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Marijuana is a controversial drug in the national spotlight. Legalized for medical use in many, and recreational use in some states, our society’s views on marijuana addiction are in a state of flux.
Regardless of it’s legality, marijuana addiction is real and faced by an increasing number of people. When marijuana use, whether it started under medical or recreational pretenses, becomes an abuse or addiction a common course is to seek a marijuana hotline or helpline.
We know that one thing that prevents more people who struggle from marijuana addiction from picking up the phone and getting help is all the unknown factors that are involved. What questions will they ask when calling a helpline or hotline? What are the national resources available to help me? Can I begin treatment for my marijuana dependence when I call?
We’ve provided answers to many of those questions below.
What is a marijuana hotline?
Marijuana hotlines, often called marijuana helplines, exist explicitly to help those battling with their addiction. A marijuana hotline focuses specifically on that drug as well as an co-existing addictions or conditions.
When should I call the marijuana hotline?
When faced with a medical emergency, crisis situation or when harm is imminent to oneself or others immediately call 9-1-1. 9-1-1, the national emergency phone number, is the only resources that can activate local resources to provide immediate assistance.
When not in a crisis situation turn to a marijuana hotline when it is time to make a change. If you or someone you are calling on behalf of is ready to explore drug treatment programs such as drug detox, drug rehab and/or therapy pick up the phone.
What kind of questions will they ask when I call a marijuana hotline?
Each helpline or hotline will ask questions based on the type of organization they are and what resources they assist in proving. When calling our marijuana helpline we will be asking questions that allow us first be able to clearly understand the current situation. From that point the focus shifts to getting a deeper take on how we can help. The questions are probably largely what you would expect. Some examples of questions include:
- Is the person with the marijuana addiction safe (as opposed to being at risk of harming themselves or someone else)
- Beyond the marijuana addiction, are there additional factors that need to be considered such as dependence on other drugs or alcohol
- Are there any conditions the person who is seeking help also struggles with, such as mental health or an eating disorder
- Is the individual ready to move forward with drug detox, drug rehab and/or therapy
- Finally, expect conversation to determine if our drug treatment programs and services are a good fit
When I call, is the conversation confidential?
Confidentiality is our top priority. When calling our hotline your confidentiality is guaranteed. If you are calling a national or other helpline we suggest you verify their confidentiality policy at the beginning of the call.
Can I start the marijuana rehab, detox, or recovery process at the time of my call?
That depends upon the drug hotline you call. When calling our marijuana helpline our primary goal is to get an understanding of what challenges are being faced and to suggest a drug treatment program tailored to the specific situation. In simplest terms, when calling us the answer is “yes!”
Emergencies and Crisis Situations
In the United States 9-1-1 is the emergency telephone number to dial to get immediate response from local resources. If the situation is life threatening, you need to dial 9-1-1 immediately.
- Available 24 Hours
The National Poison Control Center
Offers a free, confidential service where you can speak to poisoning professionals (including cases involving drugs, including cocaine, and/or alcohol).
- Available 24 Hours a Day
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Available 24 Hours a Day
Mental Health Disorders
The National Mental Health Association
- Available During Business Hours