Men and women who abuse marijuana over time can have difficulty quitting without support from an accredited THC detox program. The THC detox process is unique for each person and can last for several days to weeks, depending on the length of the abuse and the underlying cause. While cannabis isn’t as strong as other drugs like heroin, meth, or cocaine, there’s still a significant chance of developing an addiction to cannabis with serious physical and mental complications.
At Crestview Recovery, we help men and women 18 and over who are abusing cannabis and want to quit. We take the time to build trust and open communication with each client, so they feel comfortable talking about when the abuse started and what triggers their cravings today. They develop healthy new coping skills for managing their thoughts and emotions without feeling the need for more drugs or alcohol. Call 866.262.0531 today to speak with our friendly team about our THC detox program and how it can benefit your recovery.
Understanding the THC Detox Process
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant, cannabis, in the Cannabaceae family. Today, it is legal for medicinal and recreational use in much of the country and has caused a spike in marijuana addiction cases. Despite its widespread legality, like alcohol, it can be a dangerous substance when abused and can lead to abusing harder drugs in certain situations.
During detox, your body produces various withdrawal symptoms and strong cravings for more cannabis. While each person’s experience is unique, the typical THC detox process can last for several weeks:
- 1–2 days – Withdrawal symptoms can begin within 6–12 hours from the last dose and will gradually increase in severity. THC detox symptoms include anger and irritability, feeling nervous or anxious, depression, insomnia, headaches, and other symptoms.
- 2–6 days – Symptoms generally peak between 48–72 hours, and this is when most people are at risk of relapsing.
- 3+ weeks – Symptoms and cravings will begin to diminish over the next few weeks, with the majority of withdrawals fading by week 3 or 4.
At Crestview Recovery, we will discuss what to expect during THC detox. We’ll also answer any questions you have about the recovery process. Your treatment program will consist of group and individual therapy sessions with medical support available for those with severe THC detox symptoms.
What to Expect During THC Detox
A THC detox support program offers a safe detox experience that includes several types of therapies to address what led to the abuse. It focuses on the physical and mental aspects of addiction and gives clients the tools necessary to maintain lifelong sobriety. Here’s what you can expect from the THC detox process:
Several types of medications are very beneficial in reducing THC withdrawals and cravings. Medical staff will administer medications and then monitor your reactions for any adverse effects. As your withdrawal symptoms begin to fade, the need for the medicine will diminish. They will taper you off the medication slowly to avoid any withdrawals or complications.
Men and women whose addiction is caused by depression or other mental health disorders may require additional medication to treat those symptoms until they are addressed.
Understanding the root cause behind the addiction is essential for healing and stopping drug abuse. Behavioral therapists work with each client to guide them toward uncovering the original reasons that started the addiction. They’ll also teach them new ways to process their feelings. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the best forms of therapy for addiction. Other types of therapies include dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Lifelong recovery is possible through the support of family and loved ones. During recovery, parents, spouses, and siblings or children can work with a therapist to vent any frustrations or negative feelings caused by the addiction. They will learn about the dangers of addiction. In addition, they’ll become a part of the recovery process by creating a stable home environment.
Enroll in a THC Detox Program at Crestview Recovery in Portland Today
Crestview Recovery supports men and women from all walks of life who are struggling with an addiction to marijuana, alcohol, opioid pain medication, or other addictive substances. Our THC detox support programs include medical support and group and private therapy sessions. There, you’ll talk with a certified behavioral therapist with experience treating addiction. They will teach you beneficial coping skills and that it is OK to talk about your feelings with others.
Since 2016, Dr. Merle Williamson, a graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, has been the Medical Director at Crestview Recovery, bringing a rich background in addiction medicine from his time at Hazelden Treatment Center. He oversees outpatient drug and alcohol treatments, providing medical care, setting policies, detox protocols, and quality assurance measures. Before specializing in addiction medicine, he spent 25 years in anesthesiology, serving as Chair of Hospital Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and Chief of Anesthesia at Kaiser Permanente. This experience gives him a unique perspective on treating prescription drug addiction.