Objectives: To describe the social and demographic profile of cannabis users seeking treatment and to compare differences between sex in relation to readiness to behavior change and in relation to associated use of marijuana and other drugs. Methods: A cross-sectional, descriptive study including a nonprobability sample of individuals who called a chemical dependency hotline. Results: The sample comprised 72% male individuals aged between 12 and 25 years. 85.5% used other drugs in association with cannabis. The action stage was the most frequent stage of readiness to behavior change observed, in 56% of the callers, with no differences between sexes (p = 0.4). Men more frequently sought treatment for the use of cannabis. Conclusions: Our findings allowed delineating a profile of cannabis users, so as to better guide the provision of adequate information and treatment services.
|Translated title of the contribution||Cannabis abuse and dependency: Differences between men and women and readiness to behavior change among users seeking treatment|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Revista de Psiquiatria do Rio Grande do Sul|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Dec 2010|