Marijuana hotlines are free resources for people who think they have a problem with marijuana use. Some hotlines are only for people seeking treatment. Others provide information about support groups or the health effects of marijuana. Find the right hotline for you.
List of Marijuana Hotlines
DrugRehab.com’s Marijuana Addiction Hotline
The marijuana hotline at DrugRehab.com connects you to the admissions team at Advanced Recovery Systems
. The team can provide information about marijuana addiction, treatment and recovery options. A representative can help you determine the extent of your problems with marijuana and connect you with a treatment facility if necessary.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national helpline can help you find a behavioral treatment provider in your area that assists people with marijuana addiction.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hope Line provides information on addiction, over-the-phone assessments and referrals to NCADD-affiliated nonprofit treatment centers.
The world services office of Marijuana Anonymous can answer general questions about marijuana and connect you with 12-step meetings that may help people in recovery from marijuana addiction.
If you want information about unexpected side effects from consuming marijuana, you can call the national Poison Help line. If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
Do People Really Need Treatment for Marijuana Use?
Regular marijuana use can lead to dependence. When a dependent person stops smoking marijuana or eating marijuana edibles, they feel grouchy and anxious. They also start to crave the drug. Many people can overcome these withdrawal symptoms
on their own.
Abstaining from marijuana isn’t as easy for people who are addicted to the drug. Marijuana addiction
occurs when a person can’t stop consuming or smoking the drug despite health, social or financial problems. Rehab for marijuana addiction treats underlying causes of addiction and helps people learn to live without substances of abuse.
About 747,000 people received treatment
for marijuana addiction in 2016. More people went to rehab for marijuana than any illicit drug, and more children ages 12 to 17 went to rehab for marijuana addiction than any other substance, including alcohol, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
A marijuana hotline can help you determine whether you need treatment or if you may be able to recover on your own.
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How Do You Know You Need to Call?
If you’re concerned about your marijuana use or if you’ve been unable to stop smoking marijuana, you should call a hotline for information about marijuana addiction. Hotlines can help you determine whether your marijuana use is causing problems, or they can help you understand the severity of your addiction.
- Using larger amounts of marijuana than you used to
- Having trouble abstaining from marijuana
- Spending a lot of time recovering from marijuana use
- Experiencing cravings for marijuana
- Letting marijuana get in the way of other responsibilities
- Using marijuana even if it’s causing relationship problems
- Prioritizing marijuana over other social or recreational activities
- Using marijuana despite negative consequences
- Using marijuana even though you know it makes your health worse
- Feeling increased tolerance to marijuana
- Experiencing withdrawal when you go too long without using
These criteria are adapted from the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, also referred to as DSM-5. The presence of two or more symptoms indicates that you may have a marijuana use disorder.
What to Expect When You Call a Marijuana Hotline
Calling a marijuana hotline doesn’t need to be intimidating. You should begin by asking if the conversation will be kept confidential. After confidentiality is ensured, speak honestly about your marijuana use. Mention the problems that have occurred because of your marijuana use, including any social, legal or work problems that you’ve experienced.
- I find myself craving marijuana throughout the day. Can marijuana actually cause addiction?
- I think I may have a problem with marijuana. Can you help me figure out if I need help?
- I’m interested in finding help for marijuana addiction. Can you tell me where to start?
If you decide that you need treatment for marijuana addiction, the hotline representative will probably need the following information to refer you to a facility:
- Your name, phone number and address
- Date of birth
- Insurance provider, ID and group number
- Details about your marijuana use
- List of current medications
- Brief medical and mental health history
If you’re considering calling a marijuana hotline, you probably have some type of problem with marijuana. Calling is risk-free, and it can be an opportunity to better your life. It may the first step that you take toward a life that’s free of marijuana.
Chris Elkins worked as a journalist for three years and was published by multiple newspapers and online publications. Since 2015, he’s written about health-related topics, interviewed addiction experts and authored stories of recovery. Chris has a master’s degree in strategic communication and a graduate certificate in health communication.