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- What Questions Should I Ask?
- Should I Call a Marijuana Helpline?
- Drug Information
- Additional Marijuana Rehab Helplines
Marijuana addiction is a real problem for many people. Though viewed by many as a relatively innocuous or low-risk drug of abuse, chronic marijuana use can become quite problematic.1
Those who struggle with the issue display a characteristic pattern of behavior seen in those who compulsively abuse drugs more commonly acknowledged as addictive substances, such as stimulants or opioids. Just like these “harder” substances, people with marijuana addictions continue to abuse despite the resulting negative consequences across a broad portion of their lives—impacting their work, school, and personal relationships.1 As a progressive condition, without help from friends, family, or professionals, the addiction and dependence will continue to rule a person’s life with increasing severity.2
A marijuana addiction hotline is a free and confidential service designed to put you in touch with the many treatment resources.
There are several marijuana hotlines that you can call to get help for yourself or your loved one. Addiction hotlines are free and confidential services designed to put you in touch with the many treatment resources. Most of these helplines have someone available to talk with you 24/7, so now is always the right time to call.
What Questions Should I Ask?
When you call a marijuana addiction hotline, you may wonder what to ask. You are trying to gain as much information as you can about your options for help, so a few questions you might ask include:
- What kind of therapy tends to help marijuana addictions?
- What happens next?
- Will I have to go to rehab, and if so, what is that like?
- Will my insurance cover treatment? (Have your insurance card at-hand if you have current coverage.)
- What should I do if I have a loved one who needs treatment?
- How can I help a person I care about to go to rehab?
Should I Call a Marijuana Helpline?
- Facts about marijuana abuse and addiction.
- How to help a loved one get the help they need.
- Finding a rehabilitation center.
- Getting assistance from those who have in-depth knowledge of treatment options for addiction.
- How to find someone who can help you gain the motivation to get help.
- Discuss the many treatments available for addiction, including inpatient and outpatient therapy.
I’m Too Afraid to Call
It’s understandable being nervous when you first reach out for help. However, be assured that the people answering the phone won’t judge you and are there to help. The call is private and free and can help calm any fears you may have about treatment. If you are ready to make that positive change today, call a marijuana hotline to start you or your loved one on the path to recovery.
There are several drug information hotlines that can answer questions about marijuana and other types of drug addiction and provide you with information about various addiction treatment options.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a government clearinghouse with extensive information on all types of drugs and is staffed 24/7: 800-552-4357.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is another valuable resource that has extensive information at its disposal: 301-443-1124.
- DrugFree.org has information for all types of questions about how to recover from substance abuse and treatment: 1-855-DRUGFREE (855-378-4373).
- Boys Town helpline is another resource available specifically for teenagers or young adults and their families. They can provide general information and referrals for marijuana addiction and behavioral issues as well as other types of drug abuse: 800-448-3000.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers information on marijuana and other drug addiction, as well as information about suicide and depression, which often accompanies drug addiction: 800-273-8255.
- Covenant House Teen Hotline is a helpline that may be able to help with addiction, particularly if you or your loved one is a homeless youth, ages 17-21, in need of shelter and intervention: 800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
- The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) maintains a website with information about the signs of addiction, education about marijuana and other drugs, as well as referrals to services: 800-622-2255.
Additional Marijuana Rehab Helplines
Marijuana addiction hotlines are a source of information and referral to treatment options for abuse and addiction. However, if you are in immediate danger or are experiencing a drug-related medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
For non-emergency situations, you might call one of the following hotlines for help:
- Most of the hotlines listed above—including SAMHSA and NIDA—can provide marijuana addiction information and treatment support, so that is a good place to start.
- Marijuana Anonymous can provide information about its services and direct you to general information its own members have found useful: 800-766-6779.
- The National Marijuana Hotline is also a good resource: 888-MARIJUA (627-4582).
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Marijuana.
- American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.