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People attempt to detox from marijuana at home for a variety of reasons, but it can provide significant challenges. While marijuana detox is not deadly – except for very rare situations – it is still uncomfortable and can be quite difficult. Most people can detox from marijuana at home safely, but the likelihood of successfully detoxing and staying clean is low for those who attempt it by themselves.
Detoxing from marijuana rarely causes any symptoms that could be life-threatening. Commonly experienced symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include:
The symptoms that are experienced will vary based on the individual and how much marijuana was used. These symptoms are also quite unpredictable. It is normally impossible to tell what symptoms someone will experience until they are detoxing.
While marijuana withdrawal symptoms may not be as dangerous as some other substances, they do last longer than most drugs. The worst marijuana withdrawal symptoms often last up to two weeks, depending on how long and how frequently marijuana was used. Psychological symptoms may last for even longer than this. The length of time that withdrawal symptoms can last may be why some people end up not finishing their detox process.
When detoxing from marijuana, these tips can help you have as comfortable and successful a detox as possible:
Trying to detox from marijuana at home is not really dangerous in most situations, but it’s less likely to be successful. The resources and support that professional detox centers offer make detox more comfortable and offer the help needed to stop using marijuana entirely. Many people who detox at home do not have a long-term plan or strategy for not using marijuana in the future. Often, the underlying reasons that caused them to use marijuana initially will cause them to relapse.
In an ideal world, everyone looking to detox from marijuana would have the time and resources needed to access help from a professional detox service. While these services are ideal for anyone trying to detox from marijuana, some people will need these services more than most. These include:
For several years, there were not many good resources for those wanting to undergo the process of detoxing from marijuana at home. This has changed in recent years with the increased availability of teletherapy and other remote options. Teletherapy lets you work with a specialized therapist remotely from the comfort of your home. This professional support connects you to therapy and education that can play an important role in the detox process.
If you or a loved one want to detox from marijuana at home, The Recovery Village can help. The Nobu teletherapy app can give you the tools and professional support you need to make long-term recovery possible. Our state-of-the-art treatment facilities also offer marijuana detox and therapy if you’d prefer in-person support, are using multiple substances or have co-occurring mental health or medical needs. Contact us today to discuss treatment options that can work well for your situation.
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