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Cannabis Addiction

At Step One Recovery, we can help your loved ones overcome their problems including cannabis addiction, however, there is not one route for all people. Our experts can help identify the best route, which is bespoke for each person. Whether it’s addressing the cause of the addiction or one of our many other options, there is no better way to get help than at our main location here in Moraira, Spain or at one of our many treatment centres in the UK.

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis might be naturally grown, however, there are often bulking agents added which can cause a lot more harm. As it is naturally occurring, many people think it is not dangerous however research into long-term effects is few and far between. Cannabis addiction affects each person differently, but heavy use can lead to anxiety, paranoia and, in some cases, the development of a brief psychotic disorder.

Symptoms of a Cannabis Addiction

Cannabis (aka marijuana or weed) is often called a gateway drug as it opens doors for other, more damaging drugs. Often used as a coping mechanism, if it starts to become a regular occurrence, Step One Recovery Centre is here to help. ‘Getting high’ can quickly escalate from a social occurrence to a dependence which takes over your thoughts and all aspects of your life making it hard to hold down a job and can be very expensive.

Symptoms can include:

  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Concentration problems
  • Shakes
  • Over/under eating

Cannabis Addiction help & recovery

A cannabis addiction, when used over a long period of time, can cause long-lasting psychiatric disorders, as well as leading to other addictions with drugs and alcohol. Whilst there is no medication that can help, there are high levels of treatments offered at Step One Recovery Centre, which has been proven to get relatively quick results. Through behavioural and cognitive therapies, our experts have a high standard of results and testimonials.

The facts about Cannabis Addiction

Cannabis is also referred to as 'marijuana', and is a plant-based drug with psychoactive effects. It is one of the most commonly-used drugs in the world, with other colloquial names including 'hooch', 'joint', 'hash', 'pot' and 'weed'.

Cannabis can be prescribed by doctors to offer pain relief, but this has led to it becoming easily accessible, with many using it as an illicit drug. Cannabis can be taken by the user in various forms, although it is most commonly smoked or eaten by being mixed into baked products such as cakes or biscuits. It can stimulate the appetite, make the user feel extremely calm and relaxed and give a 'high' simular to other stimulant drugs. It is highly addictive and cannabis addiction can be very difficult to successfully beat for good.

Any type of drug abuse is very serious and steals a lot from an individual – including relationships with friends and family, employment and overall health. Cannabis addiction can have strong physical and psychological effects on a user, resulting in behavioural changes such as paranoia, anger, secrecy, mood swings, depression and anxiety. Addictive substances such as cannabis can have long-term effects on the body. If you or someone you love has an addiction to cannabis, get in touch with us at Step 1 Recovery today to see how we can help you on the road to detox and recovery at our luxurious rehab centre in Spain or at one of our many UK centres.

Physical and psychological symptoms of Cannabis Addiction

When you take cannabis, your body increases production of a chemical called dopamine, known as the ‘happy hormone’ – this is what gives a user the ‘high’ feeling of pleasure. However, as dopamine levels drop, this encourages the user to take another hit of cannabis to achieve a repeated feeling of bliss, which is how cannabis abuse can spiral into an addiction. Over time, the body also builds up a tolerance to the drug, meaning that increased amounts have to be ingested by the user in order to achieve the desired effect. This is the point at which the user is likely to suffer withdrawal symptoms if the drug isn’t consumed frequently. Cannabis can also have detrimental effects on a user’s mental health, with psychosis and depression being commonly reported among extreme cannabis users.

Physical symptoms of cannabis addiction include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Feeling irritable
  • Loss of appetite

Psychological and behavioural symptoms of cannabis include:

  • Secrecy and lying about drug use
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia
  • Depression

If you or someone you love might have a cannabis addiction, get in touch with us at Step 1 Recovery. We have a compassionate approach to every kind of drug addiction, and offer treatment that involves mindfulness and holistic therapies so we can work on your mind, body and soul. We can help you or a family member to recover and live a sober life that no longer involves cannabis.

I'm addicted to Cannabis – where can I find support?

Free cannabis support groups that offer services such as group meetings, online meetings and general support services include Marijuana Anonymous, SMART Recovery and Drug Addicts Anonymous. DrugFAM is also a useful group for loved ones who are affected by a user's cannabis addiction. All of these groups can help guide those who feel they have an addiction to cannabis. If however your addiction is severe, it may be time to consider rehab services such as those offered by Step 1 Recovery.

Rehab for Cannabis Addiction

When you get in touch with us at Step 1 Recovery, we will discuss your addiction to cannabis and why you need help in great detail. We will cover any previous drug treatment you may have undertaken and how you found the process, and also discuss whether you have been prescribed cannabis by a doctor and/or how you obtained it. You will be assigned a therapist who can give you 24/7 support and talk you through your bespoke treatment plan, which will cover the detoxification process and how it will affect you, as well as any anxiety or other mental health symptoms you may be experiencing.

You will receive complete care and compassion from our outstanding staff, who have been chosen for their professionalism and knowledge of cannabis abuse, addiction and rehabilitation. We will use a range of therapies as part of your treatment to recovery, including group speech therapy sessions, open speech sessions with your family and friends, and cognitive behavioural therapy to help you understand why you have been abusing cannabis.

Step One Recovery is a cutting edge, evidence-based, life-saving addiction treatment centre based in a luxury Mediterranean estate setting in Spain’s Costa Brava with centres also available in the UK. Let the sunshine heal your mind, body and spirit while we help you treat your cannabis addiction. Our beautiful villa is in a tranquil area of Palacio de la Paz, Spain, and is the perfect environment to heal body and soul in a holistic and sustainable way. We offer all of our clients the utmost discretion and professionalism at all times in a private setting, as well as world class treatment through evidence-based methods that have proven to be successful time and again. You will be closely monitored and supported at all times with the loving care of a highly skilled and experienced team of psychologists, doctors, nurses and certified counsellors.

As part of your treatment with us, we will also get your health back on track through the help and support of our physical fitness and yoga instructors. We will similarly encourage meditation practice, and also have beauty services to help you begin to feel like you again.

Our well-qualified, helpful and supportive staff are why we have been able to successfully cure so many people of their cannabis abuse. Get in touch with Step 1 Recovery today to see how we can help you live a life that is cannabis-free.

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