What Is Amphetamine? Amphetamine is a form of synthetic stimulant type drug. It can provide a feeling of high competence to the individual’s central nervous system. In this period of time, the body might feel increased concentration and energy. Earlier, amphetamine was used to treat the mental health conditions. It can treat the conditions such […]

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia in...

Why Psychiatric Care is a Social Taboo in India: People approach multispeciality hospitals to visit cardiology, neurology, gastrology and everything but they won’t prefer to see a psychiatrist. Because in India, visiting a psychiatric care is considered as a social taboo. The individual feels that “What my friends and family will think of me if […]

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Heroin Addiction- What makes H...

Heroin addiction began in the early 1900’s as the substance was produced and sold legally for the treatment of opiate addiction and other assortments of ailments. It was believed that heroin was no addictive or so the doctors were told it was not. Later they stopped producing it once they began to see many people […]

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How to know if It’s signs of D...

“Lisa was diagnosed with Dementia at the age of 45 after memory loss and difficulty multitasking resulted in a poor performance report at her job as a nurse. The diagnosis quickly altered Lisa’s life and plans. Not only did she lose her job, but her plans for retirement drastically changed as well. She had expected […]

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Sobriety can feel like”S...

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Various forms of addiction and its treatment options

Understanding Marijuana Addiction and Treatment Options-2Cannabis is one of the most widely used illicit drugs today. Cannabis addiction is a chronic disorder characterised by compulsive use of the drugs, withdrawal symptoms and occasional relapses. The stimulating effect of the drug causes a heightened state of arousal and activity for a brief period, and the withdrawal syndrome kicks quickly thereafter. This leads to a craving for experiencing the high again. Cannabis is consumed in various forms.

  • Marijuana – Also known as weed, pot, ganja and grass. It refers to dried leaves, flower buds and extract of the cannabis plant, usually sold in small vacuum sealed packages. Marijuana can be consumed through ingestion or smoking. Smoking results in an immediate high in minutes. But the user is at more risk of higher consumption through ingestion as it takes a while for the intoxication effect to kick in.
  • Hashish – The resin extract is collected and compressed into shapes like sticks or blocks. It has a dry and crumbly texture with a brown or dark yellow colour and is usually smoked by rolling into cigarettes or smoking pipes. Hashish is highly concentrated in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) resulting in a stronger effect and addiction. The drug is also consumed in form of Hash Oil. The oil drops are placed on a cigarette before smoking.

Marijuana addiction is known to pose physiological problems like respiratory infections or cardiovascular issues, as well as other psychiatric disorders that may need constant care and therapy sessions. Hence the treatment for cannabis use disorder is a long-term process that needs regular monitoring and multiple interventions.

There are no specific medications for treating marijuana addiction. However, certain medications can be administered to manage withdrawal symptoms. Other supplementary treatments for marijuana addiction includes –

  • Rehabilitation including detoxification and talk therapy to manage withdrawal
  • Behavioral Therapies like
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: Teaching people strategies to identify problem behaviour and exercise self-control techniques to help Say No to marijuana addiction and avoid relapse.
  • Contingency management: Identify and monitoring a particular target behaviour and provide positive rewards when it occurs
  • Motivational Therapy: Enable creating an internal intervention and support system for change and engagement in treatment.
  • Mental health evaluation for co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety and its treatment
  • Continued follow-up to prevent relapse

An effective marijuana addiction treatment can provide the required support system and continuous engagement to stop using the drug.

If you or your loved one is addicted to marijuana reach out for help. Call us on +91 96111 94949 or visit #SayNo

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