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When individuals with an addiction to marijuana seek professional help, they will usually end up in a rehab program.

These programs are designed to help people overcome their addiction and learn new ways to cope with stressors that could lead to a relapse. Admitting that help is needed is one of the hardest things for any addict to do. They will first have to admit there is a problem and that they have an addiction. This can cause a lot of shame and embarrassment, especially for those who have managed to hide their addiction from friends and family members.

Once the addict has accepted their addiction and admitted they need help, they will face a long road to recovery.

When going to a treatment center, one of the first things that are done is the process of detoxification. This can be a long process, depending on how long the person has been addicted to the drug and the severity of the addiction.

Detox

When a marijuana addict begins detox, they will soon start to experience withdrawal symptoms. As soon as the body is deprived the drug, it will crave it. This is when patients have the hardest time in rehab.

The goal of detox is to remove toxic substances from the body. When this happens, the patient may experience withdrawal. Not every person who is addicted to marijuana will have withdrawal symptoms. Actually, this is one of the few drugs that do not have a severe set of symptoms associated with withdrawal.

However, for those patients who do suffer from these symptoms, it can be very uncomfortable. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include irritability, anger, depression, headaches, restlessness, loss of appetite and severe cravings for the drug. Luckily, none of these conditions are life threatening, just bothersome. With other drugs, the withdrawal symptoms could result in hospitalization or even death. The symptoms for marijuana addiction are not nearly as severe, so the process of detox does not take as long as it would for another drug.

When the addict is a habitual user, they will usually begin to experience symptoms within the first eight hours that they are not using the drug. Most of the symptoms will be noticeable for the first 10 days. In some cases where the addict has a severe addiction, the withdrawal symptoms could last for as long as 45 days. These symptoms do not pose a serious threat, but they will place the patient under behavioral and emotional distress.

Avoiding It

The best way for any addict to avoid having to experience withdrawal symptoms is to not be addicted to a substance.

Of course, when an addict is using a drug, users will seldom think of the future issues that are associated with the drug use. This is why most addicts remain addicts. They will not quit using the drug until they are ready and will usually never consider the possible effects of long term use. When marijuana addicts abuse the drug, they will go through some minor withdrawal symptoms. To reduce these symptoms, the only thing that can be done is to not use the drug at all. Individuals who use marijuana recreationally, meaning they are not addicted to the substance, will not suffer from any withdrawal symptoms. However, marijuana addicts will have to face the fact that they will have withdrawals when they finally stop using the drug.

Treatment Help

When a person has an addiction, they will usually not be able to overcome the addiction on their own. Most people will require some form of rehab to help them get through the recovery process.

It is very common for marijuana addicts to seek help at rehab facilities. Depending on the severity of the addiction, patients will either enter an inpatient rehab or an outpatient rehab. In either case, the patient will have to go through the detoxification process in which they will be affected by the withdrawal symptoms associated with marijuana.

Many recovering addicts have claimed that withdrawals are the hardest part of the healing process. It is during this time that cravings are increased and the patient will feel like they need the drug to get through the rehab. Obviously, this is not beneficial. Patients going to rehab for marijuana should be aware of the possible withdrawal symptoms they may face. Again, not every addict will have to deal with withdrawals, but most people with a marijuana addiction will suffer from at least one or two of the mentioned symptoms.

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