Marijuana

Marijuana is the common name for a number of plants in the cannabis genus including sativa, indica, and ruderalis. The drug is used around the world due to its psychoactive properties. 

 The legalization of marijuana in Canada has made the use of the drug more socially acceptable. We offer personalized Marijuana Addiction Treatment Programs.

Treating Marijuana Dependence

Like alcohol, marijuana use on its own is not immediately addictive. Marijuana can however have serious effects such as depression, memory issues, paranoia and other dependence issues. Marijuana in some individuals can be addictive. 

The signs of marijuana dependence vary. If you are concerned about yourself a friend or family member we are here to help.

When does use turn into addiction?

If you feel that you “need” cannabis or if you experience withdrawal when you don’t then you might have marijuana dependence.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms when you stop include:

  • Reduced appetite
  • Increased irritability or change in mood
  • Anxiety or the feeling of being restless
  • Sleep issues

Overuse of marijuana can be considered an addiction when you can not stop using. If the use of cannabis affects your job or relationships this is also another possible sign. Close to ten percent of individuals who use marijuana on a regular basis may become addicted.

Symptoms Of Marijuana Addiction

While Marijuana abuse can be difficult to identify, the following are listed behavioral and personality changes of marijuana addiction:

  • Increased blood pressure and heart beat
  • Impaired coordination
  • Impaired verbal and mental fluidity
  • Learning and memory difficulties
  • Anxiety, and Paranoia 
  • Loss of control
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Dry mouth and dehydration

Marijuana’s major component is known as THC, this compound is psychoactive and is subject to rapid tolerance. It also contains nonpsychactive components such as CBD which has medical benefits. While this substance has therapeutic use cases, it can be very addictive and should not be treated as a panacea.

The abuse of Marijuana can be different between individuals, however possible side effects include changes in: social behavior, memory, and attitude/mood. Long term marijuana abuse can lead to addiction, which exhibits in compulsive drug seeking habits. Long term users report irritability, anxiety, drug cravings, decreased appetite, depression, and sleeplessness during cessation.

Marijuana usage over a long time is recognized to cause tolerance and withdrawal by the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Marijuana Use and Youth

In the wake of legalization in Canada there have been many studies on the impact of Cannabis on our youth. One of those studies was entitled The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence highlights the risks. These include:

  • Impact on behaviour and brain development.
  • Mental health issues that occur as a result of early marijuana use.
  • Dependence and addiction to cannabis over the long term.
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Treatment Program

Marijuana addiction requires different treatment methods that cater to the unique needs of the substance abuser. We treat each of our clients in a different way, based on the results of their initial assessment or evaluation. Our diagnosis of the level and stage of addiction that our client is going through will serve as our guideline in formulating and implementing the best marijuana addiction treatment program.

Our customized treatment plans for individuals addicted to Marijuana include:

  • Medically Supervised Detoxification
  • Recreation Programs
  • Holistic treatment approaches (inc. Yoga, Meditation)
  • Art and Music therapy
  • Relapse prevention information
  • Life management
  • Counselling for individuals, groups, and families
  • Nutritional and dietary counselling
  • Physical fitness and personal training
  • Aftercare treatment solutions

Our marijuana treatment program is designed for each client’s specific needs. Our medical and therapeutic professionals will assess individual requirements and build a comprehensive marijuana addiction treatment plan.

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The impact of cannabis addiction can be devastating. Abuse of marijuana can lead to many mental, emotional and physical issues especially in those under the age of 25. Severe dependence leads to family, financial and social impacts that can destroy lives. There is hope, our mission is to lives and create futures for our clients. We can help you with your marijuana addiction.

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