A Day in the Life of Luxury Marijuana Rehab
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 17% of all drug rehab admissions are for the treatment of marijuana use disorder.1 Contrary to popular assumption, marijuana use can create dependence, especially in people who heavily abuse the drug long-term. Frequent marijuana consumption can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, restlessness, physical discomfort, and cravings when use is stopped. In those who are dependent on marijuana, withdrawal symptoms can last as long as 2 weeks after the last use. Dependence becomes addiction when users are unable to stop using, despite any negative consequences that their use may be causing in their lives.2 Many adults who attend rehab for marijuana addiction report using the drug nearly every day for at least 10 years and on average, have attempted to quit at least 6 times prior to seeking treatment.3
Fortunately, there are many effective treatment options for marijuana addiction. These include:3
- Cognitive behavioral therapy: a form of psychotherapy where a therapist teaches the patient strategies to help identify and correct problem behaviors. For addiction, therapists help addicts learn how to cope with stress without using drugs, learn to recognize their triggers to use, and strategize about how to react to them in a more positive, healthy way.
- Contingency management: frequent monitoring of a target behavior and providing positive reinforcement by rewarding the behavior when it occurs.
- Motivational enhancement therapy: a form of intervention designed to produce rapid, intrinsically motivated change.
Luxury marijuana rehab programs offer 24/7 inpatient treatment services in a luxury residential setting, often in large homes or estates. In addition to counseling, therapy, 12-step programs, and support groups, luxury marijuana rehab centers also offer exclusive amenities and services, such as private rooms, gourmet meals, yoga, meditation, and spa treatments. Some luxury rehab centers have swimming pools, beachfront and ocean-view rooms, jetted tubs, specialized sport options (rock climbing, golf, archery), art exhibitions, libraries, concerts, daycare centers, and special guest speakers. Many luxury rehab centers are also pet-friendly, but each rehab program is unique with its own exclusive services and amenities, so ask the admissions counselor of the rehab you are considering.
Routine is a crucial component of the therapeutic process in early recovery. It can provide both structure and comfort, which helps reduce feelings of stress and being overwhelmed that occur when an individual is detoxing from drugs.
Because many people recovering from marijuana addiction experience insomnia, having a solid sleep and wake routine can help improve sleep patterns and minimize those sleep disturbances. Routine also increases productivity, reduces boredom and loneliness (which can be a trigger for use), and establishes order and stability.
Each rehab program has a structured daily routine for recovering marijuana addicts that typically consists of some combination of the following:
- Individual counseling/therapy
- Group counseling/therapy
- Recovery meetings/12-step programs
- Exercise routine
- Regularly scheduled meals
- Recreation/social time
- Meditation/contemplation/spiritual practice/church service
- Personal hygiene time
- Routine sleep schedule
- Luxury amenities and services
A typical morning at a luxury rehab center likely begins around 7 a.m. Breakfast and meditation or personal reflection time usually comes first, followed by community meetings and individual therapy sessions. Meals usually take place in a cafeteria setting or dining room, among the support of peers, although some rehab programs may offer the option of private meals. Therapy sessions may include some combination of counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy. Yoga or some form of physical fitness activity usually takes place around 9 or 10 a.m., followed by a support group or relapse-prevention activity. Elective sessions such as art, music, or recreation therapy may also occur in the mornings.
Lunch at rehab programs is usually served around 12 or 1 p.m. Following lunch, patients may have individual therapy sessions or attend a group counseling session. Wellness groups and holistic therapies are also typically offered in the afternoon as well as acupuncture, massage, spa treatments, or other services and amenities that may be unique to each rehab center. Many luxury rehab centers have swimming pools, so depending on the season, patients may enjoy spending part of their afternoon lounging by the pool.
A typical evening at rehab usually begins with dinner, served around 5 or 6 p.m. Following dinner, patients may have a 12-step recovery meeting, independent study time, sober recreational activities (such as sports, games, reading, dancing, cooking classes, or art classes), and personal free time before bed. Free time is typically limited at most rehab programs to no more than 1 to 2 hours per day in order to maximize recovery. Bedtimes at rehab are typically consistent each night, with lights-out around 10 or 11 p.m. Should prescription medications be needed, they will usually be given right before bed at most rehab centers. While no FDA-approved medications exist for the treatment of marijuana addiction, supportive medications to help improve sleep and reduce anxiety during treatment may be given, including Ambien, BuSpar, and Neurontin.3
Making the decision to seek treatment is the first step toward recovery. Those considering a luxury rehab program for their marijuana addiction should begin by thoroughly researching all available options. Each treatment program is unique, offering its own services and amenities. Costs also vary considerably depending on the rehab program you choose, but overall you should expect to pay more for luxury services. Check with your insurance company to determine what your coverage options are for inpatient rehab programs.