It can be tough for some to recognize when the use of a substance requires treatment. When your life begins to deteriorate, and goals that were once attainable are no longer, the substance has begun to take over the user’s life and they should seek rehab as they are in a state of addiction. So how can one seek treatment for a marijuana addiction, and is that even necessary?
Is Marijuana Addiction Real?
Despite what many seem to think, it is indeed possible for someone to become addicted to marijuana. Many will tell you that marijuana has no addictive qualities, but with the increasing potency of the drug year-over-year it is easier than ever for someone to become addicted to the drug. As marijuana continues to be more and more ingrained in our society this is something that will become more common to see as well. In order to recover from an addiction to marijuana and continue on a drug-free path, there are certain steps one should take.
The first step in getting past an addiction to marijuana is getting you or the person afflicted to detox. The initial days, weeks and even months without the drug can be very difficult and will result in a lot of cravings for the former drug user. Going to a detox center allows an addict the opportunity to be given drugs to help prevent the many withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings. Most associate detox drugs like this with opiates but in the end; weaning yourself off of any drug you’ve been addicted to will cause withdrawal and cravings. However, detox is just the first step in the long road to recovery.
Once an addict has gone through the detox process, they will still need additional treatment to continue to fight the urges and cravings for the drug that will come about. They will also need to continue to alter their mindset from what it was during their drug using days. The next step would be inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation, and choosing between the two depends on the specific needs of the individual. Both of these treatment options offer counseling and continued education to help former addicts adapt to their new drug-free lifestyle. Just as it is important for someone’s body to adapt to the lack of drugs, it is just as important for the mind to adjust, and that is where treatment comes into play.
Once a former addict has gone through both detox and a rehab program, it is still important for them to continue with some type of counseling, whether that is with a private counselor or some type of group therapy. Some prefer the privacy of their own counselor so that they do not have to share their troubles with a large group. Others prefer group therapy as it allows them to discuss their problems with other former addicts. Additionally there are medications such as Bupropion and Naltrexone (there are others as well) that can help to curb any continued cravings.