Cannabis is also known as marijuana or pot. Cannabis addiction is a kind of dependence that many do not think about. As occasional marijuana use does not usually cause serious harm, it is not always thought of as a dangerous substance. However, smoking pot can become addictive, and can have serious psychological and physiological effects on the user. Usually, treatment for cannabis dependence consists of 12-step programs and inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation services, largely focused on a psychological approach.
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About Cannabis Addiction
Although cannabis is a less addictive substance than many other drugs, it can be a problem for many people, and is a cause for many users to seek treatment. Cannabis dependence usually occurs after heavy marijuana use on a regular basis. As the user becomes addicted, they become more and more tolerant to the drug, which means they must use more to achieve the same amount of intoxication. They can also experience withdrawal, which can manifest itself as insomnia, appetite changes, loss of concentration, depression, irritability, anxiety, and paranoia. A person who is addicted to cannabis may not think they have a problem, but will give up their interests and shirk responsibilities in order to focus on the drug. Cannabis is rather unique among psychoactive substances in that the withdrawal symptoms experienced upon ceasing use are primarily psychological, not physiological. Quitting cannabis will not generally cause physical withdrawal symptoms. Cannabis is stored in a person's fat cells, and upon ceasing use, the drug will slowly seep out of the fat and into the bloodstream - thereby alleviating symptoms of physical withdrawal or preventing its onset entirely.
Treatment of Cannabis Addiction
The treatment required for cannabis addiction depends quite heavily on the addict. For many users, a 12-step program is suggested, but for others, especially those who have been using the drug for a long period of time or have experienced severe psychological changes, a longer-term rehabilitation program is required. Because the effects of marijuana tend to be psychological in nature, treatment often requires therapy that will help the user to deal with these psychological issues.
Post Rehabilitation of Cannabis Addiction
Cannabis addiction is a lifelong struggle, and staying sober is the only way for an addict to ensure they don't fall back into the same habits. Because marijuana is one of the more popular drugs, and is easier to acquire, quitting can be very stressful. It helps if an addict focuses on things that make them happy and keep them healthy. It also helps to talk to someone. Addicts should keep in touch with people who support them and give them strength to stay away from the drug.
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