At Rehab Clinics Group, we are able to offer medically assisted detoxification plans to help remove all the harmful toxins that come with consistent use of Cannabis to help you become fully clean so you can start to build a life that is free from any dependency on the drug.
Cannabis, commonly known as weed or marijuana, has been legalised in many countries and is used by people because it produces feelings of contentment, happiness and mild euphoria. Many people believe that there is nothing wrong with smoking the odd joint and that cannabis is harmless, but this is not necessarily true.
Cannabis Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms
Despite not being a highly addictive drug, cannabis has a high potential for abuse and one of the most difficult hurdles in overcoming cannabis addiction are the withdrawal symptoms. The best way to deal with cannabis addiction is to seek addiction treatment and advice from a medical professional.
Withdrawal symptoms differ from one person to the next, the severity and duration of withdrawal will depend on a number of factors including, the amount of cannabis you habitually consume, the frequency of your cannabis use, how long you have been taking the drug, whether is consumed with other street drugs or alcohol and the presence of any pre-existing physical or mental health problems. Withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological and include,
- Sweating, fever or chills
- Stomach pains
- Insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns
- Decreased appetite
After long term use, when you suddenly stop smoking cannabis your body will naturally try to purge all remnants of the drug from your system during the detox process, leading to withdrawal symptoms that can range from mildly uncomfortable to downright dangerous. However, with the correct support from a medical professional and a team of rehab specialists, you can overcome the withdrawal symptoms and detox safely.
Cannabis addiction is real
When you use cannabis for a prolonged period of time it can lead to changes in the chemical make-up of your brain and in time your body will become psychologically and physically tolerant to the drug. When this happens, you will have to increase your intake of cannabis to continue to achieve the desired effects and this will make it increasingly difficult to avoid developing an addiction.
Despite its change in legal status in many parts of the world, cannabis remains one of the most widely misused substances in the UK and many people need to seek treatment and complete a cannabis detox and rehab programme to deal with their marijuana addiction.
Marijuana is derived from the cannabis plant and contains a chemical known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is often used for medical purposes to treat symptoms of neurological disorders, like epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, but when you smoke cannabis recreationally, THC is absorbed by the lungs and travels through the bloodstream to the brain.
The THC absorbed by the brain acts on cannabinoid receptors and affects your central nervous system, resulting in feelings of tranquillity, wellbeing, calmness, mild euphoria and even an altered reality. Smoking cannabis is a pleasurable experience for most people, but it can affect your mental and physical health, altering your heart rate and blood pressure. Other negative side effects include nausea, paranoia, confusion, hallucinations, panic and anxiety.
If you abuse cannabis over a long period of time, your body will become accustomed to the elevated levels of THC in the bloodstream and adapt in order to function normally. If you then stop using cannabis you will experience withdrawal symptoms, and this is often what causes people to relapse and they start using again to cope with the unpleasant side effects of withdrawal.
Coping with Cannabis Detox
Cannabis detox can be an unpleasant experience, and this causes many people to relapse, but effective marijuana detox and sustained rehab are possible with the right support. The most difficult part of cannabis detox is the first 48 hours or two days.
The symptoms of withdrawal will typically take five to ten hours to manifest and this is when they will be at their worst. If you are an inpatient at a residential rehab clinic, and under medical supervision, you may be given medication to ease the symptoms during this time.
In many cases, therapy and counselling are enough to help addicts overcome their addiction but in more severe cases medically assisted detox may be necessary to reduce the withdrawal symptoms and detox safely. During medical detox, you will be prescribed medication that will help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms and make them more bearable. Because the medications used in medically assisted detox can be highly addictive, it is usually only offered as part of a residential detox programme where you can be under constant medical supervision.
Physical detox is only one aspect of overcoming your drug habit and a successful cannabis detox programme will make use of a holistic approach that will tackle both the physical and psychological side effects of cannabis withdrawal.
Most cannabis addiction treatment centres offer counselling, therapy and group sessions to help addicts deal with the underlying causes of their addiction. Once you leave the rehab facility it is usually necessary to join an outpatient support group like Marijuana Anonymous to help you sustain your rehab and prevent a relapse.
The duration of cannabis detox and rehab depends on various factors including the length of your addiction, the severity of your addiction, how much cannabis you regularly consume, and any underlying physical or mental health issues. Some people may need a week to detox but others could take longer.
If you enter a residential cannabis rehab treatment centre you will be there for 24-hours a day for the duration of your stay. As with all drug addiction treatments, the length of a cannabis rehab programme will vary from one person to the next but typically detox and rehab take 28 days.
When you enter cannabis rehab you will be assessed by a medical team who will take into account all aspects of your cannabis addiction before drawing up a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
At the Rehab Clinics Group, we understand that cannabis detox is challenging but we are here to help you overcome your addiction. Contact us today to find out more about living a drug-free life.