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Men’s Cannabis Addiction Rehab

What is cannabis?

Cannabis comes from the cannabis Sativa plant and is used for its psychoactive effects, although it can also be used therapeutically under the prescription of a physician. It is also known as “marijuana”. Cannabis also comes in many forms, such as dried flowers and leaves, hash, extracts (oil, shatter, phoenix tears), and edibles (candy, baked goods, butter, etc.). It can be smoked, eaten, and vaporized. Cannabis has recently become legalized in Canada. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is its main psychoactive chemical, responsible for the “high” in the drug. CBD (cannabidiol) is another chemical found in Cannabis, largely responsible for reducing some of the negative effects of THC.

What impacts does cannabis have?

The use of Cannabis can impact the way in which the brain functions, and the release and reuptake of specific neurotransmitters responsible for good mental health. Cannabis can also increase the symptoms of a mental health concern. In recent research, it has been positively correlated with a variety of mental health concerns.

Cannabis can also increase the symptoms of a mental health concern. In recent research, it has been positively correlated with a variety of mental health concerns. People can have very different experiences with Cannabis – usually dependant upon how much was used, how often one uses it, the age of the user, as well as other variables like one’s expectations of the drug, the environment they’ve used in, pre-existing medical or psychiatric conditions, and whether one has used other substances in conjunction with it. Some may feel relaxed, lively, giggly, or talkative while others may feel fearful, anxious, and confused.  

People can have very different experiences with Cannabis – usually dependant upon how much was used, how often one uses it, the age of the user, as well as other variables like one’s expectations of the drug, the environment they’ve used in, pre-existing medical or psychiatric conditions, and whether one has used other substances in conjunction with it. Some may feel relaxed, lively, giggly, or talkative while others may feel fearful, anxious, and confused.

All substances have an impact on one’s physical wellbeing whether it be long, or short-term use, during use or post-use. The most common immediate physical effects include: red eyes, dry throat, irritated respiratory system (from smoking), increases in appetite and heart rate, decreases in blood pressure, balance, and stability, and drowsiness and restlessness depending on the amount taken and individual taking it. However, therapeutic uses of Cannabis include its ability to manage: nausea, appetite, pain, and depressed mood.

People who use Cannabis frequently can develop psychological and/or mild physical dependence. People who are dependent on Cannabis may be preoccupied with its use and may experience anxiety if they cannot get it.

What are the cannabis withdrawal risks?

Withdrawal from any substance should be done in consultation with your family doctor or medical professionals.  Clients looking to enter an inpatient treatment facility may require medical intervention to ensure safety. For Cannabis specifically, those who stop using it may experience mild withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms may include irritability, anxiety, upset stomach, loss of appetite, disturbed sleep and sweating. These symptoms usually dissipate in about a week but sleep concerns may last longer.

How We Treat Cannabis Addiction

The Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. We provide cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) as well as psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances, and how to develop out of those patterns and behaviours. With an approach that recognizes neuroplasticity, or the brains ability to change and “rewire” itself, Cannabis’ addictive qualities are dealt with by making this change possible and lasting.

At CHRC, we understand that counselling alone cannot treat addiction and that nutritional therapies and support are needed to aid in the healing of ones physical and mental state. On a neurochemical level, our nutritional program offers clients the building blocks needed to rebalance their systems in a way not offered by any other treatment centres in Ontario. Our holistic treatment model addresses the person in their entirety by caring for the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual self. We recognize that Cannabis addiction effects each of these parts dynamically, so to address each part in our treatment program is essential for us. Taking care of the whole person is a hallmark of our treatment program, however we also recognize that families and loved ones have been affected too. We aim to serve all who Cannabis addiction has impacted.

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