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Marijuana Detoxification

Marijuana has a widespread reputation for being a “harmless” drug, one that is not habit-forming or dangerous, even when smoked in excess. The truth is however, marijuana can be psychologically addictive – it is a chemical substance, and using it regularly certainly does not come without consequences. Sadly, because there is such a stigma surrounding this particular chemical substance, many individuals who struggle with marijuana abuse will never end up seeking the professional care they need. At CuraWest we have extensive experience treating men and women of all ages who suffer from a cannabis abuse or dependence disorder. While the physical symptoms of marijuana detox are generally mild to moderate, the psychological symptoms of marijuana detox – including intense psychological cravings – can be extremely disruptive. Our state-of-the-art, home-style retreat was designed and decorated with client comfort in mind. We offer all of the amenities of home, along with several additional amenities that far exceed those of a hospital detox or state-run facility.

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that marijuana absolutely can lead to problem use, which is known as marijuana use disorder. In fact, the study suggests that around 30 percent of men and women who use marijuana will develop a substance abuse disorder. Individuals who begin using marijuana before the age of 18 are between four and seven times more likely to abuse the chemical substance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe marijuana in detail. Their description reads, “Marijuana, which can also be called weed, pot, dope, or cannabis, is the dried flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant. It contains mind-altering (e.g., psychoactive) compounds like tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, as well as other active compounds like cannabidiol, or CBD, that are not mind-altering.”

Marijuana dependence occurs when an individual consumes a significant amount of this drug over a prolonged period of time. Eventually, the brain adapts to marijuana, reducing the production of its own endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for a wide range of bodily functions and physiological processes, from memory and mood to appetite and pain-sensation.

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Marijuana Addiction – Signs and Symptoms

Marijuana dependence is generally quite easy to spot. Of course, the first and most obvious sign is that the individual in question spends a great deal of time smoking marijauana (or ingesting it by other means). Because marijuana is legal in most states, individuals who consume this specific chemical substance will generally not try to hide it. Some additional signs and symptoms of marijuana abuse and addiction include:

  • Attempting to cut back on marijuana use with little to no success
  • Craving and thinking about marijuana when it is not readily accessible
  • Using the drug so frequently that important personal obligations are forgotten or overlooked entirely
  • An increase in risk-taking behavior, such as using marijuana before driving
  • Prioritizing marijuana use over other activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Developing a tolerance for the drug, meaning that more must be consumed in order for the user to experience the same results
  • Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when marijuana is not easily accessible

At CuraWest we have carefully designed a highly individualized and comprehensive detox program for men and women of all ages who have developed a marijuana dependence and have had issues quitting in the past. We understand how difficult it can be to quit a drug that has been so normalized and is so socially accepted without professional assistance. Our experienced team of medical professionals and licensed therapists work to educate clients on marijuana use disorder while helping to pave the road for lifelong recovery.

Marijuana Withdrawal – Signs and Symptoms

Again, while marijuana withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening, they can be extremely uncomfortable and lead to serious psychological complications if left untreated. Marijauna withdrawal symptoms will typically peak within the first week or two after use is entirely ceased. The most commonly reported symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include:

  • A significantly decreased appetite, which can lead to weight loss
  • Mood swings, typically marked by increased irritability and agitation
  • Sleep-related issues, such as insomnia and intermittent waking throughout the night
  • Psychological cravings for marijuana
  • General physical discomfort, often including restlessness

The severity of the withdrawal symptoms will rely on numerous factors, including the amount of marijuana used and the potency of the drug. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that marijuana potency has been on the rise consistently over the course of the past two or three decades. In the 1990s, the average THC content of recreational marijuana was roughly 4 percent. By 2018, the potency had risen to well over 15 percent.

Still, individuals who abuse this specific drug might believe that they can safely undergo the withdrawal process without professional assistance. This is not the case. The psychological symptoms of marijuana can be severe and long-lasting if they are not treated in a medical detox facility. At CuraWest we have extensive experience treating individuals who have been suffering at the hands of a marijuana use disorder. We thoroughly understand the uniqueness of these specific cases, and we are dedicated to making the marijuana withdrawal process as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

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Why Does Marijuana Need Medical Detoxification?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a 2015 study titled, “Sex differences in cannabis withdrawal symptoms among treatment-seeking cannabis users.” The study found that over 300,000 Americans seek treatment for a marijuana use disorder on an annual basis. Marijuana abuse always requires medical detox as a necessary first step in every effective, multi-phased treatment program. In the vast majority of cases, individuals who suffer at the hands of a marijuana use disorder originally began using the chemical substance in order to self-medicate symptoms of an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness. Research also shows that using high potency marijuana on a regular basis can lead to development of certain psychological disorders, like depression, anxiety, psychosis and schizophrenia. Upon admission at CuraWest, each individual client will undergo an in-depth psychiatric assessment. Clients with a history of marijuana abuse will check in with a psychiatrist regularly, who will determine whether or not medication assisted treatment is necessary. In most cases, marijuana detox is treated with a combination of non-narcotic pain relievers and mild antipsychotic medications, which will both be prescribed short-term.

The marijauna detox experience at CuraWest is truly unlike any other. Both our facility and our therapeutic and medically-based program were developed with client comfort in mind. Our support staff members are available around the clock to provide each client with everything he or she needs. Our goal is to make the withdrawal process as pain-free and short-lived as possible, while setting a solid foundation for long-term sobriety.

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Our admissions process is simple, straightforward and stress-free. We understand that committing to addiction treatment is a major decision, and that those who become open to seeking professional clinical care are generally working with a short window of willingness. Our admissions counselors provide potential clients with quick and easy insurance benefit checks. If an insurance policy is accepted, we will begin working on travel plans and setting up a time for the admission process to take place. If not, we will work to develop a viable, alternative payment option. At CuraWest we are dedicated to making the entire detox process as enjoyable as possible – from start to finish. To learn more, simply call us today at (303) 710-8839 and speak with one of our Treatment Advisors.