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Cannabis addiction

What is cannabis addiction?

Cannabis addiction refers to the dependency users may acquire after smoking cannabis for a long period of time. Smoking marijuana usually begins as an experiment in curiosity. However, continued use has the power to turn recreational smoking into cannabis dependency, also known as cannabis addiction. 

It is thought that one in ten cannabis users have a psychological dependency on the substance. It is also suggested that the younger smokers are, the more likely they are to become addicted. One in six users admit to having a cannabis addiction after starting smoking cannabis as an adolescent.

Recent studies suggest cannabis has less physically addictive qualities than some other illicit drugs, but this doesn’t mean the dangers of cannabis should be underestimated. It is thought that one in ten cannabis users have a psychological dependency on the drug, which requires cannabis abuse treatment to overcome.

What are the effects of cannabis abuse?

Cannabis abuse ultimately affects the user’s psychological state and can make them feel paranoid, anxious and frightened – even after the effects of the drug have worn off. This can affect the individual’s daily life, hindering their ability to socialise, go to work and take part in activities or hobbies they used to enjoy. 

In later life, these psychological effects can also lead to mental health issues, such as schizophrenia. However, it is not just the user that is affected by an addiction. Loved ones, family members and friends can often become secondary to the drug and may have to deal with constant mood swings and a more volatile personality.

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Am I dependent on cannabis?

Are you addicted to marijuana? If you are concerned about your cannabis use, ask yourself these following questions:

  • Is my life controlled by cannabis?
  • Have I lost interest in other things?
  • Do my thoughts and desires centre around getting high?

A cannabis dependency, also known as cannabis addiction, can manifest in feelings of anxiety and paranoia and – in severe cases – cannabis can cause serious mental health concerns, such as schizophrenia. In order to overcome an addiction, it is important to seek cannabis treatment, which will help users remain abstinent from the drug. Research shown that 10% of regular cannabis users become dependent on it.

It is thought that one in six cannabis users who begin taking the drug in adolescent years will become addicted. What may start as an experiment can soon develop into a psychological dependency that requires a great deal of effort and willpower to overcome.

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Cannabis addiction is easier to overcome when treatment is sought earlier and Port of Call can help.

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What’s a cannabis abuse treatment plan?

A cannabis abuse treatment plan will depend on the choice of treatment most suited to the individual. For those attending a rehabilitation centre for the treatment of drug or alcohol misuse, the treatment plan is likely to include:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Education
  • Relapse Prevention

Some of these cannabis treatments will vary, depending on the requirements of the individual, and while most rehabilitation centres will incorporate all of these treatments, the treatments may not be suitable for every person. You may also find that a problem with cannabis worsens alongside the use of alcohol, so you may prefer to find an alcohol rehab which can help with both problems.

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How to recover from cannabis abuse?

If you or a loved one are dealing with a cannabis addiction, we would urge you not to go it alone. Port of Call’s discreet addiction advisers, and trusted network of clinicians and counsellors, are just a phone call away. We know how daunting it can be to admit you have a problem and to seek professional help. We know because we have been through it ourselves. Taking that first step to recovery, and speaking to someone about your cannabis problem, could very well be the best thing you ever do.

Recovering from cannabis addiction won’t necessarily be an easy journey. The process will take time, effort and willpower but it is important not to give up. With the right treatment and cannabis addiction support users can begin their road to recovery. By following a personalised treatment plan, individuals can be safe in the knowledge that they are receiving the best professional care.

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What’s a cannabis abuse treatment plan?

A cannabis abuse treatment plan will depend on the choice of treatment most suited to the individual. For those attending a rehabilitation centre for the treatment of drug or alcohol misuse, the treatment plan is likely to include:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Education
  • Relapse Prevention

Some of these cannabis treatments will vary, depending on the requirements of the individual, and while most rehabilitation centres will incorporate all of these treatments, the treatments may not be suitable for every person. You may also find that a problem with cannabis worsens alongside the use of alcohol, so you may prefer to find an alcohol rehab which can help with both problems.

Are there cannabis addiction support groups?

Following treatment, an aftercare plan is likely to be compiled in order to prevent relapse. This can involve attending an addiction support group, where peers will share their experiences and successes; listening, motivating and assisting each other on their road to recovery.

Attending a cannabis addiction support group can give individuals the motivation they need to carry on with their treatment and remain abstinent. It also encourages users to participate in activities and socialise with like-minded people.

Treating cannabis addiction with drug detox

The first step to recovery requires the removal of drug toxins from the body, which is known as drug detox. Drug detoxification is generally a necessary step in overcoming a cannabis addiction and should occur before treatment. It is important that drug detox is approached in a safe and sensible manner and should therefore only be carried out when a registered professional is present.

Most commonly, drug detox is carried out in a safe environment, where around the clock attention and medical assistance is offered. The drug detox will often be carried out in a rehabilitation centre, following guidance form a residential drug withdrawal treatment plan, produced by a registered professional in order to meet individual needs. However, in certain cases, a supervised home detox may be more beneficial.

How can Port of Call provide cannabis addiction help?

  • You will speak in confidence to someone who will listen to what is happening in your life.
  • Your situation will be explored fully and appropriate treatment options and support will be discussed.
  • You will speak to someone who understands addiction, someone who is in active recovery, and someone who is able to provide you with un-biased and impartial information and advice.
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