Despite its continued widespread use, relatively few individuals with cannabis use disorders present to treatment services. Compared to other substance use and dependence, there is a dearth of research examining explanations for this observed underutilization of cannabis treatment. The aim of this chapter is to examine these barriers and discuss how they may be addressed to improve rates of treatment utilization. The most prominent access issues identified in the literature were a lack of a perceived need for treatment to stop successfully using and a desire to stop using on one's own. Less prominent barriers were the concern that entering treatment would invoke negative attitudes from the community or employers, and the belief that treatment was ineffective. As such, it may be important for treatments to minimize the amount of professional contact involved and maximize awareness regarding effective treatment and improve treatment accessibility. Further work is required to identify how to address these issues; however, computer-based interventions appear promising.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of cannabis and related pathologies|
|Subtitle of host publication||biology, pharmacology, diagnosis, and treatment|
|Editors||V. R. Preedy|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Jan 2017|
- Cannabis use disorder