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Discover how starting cannabis use disorder counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Starting Cannabis use disorder counseling

What is cannabis use disorder counseling?

Cannabis use disorder counseling from our Thriveworks therapists in Charleston can help people manage their urges to use cannabis. In addition, it can help people manage the challenges that stem from their cannabis use disorder, from relationship issues to problems at work, as well as those that their disorder may stem from, like trauma.

How does cannabis use disorder counseling work?

Cannabis use disorder counseling works by helping one understand the underlying causes of their disorder, teaching them coping strategies, and recognizing their specific triggers. Long-term or ongoing cannabis use disorder counseling can also help to prevent relapse.

Is cannabis use disorder counseling conducted in person or online?

Cannabis use disorder counseling at Thriveworks Charleston, SC is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does cannabis use disorder counseling last?

The length of cannabis use disorder counseling in Charleston depends on the individual’s needs, the extent and severity of their disorder, and the problems that might stem from it. That said, people can make meaningful progress in cannabis use disorder counseling in the first weeks to months.

Need more help deciding?

Pot, Hash Oil, Grass, Weed, Herb, Ganger, Reefer. In the past few years, cannabis use has received significant attention as many states are legalizing recreational and/or medicinal use. With all the attention, there seems to be as many disputes over cannabis as there are nicknames for it.

Regardless of where people stand on the legalization of cannabis, the reality is that people use it. Some people use it responsibly and legally—they do not form an addiction or face serious life impairments. However, some people experience serious difficulties because they use weed.

Enough people are experiencing enough difficulty with cannabis that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) now acknowledges Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD). If weed is inhibiting your everyday functioning and/or causing distress in your life, you are in good company. Many people need and seek out professional help for their cannabis use. The cannabis use disorder therapists at Thriveworks Charleston know what it takes to help people detox and equip them with the tools to live without cannabis.

What Is Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD)?  What Are the Symptoms?

Cannabis is a plant that contains Delta-9-TetraHydrocannabinol (THC) in its stems, buds, and leaves. THC is a psychoactive compound that slows communication between the brain and the body. When ingested in large quantities, it also has a hallucinogenic effect. Cannabis earned a reputation as a non-addictive substance, but this is not the whole story. Like alcohol, many people who use marijuana do not form a dependency, but many people who use it will become addicted. When people use cannabis on a daily basis, the percentages of addiction are even as high as 50 percent.

DSM-5 acknowledges the addiction as Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD), and it defines CUD as marijuana use for a minimum of one year while experiencing lowered daily functioning and increased agitation as displayed by two or more of these symptoms:

  • Spending considerable time to obtain, ingest, and recover from marijuana.
  • Craving weed, possibly through images, obsessive thoughts, dreams, and smells.
  • Neglecting one’s job, school, hygiene, family, and friends while prioritizing marijuana use.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when attempting to curb or quit use.
  • Using pot while engaging in risky behavior such as driving a car.
  • Continued pot use despite harm to friends, oneself, family, or work.
  • Trying to lessen or stop cannabis use without success.
  • Using weed with greater frequency.
  • Increase the amount of weed to experience the same psychoactive or hallucinogenic effects.

Not everyone who has CUD experiences it with the same intensity level. DSM-5 offers a scale of dependence that is based upon the number of symptoms a person displays.

  1. DSM-5 (305.20 F12.10) Cannabis Use Disorder, Mild: Two to three symptoms indicate Mild CUD.
  2. DSM-5 (304.30 F12.20) Cannabis Use Disorder, Moderate: Four to five symptoms indicate Moderate CUD.
  3. DSM-5 (304.30 F12.20) Cannabis Use Disorder, Severe: Six or more symptoms indicate Severe CUD.

What Are the Benefits of Detox and Treatment?

The body stores THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis, in its fat cells. Cleansing the body, therefore, is more difficult than if it were water soluble. Some people have reported feeling the effects of cannabis for months after their last use.

Many people will also experience withdrawal symptoms as their bodies detox from cannabis. Normal symptoms include insomnia, depression, nightmares, headaches, digestive problems, and more. A common problem people face is intense and varied emotional expression. Some feel as if they are on an emotional rollercoaster, feeling angry one moment, euphoric the next, then depressed only to cycle through a range of emotions all over again.

