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A former cannabis addict’s account of recovery

Meet Dan, 24, from Birmingham. Dan began smoking cannabis with a new circle of friends in college. What was once something Dan did to fit in quickly became a daily habit. Until, that is, he reached out to Port of Call, drug rehab advice experts, for help. Read on for this former cannabis addict’s experience of finding recovery.

Dan’s story

I remember it like it was yesterday. The moment that my girlfriend told me she couldn’t be with me anymore because of my cannabis habit. I knew she wouldn’t put up with it forever and I’d always planned on quitting. But the more stress that was thrown my way in work, the more I felt like I needed the cannabis to unwind. It was a vicious circle; one that eventually caused my relationship to break down.

Cannabis addict’s experience

Getting dumped inevitably led me to smoke even more. I had a vague idea that I was becoming more and more dependent on cannabis to relieve my stress and anxieties. But I wasn’t strong enough to listen to my own suspicions. I just wanted to zone out from everything. I got to the point where I’d easily be smoking upwards of five joints a day.

It was a completely destructive habit. I was oblivious to financial problems and growing disciplinary issues at work, like forgetting deadlines and showing up late. I completely disregarded everything except cannabis. I came home from work one day to find my mum, dad, childhood best friend and an intervention counsellor sat in my living room. They sat me down and told me how my drug taking was hurting them and myself.

Recovering from cannabis addiction

After listening to the stress that I’d put my family through, and reminiscing with my best friend about happier times, I agreed to get help. My mum had organised the intervention through Port of Call, so I contacted them for support. Their adviser was brilliant; really patient and clearly knew what I was going through. They listened to my issues and talked me through some drug treatment options, without any hard sell. They were even able to book me into a nearby rehab for me to start my treatment straight away.

Although I was scared about going into rehab, I needn’t have been. In fact, my time there flew by and the thing that helped me most was meeting other people in similar situations to me. It made me feel like I wasn’t the only person in the world who’d turned to cannabis for comfort and relaxation. The whole rehab experience made me optimistic about my future for the first time in a very long time. Now, I’m so much happier without cannabis. My only regret is not getting help sooner.

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Disclaimer: Names and certain details have been changed to protect the identity of case study participants.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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