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Starting Cannabis use disorder counseling

What is Cannabis use disorder counseling?

Cannabis use disorder counseling from our Thriveworks therapists in Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs, CO 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 Colorado Springs depends on the individual's needs as well as the extent and severity of their disorder as well as 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?

Weed. Grass. Pot. Hash. Broccoli. Giggle Smoke. Reefer. Numerous nick names, controversies and multiple misunderstandings. It seems as if everyone has an opinion regarding if cannabis should be used; and if so, how, when and where. With so many people fiercely debating, it’s difficult to find truths and facts.

Here are some common myths:

“A person cannot become addicted.”

Research consistently shows that Cannabis is addictive.  

“There aren’t negative side effects of using Cannabis” 

Research shows there are respiratory effects, brain and mental health effects.

“Detoxing is easy”

 Cannabis stays in a person’s system anywhere from 4-50 days. This depends on the frequency of use, body fat levels, method of use and other factors.

When withdrawing from Cannabis, people tend to report:

  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tremors
  • Digestive problems
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue

The truth is, up to 30% of people who use cannabis will develop a cannabis use disorder (CUD). People who begin using cannabis, or marijuana as teenagers are 4 to 7 times more likely to develop cannabis use disorder than adults. Keeping these statics in mind is important when using cannabis medically or for pleasure. When used legally and effectively, it can be something that enhances life. On the other hand, when using it more often and in greater quantities than intended, problems may arise. In this case, a person may want to cut back on their use or quit completely. In these cases, some people may find it helpful to have professional support.

The therapists at Thriveworks Colorado Springs treat Cannabis Use Disorder and have helped many people detox and live without weed.

Weed, Pot, Marijuana, Cannabis – What is it, exactly?

Cannabis is derived from the dried flowering tops, leaves, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis sativa (hemp) plant. It has been used for hundreds of years by humans for fiber (hemp), seed oils, seed, medical treatment, and recreationally. The key psychoactive substance is THC (delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol). The THC acts on brain cell receptors, cannabinoids, to alter the neurotransmitter release, resulting in pain relief. In addition to pain relief, people use cannabis to treat different types of medical conditions. Cannabis is similar to alcohol in that not all use is harmful or addictive. Many people use it in a legal and safe manner.

The question quickly becomes, “How much is too much?”

According to the DSM-5 (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition), the official definition of Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) is:

“The use of pot regularly for a minimum of one year while also experiencing a loss of functioning and an increase in life disruptions. The lack of functioning and increase in disruptions may show themselves through at least two of the following symptoms”

Symptoms:

  • Cravings for cannabis
  • Ineffective attempts to cut back or stop use.
  • Spending substantial time and an increased time in using cannabis (obtaining, ingesting, and recovering from use).
  • Increased frequency of use.
  • Experiencing personal, professional, or relational harm from weed use and continuing to use cannabis in the same way.
  • Increased tolerance levels, resulting in needing more cannabis to feel similar effects as one did at the very beginning of use.
  • Allowing one’s job, hygiene, school, family, or friends to suffer, due to cannabis use.
  • Engaging in risky behavior, such as driving a car while high.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms during extended absences of cannabis use.

With varying degrees of addiction, the DSM-5 has a scale for CUD that relies upon the number of displayed symptoms:

Mild CUD             1 to 3 symptoms

Moderate CUD    4 to 5 symptoms

Severe CU           6 or more symptoms

Due to the subjectivity of one’s use, diagnosing oneself or a loved one based on this scale is not recommended. Speak with a professional to gain an understanding on where you or a loved one might be on the scale, regarding the cannabis use.

Risk Factors

There are several factors that may influence a person’s risk at developing cannabis use disorder:

  • A family history of chemical dependency.
  • A pre-existing mental health disorder or condition.
  • History of tobacco or other drug use.
  • Unstable relationships.
  • Low school performance.
  • Easy to access to pot.
  • Family members who use weed.

Treatment for marijuana addiction, weed addiction, pot addiction, CUD (Cannabis Use Disorder):

When googling “marijuana detox” or something similar, many sites come up. Clearly, detoxing is a common problem and people are seeking help with it. The truth is, detoxing is only one part, the first part, of treating an addiction, regardless of the severity. And, detoxing is difficult! It can take a while, since the THC is stored in fat cells. Because this can be challenging, therapy will equip and empower people with coping strategies, to endure the withdrawal symptoms and alter their lifestyle to live without using weed.

Therapy will also allow people to explore any negative experiences and emotions which may have led them to begin using pot. Through counseling, people may be able to resolve these experiences and emotions in a healthy way.

Why choose Thriveworks Colorado Springs?

If you or a loved one is feeling it may be time to cut back or quit the use of cannabis, know that the professionals at Thriveworks are here to help. They work with people in a caring and non-judgmental manner. Their experience in working with clients who struggle with pot use/abuse is vast and wide. Every provider will ensure each person receives a unique and individualize treatment plan.

Calling to schedule an appointment with us is easy. We don’t have a wait list and we have evening and weekend appointments available. We also work with many insurance plans. We want to simplify getting help as much as possible.

Call us today: 719-266-3919

Resources:

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/marijuana/addiction

https://drugabuse.com/library/marijuana-withdrawal/

https://www.drugs.com/answers/how-long-does-marijuana-stay-in-system-53067.html

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/246392.php

DSM – 5 The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition

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 Colorado Springs therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Excellent therapist who listens deeply and engages in thoughtful caring dialogue . With helpful analysis and suggestions .
Read more Excellent therapist who listens deeply and engages in thoughtful caring dialogue . With helpful analysis and suggestions .
Sreedevi Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I feel heard, and understood. I have trust in my therapist that she is guiding me into take the right path and actions towards me healing old wounds and trauma from the past
Read more I feel heard, and understood. I have trust in my therapist that she is guiding me into take the right path and actions towards me healing old wounds and trauma from the past
Sharon Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Marie Beltran is such a wonderful therapist. She’s patient very caring and understanding. She truly a joy to talk to ? Thankful to have such a great therapist in my life ❤️
Read more Marie Beltran is such a wonderful therapist. She’s patient very caring and understanding. She truly a joy to talk to ? Thankful to have such a great therapist in my life ❤️
Colorado Springs Oct 2021
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★★★★★
Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
Read more Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
Colorado Springs Sep 2019
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★★★★★
My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
Read more My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
Colorado Springs Jul 2019
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★★★★★
Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
Read more Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
Colorado Springs Jul 2019
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Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
Read more Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
Colorado Springs Jun 2019
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★★★★★
I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
Read more I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
Colorado Springs Jun 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Colorado Springs is located at the corner of Chancellor and Channel Drive. Our building is across from Sassy Tan, next to Pikes Peak Dental, and slightly north of Fairfax Ridge Park. We share a building with Brothers Dental, and have parking available directly outside our main entrance.

Phone number

(719) 259-4585

Languages spoken by CO providers

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