It's interesting how things change over time, isn't it?
Barely 20 years ago, marijuana was considered incredibly risky, highly addictive, and socially unacceptable in most corners of the world.
To be caught with a single cannabis plant in some developing countries would mean actual lengthy prison time, and even in the more liberal western countries, carrying just a handful of the substance could mean a few months behind bars.
Marijuana use was, in short, a risky proposition for most people.
As the laws have become laxer, so has the social perception.
It is not uncommon to catch the occasional whiff of marijuana smoke when out in public.
Marijuana use is considered by many people as no more harmful than the occasional glass of wine, and for a lot of people, cannabis addiction couldn't be further from their minds.
Not everyone thinks that way, and with many people still perceiving marijuana use as quite harmful, it isn't quite socially acceptable just yet.
But with several countries now decriminalizing marijuana use, and as several American states have legalized marijuana, more people than ever are trying it and subsequently developing an issue - even those who use medical marijuana. This increased use has led to a greater demand for weed addiction treatment.
Has your Usage Increased?
With this more liberal approach comes more widespread use, with more people consuming cannabis on a regular basis.
This leads us neatly to the subject of marijuana addiction
As cannabis is being consumed more than ever, addiction levels are rising. The term 'addiction,' however, is quite a controversial one when used in the context of cannabis use.
Some people say it is addictive, while others insist it isn't.
Opinions are thoroughly divided on the matter.
Could serious long-term use be described as drug abuse or not?
Would substance abuse be too harsh of a term for frequent marijuana smoking?
Is marijuana withdrawal a real thing?
Is treatment for marijuana abuse necessary?
Through this article, we are going to look at the facts and explain how we can help.
We happen to know a thing or two about substance abuse, and have first-hand experience with people experiencing marijuana abuse specifically, so we are going to address a few things, dispel a few myths, and discuss marijuana addiction treatment options at our marijuana rehab center.
Its Socially Acceptable
With 56% of Americans believing that marijuana use is “socially acceptable,” there is a pretty even split in the social narrative, and while around 20% of all Americans (to use one country as an example) state they smoke marijuana occasionally, the simple fact of the matter is this:Marijuana is a part of our society, whether we chose to embrace it, or not.
But what is drug addiction
? Could it be reasonably argued that marijuana, or cannabis, is an addictive substance? Are the effects of marijuana addictive?
Well, it depends on how we define the term 'addictive.'
The problem is that many people correlate addiction with notoriously 'harder' substances such as heroin, cocaine, or even alcohol.
We know that those things are highly addictive - and we have had enough people through our treatment center in Thailand to testify to the horrors of substance use disorder.
Is it fair to place marijuana in the same category, though?
Well, again, it depends on your parameters, but in our opinion, marijuana addiction is a very real thing.
Because the consequences are less obvious than the 'harder' substances, marijuana addiction does not carry the same weight with many.
It should, though, because marijuana addiction isn't pretty.
Contrary to popular opinion, marijuana does contain addictive qualities.
Studies show that 10% of marijuana users will eventually experience 'marijuana use disorder' and become addicted through chronic marijuana use.
However, the chance of addiction is higher for those who start using at a young age (approximately 17% become addicted), as well as for daily users (25-50%), who are more likely to become addicted to the effects of marijuana in formative years.
Aside from these rather alarming stats, there is another consideration to take into account.
Even for those who are not addicted in the biological sense, there is a very real potential for psychological addiction.
By using marijuana regularly, there is a likelihood of emotional dependence, leading to cannabis use disorder.
With 20% of all Americans claiming to use cannabis regularly, combined with stats to show 10% become addicted, the math's on this one do not seem particularly assuring, you might agree.
In short, millions of people each year will likely become addicted to some degree.
Marijuana use disorder is a real thing, and with its popularity increasing, the situation is likely to grow worse with time.
Get Help for Your Marijuana Problem
If marijuana abuse has become a problem in your life, and you would like to stop smoking marijuana, you are in safe hands with our team of professionals.
