Drug & Alcohol Clinic

Cannabis Addiction Therapy & Treatment

Is cannabis becoming a problem in your life? We’re here to help with professional, confidential and understanding support for cannabis addiction built to meet your needs.

About Cannabis Addiction

Cannabis is viewed as low-risk and medically beneficial, but it is restricted in the UK. Despite claims of non-addiction, cannabis addiction can be risky for users and finding support can be challenging

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A high level of use can cause physical dependency. The psychoactive substance in cannabis is Tetrahydrocannabinol, which creates the feeling of being ‘high’. Having bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and an increased appetite are all associated with the effects of cannabis. Long term use means that Tetrahydrocannabinol is the active ingredient that remains in the system for longer causes a low mood effect, which creates a craving for more Tetrahydrocannabinol. Research suggests approximately 10% of those that try cannabis are at risk of becoming addicted.

Frequent and recreational use can have a harmful effect on mental health and can cause symptoms such as depression, anxiety, paranoia, irritability, and mood swings. All of which can be challenging to manage. It may be that it starts to have negative effects on memory and interfere with work or family life too. Cannabis addiction can also have a negative behavioural and social effects. Causing some people to avoid contact with friends and family leading to isolation and others may be more vulnerable to engaging in risk taking behaviour.

Man with cannabis addiction.

Adolescents are also at risk of the harmful effects of cannabis.

Cannabis use in Adolescents

Research suggests that cannabis use in Adolescents can have harmful impacts long term as the human brain can continue developing until early to mid-twenties. Exposure during this time to drugs can be harmful to brain development, there have been links between teens using cannabis and memory use and IQ being negatively impacted.

Adolescents may also be at an increased risk of addiction during teen years and later in life. Those that begin using before age 18, are 5 times more likely to become addicted, this can interfere with their education, social life, mental health and career prospects.

Person smoking with cannabis addiction and would benefit from receiving cannabis addiction therapy and treatment.

Risks Around Cannabis Addiction and Dependence

The Psychological Dependence Of Cannabis Addiction

One of the biggest problems is that many clients find that they need to use more to get ‘high’ or find that they are using more often than they want to or feel comfortable with.

With regular use cannabis tolerance can build and then the user needs to use again to avoid negative experiences such as anxiety, irritability and low mood. This is viewed as psychological dependence and needs to be treated as seriously as any other substance abuse issue.

It takes between 7 and 10 days to remove a physical dependence however it can take months to disengage from the psychological dependence. We strive to work with the individual to understand the causes of their cannabis use and to utilise more effective coping strategies.

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Alcohol Addiction

Are you concerned about how much you or someone else drinks?

We offer professional, confidential and understanding support for alcohol addiction, built to meet the needs of you or your loved one.

Cannabis Addiction

Is cannabis becoming a problem in your life?

Our team are here to provide professional, confidential and understanding support for cannabis addiction built to meet your needs

Family Support

Family, friends and colleagues need support as much as the person suffering with addiction or alcoholism.

If you’re finding it hard to cope, support is available from our team of expert therapists.

What Is Addiction

Addiction does not discriminate, anyone can be affected by this disease. We offer non-judgemental and confidential environments to examine what your needs are in order for you to successfully change the factors that are causing distress.

Inpatient Rehab

We appreciate that clients, who come to us, will need to be treated with confidentiality and discretion. Your recovery and freedom to continue your journey in life is our primary consideration.

Drugs & Their Effects

Here are descriptions of the major drugs used, their effect and consequences of long term use as well as their legal status in the UK.If you are struggling with use of any one or combination of the below substances then contact Home Counties for assessment and support.

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Get instant results using our in-house testing options such as breathalyzers, urine samples or surface testing. We also offer formal tests such as UKAS 17025 accredited laboratory hair strand tests and more.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Drug & Alcohol Support Services

What Would You Like To Know?

Our aim is to see you within 48 hours of contacting us.
Yes, your family can be offered appointments with another therapist in the practice and/or we can offer family appointments where they would be beneficial to your treatment.
The first appointment gives you the opportunity to discuss what you feel you need, and we will advise you on what we think is the most effective way forward for you. This is a collaboration between you and us.
This can form part of your initial discussion and we find that some people want to go straight to inpatient rehab and yet others prefer to try to manage at home. That decision will be made with yourself and the clinician managing your treatment.
Yes, many people leave rehab needing additional support and we can offer that for you and your family.

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