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Marijuana Addiction Treatment

The use of marijuana, also known as weed, Mary Jane, pot and other names, has become more mainstream in the United States, with many states either decriminalizing it or making it readily available for purchase. In fact, in the 2020 election cycle, three states had the legalization and sale of marijuana on their ballots. A 2019 survey showed that over 35% of American high school students admitted to using marijuana within the past 12 months.

Marijuana can be used in many forms. It can be rolled into paper and smoked like a cigarette or turned into butter and baked into brownies or cookies. Many people view marijuana as no dangerous than alcohol use, which is a substance that’s been legal and accepted in mainstream culture for decades. This makes it hard to know when you or a loved one has moved past casual usage to marijuana addiction.

Marijuana Addiction

Like every other drug, marijuana can become addictive. In some cases, people who regularly use marijuana also use alcohol and other drugs. You may experience respiratory issues and develop a “smoker’s cough.” Your chances of heart attack increase in the hour after using marijuana due to the increased heart rate that occurs. If you’re pregnant with a marijuana addiction, you can harm your unborn child.

There are a variety of reasons that you may have started using marijuana, including:

  • Peer pressure
  • Fun
  • Stress relief
  • Sexual arousal
  • To treat a medical condition, such as glaucoma or cancer

You may think that you’re only using marijuana recreationally when you’ve actually moved into addiction. If you or someone you love struggles with marijuana addiction, these are signs that usually appear:

  • Constant cravings
  • Inability to keep a job or complete school work
  • Tolerance
  • Using marijuana outside of social situations
  • Legal troubles involving use or possession
  • Inability to stop using marijuana
  • Choosing marijuana over activities you once enjoyed
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you aren’t using it
  • Increased usage

If you think that you’ve moved past recreational usage and struggle with marijuana addiction, there is help to overcome it. You need to find a team of medical experts who can help you recover and return to your life and family.

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Marijuana Addiction Treatment and Rehab in Malibu, California

Your reliance on marijuana was a sign that you aren’t effectively dealing with emotional triggers and stressful situations. As part of your recovery, you’ll explore the situations that trigger your need to indulge and develop new tools for dealing with those situations. You’ll do this during one-on-one sessions with a therapist. This is your chance to explore your motivation and make changes to your reactions to stressful situations.

Your therapist may suggest a few family therapy sessions as well. If your marijuana addiction has adversely affected your relationship with loved ones, then therapy is an ideal way to help repair those relationships. Their support after you leave rehab is essential for your success.

Another therapy option to take advantage of is group therapy. You’ll meet with others overcoming their addictions. It’s your chance to hear the stories of others, and you may find some of your own triggers in their stories. Although a therapist attends the session to ensure that everyone stays on topic and has a chance to share, it’s the group that drives the discussion.

Luxury IOP and Residential Marijuana Addiction Treatment In California

If you are currently suffering from a marijuana addiction, it is very important that you get the help you to need to fight the marijuana addiction. Cliffside Malibu will design an effective marijuana addiction treatment program especially for you if you admit that you have a problem and you want to fix it before you make your life harder than it already is. At Cliffside Malibu, the doctors and therapists will sit down with you and discuss your addiction to marijuana. These doctors and therapists will try to link your addiction to what is causing you to turn to drugs in the first place. Once they have found the information to build the foundation of your marijuana addiction treatment on, they will create a marijuana addiction treatment plan that is based on your individual needs.

For additional information on our exclusive marijuana addiction treatment program at Cliffside Malibu, please visit our main Drug Addiction page.

Stages of Change for Marijuana Addiction Recovery

At Cliffside Malibu, we base our individualized luxury treatment plans on the Stages of Change model. The Stages of Change model, created by James O. Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente at the University of Rhode Island, illustrated how those seeking to recover from addiction go through a series of “stages” that allowed them ultimately to transcend their addictions and maintain sobriety. This means that we meet you where you are mentally, physically and spiritually, helping you to overcome the deep-rooted issues that have caused your addiction to flourish.
The staff of Cliffside Malibu was personally trained by Prochaska on this powerful treatment model. It is the hallmark of our treatment program. Learn more about the Stages of Change.

If you think that you’ve moved past recreational usage and struggle with marijuana addiction, there is help to overcome it. You need to find a team of medical experts who can help you recover and return to your life and family.


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