Marijuana: What is it?

Marijuana is essentially a type of cannabis and is known by a wide variety of slang terms including weed, grass and pot. The potency of this drug and its appearance can differ greatly but it is essentially is the term used to refer to the buds, leaves and stems of the cannabis plant. Other forms include hashish and hash oil which also encompass a wide variety of types with the former usually appearing in resin like blocks and the latter as a gooey substance. The main active ingredient in all of these is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol and this chemical compound causes most of the drug’s effects and is also the substance that induces dependence. This is one of the most widely used drugs in the world and is commonly thought of as being harmless.

What are the Effects of Marijuana Addiction?

When the drug is smoked THC passes rapidly from the lungs to the specific places in the brain called cannabinoid receptors stimulating a series of cellular reactions which creates the high sought by the user. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in the areas of the brain that control pleasure, memory, time perception and coordinated movement. Contrary to popular belief marijuana is both physically and psychologically addictive and has a significant impact on short and long term brain chemistry. People who become addicted to marijuana can experience the same negative consequences as those addicted to harder drugs, including increased tolerance, physical or emotional dependence, and withdrawal symptoms.

Marijuana abuse and addiction is a serious affliction and long term effects can include:

  • Suppression of the Immune System

  • Reduction of Male Sex Hormones and Possible Impotency

  • Growth Disorders

  • Respiratory Difficulties

  • Apathy, Drowsiness and Lack of Motivation

  • Decreased Ability to Concentrate and Retain Information

  • Personality and Mood Changes

  • Decreased ability to function normally at work, within the family unit and socially.

There is also emerging evidence that are strong links between marijuana use and mental health issues such as psychosis, anxiety, depression and schizophrenia especially if an individual has a prior disposition towards these.

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Withdrawal at Seasons Bali

When long-term marijuana users try to stop using the substance, they frequently suffer a number of unpleasant symptoms, which make it difficult to quit. The desire to stop these withdrawal symptoms, just as with other addictive drugs, leads many people to continue their use. These include:

  • Irritability

  • Insomnia

  • Decreased Appetite

  • Anxiety

  • Craving

Unlike most other drugs, including alcohol, THC is stored in the fat cells and it takes longer to fully clear the body. This means that parts of the body retain THC even after a couple of months, rather than just the couple of days or weeks.

Our experienced addiction specialists spend a great deal of time speaking with clients before the final decision is made to enter rehab and during these preliminary conversations they gain a detailed run down of the clients drug history. Once clients arrive on the island our experienced medical team conduct a thorough examination of the client and any detox regime is finalised. Often with marijuana users a medicated detox is not necessary and our excellent support staff provide pivotal emotional support which is part of the key to success during this period of treatment.

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Addiction Treatment at Seasons Bali

The rehab program at Seasons Bali uses a well-established model of substance abuse treatment which has proven successful in restoring the health and wellbeing of addicts for many years. The program is thorough and multifaceted, dealing with the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of the individual and their problem.

Founded by the same addiction treatment specialist, Seasons is affiliated with the Hader Clinic in Melbourne, which has long been one of Australia’s leading addiction treatment centres. Seasons Bali uses the same world class model of substance abuse treatment. This is a structured and supervised program and includes one-on-one counselling, process group work, educational groups and relapse prevention work as well as exercise, recreation, massage, art therapy and weekend outings.

Our addiction treatment program is delivered by a team of dedicated professional staff from diverse backgrounds, most of whom are in recovery themselves. This means they all bring something different to their jobs and understand exactly what residents are going through. The atmosphere of caring that results makes the therapeutic environment a place where transformation and growth can safely take place.

Seasons private rehab is located on the beautiful tropical island of Bali, where the lush surroundings and peaceful atmosphere provide an ideal setting for healing, change and recovery. Our menu contains only fresh, healthy meals made with premium local produce and our delightful domestic team look after the daily tasks of living. This means clients are free to apply themselves entirely to the important job of recovery.

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