We treat Marijuana addiction
Marijuana is a plant-based drug that is the most commonly used illegal drug in the UK.
Understanding Marijuana addiction
- Street and popular names for Marijuana include Cannabis, Hooch, Joint, Hash, Pot, and Weed.
- Marijuana is also legalised in many US states, meaning that misconceptions surrounding its safety and usage continue to be communicated, even here in the UK.
- Marijuana can be prescribed by a doctor to relieve pain, as it is highly effective at relieving joint and muscular pain. This has however led to the drug becoming easily available, and for people to deal it illegally.
- Marijuana is usually eaten by being mixed into food products (known as ‘edibles’), such as biscuits and cakes. It can also be smoked.
- A common side effect of eating small amounts of Marijuana is experiencing the ‘munchies’, as the drug stimulates the appetite. It also gives the user a relaxed state of happiness, giving them a ‘calm’ high. The drug generally has psychoactive effects and is highly addictive.
- Although Marijuana is widely considered to be a ‘soft drug’, and less dangerous then other class-A substances such as Ecstasy or Cocaine, it is worth remembering that any form of drug abuse can lead to serious addiction and take a lot from a person – including their job, relationships with loved ones, finance, employment, well-being, mental health, and general physical health.
- People struggling with Marijuana addiction often experience fluctuating moods, depression, psychological problems, confusion, and anxiety. It can also cause some people to become aggressive and paranoid due to its psychoactive effects on the brain.
What are the effects of Marijuana abuse?
When Marijuana is taken, it causes the body to increase dopamine production, also known as ‘the happy hormone’. In time, they build up a tolerance to the drug, meaning that they have to use more to experience any kind of happy effect. It is also likely that withdrawal symptoms will be experienced if the drug is not taken on a regular basis.
How a person feels when taking Marijuana varies, but some common effects include:
- Feeling extremely relaxed and calm
- Euphoria and happiness
- Being giggly and talkative
- Stimulated appetite
- Heightened senses (sounds appearing louder and colours brighter)
- Feeling as though time is slowing down
- Sickness and nausea
- Memory loss
- Anxiety and panic
- Sleepiness and lethargy
- Lack of motivation and focus
What are the warning signs of an Marijuana addiction?
People who are heavily addicted to Marijuana tend to have a disinterest in all aspects of their life, including relationships with family and friends, work, education and financial responsibilities. Their focus instead is on taking drugs.
Common signs of Marijuana addiction include:
- Panic attacks
- A constant craving for Marijuana
- Taking increasing amounts of Marijuana
- Secrecy surrounding use of Marijuana
- Hostile and defensive behaviour
- Lying about how much Marijuana has been taken
- Trouble sleeping
- Depression and low moods
- Loss of appetite
- Anger and aggression
What are Marijuana withdrawal symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms vary in severity from person to person. Some symptoms are not necessarily dangerous, but can be unpleasant and uncomfortable to deal with. Marijuana withdrawal isn’t generally as bad as withdrawal from other substances such as Heroin or Cocaine, however, many people do experience both mental and physical discomfort when trying to quit using the drug.
Common symptoms of Marijuana withdrawal include:
- Poor appetite
- Mood swings
- Anger and hostility
- Lack of focus and concentration
- Fluctuating body temperature
- Depression and suicidal thoughts
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Increased cravings for Marijuana
How to support someone with Marijuana addiction
Our staff are highly trained and experienced in helping and motivating clients who are struggling with Marijuana abuse and addiction.
As part of an individual’s treatment, we will incorporate a range of rehabilitation methods include cognitive behavioural therapy, group therapy, counselling and mindfulness. We also encourage speech sessions with family and friends who can support clients on their journey to recovery. All clients will receive complete care and compassion from our outstanding staff, who have been chosen for their professionalism and knowledge of Marijuana abuse, addiction and rehabilitation.
What is the treatment of Marijuana addiction?
If your addiction is severe, we may need to detox your body to remove substances from your system. This would be the case if you were taking Marijuana alongside other substances such as Heroin. You will be slowly supervised by our team of staff, who are qualified to administer medication to help physical withdrawal symptoms should the need arise. We will also be able to help care for any mental withdrawal symptoms you may experience, such as panic attacks, anxiety and depression.
Following detox (if applicable), it may be necessary for you to join us in our rehabilitation centre. Here you will have continued support from our on-site team, and undertake various therapies including counselling, mindfulness, speech therapy, family therapy and group therapy. We will also introduce mindfulness and meditation as a way to cope with cravings and trigger points.
When COVID restrictions allow – we can offer you a private tour
Just in case any concerns about staying with us still remain, we offer every client – and their family members – the opportunity to visit our recovery centre and residences with no obligation, free of charge.
Book an appointment with us and we will happily welcome you to the centre and give a guided viewing with a member of staff, which can help put to rest any remaining fears or anxieties surrounding the rehab experience. Contact our assessment and admissions team to book your visitation slot today.
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