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Cannabis Addiction Recovery
Marijuana addiction rehabilitation
Marijuana is one of the most widely misused substances globally, and yet many myths still persist about the dangers of this substance. Also commonly referred to as ‘pot’ or ‘weed’, this drug is derived from the Marijuana plant, which contains the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Known for eliciting feelings of relaxation and tranquillity, THC is what causes the high that draws many to misuse Marijuana.
At Clarity, we provide comprehensive care for drug dependence and co-occurring disorders at our rehabilitation and wellness center in Northern Thailand. Treatment for Marijuana addiction can take place as part of our addiction treatment programme, with the length and type of treatment that you receive, dependent on your unique condition and the severity of your addiction.
What are the effects of Marijuana consumption?
Treatment for Marijuana addiction
If your ability to function at home, work or school has been negatively impacted by your misuse of Marijuana, help is available at Clarity. By choosing to access a professional treatment service found at our treatment facility and wellbeing centre for Marijuana misuse, you can take steps towards overcoming your drug dependence.
Free addiction assessment with Clarity
Personalised care from staff specialising in addiction treatment
Types of treatment for Marijuana addiction
Treatment options available at Clarity include:
Residential rehabilitation – our inpatient treatment service offers 24-hour care and support for patients who need intensive care.
- Assertiveness therapy
- Body image therapy
- Educational and vocational programmes
- Exercise and activity classes
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Psycho-educational workshops
- Creative and experiential groups
There are many myths surrounding the use of Marijuana, including the idea it is not addictive, and that it is safe to use without any lasting harm to your body. As with many drugs, even legalised substances such as alcohol and prescription medication, increased use can lead to your body developing a psychological tolerance of Marijuana, meaning that you must take higher doses in order to achieve the same pleasurable effects.
If you regularly use Marijuana and experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings for the drug when you are not using it, this could be a sign that you have developed a Marijuana addiction.
While the short-term effects of relaxation and stress relief may seem purely recreational at the time, it is believed that as many as 30% of people using Marijuana have Marijuana use disorder. This refers to various degrees of problem use with the drug, while 10% of users develop a dependency to Marijuana, which can ultimately lead to addiction.
If you have used Marijuana before the age of 18, you up to 10 times more likely to develop problem Marijuana use, placing you at risk of dependence, characterised by withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, varying mood problems, problems sleeping and cravings, which can last up to two weeks after trying to stop taking the drug.
Dependence means that your brain has adapted to the chemicals within Marijuana to the point where greater amounts of the drug are required in order to achieve the same high, which makes it increasingly difficult to avoid addiction. The impact on your everyday life, including problems focusing and completing tasks at work and school, means that professional medical support and treatment is required in order to safely remove the substance from your body, so that you can regain control of your life and stop the drug from limiting your functioning, relationships and career potential.
While the effects of Marijuana can vary from person-to-person, problem use of Marijuana turns into dependency and ultimately, addiction, when you find it near impossible to stop using the drug, even though you may be aware that it is negatively impacting your life.
While some people can use Marijuana regularly without developing a dependence or addiction to the drug, short and long-term use can put you at risk of mental and physical harm, and you may never know until it is too late, whether you are capable of becoming addicted to Marijuana.
Similar to other forms of substance misuses and addiction, if you or someone that you know has developed a Marijuana addiction, common signs and symptoms displayed include:
- Frequent, unexplained absences from work or school
- Declining performance at work or in school
- Losing interest in activities or events that were previously significant
- Lying, secrecy or other forms of deception involving whereabouts and/or activities
- Possessing rolling papers, water pipes and other paraphernalia related to Marijuana use
- Continuing to misuse Marijuana even after experiencing negative repercussions due to prior misuse of the drug
- Trying but being incapable of stopping or reducing your Marijuana use
- Using Marijuana when it is clearly dangerous to do so, such as prior to driving a car
- Relaxed and positive mood
- Become more talkative and prone to fits of laughter
- Exaggerated feelings of hunger, otherwise known as ‘the munchies’
- Amplified senses such as observing intensely vivid colours
- Feeling as though time has slowed down
- Memory problems
- Feeling sleepy and lethargic
- Feelings of confusion and panic
- Paranoia and anxiety
Using Marijuana regularly over a long period of time can result in a variety of physical and mental health risks, particularly if you are a young person and smoke strong strains of the drug. If you become addicted to Marijuana, it means that your body has adapted to the presence of the drug in your system, meaning that if you stop taking the drug, you may experience symptoms of withdrawal including sleep problems, agitation and strong cravings for Marijuana for up to two weeks or more.
This vicious cycle of addiction and attempted withdrawal means that relapse is likely unless you seek professional help and support such as the comprehensive treatment programmes that are available at Clarity.
If you don’t seek treatment for a Marijuana addiction, some of the long-term problems you may face include:
- Mental health symptoms
- Confusion and forgetfulness
- Anxiety and paranoia
- Increased risk of developing mental health conditions such as schizophrenia
- Existing mental health problems can be worsened, while medication may not work as well while smoking Marijuana
Work and school problems
- Struggling to keep up with workload and focusing on tasks
- More likely to lose motivation and drop out of school or quit your job
- Reduced performance compared to when not using Marijuana
- Problems with finances due to regularly paying for the drug or as a consequence of becoming unemployed
- Loss of interest in hobbies you previously enjoyed, as well as reduced desire to engage with partners or friends
What causes Marijuana addiction?
Why choose Clarity
Clarity offers an incredible healing experience for our clients and their families that is second to none. Our team is comprised of individuals with years of experience who are all here for one reason. To help you realise, achieve, and maintain permanent long term recovery.
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