Cannabis gives users feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and sometimes paranoia. Although experts don’t believe this drug is addictive to the same degree as other substances such as heroin, it’s certainly possible to abuse marijuana. When this happens, withdrawal symptoms can result. Perhaps you or someone you love is abusing marijuana. If so, it makes sense to learn more about cannabis use disorder.

What is Cannabis Use Disorder?

person smoking a joint has cannabis use disorderThere’s a difference between recreational marijuana use and full-blown abuse. Cannabis abuse disorder is continuing to use the drug even though you’re experiencing clinically high amounts of stress or impairment because of it. Symptoms may include the following:

  • Strong cravings for the drug
  • Continuing to use in spite of negative consequences
  • Tendency to prefer drug use over the things you love or even family or professional obligations
  • Psychological withdrawal symptoms if you attempt to stop using

Long-term cannabis use disorder can also result in behavioral changes. You might isolate yourself or act antagonistic, impulsive or paranoid. Over time, you may find it hard to motivate yourself or to maintain concentration on important tasks.

Treatment for Cannabis Use Disorder

While many people mistakenly believe that marijuana is harmless, those who experience cannabis use disorder know the truth. It often takes several attempts before someone with this disorder successfully stops using. In many cases, the person also has an addiction to other substance, making both the need for and complexity of recovery greater.

In addition, getting professional help is even more important for those using marijuana in an attempt to medicate themselves against the symptoms of mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia.

Several therapeutic approaches work for cannabis disorder clients. Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches them to identify and correct troublesome behaviors, enabling them to increase self-control and stop drug abuse.

In contingency management therapy, clients receive rewards for positive behaviors and lose the incentive when they behave in an undesirable way. At this time, there are no medical interventions for marijuana abuse. However, scientists are looking into the interaction between cannabis abuse and sleep disorders to see if sleep aids or anti-anxiety medications can help.

Find Support at The Hills Treatment Center When You’re Ready

Although people generally believe that cannabis abuse disorder is generally less dire than some other disorders, it’s still an addiction. As such, it can, and often does, disrupt your life. Because of your behaviors, you may damage your relationship, find your finances in shambles and cause your life path to come to a standstill.

Fortunately, there are people who understand the seriousness of your situation and are waiting to help you put the pieces of your life back together in a healthy, constructive way.

The Hills Treatment Center is a full-service detox and rehab program tucked into the Hollywood Hills in Southern California. Because we offer an extremely low staff-to-client ratio, we can take the time to truly get to know you in all of your complexity, including the root causes of your cannabis use disorder.

We treat you with the respect and dignity you deserve, crafting a customized addiction treatment program that meets all of your unique needs. Below are just a few of the features that set us apart from other recovery facilities:

Addiction is a terrible burden to carry. It drags you down, blocks your potential, and destroys your self-esteem. Don’t wait another day to begin your recovery from crippling dependency. Find out more about how you can heal with us in our beautiful treatment center. Call today to learn more at 866-323-4665.