If you are ready to start fresh and leave your marijuana addiction behind you, don’t attempt detox alone. Cannabis detox can be uncomfortable and even dangerous, but the discomfort can also lead to using again. At Landmark Recovery of Denver, our team wants to provide a safe and comfortable way to remove marijuana from your system, but also to offer you the best chance of recovery and sobriety.
Why quit using marijuana? Even though recreational marijuana use has grown increasingly popular, the drug is addictive and does lead to health problems.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1 in 10 people who use marijuana will become addicted, and that number rises to 1 in 6 if the individual begins using before the age of 18.1 Studies have shown that marijuana has lasting effects on the brains of adolescents, especially their brains. Marijuana negatively affects the brain’s reward system and the hippocampus, which is critical for learning and memory.2 This explains the increased risk for a teenager or young adult to develop an addiction and potentially abuse marijuana.
Individuals who smoke marijuana regularly can experience breathing problems, lung infections, and even increase their risk of lung cancer – similar to those who smoke tobacco. Marijuana raises heart rate and therefore increases the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Other long-term risks of using marijuana range from negatively affecting mental health (depression, anxiety, psychotic episodes) to harming coordination and even permanent IQ loss.3 For some who use marijuana regularly or long-term, studies have found an increased risk of psychosis or schizophrenia.4
The best marijuana detox you can find is to seek help from a medical detox center. This is why Landmark Recovery is conveniently located close to you. We provide the highest quality of care and around-the-clock monitoring for our patients as we remove substances like marijuana, and other toxins, from the body.
For many individuals addicted to marijuana, the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms during detox are too difficult to manage alone. Our medically supervised detox program helps you manage your cravings and withdrawal symptoms, giving you the best chance to successfully complete detox and decrease the likelihood of relapse. You will receive 24/7 care from trained clinical specialists, and our doctors can administer medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, pain relievers, sedatives, and medications for nausea and vomiting.5
After detox, our dedicated team will begin working with you to address the underlying causes for your addiction. We do this through a personalized treatment plan that will equip you with the behavioral tools you need to live clean and sober. We offer a full continuum of care: detox, residential treatment, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization.
Treatment incorporates individual and group counseling with behavioral therapies that have proven to be effective specifically in treating marijuana, including cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy.6 Participation in behavioral therapy will prepare you for a life without marijuana – one of sobriety, hope, and health.
Please contact our Denver-area detox facility at (720) 702-9994 to learn more about our medical detox and treatment options. Today is the day to begin living beyond your addiction, and we look forward to supporting you on your journey to recovery.
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1) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2020). Know the Risks of Marijuana.https://www.samhsa.gov/marijuana
2) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2013). Marijuana's Lasting Effects on the Brain.https://archives.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/directors-page/messages-director/2013/03/marijuanas-lasting-effects-brain
3) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2020). Know the Risks of Marijuana.https://www.samhsa.gov/marijuana
4) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017). Marijuana and Public Health: Fast Facts.https://www.cdc.gov/marijuana/fact-sheets.htm
5) Allsop DJ, Copeland J, Norberg MM, et al. Quantifying the clinical significance of cannabis withdrawal. PLoS One. 2012;7(9):e44864.https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0044864
6) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Marijuana Research Report: Available Treatments for Marijuana Use Disorders.https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/available-treatments-marijuana-use-disorders