Marijuana is a very common drug these days, and contrary to popular belief, marijuana is addictive. While the withdrawal process is fairly long compared to other drugs, it is much milder than many other drugs as well. Finding compassionate, competent care for marijuana addiction is critical if someone wants the best chance of recovery. Additionally, if someone is struggling with a co-occurring mental health issue, then finding comprehensive, dual diagnosis care is imperative for a successful recovery.
How We Treat Marijuana Addiction
Our marijuana addiction treatment program here at The Summit Wellness Group is a multifaceted and integrated approach that utilizes medical and psychiatric care, clinical therapy, and holistic practices to provide the most well-rounded and comprehensive treatment and recovery solution for our clients. Modern medicine has provided many effective tools for treatment, but other tools are beneficial as well, and we believe that the more support and avenues for growth and healing someone has, the better their chances of long-term recovery become. Finally, while each of these approaches may be somewhat effective when used individually, when they are used in concert they can help someone build a solid foundation in recovery and start their journey strong.
Customized Treatment Plans
We understand that everyone has their own unique experience, and with this comes specific struggles, needs, and desires. We work with our clients to tailor a treatment plan that is unique to them, taking into account all of the variables of their life and situation. This includes many contributing factors and while the exact layout of treatment may vary from person to person, the high quality of comprehensive care does not.
Some of the variables that we consider when working with our clients to develop their treatment plan includes:
- The way someone used marijuana (smoking, edibles, vaping, etc.)
- The amount of marijuana someone regularly used
- The length of time someone used marijuana
- Co-occurring drug use
- Pre-existing or co-occurring mental or physical health issues
- Someone’s current housing situation
- A client’s commitment to their recovery
- Insurance coverage, if any
Our Georgia Marijuana Detox Program
The Summit Wellness Group is strictly a treatment center and does not perform detox services on-site. That being said, we do have many partner facilities in the Atlanta area that are competent and trustworthy detox centers that we may refer clients to so that they can undergo the detox process in the safest, most comfortable way possible. Where marijuana is concerned, there are no physical symptoms of withdrawal, so detox may rarely be necessary. If someone is suffering from certain mental health conditions, then detox may be advisable. In general, detox is not required or even suggested for most people going through marijuana withdrawal, but this would be determined for each individual on a case-by-case basis.
Marijuana Withdrawal Medication Management
There is currently no medication that is FDA approved for treating marijuana withdrawal. Furthermore, there is great variability in the symptoms of marijuana withdrawal between individuals, meaning that a wide range of medications may be used off-label for treating these symptoms. That being said, some symptoms are more common than others.
Some of the general classes of medication that are used to treat the most common symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include:
- Non-Benzodiazepine Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Sleep Aids
While withdrawal syndromes from most drugs can be divided into two distinct phases, acute and post-acute withdrawal, there is no such distinction for marijuana withdrawal. The symptoms of marijuana withdrawal may last for quite some time in some cases; oftentimes several weeks or months. These medications can be used to reduce the severity of these symptoms, but other treatment approaches may also provide relief.
Therapy At Our Georgia Marijuana Rehab
Medications can certainly help, and they may provide the most benefit when coupled with clinical therapy as well. Therapy can help provide relief in the form of stress and anxiety reduction while also helping someone to develop new, healthier coping skills to deal with their problems moving forward. This can be most impactful when combined with medication and holistic treatment approaches.
Some of the integrative talk therapies that we use in our treatment programs include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Group Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Care
CBT is a very powerful clinical therapy that is effective at helping someone identify and examine the interplay between their behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. Getting a better understanding of how these may influence each other can discern where some unhealthy habits come from. Once this is illuminated it becomes much easier to interrupt these unhealthy patterns and work to develop healthier ways of thinking and acting. This can also help someone see the need for change and to begin developing new coping skills.
Motivational interviewing and group therapy are effective on their own but can be quite powerful when used in tandem. Motivational interviewing is used to help someone draw out their desire for recovery from marijuana addiction and in doing so, detail some of the steps they could take to make this desire a reality. Group therapy can take this a step further by allowing someone to hear others who are in a similar situation express a sincere desire for recovery and healing. This can not only help to vindicate someone’s desire for recovery but also foster a sense of community and fellowship with the people they are in treatment with. This can allow someone to be more comfortable opening up and being fully honest in this, and other, aspects of our treatment program.
