Cannabis Rehab

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John Gillen - Last Updated: March 30, 2022

Last reviewed: March 30, 2022 by Dr Alexander Lapa. All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Rehab Clinics Group offer rehab programmes for Cannabis Addiction through a number of our specialist clinics that are located throughout the UK.

People develop an addiction to many different types of drugs and no demographic, cultural, socio-economic or age group is exempt from drug and alcohol abuse. While some drugs may be more addictive than others, drug abuse and misuse should never be taken lightly, and any form of addiction is cause for concern.

Cannabis may have been legalised in many parts of the world in recent years, but this does not mean that it can’t become addictive or lead to long term physical and mental health problems. And despite its change in status in many countries, cannabis remains one of the most widely misused substances in the UK according to the Home Office.

People often smoke cannabis because it makes them feel happy and relaxed but in the same way that you can become addicted to legal substances like alcohol, tobacco and prescription medication, you can also develop a marijuana addiction. The frequent use of cannabis can lead to your body developing a psychological and physical tolerance to the drug and you will have to take cannabis in higher and higher doses to continue to achieve the desired pleasurable effects, making it increasingly difficult to avoid developing an addiction. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to a variety of physical and mental health issues as the chemicals in your brain adapt to the presence of cannabis in your system. If you use cannabis in your teens, you are ten times more likely to develop an addiction later in life than a person who did not smoke marijuana as a teenager.

Cannabis, also known as weed or marijuana, is derived from the cannabis plant and contains the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When you smoke cannabis, the THC affects your central nervous system and this results in feelings of tranquillity, wellbeing, calmness, mild euphoria and an altered reality. It is often used by people to relieve work, school or home-related stress. Smoking marijuana is a pleasurable experience for most people, but it can have negative side effects like nausea, paranoia, confusion, hallucinations, panic and anxiety. It can also affect your heart rate and blood pressure.

 

Common symptoms of cannabis addiction

Many people smoke cannabis regularly and use it recreationally without ever thinking about the consequences or worrying about becoming addicted because they are not aware of the side-effects of smoking cannabis and do not believe that it is possible to develop an addiction. They think that they have the situation under control and can give it up whenever they want to. But sadly, many of these people are living under a misconception. Marijuana addiction is a very real problem and can have far-reaching consequences, including memory lapses, depression, confusion, forgetfulness, struggling to concentrate at work or school and finding it difficult to complete simple tasks. Once you reach this point you will need to enter a cannabis rehab programme to deal with your addiction. While there are a number of treatment options available, residential treatment in a cannabis rehab centre is usually the most effective.

Signs of cannabis addiction include;

  • Regularly using cannabis and experiencing withdrawal symptoms and cravings when you can’t get your regular fix.
  • Trying and failing to stop or reduce your cannabis use
  • Frequently missing work or school and a drop in marks or performance because of your cannabis use
  • A loss of interest in normal healthy activities and events that you were previously interested in
  • Lying about the level and frequency of your cannabis use
  • Lying about where you have been and what you have been doing while under the influence of cannabis
  • Possessing cannabis-related paraphernalia
  • Continuing to smoke marijuana even when you know that it is having a negative impact on your social life, career, schoolwork, studies or relationships
  • Smoking cannabis on a regular basis to alleviate the symptoms of stress or an underlying mental illness or health problem

If you suspect that your or someone close to you is addicted to cannabis, you need to seek professional advice and may need to consider entering a cannabis rehab programme for addiction treatment.

 

Cannabis Rehab is the best way to kick your habit

While smoking cannabis is socially acceptable to many people and has been legalised in many countries for recreational and medical purposes, it can still be addictive and if you have developed an addiction to cannabis you need to get help before your addiction destroys your life.

Most drug rehab centres will treat cannabis addiction and they offer a number of treatment services and options. Once you book into a residential cannabis rehab treatment centre you will be there for 24-hours a day for the duration of your treatment. As with all drug addiction treatments, the length of a cannabis rehab programme will vary from one person to the next but the typically detox and rehab stay is 28 days.

When you enter cannabis rehab you will be assessed by a medical team that includes a doctor, psychiatrist and psychologist as well as counsellors and rehab experts. The rehab process will be thoroughly explained, and they will answer any questions that you might have. Once the team has carried out their initial assessment, they will draw up a specialised treatment plan tailored to your needs. Because cannabis is an addictive substance that alters the chemicals in your brain, you will experience withdrawal symptoms during detox.

Home detox and rehab are possible for people who are addicted to cannabis, but residential rehab has the best rate of success because you have constant support, supervision and care. When you take part in a residential cannabis rehab programme, every hour of your day is accounted for and you will be expected to take part in peer group therapy sessions and cognitive behavioural therapy. You will also be given the coping mechanisms that you need to control your addiction once you leave the rehab centre and the tools that will enable you to live a drug-free life. Once you have completed your cannabis rehab you should join a support group and attend regular therapy sessions as this will help you deal with drug-related issues as they arise, and you will not feel alone or isolated by your addiction.

At the Rehab Clinics Group, we understand that cannabis rehab is challenging but we are here to support you and help you overcome your addiction. Call us today to find out more about living a drug-free life.

Dr Alexander Lapa - Psychiatrist & Clinical Reviewer for Rehab Clinics Group

Dr Alexander Lapa - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: March 30, 2022

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures