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Cannabis Rehab
Updated on 01/04/2022
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

If so, have you considered a cannabis rehab programme catered exactly around your needs? Although rehabilitation can be difficult for most individuals, it is a worthwhile experience, especially if completed efficiently. Yet, this is only likely if suitable and effective addiction treatment options and ongoing support are available.

Many individuals hoping to reduce or stop consuming cannabis will believe that a cold turkey approach will work. This is down to the harmless perception surrounding cannabis.

However, cannabis can be highly addictive while influencing great behavioural and cognitive changes. With this in mind, visiting a cannabis rehab facility and completing a comprehensive treatment programme is the most effective route to benefit behavioural habits.

We can help you find the most suitable treatment options here at Addiction Advocates through our referral services. Start today by acknowledging your cannabis addiction and the dangers of continuous consumption while keeping an open mind about recovery opportunities.

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How addictive is cannabis?

There are many preconceptions surrounding cannabis. Many individuals believe that the drug is harmless and should be made legal. Although research does promote its counterpart chemical of CBD oil, when considering health benefits, the THC content in cannabis, if used over the long term, can increase the susceptibility of an addiction.

As many individuals will use cannabis as a form of pain relief without a prescription, it is likely that without control of quantities and consumption timeframes, a cannabis addiction will develop. This is down to the relaxing and calming effects of cannabis, sought-after for a prolonged period of time.

Here is where innocent consumption for health purposes can advance into an addiction, causing a dual diagnosis when mental health conditions are concerned.

Again, for those who knowingly consume cannabis for its positive effects, an addiction can develop over time, similar to additional illegal drugs. Once tolerances build-up, greater consumption will be activated to reach those similar positive effects.

Over time, once the brain has noticed and started to depend on cannabis to function optimally, ongoing cravings can be experienced, signalling an addiction.

Cannabis (Marijuana) Withdrawal SymptomsWith this in mind, short-term cannabis consumption can result in mild behavioural changes. However, long-term cannabis abuse can also cause lasting physical and psychological impacts, contributing to an addiction.

From heart and lung problems, reduced quality of life to the development of mental health conditions and a breakdown in relationships, probable negative experiences are likely if a cannabis addiction is fuelled.

Why complete a cannabis rehab programme?

As touched on above, a cannabis addiction can result in moderate to chronic cognitive impairment. The majority of drug addictions do result in psychological side effects, adapting behaviour, perception and decisions. However, there’s a high correlation between cannabis abuse and mental health problems. A large number of cannabis users will experience a degree of psychoactive effects.

As a result of changes in cognitive functioning, the psychological repair must be achieved. This can only be completed from a rehab facility offering specialised addiction support. In tandem with psychological support, medical intervention will also be required to withdraw from cannabis. Again, this is only probable on an effective scale when completing a cannabis rehab programme.

It’s also important to consider your health and safety while reducing your cannabis consumption. When detoxing from cannabis, withdrawal symptoms will present themselves. These can include physical and psychological side effects, along with immense cravings.

Through withdrawal, there is the likelihood that further conditions or greater substance abuse can be experienced if control is lacking. This can be dangerous and highly ineffective when considering addiction recovery. A controlled approach should be followed to avoid this danger, where medical supervision is maintained, available through cannabis rehab.

With this in mind, to prioritise your health and safety while increasing your recovery rates significantly, visiting a treatment centre and completing a cannabis rehab programme should be your next step if you’re aiming for long-term recovery.

What Causes A Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction?

Cannabis (Marijuana) addictions arise from many different factors.  However, mental health disorders are one of the leading causes.

This is because, as touched on above, Cannabis use reduces the symptoms and pessimistic feelings associated with mental health disorders.

Other causes of a Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Peer pressure
  • Problematic Cannabis use
  • Genetics
  • Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement

Irrespective of the cause of a Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction, various treatment options are available for people from all walks of life to take advantage of.

Signs and Symptoms Of A Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction

Due to their very nature, Cannabis misuse and dependency’s give way to several physical and psychological symptoms. Ketamine Addiction Treatment & Rehab

Significantly impairing an individual’s health, the symptoms associated with Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction ultimately highlight that the brain and body struggle to cope.

However, the symptoms of Cannabis abuse often go ignored and result in more than [1] 16,994 hospital admissions being made in England each year.  

Identifying the symptoms of Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction is of utmost importance.  However, many fail to familiarise themselves with the symptoms that indicate that professional treatment is needed.

Below, we have outlined several common symptoms of Cannabis misuse and dependency.

 

Physical Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Reduced interest in appearance

 

Psychological Symptoms

  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Poor judgement
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia

 

Behavioural Symptoms

  • Changes to routine
  • Secretive behaviour
  • Isolation
  • Changes in interests
  • Financial difficulty
  • Broken relationships

Though the symptoms noted above are commonly associated with Cannabis abuse and addictions, it is important to remember that the signs and symptoms vary from person to person.

Some individuals will only experience a few of the physical and psychological symptoms, while others will come to encounter a multitude of symptoms.

Cannabis rehab time frames

Just like developing an addiction, rehab experiences and time frames are personal. Differing causations or influences can motivate initial cannabis abuse, resulting in fluctuating levels of necessary treatment and care.

