Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Every woman or girl seeking help at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center will receive an individualized marijuana addiction treatment program.

Psychiatrists, physicians and therapists who are experts in drug abuse and addiction treatment will assess her entire history of substance abuse. They may uncover related addictions such as alcoholism or prescription drug abuse that may have developed prior to or during her long-term marijuana dependency.

Our substance abuse treatment team also digs deeper than many drug rehab centers into the underlying causes and conditions of the entire addictive disease process. As a result, they often identify co-occurring psychiatric and addictive disorders, or eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia. If unaddressed or under-addressed, co-occurring disorders often represent the biggest obstacle to recovery from marijuana abuse and addiction to other drugs.

Our individualized, medically-informed approach to treatment and recovery succeeds where other drug rehab programs may have failed. It helps women and their families recover their lives and gain hope for an abundant, healthy future.

What Makes Our Marijuana Addiction Treatment Plans Successful?

Rigorous approaches to substance abuse treatment and recovery consider all available information about a resident, and leverage the experience of our entire staff to customize each woman’s treatment program. This level of collaboration is one of the distinguishing elements of marijuana abuse treatment at a leading rehab center like Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. It’s also one of the reasons why so many leading outpatient drug abuse and addiction specialists refer to us their patients who need more intensive treatment, or who have struggled to sustain recovery in an outpatient setting.

Before Admission

Assessment of a woman’s treatment needs begins early on in our admissions review process. We ask both the woman and her family to provide information about her drug abuse symptoms, issues with friends and family, and challenges in school or work. We also seek her permission to communicate with previous addiction treatment providers to gather additional information about medical history, psychiatric history, past substance abuse treatment progress, and stumbling blocks to achieving or maintaining recovery from marijuana abuse.

Thorough Intake Assessment

Once she is admitted, each woman undergoes a comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessment. She is then assigned a substance abuse treatment team with several members whom she will meet individually after she settles in on campus:

  • Primary therapist
  • Family therapist
  • Psychiatrist (MD)
  • Internal medicine physician (MD)
  • Addiction specialist
  • Registered dietician (RD)

Each treatment team member provides an assessment within the woman’s first days at Timberline Knolls. The findings are integrated and reviewed with our entire clinical staff, including other therapists and psychiatrists. As a result, our full knowledge about successful marijuana addiction treatment is integrated into each woman’s treatment plan.

Taking Ownership of Treatment

We believe it is critical for each woman to take ownership of her treatment and recovery from the outset. Once her addiction treatment plan is formulated, our team’s recommendations are shared with the woman in her first care conference, which will include her primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, discharge planner, nursing staff and lodge staff. This cooperative approach gives her input into the goals for her treatment and allows her to choose several elective elements of her program. She will be asked to sign off on her treatment objectives and the progression of her treatment plan for marijuana abuse and addiction and any other co-occurring disorders. This conference also sets stage for ongoing collaboration between the woman and her treatment team throughout her stay in residential treatment.

Looking Forward to Recovery

Following the initial care conference, the treatment team will meet weekly throughout the resident’s stay, and consult each other informally to monitor her progress and to make sure her recovery needs are being fully supported. If new symptoms appear, a woman may also undergo additional psychological testing or medical evaluation to ensure her marijuana addiction treatment considers all relevant aspects of her health.

Additionally, women with other medical symptoms or complications from marijuana addiction may be referred to consulting healthcare providers such as a dentist, cardiologist, gynecologist, orthopedic surgeon, or gastroenterologist.

What Will You Experience At Our Treatment Center?

A woman’s experience at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center may differ significantly from other drug rehab facilities or substance abuse treatment programs she has attended in the past. That is by design.

Comprehensive, Integrated Treatment and Recovery

There is no such thing as a cure for marijuana addiction.

Every woman recovering from marijuana abuse must develop tools she can trust to help her take recovery actions when she feels desire to use again. We work with our residents help them learn to identify the conscious choices they are making throughout their day. Our caring staff provides ongoing support as women learn to use new tools in situations where they would have previously abused marijuana. As they gain confidence in their ability to make positive, healthy choices, women experience improved self-esteem and body acceptance, reduced stress and anxiety, healing of trauma, and increased self-awareness.

Comprehensive and individualized treatment plans use approaches proven to help women learn to experience their emotions and develop the tools to recover from marijuana dependency. Specific examples include:

  • one-on-one therapy sessions
  • expressive and experiential therapy
  • education about disease processes and recovery
  • meal support and regular consultation with dietary staff
  • group sessions to teach and practice behavior modification and emotion management
  • family therapy (including family participation)
  • twelve-step facilitation
  • onsite and offsite twelve-step meetings
  • weekly psychiatric consultation
  • trauma awareness and recovery
  • educational services for school-age women

Expressive Therapy Provides a Productive Outlet for Complex Emotions

Expressive therapy has been clinically proven to promote healing and recovery, in addition to providing a needed creative outlet for women during their treatment and beyond. Our expressive therapy program includes a variety of outlets a woman can select based on her personal interests:

  • art therapy in a historical art studio that supports painting, sculpture and other media
  • dance/movement therapy
  • empowerment group (experiential trauma recovery)
  • outdoor recreation such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton or gardening on our 43 acre campus

How Do We Treat Co-Occurring Disorders With Marijuana Abuse?

When treating women and girls for marijuana addiction, our specialized treatment team at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center never assumes they are treating an isolated disease. Frequently, long-term marijuana abuse progresses from attempts by a woman to either:

  • Reduce feelings of anxiety worsened by underlying psychiatric conditions that we refer to as co-occurring disorders; or,
  • Control intense emotions related to unresolved experiences in her past.

Co-occurring disorders are a recognized factor in marijuana users, but not always treated appropriately by many medical and behavioral health professionals, who are primarily concerned with addressing the marijuana dependency. Medical researchers have found that a large percentage of those who have an addiction to marijuana also have at least one other mental illness, personality disorder or eating disorder. Co-occurring disorders describe a situation where marijuana addiction exists along with at least one other psychiatric illness that is active and negatively affects the user’s marijuana abuse. Women with co-occurring disorders tend to have more severe symptoms of each illness and higher potential for relapse.

Examples of conditions which can co-exist with marijuana addiction are:

  • depression
  • bipolar disorder
  • eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, orthorexia, compulsive overeating disorder, binge eating disorder)
  • panic and anxiety disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • personality disorders
  • schizophrenia
  • various phobias and compulsions

For a woman with co-occurring disorders, an attempt to address only the marijuana dependency in isolation is at best incomplete, and at worst counterproductive. To facilitate life-long recovery, treatment provide must have an in depth understanding of each disease and the complex interactions they produce.

To learn more about marijuana abuse and addiction treatment and recovery at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call one of our experienced admissions counselors today. We accept adolescent and adult women for admission seven days a week.

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