The dangers of cannabis abuse are often played down, primarily due to the ideologies surrounding the substance and its supposedly ‘non-addictive’ qualities. However, the effects of cannabis are not to be overlooked. While users may not experience a physical dependence on the substance, the psychological effects of cannabis can be widespread.
If you are worried that you, or someone you know is addicted to marijuana, Port of Call can assist you in finding the cannabis addiction help you need. Here we tell you everything you need to know about cannabis, what you need to look out for and how you – or a loved one – can overcome cannabis dependence.
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What is cannabis addiction?
Cannabis addiction refers to the dependency users may acquire after smoking cannabis for a long period of time. Smoking marijuana usually begins as an experiment in curiosity. However, continued use has the power to turn recreational smoking into cannabis dependency, also known as cannabis addiction.
It is thought that one in ten cannabis users have a psychological dependency on the substance. It is also suggested that the younger smokers are, the more likely they are to become addicted. One in six users admit to having a cannabis addiction after starting smoking cannabis as an adolescent.
The effects of cannabis abuse on the user
Cannabis abuse ultimately affects the user’s psychological state and can make them feel paranoid, anxious and frightened – even after the effects of the drug have worn off. This can affect the individual’s daily life, hindering their ability to socialise, go to work and take part in activities or hobbies they used to enjoy.
In later life, these psychological effects can also lead to mental health issues, such as schizophrenia. However, it is not just the user that is affected by an addiction. Loved ones, family members and friends can often become secondary to the drug and may have to deal with constant mood swings and a more volatile personality.
Recognising cannabis dependence
Are you addicted to marijuana? If you are concerned about your cannabis use, ask yourself these following questions:
- Is my life controlled by cannabis?
- Have I lost interest in other things?
- Do my thoughts and desires centre around getting high?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. Cannabis addiction is easier to overcome when treatment is sought earlier and Port of Call can help.
How to recover from cannabis addiction
Port of Call can offer the perfect treatment to suit your individual needs. Common cannabis addiction treatments include rehabilitation and drug detox, which removes the toxins of the drug from the body. All treatment plans are formulated specifically for each person and will depend on your particular needs.
The right help at the right time
There are many ways to get help and Port of Call is here to assist you. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you to find the most appropriate course of treatment and support. Please call our free phone line on 08000029010, we are ready, willing and able to help you through cannabis addiction today.