Cannabis addiction rehabilitation
Cannabis is one of the most widely misused substances in the UK, and yet many myths still persist about the dangers of this substance. Also commonly referred to as 'marijuana' or 'weed', this drug is derived from the cannabis plant, which contains the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Known for eliciting feelings of relaxation and tranquillity, THC is what causes the high that draws many to misuse cannabis.
At Priory, we provide comprehensive care for drug dependence and co-occurring disorders at various locations across the UK. If you or someone that you care about is suffering as a result of cannabis addiction, we hope that you will consider us when selecting a treatment centre to help you to start your recovery journey. Treatment for cannabis addiction can take place as part of our 28-day Addiction Treatment Programme, with the length and type of treatment that you receive, dependent on your unique condition and the severity of your addiction.
What are the effects of cannabis consumption?
Cannabis use affects your central nervous system, and causes sensations of calmness, mild euphoria, increased appetite and an altered perception of your immediate surroundings and time. People often use cannabis to amplify the relaxed atmosphere of meeting up with friends, as well as relieving the stress and tension associated with work, school or family pressures.
The negative short-term effects of taking cannabis include feeling nauseous, paranoid or anxious, as well as affecting your heart rate and blood pressure, while general confusion and even hallucinations can make taking the drug an unpleasant experience.
Cannabis is typically smoked but is also increasingly being cooked or baked into certain foods, commonly known as ‘edibles’. Some parts of the world are seeing changes in the legalisation of this substance for both medical and recreational use, however, just like alcohol, tobacco, prescription painkillers and other legal drugs, cannabis carries the potential for addiction and misuse.
Some people argue that cannabis is a safe and harmless drug, although misusing cannabis and developing an addiction occurs in 10% of people who are exposed to the drug. If you begin using cannabis in your teens, the chance of becoming addicted rises to 16%, with the long-term damage to your mental health increasing as greater amounts of the drug are used in order to achieve the same effects.
Treatment for cannabis addiction
If your ability to function at home, work or school has been negatively impacted by your misuse of cannabis, help is available at Priory. By choosing to access a professional treatment service found at our nationwide hospitals and wellbeing centres for cannabis misuse, you can take steps towards overcoming your drug dependence.
Free addiction assessment at your nearest hospital
Starting with a free, confidential assessment, Priory is known for providing quality, professional treatment for a wide range of substance misuse concerns. We understand the many ways that cannabis addiction can deprive you of your ability to achieve your full potential, and lead the happy, healthy life that you want and deserve.
Personalised care from staff specialising in addiction treatment
With a commitment to compassionate, effective, evidence-based care, we are prepared to help you to enjoy the many benefits that come with the decision to enter treatment at Priory, including:
Individualised care - no two people are alike and treatment at Priory never assumes a one-size-fits-all approach. We ensure that your treatment experience reflects your needs, strengths, challenges and personal goals.
Experienced professionals - our treatment team consists of medical and mental health professionals who possess a deep knowledge of effective treatment for addiction.
This page was reviewed by Stephanie Chick (FDAP) in July 2018, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in July 2020. To view all Priory cannabis addiction specialists, please click here.
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