Find support for 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.

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.

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.

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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 cannabis 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 and meditation, will help you develop coping strategies that can be employed well beyond your time in rehab.

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.

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.

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.

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 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, 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.


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John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 9 July 2021

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: 02/02/2022 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