Cannabis (marijuana) and other sedatives might seem like harmless drugs, but if you’ve formed a chemical dependency and addiction to them, they can ruin your life. Wyoming Recovery has been helping individuals with marijuna addiction and sedative addiction for more than two decades. In that time, we have developed customized medical and evidence-based approaches to drug addiction treatment that help patients succeed and return to a sober, healthy lifestyle.
Marijuana Treatment, Cannabis Treatment, Sedatives Treatment
If you need help with your cannabis treatment (marijuana treatment) or sedative addiction, start the process online filling out this form or by calling a case manager at (307) 265-3791 to start the admissions process.
Understanding the Effects of Cannabis
Cannabis is the most commonly used psychotropic drug in the United States, after alcohol. It is a plant that contains several compounds, including THC. The THC quickly passes into the bloodstream, where the chemical affects the brain and other organs. When smoked, the effect is nearly instantaneous. When ingested, effects generally occur within 30 minutes to an hour.
THC acts on specific bran cell receptors, which causes the “high” people feel. Other effects of marijuana use include:
- altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors);
- altered sense of time;
- changes in mood;
- impaired body movement;
- difficulty with thinking and problem-solving;
- impaired memory;
- hallucinations (when taken in high doses);
- delusions (when taken in high doses); and/or
- psychosis (risk is highest with regular use of high potency marijuana).
Although physical addictions to cannabis may be less severe than other drugs, that doesn’t necessarily mean people can easily quit without issues. Some people can form deep chemical dependencies to cannabis and even experience withdrawal symptoms that make quitting more difficult.
Understanding the Effects of Sedatives
Sedatives are a diverse group of drugs that relax the central nervous system. These drugs are also known as tranquilizers or central nervous system (CNS) depressants and include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotics, anesthetics, antihistamines and opioid narcotics, as well as herbal compounds. Because marijuana can relax the central nervous system, it can be classified as a sedative.
While under the influence of sedatives, individuals have slower reflexes, slurred speech, and difficulty thinking and problem-solving. They are often prescribed by doctors to treat conditions like anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders. They can also be used as general anesthetics.
Common side effects of sedative use include:
- blurred vision;
- not being able to see depth or distance as well as usual (impaired perception);
- slower reaction time to things around you (impaired reflexes);
- slower breathing;
- not feeling as much pain as usual (sometimes not even sharp or intense pain);
- having trouble focusing or thinking (impaired cognition); and/or
- speaking more slowly or slurring your words.
Many patients start using sedatives with a prescription for valid medical reasons, but abuse can cause patients to become chemically dependent and addicted. With ongoing use, patients experience increased tolerance, and require larger and larger doses to achieve the same effects. Quitting the use of sedatives can cause debilitating withdrawal symptoms that could include depression, anxiety, restlessness, and nausea.
Cannabis Treatment, Marijuana Treatment, and Sedatives Treatment at Wyoming Recovery
If you’re experiencing an addiction to cannabis or sedatives, you are not alone. Millions of people struggle with addiction.
Wyoming Recovery is here to help. The medical staff, trained addiction specialists, therapists and counselors at our rehab facility in Casper, WY, understand and treat addiction every day. We offer several programs for sedatives treatment and marijuana treatment (cannabis treatment) to help you tackle your addiction, including medically supervised detoxification, and inpatient and outpatient drug rehabs.
It all works together to provide patients with high successful recovery rates and healthier lives. Our dedicated, professional staff is here to provide you with effective drug addiction treatment so you can get sober, stay sober, and take control of our life.
Are you ready to start your recovery journey? You can start the process online filling out this form or by calling a case manager at (307) 265-3791 to start the admissions process.