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The Best Rehab Centers For Dabs Addiction

Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

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Jennifer Cousineau MSCP, LPCI, NCC

February 18, 2019

People who are addicted to drugs often look for new ways to increase the potency of their addiction. One increasingly popular method involves extracting the THC from marijuana and creating a waxy substance known as “dabs.” Individuals who have fallen into the world of dab use may find that an inpatient rehab center is the best way to overcome addiction.

Dab Is Highly Concentrated THC

Dabs are the result of a process that removes THC from marijuana and creates a “wax” or “butter” that can be smoked. The concentration of dabs is incredibly high: the most concentrated version is often 95 percent THC. The thick nature of dabs means it must be smoked in a special device called a “wax bong.”

A wax bong works by collecting the smoke from burning dabs. Due to its incredibly concentrated nature, only a small dot or “dab” of it is necessary to get high.

The Increasing Popularity Of Dabs

The popularity of dabs is heavily influenced by its potency: some experts claim that one hit of dabs is equivalent to as much as 10 inhalations of herbal marijuana. As a result, the high is quicker, more potent, and lasts a lot longer.

Unfortunately, that potency also creates THC tolerance in many users, meaning they no longer get high from herbal marijuana. Higher concentrations of THC also create a higher potential for addiction.

While marijuana is rarely considered physically addictive, it can create a psychological or behavioral addiction to the calm of “euphoria” it generates. The higher concentrations of THC in dabs make those feelings even more intense, creating a greater potential for addiction.

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Dangers Of Dabs

Beyond the increased severity of typical marijuana problems (such as anxiety, paranoia, and depression), dabs addiction can be very dangerous. Common problems associated with dabs use include:

  • hallucinations
  • strange tactile sensations
  • severe sleeping problems
  • psychotic breaks

The latter danger is especially prominent when people try to quit smoking dabs. However, the most dangerous problem associated with dabs is its preparation which, like crack, requires dangerous combustible substances. As a result, dabs labs are prone to explosions.

Dabs Rehabilitation

Dabs rehabilitation is no different than marijuana rehabilitation. It consists primarily of behavioral modifications, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational enhancement therapy. However, the severity of dabs addiction generates more severe withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and problems sleeping.

Unfortunately, there’s no single “marijuana withdrawal” medicine available on the market, but a combination of sleep aids and anti-anxiety medicines are often used to combat these symptoms.

Remember: the relative severity of dabs addiction means rehabilitation will be more strenuous than typical marijuana rehabilitation. Expect to stay at least 60-90 days and to experience a variety of psychological and emotional assessments.

Find Dabs Addiction Treatment

Finding a rehabilitation center for dabs addiction shouldn’t be too difficult. Since most centers have experience with treating THC addiction, they should have already mastered the techniques necessary for treating dabs addiction.

As THC addiction is primarily a behavioral issue, you may get all the help you need from a behavioral health treatment center. These centers will have experts trained to apply the behavioral modification techniques that have proven useful in treating dabs addiction.

If you or someone you love is suffering from dabs addiction, please contact us today. We can help connect you to a rehabilitation center that can get dabs out of your life forever.

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