Marijuana is often considered a milder drug, but heavy use can result in mental and physical dependencies. Our Oklahoma City detox center can help assist you through detox as you start your recovery from marijuana addiction.
Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in Oklahoma. More than 7% of Oklahomans currently use marijuana and nearly 13% report past-year use. 1 Marijuana use in Oklahoma is most common among young adults, with 18% of residents aged 18 to 25 reporting current use and 30% reporting use in the past year.
Marijuana abuse is a major issue in Oklahoma, and every day many people enter rehab programs to deal with addiction to marijuana. Last year, marijuana addiction was reported during 1,730 admissions to Oklahoma treatment centers, accounting for 1 out of every 8 admissions in 2019. 2
Although marijuana may have a reputation as a harmless drug, prolonged use can lead to high tolerance, dependence, and eventually addiction. Stopping marijuana use after your body has become dependent on the drug will lead to withdrawal. You will then experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms as your body attempts to readjust to the absence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering compound found in marijuana. Withdrawal symptoms usually appear within 24 hours of the last use and typically subside within a few weeks. Some symptoms can persist for several months, as THC is stored in fat cells and takes much longer to fully clear from the body compared to other drugs. 3
The most commonly reported symptom of marijuana withdrawal is insomnia, which can range from a few nights of no sleep up to several months of occasional sleeplessness. 4 Vivid dreams or nightmares are also common among individuals experiencing marijuana withdrawal. They will usually start to appear within a week and then begin to taper off after about a month. Headaches are the most common physical symptom of marijuana withdrawal. The most excruciating headaches are usually experienced during the first few days, although they can continue for up to a couple of months. Night sweats are another common physical symptom, and they can last from a few nights up to a month or longer. Other common side effects of marijuana withdrawal include: 5
Detox is the first stage of recovery from marijuana addiction and must be completed prior to the start of any therapy. During the marijuana detox process all traces of the drug and accumulated toxins will be flushed out of your system. For many individuals, the physical and psychological symptoms experienced during marijuana withdrawal are too difficult to manage alone. The intense cravings and severe discomfort can become unbearable and are enough to cause many individuals to relapse. 6
It is highly recommended that anyone looking to do a marijuana detox in Oklahoma City, especially heavy and long-term users, undergo a medically supervised detox at a professional marijuana detox center. This will give you the best chance to successfully complete detox while decreasing the likelihood of relapse.
Landmark Recovery’s marijuana detox center in Oklahoma City offers a science-backed medical detox program that can properly manage your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. You will be closely monitored by trained clinical specialists around-the-clock, ensuring that you remain safe and comfortable throughout the entire marijuana detox process. Our doctors can administer medications to treat the severe discomfort and intense cravings that are commonly experienced during withdrawal. These drugs may include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, pain relievers, medications for nausea and vomiting, and sedatives for addressing sleep difficulties. 6
Detox alone is rarely enough to undo years of marijuana addiction. You will have a much better chance of achieving long-term recovery if your marijuana detox is followed by participation in a marijuana rehab program.
Landmark Recovery offers evidence-based treatment that is tailored to meet the specific needs of each client. Our programs incorporate individual and group counseling with behavioral therapies that have proven to be effective forms of marijuana treatment, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy. 7 Participation in behavioral therapy will provide you with an opportunity to explore the underlying causes of your addiction and prepare for life without the use of marijuana.
Landmark Recovery’s marijuana detox program can provide the support and care that you need to successfully rid your body of marijuana dependence. Please contact our Oklahoma City marijuana detox center at 405-896-8426 to learn more about our proven medical detox and marijuana treatment programs.
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1) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Tables 83-84. Oklahoma.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2016-2017-nsduh-state-specific-tables
2) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020). Oklahoma TEDS admissions aged 12 years and older, by primary substance use and gender, age at admission, race, and ethnicity: Percent, 2019.https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm
3) Westin AA, Mjønes G, Burchardt O, Fuskevåg OM, Slørdal L. Can physical exercise or food deprivation cause release of fat-stored cannabinoids? Basic Clinical & Pharmacology & Toxicology. 2014;115(5):467-471.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4270258/
4) Marijuana Anonymous. (2020). Detoxing from Marijuana.https://marijuana-anonymous.org/pamphlets/detoxing-from-marijuana/
5) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatment Improvement Protocol 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
6) 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
7) 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