Marijuana Drug Treatment


Marijuana is, according to the United Nations, “the most widely used illicit substance in the world.” According to some estimates, as many as 164 million people use marijuana every year. Especially popular in the teenage and young adult crowd, and touted by some as the “gateway drug”, the prevention and treatment of marijuana use has been considered a top priority for years.

Because marijuana is not generally considered to be a physically addictive substance, drug treatment is not a necessary component of the treatment process. Rehabilitation is instead focused on counseling, support groups, behavior modification, and life skills training. The individual will also need to receive specific counseling related to lifestyle changes. Treatment is usually on an outpatient basis, unless there are co-existing mental health issues or addictions to other drugs.

Once treatment is complete, the former marijuana user will likely need to make some lifestyle changes in order to continue to live drug-free. These may include avoiding the people and places where they used to smoke marijuana, throwing away all paraphernalia associated with marijuana use, eating well and getting plenty of sleep, and staying involved with a support group. Even though marijuana may not be physically addictive, it is definitely psychologically addictive, and can be a difficult habit to break.


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