Are you smoking chronic ALL THE TIME?
If weed has become a problem in your life, who can you talk to? We review what you can expect when you call an addiction hotline here. In this article, we review how addicts and their families can access 24/7 support and assistance…and find appropriate treatment WHEN YOU NEED IT.
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Calling a hotline can make you feel:
We know this. We’ve been there! That’s why we provide you with the information you need to move forward on your path to addiction recovery. Here, we cover what you can expect when you phone a hotline. At the end, we welcome you to post any additional questions.
What Happens When You Call a Marijuana Hotline?
Calling a helpline is like calling any type of information service. People who operate the helpline try to understand what you are looking for and offer the best, most accurate info you need.
Here we explain what an actual ‘Helpline Call’ looks like to help you be better prepared about what you can expect:
- What’s the cost of calling?
Reputable marijuana hotlines are usually toll-free and the call won’t cost you a cent. In fact, these hotlines are available round-the-clock in order to provide professional assistance and support to anyone who needs it.
- Will my personal information be shared? Is the conversation confidential?
Yes, when you call a helpline confidentiality is guaranteed. The personal issues you may discuss only serve to gather enough information about your condition and preferred treatment options; they won’t be disclosed. In case the hotline providers are recording the call for quality assurance. you will be notified at the beginning of your conversation.
- Who am I speaking with?
The person who answers the phone is usually a trained counselor or specialist who understands what you are going through and has the needed resources to point you in the right direction. They will listen to you, answer and ask questions, encourage you to accept help, and work with you on resolving any additional issues.
- What does the conversations look like?
Helpline conversations are informative, safe, and supportive. During the call you will probably cover different topics, including:
- signs and symptoms of marijuana addiction
- treatment options (detox clinics, residential facilities, outpatient rehab centers…)
- choosing a treatment program fit for your needs
- your financial situation
- possible legal issues you’re facing
- health insurance coverage
- treatment center location (near your living area or far away)
- What kinds of questions can I ask?
When you are calling a helpline that is connected with addiction recovery programs you can ask anything you want to know about each facility. You can discuss:
- how facilities diagnose addiction
- the duration of treatment
- what you should bring with you
- finances and payment
- health insurance coverage
- types of therapies offered
- aftercare services
When should you Call 911?
It may seem uncommon for people to travel to the ER due to issues related to weed. However, more and more people are looking for medical help related to the following side effects of marijuana use:
- panic attacks
- tightness in chest
- difficulty breathing
- feeling numb and tingly
What’s more, there are many cases that report severe side effects and even fatalities, all due to edible marijuana products. So, if you or a friend is experiencing severe side effects as a result of marijuana use, CALL 911 FOR HELP!
Top 5 Marijuana Help and Recovery Hotlines
Here is a list of trusted helplines you can call when you are ready to quit weed:
- Call us for a toll-free and confidential marijuana helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. You will be greeted by a professional and understanding consultant who will assist you in understanding the types of marijuana addiction treatments available to you.
- SAMHSA’s Treatment Referral Helpline 1-800-662-HELP will refer you to licensed treatment facilities, support groups, and other local organizations that can provide help for your specific need. It’s a free, 24/7, confidential helpline for individuals and families who face marijuana addiction. The service is offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Trained professionals at this lifeline also offer prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
- You can reach the Marijuana Anonymous World Service Line at 1-800-766-6779. This self-help fellowship of men and women offers support for those who struggle with marijuana use and wish to quit. Meetings are both in-person and online.
- 1-888-MARIJUA National Marijuana Hotline is a helpline available 24/7 to offer help for any cannabis (weed) abuse and/or addiction related issues.
Do I Need Marijuana Addiction Help?
You may be thinking: “Is marijuana addictive?”
The answer is: YES. A little less than 10% of users go on to develop an addiction. And medical professionals understand the importance of available help for those who seek it. In fact, marijuana addiction involves both a psychological and physical dependence to the drug. In addition, there are physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms that signal a marijuana addiction problem. These include:
- compulsive marijuana-seeking behavior
- continuous use even when feeling negative consequences
- cravings and urges when off marijuana
- feeling alarmed when weed supplies get low
- inability to quit… despite wanting to quit
- obsessively thinking about purchasing or using marijuana
- withdrawal symptoms occur when you try to cut back or stop use…
(aggression, depression, restlessness, change in appetite, cravings, sleeping difficulties)
Recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone you know? No need to worry! If you need someone to talk to, you can pick up the phone and get in touch with well trained, compassionate, and understanding helpline professional. Call now and we’ll walk you through what you need to know to make a positive decision in your life.
Still not convinced you’re addicted?
You can complete this self-evaluation to see whether you have a marijuana problem, or not. All you need to do is answer the CAGE questionnaire honestly. CAGE is an addiction assessment tool most often used by primary care physicians as a quick way to screen for potential drug problems. Ask yourself:
- Have you ever thought you should Cut down on your marijuana use?
- Have you ever felt Annoyed when people have commented on your use?
- Have you ever felt Guilty or badly about your use?
- Have you ever used marijuana to Ease withdrawal symptoms, or to avoid feeling low after using?
If you scored 1, there is an 75% chance you’re addicted to weed.
If you scored 2, there is an 85% chance you’re addicted to weed.
If you scored 3, there is a 99% chance you’re addicted to weed.
If you scored 4, there is a 100% chance you’re addicted to weed.
Calling a Marijuana Hotline For a Loved One
If you have noticed the signs of a marijuana problem in a family member or a loved one, speaking with an addiction recovery specialist can help you plan an intervention and getting the needed help. What questions should you be prepared to answer? The staff at a marijuana helpline will need to know more about:
OTHER SUBSTANCES: Do they use marijuana only, or use other psychoactive substances too?
DURATION: How long they have been smoking weed?
INSURANCE: What kind of health insurance do they have? Does their health insurance cover treatment at HMO or PPO insurance treatment facility?
FINANCES: Will the loved one be able to cover the cost of rehab themselves? Will you be able to help out financially?
OTHER DIAGNOSES: Do they suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders (PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder…to name a few)?
What Happens After a Marijuana Hotline Call?
Step 1: Getting into treatment. When you accept help and decide to enter a marijuana addiction treatment program, you first need to get to the rehab center. Depending on the type of rehab treatment you chose and the location of the facility, you will be either accompanied from your home to the center by a treatment center representative, or you will need to drive/fly there.
Step 2: Evaluation and assessment. Then, you will go through an evaluation and assessment process. This is when a team of addiction experts gets to learn more about your patterns of use, your physical and mental state, your preferences and needs. So, before you start the inner work…they tailor the program according to this information.
Step 3: Detox. During detox from marijuana you will be assessed and supervised by teams of nurses and doctors. Medications are not typically used for marijuana detox and withdrawal, but if needed doctors can prescribe antidepressants, only for short-term use.
Step 4: Therapy. Psycho-social interventions often include cognitive behavioral techniques, motivational interviews, or counseling in order to discover the underlying reasons which compel addiction. These types of therapy focus on manipulation with thoughts, behavior and environment, in order to enhance your motivation to change and stay quit and sober long-term.
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Call a Marijuana Helpline Now
Sometimes, all it takes is one phone call to change your life. So, pick up the phone and call Hotline specialists to help you understand your condition, find appropriate treatment options and get some answers.
For any additional questions you can call the number listed on the top of our page or post questions in the designated section at the end of the page. We try to answer personally and promptly to all legitimate enquiries.