Detox is the process by which a person rids his or her body of a foreign substance. It is the first step an individual must go through when he or she has had substance abuse or addiction problems. The only way for an individual to recover from substance abuse or addiction is to begin with this step.
There is a common misconception that marijuana is not addictive, and therefore does not require an individual to undergo detox for its abuse. While marijuana does not fall under the category of a highly addictive substance, it is possible to become addicted to marijuana. Regardless, when an individual abuses any type of substance over a certain period of time, his or her body becomes accustomed to functioning with it present in his or her system. This can create various physiological challenges for an individual who stops abusing the substance.
There are several types of ways a person can detox from marijuana. Some people will successfully detox by simply quitting “cold-turkey.” Others may need to attend a medically supervised detox program. The best suited option will depend on several factors: the duration of one’s abuse, the potency of the drug, the frequency of one’s use, the personal health history of the individual, and the whether or not the individual abused other substances concurrently. Individuals who have comorbid diseases and/ or dual diagnosis may be better off going through the detox process under the care and medical supervision of a professional.
- IMS (Incidental Medical Services)
- Full Physical Examination
- All labs including blood & urine tests
- Medical Director/Physician
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians)
- CNA’s (Certified Nurse’s Aid)
- Detox Technicians
- Substance Use Disorder Counselors
- Healthy snack & drinks
- TVs in the bedrooms
- Healthy meals prepared by chef
- Smoking area provided outdoors
When an individual stops using marijuana after he or she had habitually used it, his or her body will react to its absence. The withdrawal symptoms an individual may experience usually begin within one to three days after he or she has stopped using and commonly last one to two weeks (in some cases, longer). Some of the possible withdrawal symptoms an individual may experience can include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following:
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Difficulty concentrating
The severity and length of time a person may experience withdrawal symptoms will vary. Each person is different and will react differently to abusing marijuana, as well as ceasing to abuse marijuana.
Commonly, marijuana is referred to as a “safe and natural” drug, due to the fact that it is used in its pure form. This, however, does not necessarily make it any more safe than synthetic drugs. Plainly put: abuse of any substance can cause harm to one’s body. For a very long time, marijuana was known as the “gateway drug”. Individuals who abuse marijuana are highly likely to experiment with other drugs. This experimentation can result in addiction and further abuse of drugs.
There are several types of treatment available for individuals who have successfully detoxed from marijuana. Attending some form of substance abuse or addiction treatment can be helpful, due to the fact that marijuana seems to be increasingly prominent and available in the United States. Outpatient programs can provide a person with extra support and guidance with how to deal with his or her marijuana addiction and maintain sobriety. Outpatient programs commonly last between two weeks to three months. Individuals will be required to attend the program for a specific number of hours per day, for a certain length of time. Usually, outpatient programs are five days a week, though each is structured differently. Part of the outpatient program will be to help each individual come up with an aftercare plan to help in maintaining one’s sobriety, upon completion of the program.
Inpatient substance abuse treatment programs are also an option for a person struggling with marijuana abuse. This type of treatment may behoove an individual with a dual diagnosis. Inpatient treatment programs offer a bit more support and structure than an outpatient program. For individuals who may need extra support, guidance, and attention, an inpatient substance abuse and addiction treatment center may be the best choice.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us at: https://www.victorias-house.com/contact-us/ or 1-800-210-1216. You are also more than welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addiction.
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If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addition.