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John Gillen

By John Gillen - Last Updated: 12 December 2022

Clinically Reviewed on 18/03/2022 12:00 am by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

Cannabis Rehab

At Asana Lodge, we are highly experienced in caring and rehabilitating those with cannabis addictions. Get in touch with us today for help or advice on how to start your journey to recovery and a life that is free from cannabis abuse. We can begin drug rehab treatment as soon as you are able to do so, with no waiting lists.

What is Cannabis?

The ‘high’ caused by cannabis is known to place the user into an extremely calm state of relaxation, which is caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis is extremely addictive and can result in behavioural changes such as mood swings, paranoia and depression.  This is because over time the body becomes familiar with the drug’s effect and becomes dependent on it as a result. The drug can either be smoked or eaten in baked goods, otherwise known as ‘edibles’.

All of our cannabis rehab programmes are completely bespoke and tailored to meet each clients’ individual needs. Your care is our utmost concern, and our sympathetic and understanding staff are here for you at every step of the way.


How Does Cannabis Abuse Affect The Body?

If you abuse cannabis, particularly to the point where it becomes a drug addiction requiring rehab, you may notice physical side effects including an increased desire to eat, euphoric sensations, an overly- calm mood and lack of correct sensory function. This is because the drug can affect your central nervous system and interrupt signals sent by the brain around the body.

Other short-term side effects of cannabis abuse are feeling sick, feeling paranoid, a raised pulse and blood pressure and becoming confused. It is argued by some that cannabis is relatively harmless, but this is far from true, as the drug can be incredibly addictive and lead to long-term mental health issues if it is abused for long periods of time.


Symptoms of A Cannabis Addiction

There are many serious health complications that can arise from cannabis abuse. The drug can affect hormone levels, and create rather severe mood swings in regular users.

Continued use of the drug is required to achieve a desired ‘high’, meaning tolerance to it slowly builds over time, and the user requires more to get the ‘high’ they need. Symptoms of cannabis addiction can be both mental and physical, and are outlined below.

Physical symptoms of cannabis addiction:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increased aggression
  • Anger
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Little or no appetite


Psychological and behavioural symptoms of cannabis addiction:

  • Secrecy regarding cannabis use
  • Shortness of temper
  • Paranoia
  • Depression


Cannabis Rehab at Asana Lodge

If you choose rehabilitation for cannabis misuse at Asana Lodge, treatment options available to you include:

Cannabis Detox: Whilst withdrawing from cannabis, you are closely supervised by medical professionals and may be given medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms and ease any mental health issues that may arise as a result, such as panic, anxiety or depression.

Rehab: Those who wish to stay with us in residential rehab will have round-the-clock care and support from our team. You will undertake therapies involving various forms of counselling, mindfulness and spiritual techniques to tackle the cause of your addiction and change the way you approach drugs like cannabis.

During your stay with us, you will also have the opportunity to join in group therapy sessions, in which you can speak to those who have had similar experiences with cannabis. You’ll also attend educational programmes, mindfulness and activity classes, psycho-educational workshops and creative therapy groups, such as art therapy.

If you think you have a cannabis addiction, we can help at Asana Lodge. Get in touch with us today for a free assessment, so we can help you get your life back and break away from the consuming cycle of cannabis addiction. Many of our staff have first-hand experience of addiction therapy and rehab, and understand our clients’ needs and concerns.



Unfortunately it is not uncommon for individuals to relapse after they leave rehab for addiction. The first 12 months of leaving rehab will be the hardest and this is the time that most will relapse to some degree.

Whilst you are at rehab, you are being provided with the necessary skills to manage all the daily factors and stressors that could set of your addiction. But putting them into practice when you return to your daily life requires willpower and support at first to give you the best chance at succeeding in an addiction-free life. Here at Asana Lodge we are there with you every step of the way and offer a 12month aftercare package to ensure you have all the support you need once you leave our rehab.

Contact Us Today

Our expert team are trained to help others cope with a range of addictions, as well as underlying mental health issues and eating disorders. If you have an additional mental health problem or an eating disorder, we can also treat these conditions through rehab and help you to understand how they could be linked to your cannabis addiction. We can give you the guidance you need to overcome them for good.

Based in the beautiful and tranquil Northamptonshire countryside, our rehab centre at Asana Lodge is the ideal location for rest and recovery. Unwind in a luxurious manor house with stunning facilities and deluxe accommodation, with en-suite rooms and the highest standard of service.

From fluffy bathrobes and towels to beauty services (at an additional cost), your every need can be catered for. We ensure that all of our clients feel welcome and comfortable.

Call us today for more details on our deluxe cannabis rehab programmes.

View Our Virtual Tour

Take a virtual walkthrough of our rehab facility so that you can see for yourself just what we have to offer. Simply click on the play button to begin the tour of our centre.

You’ll be able to explore our lobby, common areas, bedrooms, therapy rooms and much more from the comfort of your own home.

We hope that this tour will give you a better sense of what Asana Lodge is all about and help you to make the decision to stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you in person soon – start your recovery today!

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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: 18/03/2022 12:00 am

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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