Therapy may help people navigate detox and its challenges. Especially if people have used cannabis to avoid or relieve emotional pain, a skilled therapist can help people process and resolve the emotions that flood them during detox. Therapy may also equip people to handle life’s challenges in a healthier way. Recovering from CUD has a lot of challenges, and there are no quick-fixes. But people who seek help and overcome their CUD are usually happier they did. Some of the potential benefits of recovery include…

  • Improved concentration and memory
  • Renewed enjoyment of interests and hobbies
  • Better sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Stable mood
  • Better relationships
  • More money in the bank

Work with a Cannabis Use Disorder Counselor at Thriveworks Charleston, SC

Thriveworks Charleston has appointments available for treating Cannabis Use Disorder. Think about the symptoms for CUD. Did you recognize any of the behaviors in your own life? If so, it may be time to seek help.

When you call our office, our goal is to provide client-centered care. That is why a person will answer your call and help you schedule your therapy on a day/time that is convenient for you. Also, know that we accept most most insurance plans. Call today to make your appointment for Cannabis Use Disorder.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Charleston therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Mr Sachs has been outstanding with his handling of our sessions. Personally, I believe that therapy/counseling is truly a personal experience and the therapist needs to be matched to the patient as much as the patient with the therapist. I feel like he was a perfect fit for what we needed with our sessions.
Read more Mr Sachs has been outstanding with his handling of our sessions. Personally, I believe that therapy/counseling is truly a personal experience and the therapist needs to be matched to the patient as much as the patient with the therapist. I feel like he was a perfect fit for what we needed with our sessions.
Bill Jan 2024
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Mrs. Darby is an amazing LPC! She was my preceptor while attending MUSC. She came highly recommended by my colleagues and definitely met the expectations! She went above and beyond for her students and her clients. Very professional, caring, empathetic, practices excellent communications and dedicated to improving mental health for her clients and the community! I highly recommend her services!
Read more Mrs. Darby is an amazing LPC! She was my preceptor while attending MUSC. She came highly recommended by my colleagues and definitely met the expectations! She went above and beyond for her students and her clients. Very professional, caring, empathetic, practices excellent communications and dedicated to improving mental health for her clients and the community! I highly recommend her services!
Charleston Aug 2022
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Rhonda is very dependable and a great listener. She has such a calming spirit!
Charleston Oct 2021
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Emily Frichtl has been a fan resource for me. She is insightful, compassionate and caring. I am very thankful to have her!
Read more Emily Frichtl has been a fan resource for me. She is insightful, compassionate and caring. I am very thankful to have her!
Charleston Nov 2020
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Emily Frichtl is a great therapist! I had the privilege of acting as both a clinical supervisor and then as a peer to Ms Frichtl and can attest that she is well versed in the field ethics, displays compassion, and is driven to help her patients.
Read more Emily Frichtl is a great therapist! I had the privilege of acting as both a clinical supervisor and then as a peer to Ms Frichtl and can attest that she is well versed in the field ethics, displays compassion, and is driven to help her patients.
Charleston Nov 2020
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I worked with Adam for over 2 years as a colleague. He is client focused, dependable, and well loved among clients.
Read more I worked with Adam for over 2 years as a colleague. He is client focused, dependable, and well loved among clients.
Charleston Mar 2020
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I was privileged to work alongside Adam recently and I was regularly impressed with how often his clients enjoyed him. He was respected for asking wise questions and for giving gentle suggestions. And his paperwork was to be envied. He's such a good guy!!!
Read more I was privileged to work alongside Adam recently and I was regularly impressed with how often his clients enjoyed him. He was respected for asking wise questions and for giving gentle suggestions. And his paperwork was to be envied. He's such a good guy!!!
Charleston Mar 2020
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Charleston is located on E Bay St between Cumberland St and S Market St. Across the street, on the opposite side of E Bay St, you will find the US Custom House. We currently share the building with JB Hunt Transport Service and the Law Office of Jason S Stevens, among other businesses.

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(843) 376-6157

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