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While it may be true that some addicts can stop using marijuana on their own, completing a marijuana detoxification at home without the help of medical professionals can be difficult.

 

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Marijuana interacts with the central nervous system of the addict, producing the effects that marijuana users find so pleasurable. Marijuana use is becoming more and more common, especially as various states approve medicinal and recreational use of the drug.  The American Society of Addiction Medicine as put together this detailed fact sheet to provide the most up-to-date information on marijuana.  According to ASAM marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.

Chronic marijuana users can experience many adverse effects, the most known of which are effects on brain development and impaired brain functioning.  However chronic users can also experiencesevere and ongoing vomiting.  Furthermore, chronic marijuana users who stop can experience increased levels of aggression several days and up to two weeks after the cessation of marijuana use. This can lead to severe anxiety, agitation and arguments with loved ones, and even violent outbursts. Getting help from our experienced marijuana detoxification medical professionals will help patients control the anxiety and agitation that usually accompanies withdrawing from marijuana.

Our medical doctors use one or several medications to help addicts feel calmer as they undergo marijuana detoxification.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse has put together a great article on the Available Treatments for Marijuana Use Disorders.  ARCH Detox encourages you to review this information from NIDA.  Our physician providers are well-versed in using medications which have shown promise in treating marijuana use disorders.  We also provide cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management and motivational enhancement therapy for our patients.  

Many marijuana users and addicts likely suffer from other behavioral and mental conditions such as conduct disorder, ADHD, depression and anxiety disorders. Mental disorders can make rehabilitation more difficult, and in some cases, the disorders could even be contributing to the addiction. When our doctors spot these conditions, we can begin therapies to ease symptoms and help the person heal. These therapies may continue once detoxification is over, and they may form the cornerstone of the person’s ongoing recovery treatment. Behavioral change does not occur with detoxification. It is a process. Our program offers individualized therapy and counseling with our addiction therapists and psychologists to help our patients change behavior for the long term. Ongoing psychological support is integral to a successful detoxification program.