As a result, it is difficult to offer an accurate timescale for cannabis rehab for all individuals. However, some factors can provide an average period, which can be discussed over an initial telephone assessment.

Factors that can deviate cannabis rehab time frames include:

  • The effects of cannabis on your physical and mental health
  • Your personal circumstances
  • The severity and length of your cannabis addiction
  • Your current support networks
  • Your susceptibility and readiness to recover
  • Your ability to acknowledge that you’re addicted to cannabis
  • Whether any pre-existing mental health problems are present

Although average rehab stays can last between 30 and 90 days, it is important to remember that this timescale can be reduced or advanced, depending on the above factors. The important detail to remember is that, no matter how long a cannabis rehab programme takes if completed successfully, great recovery opportunities are available.

What to expect of treatment for cannabis addiction?

As touched on above, rehab is a personal experience. With this in mind, the recommended treatment for a cannabis addiction will vary. However, there are common steps in place to treat addiction, along with improving recovery success rates.

One of the most common treatment options, known as a cannabis detox programme, will help to motivate physical withdrawal from the drug. The majority of clients will likely require detoxification from cannabis. This short-term challenge will vastly improve the long-term potential to diminish all cannabis cravings.

Alongside medical treatment options, and the potential of prescription medication, psychotherapy is highly beneficial when working through a behavioural illness. As great changes are likely when considering the cognitive functioning of a cannabis user, psychological support is essential to withdraw mentally from the drug.

In tandem, the likes of cognitive behavioural therapy, support groups, and group therapy are heavily utilised treatment services, likely to make an appearance in your personal treatment programme. It’s also important to note that this approach is advantageous for those suffering from a dual diagnosis, usually prevalent when considering a cannabis addiction.

Long Term Symptoms CannabisIn unison with a personalised treatment programme, you should expect to increase your knowledge surrounding addiction, along with positive coping mechanisms. This approach is in place to provide clients with life-saving tools readily available to use post-rehab. Although cannabis rehab programmes are valuable and can influence high success rates, this technique will minimise the opportunities for future relapses or refuels.

Treatment Options for Cannabis (Marijuana) Addiction

Treatment options for Cannabis (Marijuana) addictions greatly vary and depend on the rehab attended, the severity of addiction, the symptoms an individual experiences. The physical and psychological impact addiction has had.

Usually, treatment for Cannabis (Marijuana) addiction includes:

Detoxification is the first stage in addiction treatment. Medically induced detox initiates the withdrawal process, which essentially removes harmful toxins from the body and brain. Following detoxification, rehabilitation treatment programmes are encountered.What Treatments Are Best For Legal High Addictions

Rehabilitation treatment programmes include cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling sessions. Combined, these particular treatments ensure that underlying causes of addiction can be identified and overcome.

As Cannabis (Marijuana) addictions often arise due to mental health disorders, some individuals require dual diagnosis treatment. This particular treatment sees an individual simultaneously progress through addiction and mental health treatment to maximise their recovery efforts.

Although the above treatments are exceptionally beneficial, no one person is the same. Likewise, no one addiction is the same. Considering this, customised treatment programmes are supplied to those who require treatment.

Short-term vs long-term addiction treatment

If you are looking to recover from your cannabis addiction, it is important to remember that this can be a long road. Short-term treatment options are available and can work. However, this will usually favour individuals who lack psychological side effects.

For those living with an addiction, requiring all features of a cannabis rehab programme, recovery may be mapped out for the long-term, helping to maintain sobriety. Although this may feel demanding, the greatest effort will be required through rehab, setting you up for an effective transition into reality.

However, it is important to note that future treatment or ongoing psychological support may be required after completing a cannabis rehab programme. This will depend on your personal circumstances and initial causation.

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To benefit from long-term recovery by completing a short-term residential rehab programme, contact our team here at Addiction Advocates. We can complete assessments, helping to find a suitable cannabis rehab programme for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cannabis?
Cannabis, which is otherwise known under its other remits as “marijuana”, “weed”, “skunk” is a plant with psychoactive properties and one of the most widely used illegal substances in the world. In recent years it has been legalised in a number of countries giving it more prominence across the world. Cannabis can be consumed in a number of ways, but it is typically smoked. When smoked, the user inhales the psychoactive chemical THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol) giving the user feelings of relaxation and happiness, otherwise commonly referred to as “stoned”
How to speak to someone with a cannabis addiction
It’s very difficult to have a conversation with any addict as most do not want to talk about their addiction. Cannabis can be even more difficult as it’s perception to many is that it isn’t dangerous and is not addictive, so often addicts don’t see a problem with it. When speaking to someone with an addiction to cannabis, you need to outline your boundaries and explain of certain behaviours that you have found distressing when the person has been under the influence. It’s important to let them know of boundaries, but also to not be judgemental and negative. In this situation, you need to be supportive and provide them with empathy, reasoning and support. An excellent way of being both practically supportive and emotionally supportive is to offer to attend an initial consultation with a GP with them.
What are the withdrawal symptoms of Cannabis?
There are physical and psychological symptoms to cannabis withdrawal. The psychological withdrawal symptoms can include anything from reduced appetite, vivid dreams and nightmares, agitation, anxiousness, weight loss, depression, fatigue and insomnia. The physical symptoms can include anything from stomach cramps, perspiration, shivers/fever, digestion issues and trembling.

References

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