Cannabis and Mental Health

Each year in the United Kingdom, more than 5 million people are thought to consume cannabis at least once.  Although illegal, cannabis continues to be one of the most used drugs, with 7.8% of adults across the nation confessing to using the drug.

While many believe that using cannabis is harmless, cannabis use can be detrimental and can give way to various mental health disorders.

If you regularly use cannabis and experience mental health disorders such as anxiety, you must seek help.  Likewise, if you abuse cannabis in a bid to alleviate a mental health disorder, treatment must be obtained as soon as possible.

To help you understand cannabis and mental health, we have shared a wealth of information for you to review below.  We have also delved into the treatment we can provide at our residential rehab.

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Why Do People Consume Cannabis?

Often used recreationally, cannabis is consumed for many different reasons.  However, the majority of cannabis users state that they use cannabis as it helps them relax and forget their worries for a short period.

In addition, cannabis is often used to alleviate mental health disorders.  When mental health disorders are present in an individual’s life, completing day-to-day tasks can be somewhat challenging.

As a result, many turn to drugs, including cannabis, for short term relief.  However, as the relief obtained wears off, mental health disorders once again arise and can feel significantly worse.  In turn, cannabis is once again consumed.

Regrettably, frequent cannabis use is known to increase the risk of cannabis dependency.  In fact, research published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that 30% of people that use cannabis are likely to become reliant on the drug.

Long Term effects of Cannabis

Although many continue to believe that consuming cannabis is somewhat safe, especially as medical cannabis is often promoted internationally, prolonged cannabis use comes hand-in-hand with many short and long-term side effects that impair an individual’s psychological health.

While using cannabis can, as noted above, help individuals relax, cannabis is also known to induce mental health disorders such as anxiety, paranoia, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

It should be noted that not everyone who uses cannabis will be at risk of developing a mental health problem.  However, research suggests that frequently consuming cannabis increases the risk of developing a psychological disorder by five times.

Cannabis and Mental Health Treatment

Although cannabis addictions and mental health disorders are often treated separately, if cannabis and mental health are concurrently impairing the quality of your life, treatment must be integrated to ensure that you have the opportunity to address your cannabis and mental health disorder.

The treatment you secure will depend entirely on the severity of your addiction and mental health and the impact both disorders have had on your physical and psychological health.

Yet many rehabs, including our own, combine detoxification, rehabilitation and aftercare support to give you the best chance of making a long-term recovery.

To successfully address your addiction and mental health disorder, you will encounter various psychological and well-being therapies.  Psychological therapies often include cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing.

These particular therapies will encourage you to talk about how cannabis and mental health has impaired your life.  They will also help you determine the cause of your cannabis addiction and mental health disorder.

In contrast, well-being therapies, which often include art therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, will help you develop coping strategies that can be employed well beyond your time in rehab.

Cannabis and Mental Health Treatment

Although many individuals are hesitant about participating in well-being therapies, much research highlights that well-being therapy can prevent relapse and reduce symptoms associated with mental health disorders.

Cannabis and Mental Health Treatment At Asana Lodge

At Asana Lodge, we frequently administer dual diagnosis treatment to clients who simultaneously struggle with a cannabis addiction and mental health problem.

Tailored to your personal needs, we can provide treatment for the following co-occurring disorders.

  • Cannabis and Depression
  • Cannabis and Anxiety
  • Cannabis and PTSD
  • Cannabis and Stress

If you consume cannabis in a bid to relieve mental health problems such as those noted above or have come to experience a mental health disorder as a result of consuming cannabis, upon entering our rehab, we will first conduct a clinical assessment.

By conducting a clinical assessment, we can determine whether a cannabis and mental health disorder is impairing your life.  From here, we can assess the impact both cannabis and a mental health disorder has had on your health and well-being.

Cannabis and Mental Health Treatment At Asana Lodge

Although the thought of completing a clinical assessment may leave you feeling somewhat anxious, we must be able to gain an understanding of your cannabis addiction and mental health disorder.

Failure to do so could prevent you from receiving appropriate treatment.  Sadly, when appropriate treatment is not administered, you may find it exceptionally difficult to make a long-term recovery.  This will essentially put you at greater risk of relapsing.

Understanding how cannabis and mental health has compromised your life, we will provide you with a personalised dual diagnosis treatment plan.

This plan will incorporate treatments such as a medically induced detoxification, one-to-one counselling, therapy and brain and body restoration.  You may also undergo Satori Chair Therapy and NAD+ Therapy during your time in our rehab.

As touched on above, irrespective of the treatment you are offered, you will have the ability to address and overcome your cannabis addiction and mental health disorder in parallel by completing dual diagnosis treatment.

Contact Us Today To Discuss Our Treatment Options

If you have sadly developed an addiction to cannabis and find yourself struggling with a mental health problem, please contact us today by calling 01908 489 421.

In doing so, we can provide you with a wealth of information surrounding our treatment options.

We can also help you ascertain whether you require treatment and ensure that you have the support you need to take the first step in your journey to a healthy, happy future.

 

Sources

https://positivepsychology.com/wellbeing-therapy/

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2019/06/10/1866147/0/en/Over-5-million-people-in-the-UK-have-consumed-cannabis-in-the-past-3-months-according-to-Maru-Voice-UK.html

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-addictive

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/there-link-between-marijuana-use-psychiatric-disorders