More and more people are attending private rehab at The Providence Projects as a result of cannabis addiction. This is due to a variety of factors, but we know for sure that cannabis has become socially acceptable and importantly, incredibly potent. The strength of the drug has had a direct impact on the increase in mental health problems and a difficulty in breaking the habit for so many people.
Many cannabis users that present for drug rehab cannot go a day without cannabis. Without cannabis, they become agitated, angry, and anxious and find it incredibly difficult to sleep; it has become their coping mechanism for life.
The rehab programme for cannabis has been carefully designed to help the individual stop, address the underlying issues and develop the ability to live and cope with life without having the need to return to cannabis.
Cannabis: what is it?
Cannabis or marijuana, also commonly referred to as ‘weed’ or ‘skunk’ is a psychoactive plant which is, without doubt, the most commonly used illicit drug in the world. In recent years various countries and states have started to legalise and tax the drug. There is much debate as to whether this is the best approach or not. Although some people argue that it is a plant with qualities that can help certain physical and psychological difficulties, there is no doubt that it can also be very harmful with an increasing number of people becoming dependent.
Although the drug can be ingested in many forms, by far the most common method is to smoke the drug. The active chemical, THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is the ‘element’ which causes the user to feel stoned. The level of THC in the cannabis will determine the strength. The higher the content of THC, the more stoned the user will feel.
Although historically, cannabis sometimes came in the form of ‘hash’, this is becoming quite rare. Skunk which is now often home-grown, is much stronger and more popular. As the use of skunk has grown, so have the number of people becoming dependent and experiencing real difficulty in stopping.
The most recent research which has been carried out estimates that approximately 8% of people who smoke cannabis develop either a dependency or a problem with cannabis.
Like any drug, it is very possible to develop an addiction. One sign to look out for is an increased tolerance. As the person uses the drug more often, they find that they need more of the drug for the same effect. With cannabis in particular, the user can become agitated, anxious and angry if they are unable to get cannabis. They often become convinced that they need cannabis to calm them down.
Using cannabis on a daily basis can have a detrimental effect on mental health. Often leading to depression, anxiety and in more severe cases, paranoia and psychosis. In all cases, it leads to a general malaise, with the individual losing interest and motivation in old hobbies, finding it difficult to become excited about anything and often becoming quite isolated.
It has a detrimental effect on relationships. Most family members experience their loved one being quite distant – somehow the cannabis traps them in their own world and they find it hard to be emotionally available.
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Although some might argue that cannabis is ‘non-addictive’, there is clear evidence to the contrary. People who have been using cannabis regularly experience a range of withdrawal symptoms which often cause them to smoke again.
The most common cannabis withdrawal symptoms are:
- Loss of appetite
- Outbursts of anger
- Difficulty in coping with emotions
These withdrawal symptoms often perpetuate the addiction, with the individual unable to manage these symptoms before returning to the drug.
Cannabis detox & marijuana detox
Due to the withdrawal symptoms that some individuals experience, all clients at The Providence Projects are assessed upon admission by a doctor. During this admission rehab assessment you will run through your history with particular attention to your drug and alcohol misuse.
Depending on the nature of your drug use, your experience of trying to stop as well as the severity and frequency of your use, you will agree a regime with our doctor.
For some clients, the comprehensive psychological and emotional support is sufficient during this stage. Others may require medication in the short term to manage any withdrawal related symptoms.
At The Providence Projects, we have found that through talking therapy, and learning new coping skills, managing withdrawals from cannabis can be well managed and far easier than many expect.
Help for cannabis addiction
It is not always easy to find help for cannabis addiction. There have been severe cuts to government funded and local authority services which has resulted in poor quality provision in lots of areas. The money that drug services have available to them is generally being spent on prescribing and day services for Class A drug users, people with long and enduring mental illness or other complex issues. Even in these instances, funding for a cannabis rehab programme is very unlikely.
One avenue is to access counselling to deal with the related or underlying issues. This may be arranged through your GP or privately. Whilst counselling can be very useful, it is generally for an hour or two a week and for many people is just not sufficient to bring about the necessary change.
Another avenue is Narcotics Anonymous. This enables the user to attend self-help groups in the community, free of charge. Again, these can be a fantastic resource but even many members of Narcotics Anonymous found that they needed a period of drug rehab to make those initial changes.
Help for cannabis addiction at The Providence Projects is available immediately. If you would like to find out more about the cannabis rehab programmes or simply speak to a counsellor to find out the options available to you, please call 0800 9550945.
