Alcoholism: When can suddenly ...

You went out last night. Did you had a drink. You feel like you’ve been drinking too much and you want to stop so you stop. Most people feel like that after a lot of occasional drinking. However, social or occasional infrequent drinking is not alcoholism. Suddenly stopping drinking can be a bad idea. If you […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Treatment...

Mrs. S’s 70-year-old husband forgot to pick the grandkids from school today. She did notice something has been up with him lately but just couldn’t understand what. Is old age catching up to him? He never remembers anything she tells him to do these days. Sometimes he has difficulty remembering names of some family members. […]

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10 Signs You May Have Obsessiv...

As per WHO (World Health Organisation), About 2% of the world’s population suffer from OCD which is roughly 1 in 50 people. OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is a type of anxiety disorder that causes obsessive and compulsive thoughts to a person. This article highlights the various types of symptoms that are associated with OCD. Listed below […]

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How to Stop Porn Addiction?

As most of us realize there is a great and lot deal of porn floating around the web these days. With porn so easy to come by it, there is also a little surprising fact that porn addiction is on the rise and no wonder how it is fueled. Many people will and may be […]

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Mystery of Motivation Thought

How many of us decided to wake up early & do the exercise or Yoga, just to stop after few days. How many of us enthusiastically stopped all cigarettes, started workup, guitar classes, aerobic training program… Etc.  Only to stop after a while, due to lack of motivation. We quickly lose motivation and stop pursuing […]

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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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