When one enters their adult years, those who are studying in college, usually out of peer pressure, will experiment with marijuana or hashish for its intoxicating effects. This type of experimentation need not necessarily end up with them using it on a regular basis; however, there can still be some who will continue with the experimentation and go on using it for longer than desired. Such an action is what usually leads them to becoming dependent on such substances.
When an individual feels this compulsive need to use cannabis substances just so that they feel ‘normal’, will mean that they are cannabis dependent. These individuals take such substances to feel the enthusiasm to go about performing their daily tasks, without which they will have an inclination for social and emotional detachment.
People who have been on long-term cannabis use are at a greater risk of developing its negative effects, such as short-term memory loss, confusion, concentration difficulties, and even respiratory tract problems, especially if the substances are inhaled.
Symptoms of cannabis dependence could be either of the following –
- Depression, sleeping difficulties, and extreme irritability
- Anxiety, apprehensiveness
- Loss of appetite
- Avoiding activities that they used to actively take part in
- Gradual increase in the amount of cannabis used, for more will be required to give them the intoxicating effect
- Individuals are aware of its negative consequences, are desirous to stop its use, but do not meet with success
The younger generations are the ones who usually turn to substance abuse and develop its dependency more than the older adults.
There are some home remedial options, that could be attempted by such sufferers, which may help them in reducing their dependency on cannabis substances.
Self-Help For Cannabis Dependence
To be able to quit substance abuse, the individual will need to put in great efforts. Those who are able to successfully come out off this kind of dependency are those who feel this need to quit coming from within, rather than trying it because someone close said so. Hence, there should be a sense of inner direction to slowly come out from cannabis dependency.
Once the decision has been truly made, then the person should look for support from near and dear ones. They should be explained about what the person is trying to achieve, and the manner by which they can help in achieving his/her goals.
Getting more information about their type of substance abuse, about its disadvantages as well as advantages, its symptom presentation, and the common triggers will be helpful in their attempts.
Identifying their own triggering factors will aid them to better understand the kind of situations that encourage them to turn to substance abuse. It could be certain places they regularly visit, some people who they are in touch with constantly, some stressful situations, etc., and once these are identified, if they can be avoided, then it should be done so.
As much as possible, they should be in the company of people who they are comfortable with the most; and should avoid those who are likely to encourage them to turn to substance abuse.
The person should start an exercise routine, start eating healthily, and if possible take up some kind of a hobby that will keep them occupied during their free time, and take their mind off from such undesirable thoughts and habits.
Professional help should be sought when self-help measures fail to provide the desired results.