Trauma-informed care is an overarching mindset and approach to all aspects of our treatment programs here at The Summit Wellness Group. We know that trauma is unfortunately quite common among those who struggle with addiction. We keep this in mind during all of our interactions with clients, as taking a compassionate and nurturing approach is often the most effective way to help someone who has suffered, or is still suffering from, trauma. With this in mind, we try to create a calm atmosphere that can encourage healing, growth, and allow someone to fully embrace the recovery process.
Psychiatric Marijuana Treatment
There is a well-established connection between addiction and mental illness, and while the exact dynamics of this relationship are unclear, there is certainly a strong correlation. This is especially so when it comes to marijuana and more specifically THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Studies show that marijuana use is linked to certain psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety, especially in those with certain genes. It is unlikely that marijuana causes these conditions on its own, but it may increase the likelihood of these conditions emerging or intensifying. This has become even more pronounced with the advent of THC concentrates and high-potency vaping products. 1, 2, 3, 4
Some of the mental health conditions that most commonly occur alongside marijuana addiction include:
- Schizophrenia and Psychosis
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
While having a co-occurring mental health issue and an addiction can be difficult to overcome, the outcome is much more positive and optimistic when someone can get the appropriate care for both conditions. Treating one but not the other is ineffective and can lead to a relapse of symptoms or a relapse into drug or alcohol use. Entering a dual diagnosis treatment program will give someone the best possible chance of overcoming these issues and achieving a healthy, long-term life in recovery.
Some of the psychiatric medications that are commonly used to treat a mental health condition that co-occurs alongside marijuana addiction include:
- Non-Benzodiazepine Anti-Anxiety Medications
- Mood Stabilizers
- Certain Anticonvulsants 5
Holistic Georgia Marijuana Rehab Services
Clinical therapy and medications are crucial aspects of the treatment and recovery process, but holistic therapies can be extremely effective as well. These work as complementary therapies that aim to promote the natural regenerative abilities of the body.
Some of the holistic therapies that we use in our treatment program include:
- Guided Meditation
- Art Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Therapeutic Fitness
- Adventure Therapy
These therapeutic techniques act as an adjunct to the more conventional medical and psychiatric treatment approaches. The more physical aspects of our holistic therapies work to improve and restore healthy neurotransmitter function, more restful sleep, and increased appetite all of which can accelerate and improve the recovery process. The psychological aspects work to reduce stress and anxiety and can help someone feel more at ease while undergoing clinical therapy. This can help to allow someone to be more open and honest while also be more receptive to the suggestions of treatment. When these holistic therapies are joined with contemporary medicine and clinical therapy, they can greatly improve someone’s subjective experience of treatment as well as their overall treatment outcome.
Our Aftercare Program
The commitment that we make to our clients at The Summit Wellness Group does not end when their treatment program does. We offer a long-term aftercare program that clients are welcome to attend for as long as they like; sometimes for many months after they have completed their official treatment program. This is offered as an accountability and progress reporting session where someone can find encouragement to maintain their momentum once they are out of treatment.
Additionally, we will work with our clients to help connect them with recovery fellowships that are local to them. We maintain close relationships with many different recovery fellowships throughout the metro Atlanta area, and we will utilize these relationships to help our clients find a sponsor, a sober living, and a recovery fellowship that suits them the best. The road to recovery is long and the journey is not always easy. Help is needed if the journey is to be successful, so we walk this path alongside our clients, offering encouragement, support, and direction when possible. Recovery is possible, but it requires someone to reach out for help. Don’t wait any longer, pick up the phone, and give us a call; recovery can begin today.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders Research Report
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: Marijuana Research Report
- World Psychiatry: Traditional Marijuana, High-Potency Cannabis, and Synthetic Cannabinoids – Increasing Risk for Psychosis
- Journal of Addictive Diseases: Comorbid Mood, Psychosis, and Marijuana Use Disorders – A Theoretical Review
- Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: The Effectiveness of Anticonvulsants in Psychiatric Disorders