Marijuana rehab treatment: What to expect?

A look at the services provided in treatment for marijuana addiction…and a guide on what to expect!

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Treatment Can Change Your Life

Many people view rehab as a failure. To them, attending rehab is shameful and is a way of admitting defeat.

We’d like to challenge this outlook as 100% wrong. In order to change your life, you have to work on changing your perspective about addiction and recovery. And a reputable rehab can teach you how to do this.

In this article, we’ll take a look at what exactly happens during a stay in rehab. We’ll walk you through the protocol of treatments and explain the order of events. Then, we invite your questions at the end. We love to hear from our readers! So, if you’re a real person with a real question…ASK! We do our best to respond to all legitimate questions personally and promptly.


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Why consider rehab at all?

Many people think that marijuana is not addictive.

This is simply false.

Marijuana is both physically and psychologically addictive. Further, addiction is a medical condition. As such it is treated medically. But why is professional help important?

Addiction recovery does not revolve just around medications and standard protocols. These are the tools that professional use to help you reach your ultimate goal. The main focus of a recovery journey is YOU. The more you learn about yourself in treatment, the more you open yourself and grow.

One of the main goals of rehab is to teach people how to feel joy and gratitude on a daily basis naturally – without the need for drugs. During addiction, happiness is often created by the drug of choice. But this happiness and pleasure are superficial and fade quickly.

The longer you care for and work on the inner issues that drive you to marijuana, the more you will feel happy and thankful each and every day. The greatest gift from treatment will be to learn how to feel content with yourself and be able to experience pleasure without relying on external factors. And going through the process with a guide helps you:

  • reach your goals most efficiently.
  • follow evidence-based suggestions with proven results.
  • take off the stress of going down the road alone,

Beginning Marijuana Treatment: What To Expect?


Marijuana is one of the most commonly abused illegal substances in the United States. Until recently, it was believed that marijuana was not an addictive substance . Contrary to popular belief, however, marijuana is addictive. In fact, marijuana addiction is one the most common addictions today.

In order to effectively treat marijuana addiction, rehab treatment programs offer significant benefits. These treatment programs are designed to help individuals to fight their addictions and overcome them once and for all. Not only that…you don’t need to be alone! A rehab is designed to offer support to you as a person via individual and group therapy.

It can be difficult to know what to expect during a marijuana rehab treatment program, especially if someone has never been in rehab before. Nearly all reputable marijuana rehab treatment programs, include most of the following services and treatment methods.

1. Assessment

An initial assessment is done before a person enters marijuana rehab treatment, and it is used to diagnose marijuana addiction and determine the best course of treatment. A typical assessment will include drug testing, interviews, and a full medical and family history.

2. Medical detox

Not everyone needs it, but medical detox can be helpful for individuals with severe marijuana addictions. During medical detox, medical professionals monitor your health and help alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms as THC leaves the body.

3. Psychological treatments

Changing thoughts, patterns, and beliefs is fundamental to quitting marijuana for good. This is why individual behavior therapy is one of the most common psychological treatments used during marijuana rehab treatment. Group therapy and family counseling are also common. These types of talk therapy aim to identify your unique thought processes and provide you with new ways of thinking and behaving.

4. Educational sessions

Learning about addiction is one of the first steps toward treating it. Those in marijuana rehab treatment will attend several education sessions to learn about addiction and general and how to cope with it.

5. Supportive services

Several supportive services are offered by addiction treatment facilities. This can include services such as educational and vocational training, housing assistance, financial assistance, legal assistance, and medical treatment.

The Consequences Of Leaving Marijuana Rehab Early

Marijuana rehabs are not allowed to hold you against your will.  So, you can leave marijuana rehab at any time during your stay. Your participation is completely voluntary. Quitting marijuana rehab, though, is not recommended.

Not completing treatment means that you will not have learned everything you could have learned in order to overcome addiction. The likelihood that you will relapse increases when you leave early. This means that the time spent in treatment was nothing more than a waste of time and money.

There are a plethora of other reasons why you should not consider leaving marijuana rehab treatment before completion. For instance, there’s a good chance that your health insurance company will not cover the cost of your partial treatment if you quit. If you were ordered by a court to complete marijuana rehab treatment and you do not complete the program, you may also face additional charges or even incarceration. Or, you may face family/marital consequences when you quit.

Are Family Visits Allowed In Addiction Treatment?

It depends. Not all facilities allow visitors, but many do.

When visiting someone in a rehab setting, visitors will be required to abide by the rules of the facility. Some facilities, for instance, may ask that you leave certain personal items at home or in your vehicle. This may include items such as medications and cell phones. You and your loved one may also be asked to limit physical contact during your visit.

Family counseling is also usually encouraged when you visit someone in treatment. Counseling sessions can help you and your loved one reconnect, rebuild trust, and learn how to fight the addiction together.

Do’s and Don’ts For Visiting A Loved One In Rehab

Do give encouragement to your addicted loved one. Recovery is a long road. When people enter treatment they begin to realize this truth, you can encourage them by telling them that you are proud of how far they’ve come. Show your loved one your support and readiness to participate in their recovery journey. Other ideas for support include:


#1: Do respect visiting hours and be on time. People in recovery are very fragile. If you promised them that you’ll be there, they will take your promises for granted. Letting them down can severely influence their mood and motivation.

#2: Do communicate with the staff members about your loved one’s progress and reaction to treatment. It’s highly beneficial to meet with the team that has been working with your loved one and receive education and insight into the recovery process.

#3: Do visit as often as you can. Even if you cannot visit, call your loved one and let them know that you are thinking of them.


#1: Don’t come with negative energy or to create conflict. Recovery is an emotional time, and attacking a loved one is not necessary. Be loving and reassuring. It’s what your loved one needs right now.

#2: Don’t discuss the future. Your loved one is being taught to “live in the moment” so don’t bombard them with all the things you plan to do once they are out of rehab.

#3: Don’t bring any outside drama with you. Your loved one doesn’t need to hear about anything negative.

Finishing Rehab: Where Do You Go From Here?

Leaving a treatment facility can be a frightening and intimidating thing. Knowing what to expect after marijuana rehab can make this process a little easier. S, the first this to do is to plan for the transition.

When leaving a marijuana rehab treatment program, people in recovery and addiction specialists will get together and come up with an exit plan. An exit plan is a document that outlines goals that people in recovery need to reach and plans for how to reach them. For instance, it may include details on where people will live after treatment as well as where he will work. If a person needs help reaching these goals, treatment facilities will typically offer a number of supportive services or refer the person in recovery to helpful programs and organizations.

Addiction treatment aftercare is also important after marijuana rehab treatment. Individuals who leave marijuana rehab treatment and should be prepared to attend weekly therapy sessions on an outpatient basis. Continuing individual therapy is important for anyone who wishes to remain drug-free. Addiction aftercare may also include family counseling and attendance at self-help group therapy meetings.


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Marijuana Rehab Treatment Expectations

It can be intimidating to enter an addiction treatment program. The process simply requires some determination and hard work. If you put forth an effort, there’s a good chance that you will be successful in overcoming your addiction.

If you have any questions or concerns about marijuana rehab treatment, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping all of our readers start down their own road to recovery.

Reference Sources: Drug Abuse: Available Treatments for Marijuana Use Disorders
NIH: Pharmacological Treatment of Cannabis Dependence
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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