Cannabis Addiction Recovery Centre

Dagga / cannabis / zol / marijuana /weed whatever you call it, is one of the most frequently used and abused psychoactive and addictive substances used in South Africa today.

Contrary to mainstream hype this is not a harmless herb, “dagga” (as it is locally known) is responsible for wide range of identified addiction and psychological problems issues in modern day society. Recovery Direct provides a modern approach to helping people with substance use disorders free themselves from these behaviours.

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Is Cannabis Addictive?

Like with most additions, problematic use is determined by the person’s inability to stop or control the use of a substance. “Marijuana”, “dagga”, “weed” or “cannabis” as it is frequently referred to, is no different. While seemingly “harmless” to the majority of users, there are many distinct circumstances where the problematic use of cannabis is detrimental to the health and wellbeing of the individual. While mass media hails the attributes of “legalised” weed and or supposed health benefits, this is by no means a simple harmless plant in the context of addiction.

Am I Addicted to Dagga?

Cannabis/dagga addiction is characterised by interferences with work, social life, feelings of guilt, withdrawal circumstances, irritability, mood/sleep problems, appetite loss, psychological cravings or general restlessness. People under stress or those suffering from mental illnesses, genetic predispositions and some adolescents are prone to potential dependence and addiction problems. In order to determine whether or not you are addicted to any substance, simply stop using the substance for a while, observe your reactions (physical and psychological responses to stopping) and call us if you need help.

Dagga Abuse Treatment

There are no specific medications available for treating cannabis dependence, thus detox involves treating symptoms as they emerge. Sedative medications are prescribed on a short-term basis in cases where there are severe anxiety or panic attacks. Almost immediately, patients start with individual focused therapy and enter group meetings to establish a support base and develop daily coping skills. Treatment involves the re-patterning of addictive behaviours into new and positive routines and moving forward with motivation and new strength.

Dagga is not a harmless drug.

THC is a psychoactive compound that can cause a wide range of detrimental psychological addiction problems in individuals.

1 in 9 regular cannabis users develop abnormal tolerances and exhibit one or more of the identified behavioural or psychological addiction disorders.

Dagga addiction does not need to be a “way of life”. We understand what you are going through and are here to help you find new direction no longer dependant on a weed to find your happiness.

Why We Have a Dedicated Marijuana / Cannabis / Dagga Addiction Rehab in Cape Town

Psychological Consequence of Cannabis Addiction

The vast majority of cannabis users experience an inability to stay focused, along with a range of short and sometimes long term memory lapses and concentration issues. Motivation takes it’s toll as cannabis “zoned out” state makes it easy to ignore the realities of day to day life. In the absence of the drug stress is a common problem. Users find it hard to “unwind” without the drug and may experience depression, mood swings and sometimes even anger when they are unable to “get their fix”.

The True Impact of Dagga Addiction in South Africa

Chronic dagga addiction problems in people do still require rehabilitation treatment services because the psychological impacts are not much different to any other form of substance use disorder. The transformation from casual drug use to a pronounced dependence and detrimental substance abuse occurs less frequently dagga users than for opioid, amphetamine or cocaine users. That said the reality is that so many individuals use dagga, there is still a far greater number of people that may develop addiction based behaviours. US stats claim that one out of every nine people who frequently used dagga will become dependent on the substance. Furthermore dagga use in early adolescence exponentially increases the risks of individuals being addicted to the drug in later life and or suffering significant mental health related issues.

The Impact of Modern Cannabis Strains on Addiction

Genetically modified strains of cannabis have been in existence for the last 5 to 10 years and the strain’s active THC yields are getting more potent each year. In addition to this, dagga users are finding ever more inventive ways to refine and take enriched THC resins, which in turn amplifies the potential of addiction. Hash oil or honey, wax or budder or shatter are concentrates so potent that their use has sent quite a few people to the emergency room.

Behavioural Changes

Changes that may be symptomatic of dagga addiction include distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in problem solving, other problems with short-term memory loss.

Long term effects of cannabis addiction can last for well over a year for users that use cannabis even on a weekly basis.

Recovery Direct Cannabis Rehab

Recovery Direct is trusted provider of cannabis addiction treatment in Cape Town South Africa. With our addiction treatment experts, a stunning, villa setting, and specialist treatment programs, we craft a unique treatment regime for each person in order that they may find their path to long-term recovery.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a versatile therapy that is effective in the long-term treatment of dagga addiction. Behavioural therapy focuses on the patient’s ability to make sound choices and better identify and avoid risky relapse situations. By understanding the root of your emotional responses based in Recovery Directs specialised trauma resolution program clients will learn to shape their lives free from dagga addictions.

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If you are struggling with substance related issues, we have ideal solutions for you. We are a dynamic, progressive centre specialising in modern addiction treatment therapies. Our techniques and options extend beyond traditional rehab approaches. They also include assistance with interventions and solutions to challenges that may take place after treatment, as well as enjoying long-term sobriety.

Public information about drug problems is aimed at a broad audience. Individuals must obtain specific advice applicable to their unique conditions. A simple phone call to one of our experienced addiction counsellors is all it takes to get the reliable and confidential advice that you need.

Cannabis is usually consumed in dry, mix of the plants flowers, stems, leaves of the dagga plant also known as cannabis sativa. The drug is usually smoked in a cigarette or pipe.