Cannabis Addiction and Treatment Options
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During a period of abstinence from cannabis, the body begins the process of eliminating the cannabis metabolites from the system. This is known as cannabis detox.
As the body expels these toxins, users may experience a number of psychological withdrawal symptoms in addition to various physical ones. This is due to the brain and body becoming accustomed to the presence of cannabis, and therefore the need to adjust in order to function normally without it.
The duration of a cannabis detox largely depends on the various factors surrounding your particular case of addiction to cannabis. These include how long you’ve abused the substance, how much of it you’ve consumed, and whether you need to be tapered off the drug or not.
While this could take a week for some people, it might be longer for others. This is because THC may still be present in the body several days after taking cannabis, which means the psychological effects of the drug might persist, especially in heavy users.
Although detox is an important part of addiction treatment, treating the psychological aspects of addiction is what will help with your long-term recovery.
Cannabis addiction interferes with your brain’s chemistry, and could potentially cause a range of mental health issues.
Failing to address the underlying causes of addiction can increase your risk of relapse.
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Cannabis Detox at Home
Many people try to detox from cannabis at home, however, doing so can present significant issues and is never advised due to the potentially unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. While marijuana detox is not considered life-threatening it can still be extremely challenging.
If you are unable to attend inpatient or outpatient treatment for marijuana addiction, then it’s important you don’t attempt a home detox alone.
You should always have support from another person and ensure you’re detoxing in a comfortable and safe environment.
One of the biggest challenges people face when doing a home detox is that they still have access to drugs. This can make maintaining sobriety a lot more difficult, especially when cannabis cravings kick in.
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Medically Supervised Detox for Cannabis
Detox in a residential rehab or outpatient facility is usually medically supervised. This means you will be prescribed medication to help you cope with cannabis withdrawal. Because withdrawal from cannabis is considered mild in comparison to other drugs, medications to support detox aren’t always necessary.
However, if you have opted for residential rehab and are experiencing extremely unpleasant physical or psychological symptoms, there is a doctor on hand to offer you the appropriate medication to help you manage your discomfort.
How Can Castle Craig Help?
How Do I Pay For Rehab?
One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.
How Long Is the Rehab Programme?
Residential rehab treatment starts at four weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.
Who Will I Speak to When I Call?
When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.
What Happens at the End of My Treatment?
Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.