Cannabis

What is cannabis addiction?
The effects of cannabis
Treating cannabis addiction
Detox

Many people can pick up, and put down cannabis relatively easy, but that’s not the case for some. The potency of THC has steadily increased over the past few decades making it harder for some to stop. If you’re using cannabis and can’t stop using the drug, even when it interferes with your daily activities, its most likely morphed into a cannabis addiction.

What is cannabis addiction?

Cannabis is usually smoked, either in cigarette form or using a pipe. It can also be consumed orally, either by brewing it in tea or by cooking it in food.

Cannabis contains the active ingredient THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical similar to one produced naturally by the brain.

THC affects the areas of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, movement, concentration and coordination. It can also have an effect on the functioning of the nervous system.

The effects of cannabis

The effects of cannabis can vary vastly, you might be feeling ‘stoned’ which can make you feel relaxed or have a sense of euphoria, while others say it can make them giggly and chatty.

If you are using Cannabis regularly you may also have feelings of anxiety, fear or panic. If you have taken large doses of Cannabis you may experience psychosis, which includes hallucinations and a loss of sense of personal identity.

  • Feeling lethargic
  • Unmotivated
  • Paranoid
  • Confused and anxious
  • Mild hallucinations
  • Have problems concentrating and learning new information

Treating cannabis addiction

Our expert recovery team at Steps Together, use a detox and therapy programme designed to provide all the support and care to help you overcome your cannabis addiction. We understand that admitting your own dependency is difficult. However, at Steps Together, we believe that is never too late to seek help.

Through the detox programme, we will help stop your cannabis addiction. While this may seem like a daunting prospect, our highly experienced recovery team are well equipped to guide you through the whole process. Alongside our Therapy Programmes this enables you to overcome your own challenges and get your life back on track.

Detox

The treatment we offer at Steps Together begins with a detox process, which allows the drug to leave your body. During this period you may experience none or some withdrawal symptoms. Although these symptoms are not usually life-threatening, there may be some discomfort experienced during this time.

  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Feelings of anxiety or depression
  • Tiredness
  • Vivid dreams
  • Mood swings
  • Headache
  • Fever or chills
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Digestive cramps