Last updated on September 12th, 2023
Cannabis can be physically and psychologically addictive. If don’t like how much you’re smoking, or resent the feeling of “needing” to smoke, there are some steps you can take.
Seeking Treatment for Cannabis Addiction
Adults are less likely to seek treatment for cannabis abuse when compared to other drugs. Possibly because cannabis users believe their products are less dangerous, and/or less habit forming than “harder” drugs. According to recent studies, an adult seeking treatment is usually someone who on average, has used cannabis on a regular basis for more than 10 years, and has seriously attempted to quit more than 6 times.
Each year in the U.S., over 300,000 people enter treatment for cannabis use disorders.
The type of treatment may depend on whether or not the person has any comorbidities, such as psychiatric problems or addiction to other substances.
Treatments for Cannabis Addiction
1. Rehabilitation or detoxification centers: Not very common, but they can be helpful for people who have poor social functioning or comorbid psychiatric disorders, such as other addiction(s).
2. Outpatient therapy: These programs involve working with a psychotherapist or other mental health provider and attending sessions consistently.
3. Support groups: In-person or online support groups can help individuals connect with others going through the same and, thus, help each other.
Tips For Quitting
Withdrawal symptoms will differ depending on usage. Meaning for how long has the person used and how frequent. For someone who uses daily, slowly reducing might be easier than abruptly stopping. However, for someone who uses occasionally, completely stoping might not be so difficult.
- Try eating healthy food, like fruits and vegetables. Sugar and junk food can make you feel worse.
- Don’t forget to drink water and try avoiding caffeinated beverages.
- Sleep and rest are very important. If sleeping well has become difficult, exercising daily will definitely help.
- Surround yourself with supportive friends and family, you don’t have to go through this alone. Supportive groups are also an option, don’t isolate yourself.