Clinically Reviewed on: 27/04/2022 2:00 pm by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)
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You may have heard that cannabis is not addictive. This is a myth. Most cannabis users may be able to consume the drug on an irregular basis, but some cannabis users will go on to develop an addiction to this drug. Some research actually suggests that up to 30% of regular marijuna users may have an addiction disorder with the drug.
If you fall into this latter group, it’s highly unlikely you will be able to give up cannabis consumption without professional help. Cassiobury Court provides residential cannabis rehab programmes.
Cannabis is the most used drug worldwide, and there are estimates that there are nearly 200 million people who have used the drug around the globe. The drug had been used throughout history, and there are truths to the stance that cannabis has healing qualities.
However, there are just as much negative qualities to the drug that will make you want to quit using it. THC, the working proponent in cannabis, will make you feel good. However, THC is also linked with various mental health issues such as schizophrenia.
Cannabis addiction is unlike alcohol and heroin addiction in that it is not a ‘physical addiction’. However, cannabis addiction is classed as a psychological and emotional addiction. This means cannabis users become addicted to the emotional state associated with cannabis use.
How? THC, increases the production of dopamine when brought into contact with the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter closely associated with the brain’s ‘reward system’. When we smoke cannabis, more dopamine is produced causing us to experience pleasure.
When cannabis wears off, dopamine levels fall. This causes cannabis users to continue to smoke cannabis in order to manufacture the positive emotional state triggered by heightened dopamine levels. When you stop using cannabis, you will suffer from a range of psychological withdrawal symptoms.
These symptoms are often unbearable to the point where you simply cannot cope without continuing to use cannabis. These symptoms may include paranoia, anxiety and depression.
Are you suffering from a Cannabis addiction and need help? Cassiobury Court is a leading UK based expert in Private Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment. Find out how we can help by getting in touch with our friendly team today.
If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from an addiction to cannabis, you may wish to know the signs that confirm your suspicion. Here we provide a few of the classic symptoms that would seem to confirm the existence of your addiction to cannabis:
If you or a loved one suffer from one or more of the above symptoms, we recommend you seek out our support without delay. We offer Cannabis Rehab. Simply contact one of our addiction advisors today on 01923 804139.
Your treatment for cannabis treatment begins with a phone call. When you contact our admissions team, we conduct a short assessment so we may truly understand your needs and the severity of your addiction.
Once this assessment is completed, we then go about explaining your various treatment and cannabis detox options to you. We typically recommend a residential cannabis rehab treatment programme for cannabis addiction. Why? Because residential treatment means you are removed from your normal home environment whilst you receive your treatment. This means the risk of relapse is very low.
When you attend our London residential rehab centre for cannabis addiction, you benefit from a number of proven therapy techniques. These techniques attempt to treat the underlying emotional causes of cannabis addiction.
Once these emotional causes of cannabis addiction are sufficiently treated, a relapse prevention and aftercare plan is put in place. This plan helps to ensure your abstinence goals are achieved upheld once you return home following the completion of your residential cannabis rehab programme at our London clinic.
Cannabis is indeed a gateway drug. Many studies have proven that THC cross-desensitizes receptors in your brain, which makes you more susceptible to try other drugs as your tolerance will be higher for other mind altering substances.
It is not necessarily stronger, yet it is more dangerous. Current cannabis, contains much more THC rather than CBD. THC is the psychoactive substance that could trigger mental illnesses.
John Gillen - Author - Last updated: 27th April 2022
John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience in providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John is also the co-author of the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 27/04/2022 2:00 pm
MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified
Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.
Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)
Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)
Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures
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