situations such as parenting, school, and general function in society. Each patient encounters different challenges so unique plans are required for their success. In addition to the danger a user puts other people in, consider what continued usage will lead to. While most people will agree that casually smoking marijuana is not in itself dangerous, the additional risk of participating in more dangerous drugs such as cocaine are much higher. When choosing between marijuana treatment centers be sure to one that offers assistance from the beginning to the end. This includes long-term follow-up and reentrance if relapse happens. Ideally follow-up support would be high in quality that would dramatically decrease the event of relapse, but a program is only as good as the efforts of the patient. Money is wasted if a person is not willing to participate. If intervention is necessary then solid reasons why that person should be interested in changing their life should be adequately expressed at this time. Doing so will have a dramatic effect of whether a person complies with treatment. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)

Funding the decision to enroll in marijuana addiction treatment may take some effort or outside help. Personal loans may be available if credit is good. Understanding the extent to which the money may be used will further help a person decide if this is the right tactic for payment. In addition, talking with family members or friends about a serious effort toward researching marijuana treatment centers might lead to donations toward that effort. This system might be set up in a way that these people would receive the bill instead of them simply handing the money over to the user. This tactic may strengthen the relationship between the patient and supporter without the stress of money management for the patient. Success through support and encouragement may further ensure long-term effects and quicker results. Involvement in positive activities will further aid a patient in successful treatment. This may include starting a new hobby, taking an exercise class, or starting school. Any type of activity that promotes worth of the patients life will greatly increase the success of any marijuana addiction treatment.

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