Cannabis Addiction – Recovery, Treatment and Rehab
Cannabis has mental addiction qualities and physical addiction is more prominent in those with addictive personalities and the disease of alcoholism and those susceptible to drug abuse. Studies have shown that alcoholics are more apt to relapse if they take marijuana because they need a depressant to counter the stimulant effects of cannabis.
It is the most commonly used drug in the world. It originally comes from a plant found in most tropical climates but can be grown anywhere with the use of indoor grow rooms. There are three main forms of cannabis and its active chemical ingredient, THC. The first is marijuana which is when the flowers and leaves are dried out to be smoked. The second is hashish which is condensed resin of the plant. And the third being hash oil that the hashish produces when condensed. The use of this drug can be achieved by smoking or using it as an ingredient in cooked food. Cannabis is also known as marijuana, weed, pot, grass, dope, ganja, hash, Mary Jane and much more.
Marijuana addiction recovery is important in leading a sober life free from alcohol or drugs. There are no safe drugs and those with the disease of addiction must refrain from any marijuana use. Rehab and marijuana addiction recovery focus on therapy and the 12 steps along with all the tools used in narcotics anonymous to overcome addiction.
With the recent legalization of marijuana in many states, rehab centers have seen an uptick in addiction recovery for other drugs that came into the addicts life via the introduction of and abuse of marijuana. Although it is legal in some cases, that does not mean it is safe, just the same as we have discussed with alcohol.
Symptoms of smoking cannabis can cause you to feel relaxed and/ or drowsy but in reality it increases the heart rate and can cause feelings of paranoia and nervousness. The use of cannabis can also affect your short-term memory and coordination. It also has long-term health affect, such as bronchitis, lung cancer. Studies have also shown that schizophrenia, a chronic mental illness, might develop in some people during extensive, prolonged use.
Most people believe cannabis is not a physically addictive drug but just a psychological manifestation of addiction. However, this is known to be untrue in certain cases as it is possible to become physically dependent on marijuana by using regularly. Withdrawal symptoms that many might experience include; cravings, mood swings, sleep disruption, headaches, change in appetite and weight, digestion problems and even change in sex drive.
Although there are no known over doses as a result in use of this drug, mixing or using marijuana as a modifier to other drugs such as stimulants or depressants can be very dangerous.
If you have a dependency on marijuana and you feel it is taking over your life call our addiction recovery center today and get help.