The stages of effective marijuana addiction treatment.
Step 1: Develop a treatment plan.
The first step in marijuana addiction treatment is to develop an individualized treatment plan based on the patient’s distinctive needs. This plan should address their mental, physical and social needs as well as any multiple addictions or comorbidities.
Step 2: Supervised detox, if necessary.
Depending on the severity of the marijuana addiction, medically supervised detox may or may not be a necessary precursor to treatment. While withdrawal from marijuana is often not as difficult as withdrawal from other drugs and alcohol, some patients may still be at risk for complications and should be closely monitored by medical professionals. Occasionally, antidepressants can be used to stabilize mood changes associated with the early stages of quitting and treatment.
Step 3: Behavioral Therapy
Once the patient has successfully completed detox, a variety of behavioral therapies and reinforcements are available. These include:
- cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps the patient identify and cope with triggers
- community reinforcement, therapy which discourages stimuli associated with marijuana addiction and encourages stimuli associated with abstinence
- contingency management, which rewards patients for positive behavior
- marijuana addiction support groups
Choosing the right marijuana addiction treatment.
For some patients, a closely monitored outpatient marijuana addiction treatment program (perhaps combined with a support group) is sufficient. For others, especially those with comorbid disorders or other addictions, an inpatient or residential treatment program is more successful. These drug rehab programs offer safe, medically assisted detox, behavioral therapy, addiction counseling, family counseling, aftercare plans and, when possible, pharmacotherapy—all within a professional, therapeutic atmosphere.
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