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12-Step Program

12-step programs are meant to help individuals to become responsible for their behavior and treatment of their addiction through prayer and reliance on a Higher Power. A Higher Power being God as each of them know Him. This is a group-based treatment program.

Step 1: Admit our powerlessness over our addiction.

Step 2: Know that a Higher Power can restore us.

Step 3: Decide to surrender our will and our lives to our Higher Power.

Step 4: Do an honest inventory of ourselves.

Step 5: Admit our wrongs to our Higher Power, ourselves and to another person.

Step 6: Be ready for our Higher Power to heal and restore our character.

Step 7: Humbly request that our Higher Power remove our negative desires.

Step 8: Write a list of those we have offended or hurt.

Step 9: Make amends with those we have offended or hurt.

Step 10: Continue to keep our character in check and immediately admit when we are wrong.

Step 11: Pray for our Higher Power to make us aware of His Will for us and help us fulfill His Will.

Step 12: Share our message with other addicts and continue to practice these principles throughout our lives.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The NIDA offers three different forms of treatment:

1.    Cognitive-behavioral therapy – This is a form of psychotherapy. It teaches addicts strategies to identify and correct problem behavior. This therapy increases self-control to stop drug use.

2.    Contingency-management – This is a form of therapy that frequently monitors the addiction and either gives or removes a positive incentive. When the desired behavior takes place, the positive incentive is given. When a negative behavior takes place, a positive incentive is taken away. 

3.    Motivational Enhancement Therapy – This is an intervention that does not treat the addict. Instead, it encourages the use of their own internal resources for change.

Drug Treatment

There are no approved medications that can be used in the recovery of Marijuana addiction. However, many case studies have presented options that may be available in the future.

1.    Agonist Approach: This is long-term treatment with the same Agonist drug, such as synthetic THC to suppress withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. This approach has been successful in the treatment of tobacco (nicotine) dependency and opiate dependency. Controlled clinical trials are underway.

2.    Antagonist Approach: This is long-term treatment with a CB1 antagonist. This treatment is used to prevent addicts from experiencing the pleasurable effects of Marijuana use. This would lead to no more drug-seeking or drug-taking behavior. This approach has been successful with opiate dependency. However, currently, the CB1 Antagonist is not available for human use.

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