OCD Symptoms

OCD Symptoms- It is normal, on occasion to go and double check the things that we all missed or not remembered. For instance, checking ‘the door is locked or not’, ‘checking pocket for a wallet’. But what if this loop keeps repeating for ‘n’ number of time. This medical condition is known as obsessive-compulsive disorder […]

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12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymo...

Are you in search of the best recovery process for yourself or for your close one to come out of Alcohol addiction? You are not alone. It is possible with 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous programs. What are these 12 step programs helping quit alcohol and how do they work? Alcoholics Anonymous is a process of […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a chronic disorder that is characterized by feelings of fear, unreasonable or obsessive thoughts such as a person feels the need to repeat a task like washing his/her hands repetitively even when it is unnecessary or arranging the objects over and over again. This can even lead to severe OCD that […]

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What is OCD?

What is OCD behavior!- Nation Institute of Mental Health states that about 2 percent of the population currently suffers from OCD- Which is comparatively higher than the individuals who are suffering from other illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar and ADHD. Researchers believe that both environmental and neurobiological predispositions collectively play a vital role wherein the individual […]

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Types of Addiction

Anything taken to an excessive level can result in addiction.  The types of addiction range from the substance like alcohol to behaviors like gambling. Dependence can be both emotional and behavioral.  Common symptoms are seen in addiction: Numerous failed attempts to stop the behavior Withdrawal symptoms Lack of Control over the intake Risk-Taking Behavior Being secretive about their addictive […]

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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 www.cadabams.org #SayNo

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