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10 December 2014
The foundation that was the spring board for not only me, and my life being completely revolutionised but all of my loved one’s too. A commendable team of staff who’s warm approach loved me when I did not know how to love my self. I will be eternally grateful and thus will my family who got there daughter/sister back from the grips of drug addiction. A safe and secure environment in which revcovery is facilitated and the tools for re intergrating into society are at hand. Much love to my Provvi family as always. Clean and Sober since 20/12/2012 and here is where it started. ... See more
Cannabis rehab admission
The admission process in to our cannabis rehab programme is very simple. The admissions team are always available to take your call and run through the simple steps.
- Step 1:
Free consultation and assessment: Depending on your location, this is often carried out on the telephone. This enables us to get the information we need to be sure that we are the right place for you. It also gives you the opportunity to ask us any questions you have about our drug treatment programme.
- Step 2:
Your assessment will be processed with the medical team at The Providence Surgery and the counselling team at The Providence Projects to be signed off. This all happens on the same day.
- Step 3:
We inform you of the decision. If for any reason we are not a suitable match, we will be able to recommend suitable alternatives. However, for most situations, we are a suitable match and move on to Step 4.
- Step 4:
Arranging admission: Depending on your circumstances, we can either arrange an immediate admission or agree a date for admission which is suitable for you. Some of our clients look to arrange a date which is suitable for work, family or financial reasons whereas most are looking for a quick admission.
- Step 5:
Once admission has been agreed, you can either make your own way to our private rehab facility for admission, or ask us for collection. As part of our service, we do offer transport if required.
- Step 6:
Arrive at the centre and start your recovery journey!!
All 6 steps of the cannabis rehab admission process can be completed within 24 hours.
Cannabis and mental health
Over recent years there have been a range of studies into the relationship between cannabis use and mental health disorders. The evidence from these studies clearly demonstrate the increased risk of developing long term schizophrenia. As well as this risk, the risk of experiencing a psychotic episode also increases substantially.
There is more chance of this occurring in those who are ‘genetically vulnerable’. For example, if there is a family history of mental health issues. The research also demonstrates that young people are particularly vulnerable as the brain has not fully developed; as a result heavy cannabis use can result in mental health conditions later in life such as bipolar or a range of psychotic illnesses.
The relationship between cannabis and depression is not quite so clear and more research is being carried out. There does appear to be a link but it is unclear if cannabis causes depression. We expect more research to be carried out as cannabis becomes more widely used.
NHS cannabis rehab v private cannabis rehab
The NHS in recent years have struggled to cope with the ever-growing demand for mental health services. Unfortunately, there is little in the way of rehabilitation for cannabis users and generally detox and rehabilitation is often only available privately.
Cannabis rehab aftercare
Recovery from cannabis addiction really comes in three main phases:
Stopping the drug use
Addressing the underlying issues and developing a tool kit for recovery
Ongoing work to maintain the changes made in rehab
During the rehabilitation phase, you will identify and begin work on a range of issues. As part of this work, along with your therapist, you will make plans for life after the programme. This may include 1-1 counselling, group therapy, attendance at 12 step meetings and the continuation of other skills learnt whilst in treatment.
Cannabis: The facts
Effects of cannabis:
It is important to state that the effects of any drug do vary from person to person, but these are some of the common effects experienced:
- Everything seems a little slower
- People claim that imagery looks more artistic or music sounds better
- The ‘munchies’
- Feel relaxed – no worries
- Sleepy/general malaise
- Affects memory
- Can result in nausea, a.k.a ‘a whitey’
- Can result in paranoia and hallucinations
Other risks of cannabis:
- Cannabis smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals
- Most people mix with tobacco and are therefore at increased risk of lung diseases and bronchitis
- Increased chance of a road traffic accident
- Affects fertility
- In pregnancy, it may harm an unborn baby
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke from long term smoking
Benefits of cannabis
Much is being written currently about the benefits of cancer particularly with regards to cancer pain, muscle spasms and sickness relief. It is possible that there may be more benefits, as there are studies suggesting it may be helpful in the treatment of Epilepsy and even Glaucoma. Much of this research is still relatively new and more studies and testing is required to confirm these potential benefits.
Want to know more about our cannabis or weed rehab programmes? Contact our experienced team of counsellors on 0800 955 09 45 today and learn hoe The Providence Projects can help.