This Is Why Helping Those Struggling With Cannabis Dependency Is So Important

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NEWS This is why helping those struggling with cannabis dependency is so important Canadian study found just 43 per cent of those who were no longer cannabis-dependent had positive mental health By Angela Stelmakowich Participants without a cannabis dependence history had nine times the odds of absence of any addictions or psychiatric disorders. ro Vesalainen / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Dealing with any addiction is difficult, but for cannabis-dependent Canadians the road to recovery can be especially perilous.

A new study by Canadian researchers, headed by Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson of the University of Toronto, found that  “only a minority of individuals who had a history of cannabis dependence thrived after remission.” Just 43 per cent of those who had stopped taking cannabis following dependency issues were considered to have positive mental health.

In this case, positive mental health is defined as being without suicidal thoughts, drug or alcohol abuse and experiencing a regular sense of happiness or life satisfaction in addition to positive social and psychological well-being.

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