Alternatives to Medical Marijuana for Anxiety

Marijuana has become a medically acceptable treatment for a variety of disorders today, including anxiety disorders. You and your doctor may have chosen marijuana as treatment for your anxiety as opposed to a benzodiazepine because has a lower risk for addiction and serious side effects. Now that you are making an effort at achieving and maintaining sobriety you should look for another means of treating your anxiety disorder. There are non-narcotic options available to you that are effective at treating anxiety. Here are just a few we at Evolutions Treatment Center offer to our clients.

Traditional psychotherapy should be a component in your treatment of your anxiety now that you are in recovery. The goal of therapy is to identify the underlying causes of your anxiety as well as develop tools to combat the anxiety. This is a much more productive form of treatment as opposed to medication as it addresses the underlying source of the anxiety rather than just the symptoms experienced.

You may find early in your recovery you are experiencing heightened symptoms of anxiety. Acupuncture therapy has proven effective at relieving these symptoms with no side effects or danger of developing an addiction. The experience itself is designed to relax the patient, as you lie on a comfortable treatment table with soft lighting and soothing ambient music playing. If you find acupuncture an effective treatment of your anxiety, it is widely available in the United States, and our acupuncturist at Evolutions Treatment Center will be happy to assist you in finding an acupuncturist in your area.

Exercise is another healthy option to treat your anxiety. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce stress in humans as it encourages the production and release of endorphins in the brain. Regular exercise has the added benefit of contributing to a normal routine, which is important thing to establish in early recovery. There is an endless variety of exercise activities available to you, from traditional gym workouts to hiking or running on the beach. Try a few and see which you find most enjoyable and effective in eliminating the stress you are feeling.

You will experience a lot of changes in your life in early recovery. One of those changes should be abandoning marijuana as a form of treatment for your anxiety. This may seem like a daunting task, especially as you are likely experiencing more stress than usual as you have ended your use of harder drugs. However, there are treatment options available for your stress that are not drug-based and allow you to pursue sobriety unencumbered.

At Evolutions Treatment Center, we provide a variety of holistic treatment options for your anxiety. We will work with you to determine which of these methods best suits your needs. Call our Admissions Counselors today at

833-818-3031 so we may help you achieve sobriety today.