Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs not only in the UK but many countries across the world as well. It is all too easy to obtain, and as it gives users a feeling of happiness and relaxation, they will often keep abusing the substance to continue feeling this way. This could lead to addiction.
Drugs such as cannabis affect the lives of many people around the world; not just the addict but also the lives of their loved ones. This can be incredibly frustrating for friends and family who have no choice but to watch their loved one struggle with addiction but not do anything about it. There have been many approaches to tackle the drugs epidemic that is plaguing so many; however, the most recent suggestion is to legalise cannabis in the UK.
The ‘Only Solution’
Recent reports have highlighted that many people believe that the UK government should look to legalise cannabis as it is ‘the only solution to crime and addiction problems’. The Adam Smith Institute produced a study entitled The Tide Effect: How the World is Changing its Mind on Cannabis, and it has received support from several MPs, including Nick Clegg, former deputy prime minister. The Institute believes that the UK’s current strategy towards drugs ‘has failed in its core aims to prevent people from using drugs, manufacturing drugs, and to put a stop to crime, corruption and death that is taking place on an industrial scale around the world’.
Cannabis is not actually legal in the Netherlands, but it can be purchased in many of the country’s well-known ‘coffee shops’, which provide the drug. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), despite the wide availability of the drug in the Netherlands, the Dutch are not the biggest cannabis users in the world; the residents of Iceland are. Data provided by UNODC highlighted that 18.3 per cent of Iceland’s 15 to 64-year-olds uses cannabis regularly, followed by 16.2 per cent in the US and 14.3 per cent in Nigeria. The Netherlands came 20th on this list while the UK was ranked 26th, followed closely by Ireland.
A Way of Life
Those who suffer from addiction will often not want to give up the drug they have abused for so long as it has now become their way of life. They may fear a life without their drug of choice as they do not know what it would have in store for them. However, a life without drugs is the best option for anyone who wants to live a longer and healthier life.
Once you are motivated and determined to overcome your addiction, it will become much easier to take the initial step towards sobriety and, in turn, a much healthier lifestyle.
Successfully Overcoming Addiction
If you are concerned that you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction and you are unsure of how to tackle this issue, contact us here at Blue Skies. We will go above and beyond to ensure that you successfully overcome your addiction in a safe and comfortable environment; we can make sure that you are happy in our clinic. However, you will need to commit to the programme.
We can guide you through treatments and tailor them to suit your specific needs so that you will greatly benefit from your treatment. If you have any queries or require any specific info, contact us today, and we will be more than happy to help.
- Mapped: The countries that smoke the most cannabis (Telegraph)