Marijuana abuse is very similar to other types of substance use disorders, though the long-term effects may be less severe. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, most people who seek treatment for marijuana abuse, have been using the substance every day for at least ten years and have tried to quit on at least six different occasions. While many believe that marijuana is not a problem and cannot result in addiction, for some individuals it becomes a problem. Due to the common belief that it’s not possible to become addicted to marijuana, many individuals fail to seek treatment. Many know others who quit marijuana without a problem, which further reinforces the idea there must be something wrong with them when they cannot.
Certain factors make it more likely that certain individuals will develop an addiction to marijuana and experience difficulty quitting. Among older adolescents and young adults, the tendency to develop dependence is most likely to occur in those who have a psychiatric condition.
Marijuana use frequently co-occurs with other substance abuse problems, in particular cocaine and alcohol. Alcohol is often used by individuals who have delusions or psychotic-like symptoms in an effort to numb these symptoms while stimulants are used to counter the effects of tiredness and inability to remain focused or alert. This means that people who have used each substance separately and are familiar with how the drug affects them, assume that they will each have those effects when combined.
Combining substances can be unpredictable as they can significantly change the effects of each other and affect different individuals in various ways. This can cause a secondary addiction. Some individuals who begin using marijuana alone may become addicted to multiple substances as they search for the right mix to produce desired effects.
Research has shown that for individuals who are addicted to marijuana and struggling with co-occurring disorders, treating each with standard, supported medical and psychotherapeutic approach can successfully lead to recovery.
At Acadiana, our compassionate staff is skilled at treating marijuana addiction and co-occurring disorders in our rehab program. We are here to tell you that marijuana addiction does not make you flawed. We can help you view your difficulties more accurately, discover the reasons behind the addiction, and help you along your journey to recovery and a happy, healthy life.
Why You Should Consider Rehab at Acadiana Addiction Center
At Acadiana Addiction Center, we know how difficult it is to accept that you have a marijuana addiction. You may believe pot isn’t addictive and fear that others will judge you. You may blame yourself for any additional problems that have developed. Regardless of what you feel about your current problems, our marijuana addiction treatment center can help you see your conditions for what they truly are – problems strongly influenced by life events and negative environmental factors you’ve experienced.
Often, individuals who develop substance abuse problems as an effort to cope with negative life conditions they do not have more adaptive coping mechanisms to overcome. As opposed to viewing marijuana abuse as an indicator that you are a flawed person, we view it as an effort to cope when all else has failed.
However, whatever the initial reason that may have led you to abuse marijuana, the behavior is negatively impacting your life and may have caused additional problems. Let us help you better understand your addiction and support you throughout the process so you can redevelop self-confidence.
Our Philosophy and Benefits
Our treatment approach is based upon a history of training, keeping up-to-date with current research, and using strongly supported methods. We believe in the resources and strengths that reside within each person who comes to us for help and can help you to stop living a life dictated by addiction.
At Acadiana, we pride ourselves on being a close-knit community. Our staff is passionate about helping our patients. We know that addiction does not define who you are or what you are capable of becoming. It is our commitment to healing you as a whole person, not just the symptoms you are experiencing. We understand that substance abuse affects every aspect of your life and will work with you to heal these areas. We focus on your personality style, life experiences, and the cultural aspects when we provide treatment. Our patients are treated with respect and dignity as they heal their lives – mind, body, and soul.
Treatment Options for Marijuana Addiction at Acadiana
We recognize that treating your marijuana addiction and co-occurring disorders requires a variety of treatment options to achieve successful rehab. We believe that each person ultimately is responsible for their own recovery process though we will support and help as move forward, helping you gain skills and strengths until you are able to continue your recovery without the structure of an inpatient program. The main therapeutic options we use include the following methods.
At our rehab center, we provide detox services on an as-needed based on whether the individual comes to us addicted or is at risk for developing serious withdrawal symptoms from their addiction to marijuana.
Motivational Interviewing is aimed at increasing motivation for change and is particularly effective in individuals who have co-occurring disorders. The goals of this technique include engaging the individual in the therapeutic process, establishing a therapeutic relationship based on trust, and determining and working towards individual goals identified by the person.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on identifying a pattern of maladaptive and inaccurate thoughts and altering them so that they accurately reflect the world around you. By doing this, you will find the negative emotions and problematic behavior patterns you have developed will begin to change in positive ways.
Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT) is similar to CBT in that it focuses on irrational thoughts and how they influence other aspects of your life. REBT also emphasizes balancing acceptance of negative events in the past with the ability to better tolerate strong emotions by altering the way you think.
Although the 12-step approach to addiction recovery is primarily a support group, not a therapeutic approach, we view it as a critical aspect that provides the basis for the success of all our therapeutic approaches. It also provides a strong support network that lasts long after you have left our rehab.
Group therapy helps you learn you’re not alone as you fight your addiction and provides the support and feedback of peers who understand what you are going through. Some of our groups work to help participants to process issues while others are psycho-educational, providing information and teaching useful skills to help in your recovery process.
We understand that no one operates in a vacuum and that family members are vital in your recovery process. Our family groups focus on how addiction has affected each family member and discuss how each member can support the other, setting boundaries related to topics of discussion when necessary and helping family members understand addiction and recovery process.
We ensure each patient receives one individual session a week but generally, each patient receives of 2-3 sessions weekly. Individual therapy allows you to express feelings you’ve not been comfortable discussing in a group.
In addition to the traditional therapeutic techniques our treatment center provides, we also offer several experiential options to further your rehabilitation. These include:
- Nutrition counseling
- A.A. and N.A.
- Recreation programming
- Art therapy
- Spiritual counseling
Continuing Care – What Comes Next?
At Acadiana Addiction Center we know how stressful discharge can feel. You and your treatment team will work to determine the most appropriate option after you leave our inpatient program. As Acadiana is committed to continuity of care we have designed two residential programs – one for men and one for women (Belle of the Oaks), in addition to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
In our residential program, an individual treatment plan will be designed that will allow you to pick up where you left off in the inpatient program. The structure, philosophy, and services are much the same as the inpatient program. This program lasts for 3 months in which your progress through different phases will be structured and monitored to make your next transition as easy as possible.
Our Intensive Outpatient Program includes group therapy sessions with individual therapy once a week. The program meets for eight weeks, three nights a week for three hours each night. Our IOP is intended to help you continue processing issues and ensure you have as many skills and resources as possible to prevent relapse. We strive to enable you to feel confident and able to re-enter your life and create a future filled with happiness, satisfaction and the support of loved ones.