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Marijuana Addiction Treatment

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Marijuana addiction treatment involves a comprehensive approach aimed at addressing not only the physical dependency but also the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction.

Marijuana addiction, also known as cannabis use disorder, is a subject that is gaining increasing attention in both medical and societal contexts.

While marijuana is often perceived as a less harmful substance compared to alcohol, nicotine, or opioids, it is not without risks of dependency.

According to studies, approximately 9% of those who use marijuana will become addicted, with that figure rising to about 17% for individuals who start using in their teenage years. As marijuana becomes more widely legalized and socially accepted, understanding the prevalence and impact of marijuana addiction in society becomes increasingly important.

What is Marijuana Addiction?

Understanding marijuana addiction requires a look into how the substance interacts with the brain and body. Marijuana has a component known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that attaches to the brain’s cannabinoid receptors, resulting in the familiar “high” sensation. Over time and with regular use, the brain becomes reliant on marijuana to release specific neurotransmitters, leading to increased tolerance—meaning one needs more of the drug to achieve the same effects. As use continues, the brain’s natural ability to produce these neurotransmitters can diminish, leading to dependence.

Additionally, marijuana impacts areas of the brain responsible for memory, learning, and impulse control. Physically, marijuana can affect the lung’s heart rate and can induce feelings of paranoia or anxiety in some individuals. The development of addiction is a complex interplay of these factors, coupled with genetic predisposition and environmental triggers. Over time, as the body becomes more reliant on the substance, the individual may find it challenging to function without it, leading to the cyclical nature of addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana addiction, while more subtle than other substance addictions, manifests through various signs and symptoms. Individuals grappling with cannabis use disorder might exhibit behavioral, psychological, and physical changes. Recognizing these signs early can be crucial in seeking timely intervention.
Increased consumption of marijuana, using it in situations where it’s hazardous, or spending excessive time and resources to obtain it.
Needing to consume more marijuana to achieve the same effects or noticing reduced effects when using the same amount.
Experiencing irritability, insomnia, appetite changes, or restlessness when trying to cut down or quit.
Overlooking school, work, or home duties due to marijuana use.
Abandoning previously enjoyed hobbies or activities to use marijuana.
Multiple unsuccessful efforts to reduce or stop marijuana consumption.
Experiencing heightened feelings of anxiety, depression, or paranoia after consuming marijuana.
Understanding and identifying these signs in oneself or others is the first step towards addressing the potential problem and seeking appropriate help or treatment.

Treatment Options for Marijuana Addiction

Various treatment options are available for individuals grappling with marijuana addiction, also known as cannabis use disorder. These options can be tailored to individual needs, the intensity of the addiction and the presence of simultaneous mental health issues. Here is an overview of the available treatment modalities:

Behavioral Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most commonly used approaches. It helps individuals identify triggers and patterns that lead to marijuana use and offers strategies to manage cravings and avoid relapse.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

This is crucial for those who, in addition to marijuana addiction, are battling a mental health disorder. Dual Diagnosis Treatment concurrently addresses both conditions, ensuring a comprehensive recovery path that factors in the intertwined nature of co-occurring disorders.

12-Step Programs

Groups like Marijuana Anonymous use a spiritual approach based on the 12-step program originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Our inpatient rehab facility offers a structured environment for detox and therapy for severe cases or where the individual also has other substance abuse problems.

Family Therapy

Addiction often affects more than just the individual. Family therapy including family members can be beneficial in providing additional social support and understanding the familial triggers and dynamics.

Holistic Therapies

Some clients find solace and effective support in alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, meditation, and yoga. These therapies often complement traditional treatment methods, offering a holistic approach to addiction recovery.

Marijuana Addiction Treatment at Renewal Lodge

Tackling marijuana addiction is a multi-layered challenge that often requires professional help for effective, long-term recovery. Renewal Lodge offers robust treatment options, from evidence-based behavioral therapies to holistic approaches, to cater to individual needs and circumstances. Our focus on comprehensive care aims to address the symptoms and identify and treat the underlying triggers for substance abuse.

If you or someone you know is facing challenges related to marijuana addiction, the time to act is now. Don’t let another day slip by without taking steps toward recovery. Reach out to Renewal Lodge to embark on the path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Dear Renewal Lodge Visitors,

My name is John Bruna, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Recovery® Institute, and more importantly, a grateful member of the recovery community. I am incredibly fortunate to have found my recovery in 1984. Of course, I did not achieve continuous recovery through willpower or my own efforts, but through the guidance and caring support of countless others that selflessly taught me how to live through the 12 Steps.

My journey of recovery brought this once homeless, shame-based, traumatized, insecure young man to a life far beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I discovered self-worth, the joy of helping others, the gifts of parenting and grandparenting, and most importantly the ability to live a meaningful and purposeful life with integrity.

One of the greatest gifts of recovery is that I have the opportunity to give back and help others discover their self-worth, dignity, and the skills to fully live lives that they find truly meaningful. This is the inspiration for developing the skills of Mindfulness in Recovery® (MIR) to meet the needs of new generations struggling with alcohol and other substance use disorders. MIR is a set of evidence-based skills designed to help people fully integrate their tools of recovery in ways that are personalized, practical, and in alignment with their deepest values.

While we train counselors and therapists throughout the United States and abroad, I personally have chosen to work directly with the amazing team and clients at Renewal Lodge to develop the model MIR 12-step program for the nation. I choose Renewal Lodge because of the vision of its mission and the dedication of its team. Renewal Lodge is an extremely rare environment in which the staff embodies the very mindfulness and 12-step practices and skills they offer their clients. The results have been beyond my expectations. It is an honor to be here and I treasure my personal time with every client I meet.

With Gratitude,

John Bruna
John Bruna
Director of Mindfulness