What is Cannabis?
Cannabis is one of the most widely consumed subtances in the world. At CITA our goal is to help you learn how to stop using cannabis by breaking the habit.
By “cannabis” we understand its two main derivatives: marijuana and hashish.
Cannabis is the most widely consumed illegal substance in Spain. At CITA our goal is to help you learn how to stop using cannabis by breaking the habit. By “cannabis” we understand its two main derivatives: marijuana and hashish.
The main causes for cannabis use lie in the youthful curiosity and desire to experiment, as well as the seeking of entertainment and new sensations.
The average age for the first contact with cannabis is 15-16 years old. The effects of cannabis use are relaxing and disinhibiting, and there is very little awareness of the dangers of cannabis use among its users.
Cannabis consumption and abuse entails many risks, the most important of which are memory loss, anxiety, depressive disorders and acute psychotic episodes.
At our CITA centers we offer a multidisciplinary therapeutic approach that includes reliable and objective information, orientation, individual and group therapy for cannabis users as well as their families.
General information about cannabis
Marijuana is a generic term to describe shoots of the cannabis plant, which are its female reproductive organs. Hashish is a generic term for pressed pollen from the flowers which contains mostly tetrahidrocannabinol.
Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug. When used as a psychoactive substance and consumed in low doses it has a depressive and/or stimulant effect, and in high doses its effects are similar to those of the stimulants.
Although the massive introduction of cannabis to the western world dates back to the 60s, its use has increased in the last years, as well as the demand for cannabis addiction treatment.
Cannabis is mostly consumed by teenagers and young adults, and the problems caused by its use include dependence, insomnia, anxiety and apathy, requiring professional help in order to stop its use and overcome these symptoms.
Several scientific studies indicate that there might be a link between cannabis consumption and various psychiatric disorders related to mood, anxiety and, more seriously, psychotic disorders. Scientific and clinical data indicates that there is a connection between cannabis use and the consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs, suggesting that cannabis might act like an inducing drug to other illegal substances.
Consequences and effects of cannabis use
Cannabis use in small doses first produces excitement and euphoria and then sleepiness. If used in high doses, it can cause perceptual disorders (psychosis).
The effects appear quickly and can last for hours. It is proved that cannabis seriously affects drivers and pregnant women.
HOW TO APPROACH THE PROBLEM
In order to guarantee a complete and all-around treatment of a young person with a cannabis addiction, we must first evaluate the degree of deterioration that this drug has caused and develop a plan of intervention in order to modify the person’s relationship with drugs and prevent risk situations that arise from the patient’s behaviour.
Our goal is to make patients aware of the danger and consequences of cannabis use and propose an alternative behaviour that makes them aware of the existance of healthy habits.
In order to achieve our goal, the cannabis treatment program puts its emphasis on teaching the patients to identify their feelings, thoughts and circumstances that push them towards drug use. We help them develop concrete strategies and skills for problem solving specifically designed to eliminate drug use during treatment.
Treatment at the CITA network
One to one sessions are of the utmost importance because knowing the concrete needs of each individual allows us to design the most effective treatment. We identify the goals we need to achieve and decide if it is necessary to include the patient in group sessions or still work on the person’s motivation in a One to One basis.
Group therapy is a good place to instill behavioural and affectionate changes so that the patient can continue to be abstinent. The patients benefit from relating to other people with the same problem and from being able to foresee obstacles on their way to recovery. They acquire new skills and adaptation techniques.
In adolescence, group influence and approval are very important, hence the importance of group therapy as a therapeutic process.
When dealing with an adolescent, it is advisable that the whole family gets involved in the treatment process. We advise parents on how to approach the problem and how to deal with a teenager without too much drama while analyzing changes in their behavior. We also have to train them to establish patterns of healthy, coherent relationships between various family members, improve communication and the contingency contract between parents and children.
When the treatment includes a whole family, the teenager’s preservation and attachment to the process improves greatly.
Where should one carry out the treatment?
In CITA Clinics we offer a complete treatment for cannabis detoxification.
Consult our specialists
Please call us or fill out the form on the site, and our specialist will contact you.
Each person is unique, and therefore we develop an individual rehabilitation program for each patient.
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