Cannabis-Induced Anxiety Disorder
Cannabis is one of the most commonly-used drugs in the world. Some research shows that cannabis is actually the used more often than any other drug in the United States. A 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that there are 22.2 million past-month users in the United States. And with legalization happening in an ever-increasing number of states, that number will very likely continue to increase.
What Do You Need to Know?
Some individuals use cannabis recreationally – to have fun, relax, or unwind. Others are simply addicted to cannabis and need it in order to function properly around their friends and family, at school, and even in their careers.
If you or someone you love is addicted to cannabis, what do you need to know? Firstly, you need to know that you are not alone. And secondly, we want you to know that Alta Mira Recovery understands the seriousness of your addiction, and our team will be fully dedicated to helping you become the absolute best version of you, without a need for cannabis.
Cannabis is most commonly found in three popular forms—marijuana, hash, and hash oil. These drugs can be smoked, eaten, or even incorporated into health and beauty products. There are so many avenues for cannabis addiction or a cannabis-induced disorder to occur that while this drug is commonly thought of as less dangerous than many other drugs, much of its potential harm lies in how readily available it is. It is this availability, in part, that makes it almost too easy to develop a dependence on cannabis that sneaks up on you. You might be thinking to yourself, “What makes cannabis such a popular drug?” The answer is quite simple—Tetrahydrocannabinol.
This strange looking word is the secret to the hold that cannabis can take on people’s lives. Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, is the chemical that makes cannabis users feel high. When cannabis is introduced into the body, THC is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, which distributes it to all parts of the body including the brain. This is the point within the process in which side-effects of cannabis start to become apparent. Some of the short-term side-effects of habitual cannabis usage can include drowsiness, paranoia, and compromised motor skills. And to be sure, all of these side-effects can affect a person’s day-to-day life. However, when does cannabis usage start to truly hinder an individual on a personal, professional, and spiritual level, and what signs should you watch out for?
Cannabis Addiction: What Does It Mean?
Cannabis can be a tough opponent to beat. The addiction that the drug brings is not comparable to heroin or cocaine addiction for several key reasons. Firstly, cannabis itself does not contain any addictive qualities. Often, cannabis addiction is linked to a behavioral or mental disorder for which it is being used as a coping mechanism, whether the user realizes it or not. For example, an individual living with bipolar disorder might develop an addiction to cannabis through repeatedly using it to feel calmer, more balanced, or simply “better.” This can get even more complicated when you consider that cannabis cannot only heighten pre-existing conditions rather than alleviating them, but in some cases can even bring out, or “awaken,” a mental concern that an individual never knew they had.
Cannabis addiction, or extended cannabis use, can potentially lead to something known as cannabis-induced anxiety disorder. If this sounds familiar to you, you are not alone.
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Cannabis-Induced Anxiety Disorder: Understanding is the Key to Recovery
Throughout our decades of professional experience helping people overcome their addictions, we have helped many individuals gain control over their anxiety disorders. Anxiety, in one of its most common manifestations, brings an ominous sense of worry, dread, or uneasiness that interferes in an individual’s day-to-day life. Interestingly, general anxiety and other anxiety disorders can be brought on by cannabis usage. In our culture, cannabis is often thought of as having anxiety-reducing qualities; however, no clinical study has even proven this to be true.
Many individuals start to experiment with cannabis in an effort to treat their anxiety. The high that they will feel may make it seem as if their anxiety is dissipating; however, in order to keep achieving this feeling, they will have to keep using and using. Eventually, the cannabis will stop working as it once did and their anxiety will be left at a heightened level that is often much worse than it originally was.
Cannabis-induced anxiety disorder is a recognized illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health. This type of anxiety disorder can be a direct result of using too much cannabis, or not using as much as the body craves. For example, some people may experience cannabis-induced anxiety disorder as a form of withdrawal, while others may start to experience symptoms once they start to use cannabis routinely.
At Alta Mira Recovery we believe that in order to gain control of your addiction and mental health it is important to understand the symptoms of the specific condition that you are going through. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be time to seek the best treatment available. The idea of taking the first step towards your sobriety may seem frightening at first, but rest assured that we will be with you every step of the way in order to help you with any obstacles you meet.
Common symptoms of cannabis-induced anxiety disorder include:
- Severe Panic Attacks
- Obsessive and Compulsive Behavior
- Unexplained Delirium
- Prominent Anxiety
What are the next steps to take if you are experiencing anxiety induced anxiety disorder?
Alta Mira Recovery: Co-Occurring Condition Treatment
Here at Alta Mira Recovery, we understand that for your cannabis-induced anxiety disorder treatment to be successful, we must listen closely and compassionately to your needs, fears, and unique life experiences. Our team prides itself on providing individualized treatment plans with the right combination of therapies and medical assistance necessary for you to achieve your personal goals.
Alta Mira Recovery is focused on you as a person. You are a complex human being with personal, professional, and spiritual goals and philosophies. We pride ourselves on treating you as just that during your time with us.
Cannabis-induced anxiety disorder can be scary to confront and comprehend. We understand that. Our team is comprised of the best and brightest minds in the field to help you with your needs while you are embarking on the path to your new life.