Overcoming chronic and habitual marijuana use often requires getting the right treatment from a professional rehab facility. Landmark Recovery of Tennessee offers evidence-based therapy and a personalized treatment program for people struggling with an addiction to or dependence on marijuana.
Marijuana is currently the most commonly used illegal substance in the United States at the national level.1 However, it is legal in over two dozen states and in Washington, D.C., 2 with laws around both recreational and medical marijuana changing often.3
Despite its widespread use, research shows that marijuana can, in fact, be addictive. 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 18.4
Recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health data revealed that 48.2 million Americans – or 17.5% of the population – used marijuana in 2019, with 4.8 million reporting a marijuana use disorder.5
In Tennessee, marijuana (or cannabis, both recreational and medical) is currently illegal.6 In 2016, it was reported that more than 400,000 Tennessee residents smoked marijuana monthly, with more than 700,000 smoking marijuana over the course of a year.7
A mind-altering drug produced from the Cannabis sativa plant, marijuana’s primary ingredient TCH (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) travels through the bloodstream and connects to cannabinoid receptors on nerve cells, resulting in a “high” as an individual uses the drug.8 Typically smoked, marijuana influences the parts of the brain that control pleasure, memory, concentration, and coordination, which can lead to loss of coordination, difficulties thinking and problem-solving, and distorted perception.
Studies of adolescents using marijuana have shown that the abuse has lasting effects on the brain, specifically its reward system and the hippocampus, which is critical for learning and memory.9 This explains the increased risk for addiction and abuse of marijuana; however, this does not necessarily indicate they will use other hard substances.10
The long-term risks of becoming addicted to or dependent upon marijuana include:
If you or a loved one are struggling with marijuana addiction in Tennessee or the surrounding area, it is highly recommended that you consider professional marijuana treatment from a licensed and accredited local marijuana addiction treatment facility.
Landmark Recovery of Knoxville proudly offers evidence-based therapies and detox services at our safe and secure marijuana addiction treatment center. But detoxing is not treating your addiction; at Landmark Recovery, we want to equip you to re-enter and navigate the world – without marijuana – and we believe no one else will be more dedicated to helping you accomplish that goal.
The first step in your marijuana addiction recovery will be to immediately stop marijuana use and prepare your body and mind for rehabilitation through detox, the natural bodily process that flushes out all traces of drugs and toxins from your system. Chronic marijuana users who have developed a dependence on the drug will likely experience withdrawal symptoms, which can be uncomfortable and lead to relapse. If this is the case, our trained clinical specialists will monitor you around the clock and provide you with certain medications – such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, mild pain relievers, and sedatives – that can help alleviate the negative symptoms and intense cravings that are often experienced during marijuana withdrawal.11
Following detox, you will be transitioned into a personalized treatment program that has been tailored to meet your specific needs. Depending on the severity of your addiction and any unique challenges (such as a co-occurring mental health disorder), you may receive marijuana treatment services through a combination of residential, partial hospitalization, or intensive outpatient programs.
The cornerstone of Landmark Recovery’s holistic marijuana addiction treatment programs is behavioral therapy, the most effective and proven form of marijuana treatment. Behavioral therapy will help identify the underlying causes of your marijuana addiction and teach you healthy behaviors and coping mechanisms that are needed to resist future urges and prevent relapse. Some of the evidence-based behavioral therapies incorporated into our marijuana treatment programs include cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy.12
Landmark Recovery understands that successful treatment does not end the day you leave our facility. After completing rehab, you will have access to our fully integrated support network so that you can continue recovery with the support necessary to achieve success. Our alumni program includes a discharge plan, a recovery coach assigned to you, and events and programs from monthly alumni symposiums to twice-weekly SMART Recovery meetings and weekly 12 step meetings. Our conveniently located Landmark Recovery of Knoxville facility will continue to provide you with support and help you stay committed to your recovery.
If you or someone you know needs help with a substance use disorder, including marijuana use, call our marijuana treatment center in Knoxville at 865-448-5174 to speak with one of our recovery specialists about the treatment options that are right for you.
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1) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2020). Know the Risks of Marijuana.https://www.samhsa.gov/marijuana
2) Harvard Health Publishing (2020). Medical marijuana.https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/medical-marijuana-2018011513085
3) Defense Information Systems Agency (2021). Map of Marijuana Legality By State.https://disa.com/map-of-marijuana-legality-by-state
4) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2020). Know the Risks of Marijuana.https://www.samhsa.gov/marijuana
5) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2021). Find Treatment: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs.https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/atod
6) Marijuana Policy Project (2021). Tennessee's medical cannabis bill passes first Senate committee, but fails in second committee; legislature approves study commission instead.https://www.mpp.org/states/tennessee/
7) Nashville Scene (2018). Tennessee Marijuana Arrests Vastly Outpace Other Drug Arrests.https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/coverstory/tennessee-marijuana-arrests-vastly-outpace-other-drug-arrests/article_94c3520a-552e-513f-90c2-fba0822dd315.html
8) Department of Justice: Drug Enforcement Administration (2020). Drug Facts Sheet.https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/Marijuana-Cannabis-2020_0.pdf
9) 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
10) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2020). Is marijuana a gateway drug?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-gateway-drug
11) Bonnet U, Preuss UW. The cannabis withdrawal syndrome: current insights. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. 2017;8:9-37.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5414724/
12) 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