Combat Hashish addiction with efficient treatment

April 12, 2022

What is Hashish?

Acquiring efficient hashish addiction treatment will require understanding about the substance and its related effects. Hash or hashish is a drug made from the same substance as marijuana. It contains THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and has acute addictive and withdrawal effects.

Hashish is a popular drug in the Middle East and Asia. It comes from the resin of unfertilised flower tops on the cannabis plant and there are many ways to use this drug. Like marijuana, it can be smoked with tobacco, while some also ingest it by mixing it with food. The most common way to consume hash is by smoking it with a hookah, “bubbler”, hot knife, and vaporizer. One of the byproducts of hash is the sticky substance known as “Hash Oil”. Like the raw product, this oily substance causes various effects onto the consumer, including various lethal ones – when used continuously. 

Why is Hashish addiction a disease?

Disease is the disfigurement of organ(s) that cause(s) unpleasant symptoms to the sufferer. In the case of diabetes, the focal organ is the pancreas and the inability to produce blood sugar leads to various physiological dysfunction including possible blindness. 

In addiction, the disfigurement happens in the nucleus accumbens of the midbrain; where one feels pleasure. Dopamine; both a hormone and neurotransmitter, is produced here and creates a ‘high’ feeling when performing various activities (and not limited to) like eating a favorite meal, having sex or even when consuming drugs. Drugs produce an overwhelming surplus of dopamine, inhibiting the brains’ natural production of the said hormone. When this happens, more drugs will need to be consumed to regulate and obtain the same ‘high’, developing dopamine deficiency amongst chronic drug users. The disfigurement of the physiological function caused by the drug is the disease in discussion, related to hashish. 

The acceptance of addiction as a disease enables practitioners and communities to treat addicts as patients requiring medical facilitation, as opposed to social misfits who are criminalized. Just like diabetes and cancer, addiction too is a disease that requires continuous monitoring and treatment for sustainable recovery. Solace is equipped to provide exclusive treatment facilitation and support programs to ensure that people with addiction diseases are able to return to their normal lifestyle in a healthy manner. 

Treatment for Hashish addiction at Solace

Anyone with severe hash addiction will require the body to be detoxed before beginning formal treatment to ensure that the treatment facilitation is efficient. At Solace, holistic methods of detoxification are employed to cleanse the biological system of any toxins before therapy. It is vital that the addiction is treated after detoxification to ensure sustainable recovery, or else, it could increase the chances of relapse. Detoxification alone is not sufficient to treat addiction due to various factors including the psychological urge of consuming the substance, which is always addressed during treatment.

At Solace, we treat addiction as a holistic illness, targeting all aspects of the addict by adopting a “Biopsychosocial-Spiritual” model of treatment. Biologically, we address the body and health concerns, to ensure efficient physiological function. Psychologically, we treat the thinking processes that are related to the addiction mechanism called the addictive personality. Next, we have a community of recovering addicts to support the healing process which denotes the social aspect of sustainable recovery. Lastly, the element of spirituality is embedded into the treatment program to create a sense of belief and faith directed towards one’s recovery.

Our program includes various therapies and modules that supplement the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual model. The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) addresses problem thinking and core beliefs of the relevant individual. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) helps addicts to accept themselves, embracing various elements within their respective lives to create a more effective treatment process. Lastly, the Interpersonal Group Therapy (IPGT) integrates the addict into the recovering community, creating a healthy social mechanism for sustainable recovery.

Besides therapies, the Solace treatment facilitation provides various activities. These activities assist the recovering patients to grasp life beyond addiction, exposing them to other sources of ‘fun’ and ‘excitement’. The program structure even includes various outings to scenic and exciting locations for natural stimulation. Aforementioned activities will include sports, fitness, creative arts therapies, alternative therapies, and massages. In summary, the treatment module includes these activities to help in the healing process from addiction. 

In Solace, the continuum of treatment is vital for recovery and healthy living. Every treatment facilitated within Solace will require a transition. This is an essential part of any treatment to ensure that relapses are properly mitigated, reduced or resolved for sustainable healthy living. The transition programs are cleverly designed by clinical practitioners and consultants to ensure that patients are correctly phased into ‘real life’ situations and conditions. Every addiction treatment program in Solace is followed up with an 18 month after-care support for this reason. Solace will support recovering patients with materials and tools to enable self-reliance and sustainability. 

Why Solace?

Solace is a luxury addiction rehabilitation facility located in Malaysia, with various supplementary service facilities to ensure world-class treatment provision. Located in Kuala Lumpur, it is conveniently accessible for all international patients seeking luxury destination addiction treatment, complemented by other factors like geography, culture, society and modernity. 

Malaysia is a country with majority of its population practising Islam as a religion. 61.3% of the population is Muslim and the infrastucture around this is conducive for anyone seeking treatment from the Middle East. At Solace, all aspects of treatment are carefully constructed, including the food and beverages; ensuring that it is all Halal. In addition to that, we embrace the practice of religious lifestyles and provide mosque visits for observation of prayers.  

Subsequently, our clinical, consulting and administrative staff are made up of local and international experts from various countries including the United Kingdom, United States of America, Netherlands and South Africa. Solace ensures that all clinical staff are specialists and experts in their respective fields of therapies, to ensure the best possible treatment is provided for all those seeking assistance. Contact Solace to learn more.

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