I’d imagine that Cannabis Withdrawal Syndrome could turn into a pretty controversial addition to the DSM. There’s been a growing body of research to support this, but the real question is how significant the withdrawal syndrome is. I’ve read comparisons to withdrawal from nicotine. It seems like the primary value would be to normalize the anxiety and depression for the client and professional helper, making it clear that it is temporary, to be expected, and not cause for diagnosing a mood or anxiety disorder.
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I have been an addiction professional and social worker since 1994. I started blogging in 2005 as the Clinical Director at Dawn Farm. I no longer work at Dawn Farm and am now the Director of Behavioral Medicine at a community hospital, and a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work. Views expressed here are my own. Keep in mind that the field, the contexts in which the field operates, and my views have changed over time. View all posts by Jason Schwartz