Marijuana Addiction Treatment

More than 18% of Americans use Marijuana. This makes it the most popular illicit substance in America.

Understanding its danger can help you avoid falling into the marijuana trap.

What is Marijuana?

Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. Parts of the cannabis plants are usually dried up, smoked, or ground in leaves or wraps.

There are two main parts of marijuana, namely cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Marijuana is also called pot, dope, weed, or grass.

How is Marijuana Taken?

Is Marijuana Legal?

Marijuana is illegal in most parts of the world, including most of the United States. However, some states in the US have legalized its use.

While Marijuana is now legal in about 19 states, it doesn’t reduce the danger of marijuana addiction.

What are the Effects of Marijuana Abuse?

Abusing marijuana can have one or more of the following effects

Symptoms vary depending on genetics and other factors. Some symptoms might be fleeting, while others can be long-lasting.

What Are the Symptoms of Marijuana Addiction?

How is Marijuana Addiction Diagnosed?

Diagnosis is usually made by a healthcare professional. A physical examination will be conducted. Your doctor might also ask you some questions to understand the severity of your symptoms.

Blood and urine tests might be taken to rule out other health issues. 

What are the Likely Treatments for Marijuana Addiction?

Detox Programs

The first step is to stop using marijuana by detoxing. Detoxing programs usually last between 3-7 days and are completed under the supervision of a mental health expert.

Users typically experience withdrawal symptoms after detoxing. Some withdrawal symptoms include

Withdrawal symptoms begin 48 hours after detoxing and can last for more than two weeks. The exact duration depends on the extent of marijuana dependency.


Doctors might also prescribe some medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms. This might include

Users might also benefit from slowly tapering off from Marijuana. This reduces the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms.

Support Groups and Counseling

Counseling and the presence of support groups provide support and encouragement. This reduces the possibility of a relapse.

Most rehab centers provide these facilities.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT helps to readjust the thinking and traits of a patient. It also helps them better understand their addiction and manage it effectively.

CBT is a standard feature of marijuana treatment.

Other Treatment Options

Rehab centers also offer other treatment options. This includes

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Alyssa Mueller


Alyssa Mueller is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. She holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California State University of Fullerton as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis on intercultural and interpersonal communication from California State University of Long Beach. Compassion, empowerment and unconditional positive regard are the foundations of her clinical practice, Alyssa has a passion for helping others and her priority is to hold space for clients to feel heard, to feel safe and to find fulfillment and self-love on their recovery journey. Alyssa specializes in addiction treatment, self-esteem building, mindfulness practices, grief and loss, trauma informed care, and self-compassion as well as individual and family therapy. She has extensive experience working with high risk populations in various clinical settings such as partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient care, outpatient treatment, schools, and community outreach. Alyssa uses a client centered and holistic approach to address the client as a whole person in order to help them to feel empowered and facilitate their confidence and independence.

Charee Marquez

LMFT - Clinical Director

Charee has worked in the recovery field for 10 years.Charee is dedicated to supporting and inspiring clients to live a healthy lifestyle filled with meaning and purpose.Charee has extensive clinical experience within the recovery field in both inpatient and outpatient settings.She specializes in working with individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction however she has also clinical experience in assisting individuals,couples and families in working through a variety of concerns,including: depression,anxiety,relationship & communication issues,substance abuse,grief & loss,trauma, life transitions, and many others.Charee works with each client to specialize their treatment plan with what works best for the client in a compassionate and effective way. She emphasizes the strength of every individual client and fosters an environment of personal growth and internal healing from a mind, body and spiritual approach.Charee received her Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University, Majoring in Psychology and Minoring in Women and Gender Studies, in addition to her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.

Stephen Carmel

Founder & CEO

I began my journey to recovery back in 2011 when I moved to California from New York.Along wiht my recovery and beginning a new way of life,I began to develop a heart for others struffling with sobriety.My journey to California was filled with many trials and lessons learned, but most of all, personal growht.I truly believe i would not have found success if I didn’t come to California.I started CPR as a way to work with people in recovery on a daily basis and it evolved into something much more beautiful. I have also come to realize that my own personal happiness and recovery depends on being involved in the lives of people in recovery. Helping others recover is a cornerstone of many 12 step programs, as it is here. Giving back to those still suffering, is the only way not to lose what you have gained. It is the paradox that we live by every day.