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John Gillen

By John Gillen - Last Updated: 28 November 2022

Clinically Reviewed on by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Cannabis Addiction

Cannabis addiction can be a serious addiction with severe mental health implications. Users can suffer from long-term health issues by abusing Cannabis, and help should be sought if you can not quit the substance.

The Facts About Cannabis Addiction

Cannabis is well-known for being an appetite-stimulant, as well as its ability to make the user feel an extreme sense of relaxation. This is colloquially known as a ‘high’.

Cannabis is a very addictive substance and can have powerful psychological effects on a user’s brain due to chemical reactions. Changes in behaviour including paranoia, mood swings, depression, anxiety and irritability have all been observed in users under the influence of the drug.

Any kind of drug addiction can greatly impact on every aspect on a person’s life. They could lose their job, home, friendships and even their closeness with their family. If you are struggling with the devastating cycle of cannabis addiction, we can offer a completely bespoke cannabis rehab programme here at Asana Lodge.

If you choose to stay in our luxurious rehab facility at Asana Lodge, you will be treated with respect, dignity and understanding at all times. The road to recovery from cannabis addiction can be tough, and rest assured that our staff will always exercise compassion with you as you begin your journey.

We want you to feel empowered and able to take on the challenge of rehab, with us supporting you at each step of the way. We have a tranquil and calming retreat nestled in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, surrounded by trees and green fields.

Our calming location is just what you need to focus on getting better and living a life that’s free from drug use. The accommodation we can offer is private, luxurious and comes with every mod-con and little luxury you can think of, like designer toiletries and soft, inviting bathrobes for you to relax in.


Symptoms of Cannabis Addiction

If cannabis is ingested, the body produces increased amounts of the hormone that controls our happiness levels, known as dopamine. This results in a user of cannabis experiencing a ‘high’ when taking the drug.

As the effects of cannabis wear off, dopamine levels in the body start to slump, causing a drop in mood. For this reason, a user must continually use cannabis to achieve the highs they want to experience, which in turn can cause great physical and psychological addiction.

Over the course of time, a user builds up a tolerance to cannabis, meaning they have to use more and more of the drug, causing physical health implications. At this stage, a user may experience withdrawal symptoms if the substance is not repeatedly ingested.

There is a range of physical and mental health issues that come with cannabis abuse and addiction, which are outlined below…

Physical symptoms of cannabis addiction:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Insomnia
  • Aggression
  • Anger
  • Depression/low mood
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite

Psychological/behavioural symptoms of cannabis addiction:

  • Secrecy/lying about the amount of cannabis consumed
  • Shortness of temper
  • Paranoia
  • Depression

If you or a relative has a cannabis addiction and you would like help and support in rehab whilst you detox from cannabis, get in touch with us at Asana Lodge today. We are highly experienced in treating a variety of drug, alcohol and mental health issues. We can treat you through a range of mindful and holistic therapies that work on both the physical and psychological symptoms of cannabis addiction.

Working together, we can help you get your life back on track to a point where you no longer need cannabis.


Cannabis Addiction


I Have A Cannabis Addiction – Where Can I Find Help?

There are free support groups that you can turn to, such as Marijuana Anonymous, SMART Recovery and Drug Addicts Anonymous. Drug addiction can also put a huge strain on family members. If your relatives also require help and support on how to cope with a loved one’s cannabis addiction, DrugFAM is a good network that can offer guidance.

If you feel your addiction needs help and support to get back on track, do not hesitate and get in touch with us at Asana Lodge today. We can help you live a life that’s free from drugs in a luxurious facility with methods that have worked time and again with our previous clients.


What Is Rehab Like?

When you initially reach out to us for help at Asana Lodge we will encourage you to tell us more about your cannabis addiction and how you have to come to the point where you feel you need rehab. It is important that you let us know of any previous rehab you have undertaken and/or drug treatment.

We will discuss your treatment plan with you in detail, asking you questions to make sure you are happy with the care you will receive from us. We will discuss your physical and mental health, and the severity of your addiction. You will be assigned a care worker/therapist who will be able to offer you round-the-clock support during your time with us.

You will receive complete care and compassion from our outstanding staff, who have been chosen for their professionalism and knowledge of cannabis abuse, addiction and rehabilitation. We will use a range of therapies as part of your treatment to recovery, including group speech therapy sessions, open speech sessions with your family and friends, and cognitive behavioural therapy to help you understand why you have been abusing cannabis.

At Asana Lodge we use a variety of treatments that have had renowned success in treating cannabis addiction, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness exercises, fitness therapy counselling, family therapy, speech therapy and more.

Let our tranquil countryside location be a breath of fresh air that lets you recover from cannabis addiction without the distractions and stress of everyday life. Escape to our calming private rehabilitation centre for a fully confidential and restorative rehab programme. Our professional and experienced team of psychologists, doctors qualified counsellors and therapists are waiting to help you.

We can support and help those suffering from various addictions and mental health issues. All too often, mental health issues are linked to substance abuse.

Together we can help you address the underlying cause of your addiction so you can move forward in strength and determination. Get in touch with us today for more information on our cannabis addiction rehab.

John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 1 May 2019

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed:

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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