Cannabis (Marijuana) Support Groups

Support groups for Cannabis (marijuana) addiction are invaluable throughout active and post-rehab steps. Access such support with our help here at Addiction Advocates.

Reviewed Medically reviewed by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) | Updated 14/09/2021

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Cannabis (Marijuana) Support Groups
Updated on 14/09/2021
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

While cannabis (marijuana) is illegal, its recreational consumption here in the UK is both high and normalised. It’s a social drug, which offers psychoactive effects of relaxation and suppression, which helps users slow down and chill out.

Although at face value, cannabis is heavily consumed and seen as a harmless substance, it can incur harm in many different ways, from accident risks to mental health weaknesses. Ongoing exposure to marijuana can also result in a physical and psychological addiction, increasing the necessity of intervention, medical detoxification, and professional support.

Addiction treatment as a whole for cannabis addiction will be effective, to reduce the consequences of substance abuse. Yet one of the most effective forms, down to the social aspect of consumption are cannabis (marijuana) support groups. See how beneficial and suitable support groups and group therapy are throughout the rehab process, to help you detach from every angle.

At Addiction Advocates we can help you access confidential and appropriate support groups through drug rehabilitation. Reach out to see the essential step of treatment through high cannabis consumption.

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Cannabis (marijuana) support groups and their benefits

Comprehensive treatment will be necessary when looking to overcome addiction. However, a pinnacle step for those who have strong social influences or require a support network to sustain recovery are cannabis (marijuana) support groups.

There are many benefits to support groups and group therapy structured sessions, which offer a different perspective to addiction recovery.

Support groups are especially beneficial for people who encounter initial triggers through social situations, social consumption, social pressures, and social norms. Due to socialisation, cannabis consumption can become associated with this engagement, which will of course transpire on a post-rehab basis without focus. Cannabis (marijuana) support groups will offer exposure to support settings in a controlled, safe way, to disassociate influences.

Offering perspective, emotional support, advice through long-term recovery, and a positive network to associate with, support groups can be a means of motivation, can help through crises, and can also add value to the recovery process.

Benefits of Support Groups

Cannabis (marijuana) support groups can be found locally, can be found through rehab clinics, and can also be found through organisations. For example, Marijuana Anonymous UK [1]  is a popular support group, offering confidential and safe meetings for recovering addicts. The structure, support and routine of ongoing support groups can help with accountability and forming positive lifestyle choices.

Many online forums and addiction helplines also promote support groups for cannabis addiction recovery, helping to offer direction for users and family members.

Ultimately, a rehab programme must be completed full of suitable treatments and therapies in order to overcome a cannabis addiction. However, depending on your addiction type, some will be more suitable than others, highlighting the role of cannabis (marijuana) support groups for some. On a post-rehab basis, support groups will also be useful, recommended and continued with the backing of rehab.

We at Addiction Advocates can help you access support groups through available rehabilitation programmes.

The likelihood of cannabis addiction

Abusing cannabis (marijuana) at a high, consistent rate will significantly increase the likelihood of addiction. Due to the psychoactive nature of cannabis, which affects the central nervous system, outlooks and emotions are distorted, to reflect euphoria and relaxation. Those feelings are commonly craved once exposure has occurred, which churns the consistent rate of consumption.

The way that cannabis interacts with the brain, its functionality and structure also indicate how rewarding its presence is. Its effects tap into the reward system, reflecting positive assets. Yet under that system, a habitual behavioural can develop, of addiction.

Cannabis addictions can amount through a wide variety of causations. Yet it is a heavily abused recreational drug, which is found through social situations, triggering consumption for many individuals. Through that, any degree of social interaction or pressure can turn consumption into a habit, requiring desensitisation.

Due to the likelihood of addiction, cannabis (marijuana) support groups are heavily recommended, to cope through social exposure and other causations, without the trigger of abuse.

Overcoming Cannabis Addiction

Consequences of cannabis addiction

Although cannabis is normalised and compared to the likes of nicotine consumption, there are many consequences linked to cannabis misuse and addiction.

Physically, cannabis consumption can amount to unbearable withdrawal symptoms, physical health concerns such as cancer, especially surrounding the heart, lungs, and respiratory system, can reduce overall wellbeing and balance, and can also increase the risk of stronger substance abuse.

On a psychological level, cannabis addiction can easily aggravate mental health issues down to the interaction it does have with the central nervous system. Anxiety, memory loss problems, depression, panic disorders and schizophrenia are all issues that can be motivated by marijuana abuse. Hallucinations, the risks of sedation and the risks of stroke are also consequences of heavy marijuana consumption.

Ultimately, a cannabis addiction can impact health and wellbeing, can result in social pressures and barriers, can isolate individuals from everyday life, and can reduce the quality of life. Due to such aggressive side effects, both treatment and cannabis (marijuana) support groups will be essential to recovering.

Long Term Symptoms Cannabis

Treating cannabis addiction

While cannabis may feel less invasive through its effects and side effects, treatment will be required to detox and recover from the changes incurred by cannabis addiction.

Treatment recommendations will be very different for each individual, down to the makeup of cannabis addiction. Through our services at Addiction Advocates, you can therefore expect a treatment programme that meets your needs, helps to alleviate your symptoms and strengthens your recovery rates.

Detoxification, therapy, relapse prevention and support groups will be inevitable steps throughout cannabis addiction recovery. All can be completed through the rehab process, accessible via a reputable rehab clinic. Yet down to your personal needs and causation, additional treatments will be promoted to motivate drug rehabilitation. For example, if you do suffer from mental health issues, which is likely through cannabis abuse, dual diagnosis treatment will be available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does cannabis affect the brain?
Cannabis affects the brain by suppressing organic functionality through the central nervous system. As it relaxes activity, it distorts outlooks and emotional responses, impacting memory and response rates.

Due to the aggressiveness of cannabis, mental health issues can materialise, one reason why cannabis is an illegally classified substance.
Is it possible to overdose?
Overdose through cannabis exposure is unlikely. Yet it is a damaging drug which can incur life-limiting effects. Down to this, exposure should be taken lightly, reducing the likelihood of addiction development.
Can second-hand cannabis affect people around me?
Second-hand smoke, from cannabis, can affect those around you if exposure is consistent. However, its impacts will be less than independent consumption. It is important to consider how your consumption can impact those around you.

While socially acceptable, cannabis is a damaging substance, causing harm to societies. If you’re struggling, cannabis (marijuana) support groups are available to you, in tandem with rehabilitation treatments and services. Contact Addiction Advocates to access support.

Citations

  • [1] Marijuana Anonymous UK - https://marijuana-anonymous.org.uk/about-us/about-ma.html
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