Cannabis detox

One of the most common misconceptions about cannabis is that you cannot become addicted to this drug. In truth, experts estimate that about 10% of people who misuse cannabis will eventually become addicted to it.

Two characteristics of addiction that can make the disorder so difficult to overcome without professional help are tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance means that as your body adapts to the presence of cannabis, you will need to use greater quantities of the drug in order to experience the desired effect. Withdrawal refers to the variety of unpleasant symptoms that you may experience when you try to stop using cannabis.

What happens during cannabis detox?

Detoxification, or detox, refers to the medically supervised process during which a person can rid their body of cannabis and other addictive substances.

In cannabis detox at Priory, you will have the continued support of experienced professionals throughout the process. Throughout your time in our detox programme, you will be in a safe and comfortable environment and you will have access to medical and nursing staff members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Withdrawal is a temporary experience, and cannabis withdrawal does not typically put your continued health at risk. However, the intensity of the symptoms and the fear of what will come next can undermine even the most fervent desire to start living a drug-free life.

While you in are in detox at Priory, your discomfort will be eased and any fear of the unknown can be eliminated. Our compassionate professionals will be at your side throughout the process. They can help you to manage your symptoms, and their familiarity with all phases of withdrawal means that they can help you overcome any challenges that may threaten your continued progress.

Once you have completed detox, which typically takes a few days, you can then transfer directly into our residential programme, where you will begin to develop the skills to support your new drug-free life.

Contrary to another unfortunately persistent piece of incorrect information, you can indeed experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting to overcome an addiction to cannabis.

Cannabis addiction withdrawal symptoms

Depending upon the nature and severity of your cannabis addiction, your body may react in the following ways when you try to stop using cannabis:

  • Intense cravings for cannabis
  • Insomnia
  • Vivid unpleasant nightmares
  • Depression
  • Intense headaches
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea

The extreme discomfort of these withdrawal symptoms, and the knowledge that they can be alleviated simply by once again misusing cannabis, can quickly push you back into this self-defeating behaviour if you try to quit cannabis without professional support.

But there is a better option. When you enter treatment at a Priory hospital, you can participate in our detoxification programme. In this programme, you will receive professional help to get you through the withdrawal process comfortably, and prepare you to overcome your cannabis addiction.

Benefits of detoxing from cannabis at Priory

Participating in detox at Priory provides you with the following benefits:

  • Increased likelihood of successfully ridding your body of cannabis, which is an essential first step in the recovery process
  • Peace of mind that you are in a safe environment under the supervision of experienced professionals who are prepared to guide you through the entire detox process
  • Round-the-clock support to help you to manage any discomfort that occurs while you are withdrawing from cannabis
  • Drug-free environment, which removes any temptations and prevents the risk of immediate relapse
  • Opportunity to begin participating in therapy while still in detox, which can give you a head start on addressing the issues that contributed to your addiction and making the changes that will support successful long-term recovery
  • Seamless transition to our residential programme, which ensures continuity of care and allows you to build upon the progress that you made while in detox

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding cannabis detox please call  0800 840 3219 or click here for a free addiction assessment.