Recent studies suggest cannabis has less physically addictive qualities than some other illicit drugs, but this doesn’t mean the dangers of cannabis should be underestimated. It is thought that one in ten cannabis users have a psychological dependency on the drug, which requires cannabis abuse treatment to overcome.
A cannabis dependency, also known as cannabis addiction, can manifest in feelings of anxiety and paranoia and – in severe cases – cannabis can cause serious mental health concerns, such as schizophrenia. In order to overcome an addiction, it is important to seek cannabis treatment, which will help users remain abstinent from the drug.
It is thought that one in six cannabis users who begin taking the drug in adolescent years will become addicted. What may start as an experiment can soon develop into a psychological dependency that requires a great deal of effort and willpower to overcome.
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How to recover from cannabis abuse
If you or a loved one are dealing with a cannabis addiction, we would urge you not to go it alone. Port of Call’s discreet addiction advisers, and trusted network of clinicians and counsellors, are just a phone call away. We know how daunting it can be to admit you have a problem and to seek professional help. We know because we have been through it ourselves. Taking that first step to recovery, and speaking to someone about your cannabis problem, could very well be the best thing you ever do.
Recovering from cannabis addiction won’t necessarily be an easy journey. The process will take time, effort and willpower but it is important not to give up. With the right treatment and cannabis addiction support users can begin their road to recovery. By following a personalised treatment plan, individuals can be safe in the knowledge that they are receiving the best professional care.
Cannabis abuse treatment plan
A cannabis abuse treatment plan will depend on the choice of treatment most suited to the individual. For those attending a rehabilitation centre for the treatment of drug or alcohol misuse, the treatment plan is likely to include:
- Group Therapy
- Individual Counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Relapse Prevention
Some of these cannabis treatments will vary, depending on the requirements of the individual, and while most rehabilitation centres will incorporate all of these treatments, the treatments may not be suitable for every person. You may also find that a problem with cannabis worsens alongside the use of alcohol, so you may prefer to find an alcohol rehab which can help with both problems.
Cannabis addiction support groups
Following treatment, an aftercare plan is likely to be compiled in order to prevent relapse. This can involve attending an addiction support group, where peers will share their experiences and successes; listening, motivating and assisting each other on their road to recovery.
Attending a cannabis addiction support group can give individuals the motivation they need to carry on with their treatment and remain abstinent. It also encourages users to participate in activities and socialise with like-minded people.
How can Port of Call provide cannabis addiction help
- You will speak in confidence to someone who will listen to what is happening in your life.
- Your situation will be explored fully and appropriate treatment options and support will be discussed.
- You will speak to someone who understands addiction, someone who is in active recovery, and someone who is able to provide you with un-biased and impartial information and advice.
Contact us for help
For cannabis addiction help and advice, you can call our helpline on 08000029010. Alternatively, you can send us an email at [email protected] or complete a call back request and we will call you at a convenient time.