Cannabis Is The Most Popular Drug In India And A Bigger Threat To Mental Health Than You May Think

It is cautioned that 'free' psychiatric services may become "overwhelmed" due to a rise in the number of young people requiring urgent treatment for cannabis-related health problems.
Recent discussions in India have indicated that cannabis poses a grave hazard to the health of many young adults.
This suggests that a large number of young people may soon require immediate and urgent addiction treatment.

Why cannabis has become more dangerous than ever

In India, an alarming number of increasingly potent cannabis strains have emerged. The College of Psychiatrists warns that this has "devastating effects" on the public's perception of the drug's safety. However, there is a widespread and concerning belief among the general public that the drug is generally innocuous.

The college is now urging the government to conduct an urgent review of cannabis use and its associated risks. As a result of the widespread misconception that cannabis is innocuous, its potency and effects on mental health are frequently overlooked. In the interim, the institution has also launched its own public awareness and education campaign.

They are concerned that psychiatric services will be inundated with young adults requiring treatment for cannabis-related mental health issues. All of these admissions were due to cannabis-related diagnoses, which is four times as many as in 2005. See Cannabis and mental health for adolescents. More worrisome are statistics indicating that one in three young people who smoke cannabis weekly are likely to develop an addiction, indicating that there is a significant risk of mental health impairment.

The scary reality of cannabis addiction

It is believed that the earlier an individual begins to use, the greater the potential risk. And while this is true, as addiction specialists we have also witnessed the rapid impact of the drug on older young adults who take it for the first time in their 20s.

Cannabis-addicted patients we've treated frequently deny that their substance use constitutes an addiction. They frequently recognise that their mental health has deteriorated, but they refuse to attribute this decline to marijuana use.

Mental health issues

Psychosis, anxiety disorders, melancholy, and suicidal tendencies are the most prevalent mental health problems associated with cannabis use. Many of these are exacerbated by the alarming rise in THC levels (the psychoactive part of the drug).

Psychosis is characterised by a loss of contact with reality, including hearing or seeing things that aren't there (hallucinations) and believing false information (delusional). Unbeknownst to many, this is a reality for many chronic cannabis consumers.

You may believe that depression and anxiety are simple to manage on a daily basis on your own because you only experience occasional severe episodes. However, acknowledge that you experience these episodes and understand that their frequency will likely increase as you continue to use and deny the problem at hand.

Cannabis Addiction Treatment Programme

When you choose Priory for cannabis addiction treatment, you will receive multiple levels of support, and we will ensure that you are situated in an environment that will foster the most positive outcomes possible.

Detoxification is a medically supervised environment in which you can cleanse your body of cannabis with the assistance of our medical staff. This involves replacing the substance in your body with an alternative medication that helps to reduce the withdrawal symptoms and maintain control over the anxiety they cause.

Residential rehabilitation - inpatient treatment services provide around-the-clock care and support for patients requiring more intensive care.

This flexible option is used as a step-down from residential treatment or a step-up from outpatient care to promote continued recovery.

Outpatient therapy – the least intensive treatment option available, this level of care consists of patients attending a Priory hospital or clinic for a predetermined number of weekly one-hour sessions.

Individual and group therapy will be available to Priory's patients, in addition to a variety of other treatment options. Individual therapy provides a private setting for processing challenges throughout treatment, examining past issues that may have contributed to your addiction, and developing coping skills for long-term recovery.

Group therapy is an excellent way to combat the sense of isolation that many individuals battling addiction may experience. In groups, patients can share their experiences and gain insight from those who have endured similar circumstances. Patients at Priory will have the option to participate in a variety of rehabilitation groups, including the following:

  • Assertiveness therapy
  • Body image therapy
  • Educational and vocational programmes
  • Exercise and activity classes
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psycho-educational workshops
  • Creative and experiential groups

Priory recognises that the initial stages of cannabis addiction rehabilitation can be intimidating. In order to assist you in regaining control of your life, free of cannabis, we provide you with a free, confidential assessment of your addiction in a supportive environment. This evaluation will help you understand the extent of your addiction and the treatment options available to you.

What Causes Cannabis Addiction?

If you suffer from certain untreated mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression, or if you struggle in social or professional settings, you may find the soothing, relaxed state that cannabis produces to be alluring. If you require cannabis to function or to alleviate pain, you have likely developed an unhealthy dependence on the substance that will require professional assistance to overcome.

Certain factors, such as the quantity of THC consumed when consuming cannabis, can determine the intensity of the high. The likelihood of developing an addiction varies from person to person, and some people can use the drug without becoming dependent. Different cannabis strains contain greater quantities of THC than others, and it is believed that particularly potent cannabis strains increase the likelihood of addiction. Different cannabis strains can also linger longer in the body, so the symptoms experienced may vary.

Some people contend that cannabis is a safe and harmless drug, despite the fact that 10% of people who are exposed to cannabis develop an addiction. If you begin using cannabis in your teens, your risk of developing an addiction increases to 16%, and the long-term damage to your mental health increases as more of the substance is used to achieve the same effects.

Prepared by: Mr. Denny Prasad, Psychologist
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