What is Weed?
Weed, otherwise known as cannabis, marijuana, dope, or pot, is a drug that comes from the cannabis plant, and it can be addictive. These are all different names for the same drug. Weed affects both the brain and the body, and is usually smoked, although it can also be eaten and vaped.
Weed’s main psychoactive ingredient is THC. This property stimulates the part of the brain responsible for pleasure and reward, and when ingested, it releases dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ chemical. After using weed, many people report feeling pleasurable, relaxed and calming sensations, which is largely due to the rush of dopamine. Depending on the amount of weed taken, users can get high in a matter of minutes, as the THC rushes into the bloodstream. While weed is not considered to be the most harmful of drugs, its effects can be highly addictive for some users. After time, the profound effect on the body’s central nervous system can become problematic.
Weed is the most widely used drug in the UK today. It is often used for recreational purposes, when people want to feel confident and relaxed. Many consider it a softer, gateway drug, but like any drug when excessively used, it can become problematic, incredibly harmful and addictive in its own right. Weed can have powerful psychological effects, and not everyone’s experience with it is enjoyable. It can make users anxious, panicky, frightened or depressed. Over time, continued use of weed can lead to paranoia and psychosis and can make you lose touch with reality so you are seeing and hearing things that aren’t really there. Unfortunately, in some cases the effects of weed on the brain are irreversible.
If you or a loved one are suffering from weed addiction, it is crucial to ask for help. The sooner you admit you have a problem with weed, the faster you can receive professional help, begin recovery and get your life back on track.
Weed detox is the process by which the individual undergoes withdrawal from the drug, and all traces of weed are flushed from the body. The longer a person uses a drug, the more likely they are to develop a dependence on it, and eventually an addiction. Weed is both physically and psychologically addictive, and those addicted to the substance should undergo detox in a safe, supported and medically monitored detox setting, such as a private residential rehab.
At present, there are no medications to support someone as they detox from weed. However, attending a private detox and rehab clinic offers a level of psychological support that can help ease symptoms. Access to individual and group therapy during the detox process is immensely helpful and improves chances of successfully completing detox without relapse. These clinics, such as the Providence Projects in Bournemouth, can also provide medications to treat withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and headaches, and sleeping pills to aid the process.
The main benefit of detoxing in a residential rehab clinic is the support from peers and medical professionals to see you through this difficult period. When detoxing alone, the greatest risk is relapse. Withdrawal symptoms when you stop using weed can be uncomfortable, and it is normal to experience cravings and urges to use the substance again. Without outside help, these urges can be overwhelming. Whilst thankfully the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with weed detox are not severe, the psychological adjustment to being sober can take some getting used to. Feelings of anxiety and depression are common after becoming physically sober, and so having people around you to talk to and process the feelings with can make all the difference.
Weed Withdrawal Symptoms
Undergoing weed detox isn’t comfortable, but it is so worth it. It is the beginning of the recovery process from an addiction to the drug. Some of the symptoms to be expected include:
- Sleep problems / Insomnia
- Low moodAnxiety
- Intense weed cravings
- Decreased appetite
- Mood swings
- Anger and irritability
Are you worried about yourself or a loved one and believe a period of rehab is needed? If you feel that your consumption of weed is having a destructive or harmful impact upon your life and you would like to stop, in the simplest of terms, you will require a rehab programme for weed addiction . Perhaps you have tried to stop but have been unable to do so. Perhaps when you promise yourself to only smoke one joint you find you cannot control your usage. Weed is psychologically addictive and so users may find themselves compelled to continue using weed in order to feel ‘normal’. Despite the negative consequences that come from their addiction, those addicted to weed will continue regardless.
Weed addiction is a chronic and progressive illness. When the addict’s disease reaches a certain point, entering a private weed rehab and detox centre may become the only option available. Whilst free or NHS services may provide some relief and support from the problem, most addicts need an intensive level of support and care to successfully stop using. They also need a break from their using environment, whether that be their home, workplace, or social circle of friends.
Stages of weed rehab
Weed rehab comprises of 3 different stages: detox, private residential rehab treatment, aftercare or re-integration. The Providence Projects can provide this full continuum of care, from the initial struggle of detox and removing all substances from the addict’s system, through to the aftercare programme which includes group therapy, sober living, and affordable housing support.
You will be supported every step of the way throughout your detox process, by our expert medical and therapeutic teams. Whilst the withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, it is the necessary first step of your recovery journey, whilst the body adjusts to not having weed in its system.
2. Residential Rehabilitation
Our inpatient rehab clinic in Bournemouth has been successfully providing addiction treatment services for over 25 years. Our intensive therapeutic rehab programme is designed to target the addict’s underlying psychological issues and help them develop the tools to remain clean and sober long-term.
3. After care
Our re-integration treatment model is the less intensive treatment option, and consists of group therapy, workshops and one-to-one counselling 3 days per week. This level of care is designed to help clients re-adjust to normal life after the safety bubble of inpatient rehab and to continue to maintain their recovery in the real world.
Treatment for Weed Addiction
The Providence Projects is one of the leading addiction treatment providers in the UK. Our private rehab clinic focuses not only on treating the weed addiction itself, but also the causes that led to its development. Our treatment model is evidence-based and holistic in its approach, with all of our rehab plans being tailored to the needs of each individual. We understand that everyone’s needs are unique and varied. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to addiction treatment, and what proves effective for one addict may not be the best solution for another.
Our approach to weed treatment focuses on identifying any existing mental illnesses or co-occurring disorders in the individual, as these often stimulate the need to use weed to cope with feelings and issues. Our team of highly skilled addiction therapists start by getting to know each client in the context of their life as a whole, rather than just their addiction.
Clients at the Providence Projects will have access to a wide variety of treatments, including individual therapy, group counselling sessions, workshops and activities focussing on different aspects of their addiction. The range and diversity of treatment options enable clients to process their addiction, explore past issues, and develop new, healthy coping skills for continued success after rehab treatment.
Here at the Providence Projects, we understand just how difficult it can be when you or someone you love is going through active addiction. We want you to know that help is available and the sooner you ask for support the better. Addiction is a progressive illness and so things sadly only get worse over time. The good news is, with the right professional help, weed addiction is treatable and recovery is possible. We have helped hundreds of individuals to recover from their weed addiction and we want to help you too. Call us today on 0800 955 0945 for more information and to speak to our dedicated admissions team regarding your treatment options.