Why You Might Need Cannabis Rehab
Cannabis use is gaining increasing acceptance in many countries with even the president of the United States admitting to occasional use. The medical benefits of this drug is widely reported, and its recreational use has been decriminalised in many countries. This can all lead to the impression that cannabis is a harmless substance, but this is certainly not the case. Cannabis can trigger many negative effects and cannabis addiction is a real possibility.
The danger most associated with cannabis is that it can act like a ‘gateway drug’ to harder substances – this is because people who start using cannabis are going to be at higher risk of experimenting with other drugs. The bad reputation of cannabis as a gateway drug could give the impression that so long as people stick with this drug they will be fine. This is not the case. There are plenty of dangers associated with ‘just’ using cannabis including: depression, psychosis and other mental health problems, lung damage, infertility, and higher risk of accident due to poor concentration.
If cannabis is having a negative impact on your life, the obvious thing to do is just quit, but this is often easier said than done. You may be horrified to discover that you find it really difficult to walk away from this drug because it has become such an important part of your life. Making this type of life change can be incredibly hard if you are doing it alone, and this is why a cannabis treatment centre can be such a good idea.
Is Cannabis Addictive?
Cannabis/marijuana addiction is a real possibility if you are a long-term user of this drug. What happens is your body needs to learn to adapt to marijuana being such a frequent visitor in your body, and this triggers physical and psychological dependence. The physical dependence on cannabis means you develop a tolerance for the drug and you will experience withdrawals should you try to quit. The psychological dependence means you can experience cravings for cannabis, and you may find it impossible to imagine life without it.
You will start off as a user of cannabis, but by the time you have become addicted, it will be using you. Your whole life may start to revolve around using this drug. It will begin to negatively impact your behaviour, and it can end up destroying your relationships, reputation, and general well-being. Once you are addicted, your only real chance of a better life is a clean break from the drug. Time in a cannabis rehab will give you the opportunity to pick up the tools you need to create this better life.
Are You Looking for Cannabis Addiction Treatment?
If you are looking for cannabis treatment for yourself or a loved one, your best option will be to choose a facility that is familiar with dealing with this type of addiction. Here at Twin Rivers Rehab, we can provide all the resources and support that is required to a better life free from drugs.
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process