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Marijuana Recovery in Oklahoma City

A marijuana addiction can disrupt many areas of your life. Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City is here to help you understand what to expect during your marijuana recovery.

What is marijuana?

Marijuana is a mind-altering drug made up of dried leaves, stems, and flowers (commonly called the “buds”) from the Cannabis plant. 1 It can be consumed in many different ways, including being smoked, eaten, brewed in a tea, or vaporized using an e-cigarette pen. 2 There are hundreds of compounds in marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive chemical that interacts with cannabinoid receptors in brain regions responsible for pleasure, time perception and pain. 3 THC’s activation of these areas provides marijuana users with a “high”, an altered state of mind characterized by intense feelings of pleasure and relaxation. 4

The use of marijuana can cause a variety of problems that affect your overall well-being. Marijuana alters your judgement and decision-making capabilities, making it more likely that you engage in risky behaviors that put yourself and others in danger. Some of the many negative effects that can result from marijuana use include: 5

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Memory loss
  • Altered perception of time
  • Increased appetite

Long-term studies have shown that people who engage in chronic marijuana use have decreased cognitive function and lower IQs, 6 increased risk for mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia, 7-8 and evidence of structural changes in their brains. 9 Marijuana use has also been linked to bronchitis, stroke, and heart failure. 5

It is estimated that 1 in 10 people who use marijuana become addicted. 10 Individuals suffering from marijuana addiction (also known as cannabis use disorder) find themselves powerless over the use of the drug and continue to abuse marijuana despite many negative consequences to their life.

Marijuana Addiction in Oklahoma

According to recent findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, marijuana is the most commonly used drug in Oklahoma outside of alcohol. Nearly 1 in 13 Oklahoma residents currently use marijuana, and around 1 in 8 have used marijuana in the past year. 11 The use of marijuana is most common among young adults, with 1 in 6 Oklahomans aged 18 to 25 reporting current marijuana use and nearly 1 in 3 reporting past-year use. Marijuana use is also common among Oklahoma teenagers, with the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System reporting that 1 in 7 Oklahoma high school students (grades 9-12) currently use marijuana and over a third of all high schoolers have tried marijuana at least once. 12

Every day, people in Oklahoma enter rehab programs to deal with marijuana abuse. Last year, marijuana addiction was reported during 1,730 admissions to Oklahoma treatment centers, accounting for 1 out of every 8 admissions in 2019. 13

Marijuana recovery center in Oklahoma City

Are you struggling with marijuana addiction and looking to quit, but are unsure of where to start? Professional marijuana recovery treatment at Landmark Recovery can help you overcome your addiction and get on the path to recovery. We are proud to offer personalized, evidence-based treatment at our new, locally based marijuana recovery center in Oklahoma City.

To begin your marijuana recovery in our Oklahoma City facility, you will need to undergo detox and flush out all traces of marijuana from your system. If you are addicted or have become dependent on marijuana you will likely experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms (called THC abstinence syndrome or cannabis withdrawal syndrome) when you stop using it. 14 Withdrawal symptoms usually appear within a day of the last use and typically subside within a few weeks, although some symptoms can persist for several months. 15 Common symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include: 16-17

  • Insomnia
  • Vivid dreams or nightmares
  • Headache
  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Anger or irritability
  • Decreased concentration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tremors or shaky hands
  • Cravings

Withdrawal symptoms can make it very difficult to continue marijuana recovery and achieve sobriety without giving in the urge to use marijuana again. This is especially true for individuals who experience intense cravings and severe discomfort following the discontinuation of heavy or long-term marijuana use. For many people suffering from marijuana addiction, medical detox will provide the best opportunity to successfully complete detox and prevent relapse.

Landmark Recovery’s medical detox program can help you get through marijuana withdrawal. Trained clinical specialists will closely supervise you throughout your entire detox to make sure that you remain safe and comfortable. Certain medications, such as sleep aids, anti-anxiety medications, and mild pain relievers, can be administered to address specific withdrawal symptoms and help reduce cravings. 17

After the completion of detox, you will be ready to begin the therapy phase of marijuana recovery. Landmark Recovery’s marijuana recovery center offers science-backed treatments that provide the essential life skills, education, and relapse prevention techniques needed for ongoing sobriety. Individual and group counseling are combined with various behavioral therapies that have been shown to help sustain abstinence from marijuana. 18 Some of the proven behavioral therapies utilized in our Oklahoma City marijuana recovery program include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on identifying and correcting the problematic behaviors associated with marijuana addiction. This form of therapy teaches new behaviors and coping skills needed to manage problems or situations that may trigger relapse. 19
  • Motivational enhancement therapy addresses ambivalence about quitting marijuana and strengthens commitment to therapy and motivation to change. 20
  • Contingency management (also called motivational incentives) is a treatment strategy, often used in parallel with other behavioral therapies, that reinforces positive behaviors such as abstinence through tangible rewards. 21

How Can I Get More Information About Marijuana Recovery in Oklahoma City?

We can help you overcome marijuana addiction in a safe and comforting environment. Please call Landmark Recovery of Oklahoma City at  405-896-8426 to learn more about our proven medical detox and marijuana recovery programs.

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