Marijuana Addiction Treatment & Rehab in Washington
By The Recovery Village Ridgefield
Editor Erica Weiman | Medically Reviewed By Jenni Jacobsen, LSW
Last Updated: May 26, 2023
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Despite being legal for personal use in some states within the United States, marijuana remains a Schedule I substance as categorized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The government views it as a drug without legitimate medical use and a high potential for addiction. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved certain marijuana products for the treatment of seizures, alleviation of nausea in patients with cancer and treatment of anorexia in those with AIDS.
While it does have some medical uses, marijuana is widely used for recreational purposes. The term “marijuana” refers to the dried leaves, stalks, flowers and seeds of the cannabis plant, and people primarily use this drug by smoking these components in a joint, cigar or pipe. While marijuana users may believe the drug is harmless, a report from the CDC indicates that three out of ten marijuana users have a marijuana use disorder, and those who begin using the drug before age 18 are at an even higher risk of developing an addiction.
In the State of Washington, recreational marijuana is now legalized, which can lead to marijuana addiction and related problems for some people. For example, research shows that the incidence of driving under the influence of marijuana during daytime hours increased in the state after recreational marijuana use became legal. For those who develop a marijuana use disorder, a Washington-based marijuana rehab program can help.
Marijuana Addiction Treatment
A detox program is often the first step in the addiction treatment process. If you seek Washington-based marijuana detox, treatment for withdrawal symptoms will generally involve supportive care. A clinician will monitor patients for any serious withdrawal symptoms, like seizures, weight loss or depression. Compared to other drugs, marijuana withdrawal is relatively safe, as research suggests that around 30% of people with a marijuana use disorder will experience withdrawal symptoms like irritability, appetite reduction, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances and restlessness, which typically are not life-threatening.
However, heavy, long-term users tend to be at greater risk of marijuana dependence and withdrawal, and given the risk of withdrawal side effects like depression and anxiety, there is evidence that users can develop a psychological dependence on the drug. In many cases, this can make it difficult to stop using marijuana, and long-term users may need support through the withdrawal process.
Inpatient and Outpatient Marijuana Addiction Treatment
For those seeking Washington marijuana addiction treatment, there are two treatment options available: inpatient or outpatient care. Treatments like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps people improve their self-control and correct unhealthy behaviors, can be effective for treating marijuana addiction. Both inpatient and outpatient programs in Washington may incorporate counseling strategies like CBT.
Some people begin marijuana addiction treatment with an outpatient program. Alternatively, a person can undergo inpatient rehabilitation at a treatment center. This process begins with a detox under medical supervision, followed by moving into an inpatient facility to live in a supportive and supervised environment. While in an inpatient facility, patients receive a variety of treatments for marijuana addiction, including individual and group counseling.
After the initial stay at an inpatient facility, patients often continue treatment with an outpatient psychiatrist or other therapists. During this time, patients live at home or in a sober living facility, and they attend counseling sessions and other appointments at a nearby clinic or treatment center.
Inpatient and outpatient care both involve individual or group therapy, usually several times per week. Group therapy aims to help the person establish healthy hobbies and alternatives to substance use, and may include activities like yoga or painting.
Marijuana Addiction Treatment Centers in Washington
There are several factors to consider when choosing one of the many marijuana addiction treatment centers in Washington. Be aware of the differences between facilities and how to choose the best one for you or your loved one. Consider the following factors:
- Comfort: Choose a rehabilitation facility where the patient will be most comfortable. This might mean choosing a single-gender facility, or a facility with specific amenities. It might benefit patients to speak with treatment staff beforehand so they can determine if a facility is a good fit.
- Credentials and reviews: It is important to check that the location and staff are properly licensed and accredited. Read some reviews online and make sure the facility does what they claim.
- Follow-up support: Does the facility have structural support in the community? This verification might mean that they are a large health system with outpatient follow-up. It could also mean they have strong relationships with unaffiliated outpatient treatment centers and providers.
- Location: How close is the facility to home or family members? How close is it to addiction triggers? These are important considerations. It may seem beneficial to remain close to family, but it may not be the best choice if the treatment center is too close to addiction triggers, like places where you used to buy drugs.
- Treatment approach: What kind of treatment programs do the staff use? Does the staff stay up to date with the most recent evidence-based medicine? The more treatment approaches available, the more likely success is.
How Much Does Marijuana Rehab Cost?
The cost of rehab depends on many factors. Inpatient rehab for marijuana is more expensive than outpatient rehab, and this may be something to consider before beginning treatment. Treatment facilities can range from basic to luxurious, and the associated costs may vary as well. The length of stay will also be an important factor in the overall price.
Does Insurance Cover Rehab for Marijuana Addiction?
The answer to this question varies by the insurance carrier and coverage type. For specific questions about coverage, call your insurance carrier, and they can help you determine which Washington marijuana rehab programs are covered under your insurance.
Does The Recovery Village Ridgefield Offer Treatment Programs for Marijuana?
Yes, we do! Our Washington rehab facility specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, including marijuana, and co-occurring mental disorders. If you or a loved one live with marijuana addiction, call today to speak with a representative about how personalized treatment plans can address addiction and any co-occurring mental health conditions. We are convenient to both Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, and we offer multiple levels of care for marijuana addiction, including inpatient and outpatient programs.
Our Recovery Advocates are ready to answer your questions about addiction treatment and help you start your recovery.
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