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To have a friend or someone near you who is addicted to weed is bad. As a parent or a relative, it is a very trying experience to see our loved one falling prey to weed and destroying his physical, mental and social health. Is it possible to pull your loved one from the quicksand like weed addiction?
Any drug which gives a high has a potential of abuse and it becomes very difficult for anyone to stop taking drugs once he has become dependent. The brain makes adjustment so that the person can cope with life despite remaining in an inebriated state. Once he stops taking the drug, the brain goes into a tizzy and takes some time to return to its normal state. However consistent counseling and suitable medications can wean a person from addiction and help him to think clearly and enjoy his life and fulfill his dreams.
Signs of Marijuana Abuse
Marijuana use produces elation, sedation, lassitude and a feeling of compassion that is not based on real emotions. Higher dosage or chronic use can lead to dementia, inattentiveness, pensive behavior, hallucination, hysteria etc. Weed instills a false sense of confidence and a feeling that his senses have become keener. In reality, the senses are subdued and the person is not able to gauge the speed and distance. This carefree attitude and loss of judgment also can lead to dangerous circumstances such as having unprotected sex or urge to do a stunt which is fraught with a high danger.
Weed use make the person fidgety and make faces which looks grotesque and abnormal. Weed also leads to increased appetite for junk food and sweets. This leads to increase in cholesterol and other associated effects like cardiovascular ailments and degenerative diseases. The eyes of a marijuana user are always blood shot and red.
Heavy weed use also causes what is known as “cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome” where the patient has emesis or retching and omitting for extended period of time and also causes severe abdominal pain. No medication can allay the symptoms, not even anti emetics. Doctors are slowly becoming aware of this problem and if they come across any person suffering with such symptoms, the first questions he will ask is are you on weed. The only option is to stop taking weed and under a de addiction program the patient is slowly weaned out of the morass of weed addiction.
How to quit smoking weed as a teenager? Problems for Students in Particular
Marijuana addiction is rampant among young people and this is the most dangerous aspect of the drug. Teens and adolescents are in a phase of life which is very important for their career and later they will go on to become valuable contributors to the nation’s wealth. Marijuana saps their energy, ability to think and become creative. Person on weed are usually low on self esteem and self respect. In a recent study it was revealed that those who are on weed usually are not able to complete their college education and often are not able to raise their economic status in the society.
Often persons who are addicted to weed are of the notion that their life has become better after consuming weed and it is very difficult to motivate such a person from the rut he has got into. How to quit smoking weed if the person falsely believes that it has done him good? You can obtain the help of his family member or friend to remind him of the life he lived before and the state of his affairs after getting hooked to weed. Try to remind of his dreams and aspiration before getting into the wretched addiction to weed.
You can remind him that all is not lost and his dreams can still be achieved if he mended his ways. If his interest is rekindled shower him with encouragements and prevent him from remaining alone when he can once again be tempted to go back to his old ways. See to it that he is away from his weed buddies and also wean him away from his drug selling friends who will try their best to get him back into their fold.
How to quit smoking weed after 10 years and deal with the withdrawal symptoms
Some of the common withdrawal symptoms include annoyance, nervousness, tetchiness, agitation, despair, Chills, abdomen pains, trembling, sweating, anorexia, insomnia and queasiness can be present in varying degrees from medium intensity too acute and chronic. Support from near and dear ones are very important and help the addict to set goals and choose a path of progress and well being. Nutritional supplements will hasten the recovery process and also alleviate some of the most acute symptoms of withdrawal.
Quit smoking weed, insomnia, Decreased appetite, sleep difficulties, bad dreams, and other symptoms
One common withdrawal symptom is night mares which occur with frightening regularity. However these symptoms are not chronic and after an incidence of a couple of times will start disappearing and everything will be normal. The only precaution which needs to be observed is that the person does not hurt himself during such episodes.
What if He Can’t Seem to Quit?
Remember that relapse rates are very high and out of the thousands of addicts who enter in rehabilitation centers, nearly 40% go back to drug addiction. Out of 10 persons who are addicted to weed only one goes to de addiction centre. The most dangerous part is that many don’t even recognize that they are addicted to weed and it is this section of weed users who later go on to become die hard addicts and slowly graduate into harder substances like heroin and coke. A heavy user is almost impossible to be rehabilitated because the past actions usually come to haunt him later in life even after he has become de addicted and clean.
Many rehabilitation centers use prescription drugs to allay some of the severe withdrawal symptoms but this is a double edged sword and often finds the addict getting de addicted from weed but becomes hooked on the prescription drug. Therefore he needs the help of an effective rehab program before any more of his life or talents are wasted.