We treat marijuana addiction very seriously and have the experience and facilities to ensure your rehab for marijuana addiction is as smooth and comforting as possible.
As the leading substance abuse experts in Thailand, Miracles Asia residential rehab is a place where we understand your struggle, and know how to help with your marijuana withdrawal.
Seeking treatment is the first step in a long process - but our team will ensure the process is as supportive, protective, and calming as possible for you.
Cannabis Dependence Treatment in Thailand
At Miracles Asia, we are known for our small family atmosphere in a community environment.
Unlike big rehabs where you can get lost in the crowd - we are a boutique rehab with no more than 15 residents at a time, so you can easily get to know others who are on the same journey.
In other words, we provide professional treatment in a cozy and more personal environment.
Our therapy groups are small and intimate, making it easier for you to share your experiences while you seek treatment for marijuana addiction treatment in beautiful, relaxed surroundings.
When you choose to do an in-patient rehab for weed program, you receive a dedicated type of treatment that is considered the most effective way to make real, lasting changes in your life.
Your days at Miracles Asia will be packed with activities like individual counseling and group therapy, wellness therapies, fitness sessions, and outings to places of interest.
We will help you reduce your cravings and time spent thinking about using marijuana.
Our treatment is extremely confidential, and no loved ones, friends, or work colleagues will know you are in treatment – unless, of course, you want them to.
Miracles Asia, situated on the stunning island of Phuket, is a marijuana rehab where you will receive the best care while you learn how to live life cannabis-free.
You deserve it. Phone now for a free, no-obligation assessment, and let's discuss your road to recovery, or keep reading to see exactly what's included in your rehab program.
How Your Rehab Program Will Work
Marijuana smoking contributes to addiction greatly when using the more concentrated strains of cannabis that are available today.
Your brain adjusts to the effects of marijuana just like any other drug, and stopping suddenly can result in highly uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as:
Your addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia will help you change your addictive thought and behavioral patterns, as well as provide other treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement therapy, to align your body and mind.
If you need a medical detox from marijuana addiction or the effects of long-term marijuana use (or any substance abuse), we will make sure you get the best possible help from one of our partner private hospitals in Phuket. Alternatively, we can support you in comfort at our marijuana addiction rehab in Thailand.
Our calming and beautifully tropical facility has been successfully treating drug addiction, marijuana detox, mental illness, mental health conditions, alcohol abuse, and other substance use disorders for many years, with inpatient treatment options available for anyone who is experiencing the negative consequences of illicit drug and alcohol use.
60 days of aftercare included
The aftercare support program will keep you in regular contact with your counselor, who will see you for one-to-one sessions via weekly Zoom calls for a period of two months.
These sessions are as important as the support groups so that we can check in to make sure you're still on track in your recovery and aim to prevent relapse.
In addition, our ongoing support groups will keep you connected to your peer group.
A group therapy session lasts around 120 minutes and is taken by a counselor who you will know from your time in residential care.
Your Ongoing Cannabis Rehab Program
After your rehab is finished, our experienced group facilitator's job is to check in with you frequently and spend time making sure you're on track with your recovery.
You may have questions, and the facilitator will be happy to answer and provide the necessary psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning.
Our aim is to make sure you're getting the best possible support as you ease back into your community and home life. Our group therapy is a key part of your ongoing progress.
You will be able to remain connected with Miracles Asia and the alumni after you leave marijuana treatment rehab. Relapse prevention is a steep learning curve, and we will support you, making sure the best care continues.
You will remain in contact with our Clinical Team for at least 60 days post discharge to help you manage your early few months in recovery, aiding your transition back to normality.
We are so convinced that our program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia
, we'll treat you for a 30 days at no charge.
If you or a loved one need help with marijuana addiction, cannabis use disorder, or any other form of drug abuse, feel free to reach out to our admissions team at any time, day or night.