Cannabis and Anxiety

Do you frequently use cannabis to alleviate an anxiety disorder?  Do you rely on cannabis to navigate your everyday life? Have you found that without cannabis, your anxiety escalates and becomes somewhat unbearable?

If you consume cannabis to cope better with your anxiety or have come to experience extreme bouts of anxiety as a result of consuming cannabis, you must seek treatment as soon as possible.

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Cannabis Use In The United Kingdom

As confirmed by the NHS, cannabis is one of the most used illegal drugs in the United Kingdom, with 29.6% of adults consuming cannabis for recreational purposes at least once a year.

Often smoked, cannabis causes individuals to feel high for a short period.  This high enhances their mood, reduces physical pain and often alleviates psychological disorders such as anxiety.

Although some individuals will only use cannabis on an infrequent basis, the number of people that regularly use cannabis is somewhat considerable. Unfortunately, this has seen hospital admissions for drug use and abuse soar.

In addition to increasing hospital admissions, frequent cannabis use often leads to cannabis addictions.

Anxiety In The United Kingdom

Across the United Kingdom, anxiety is believed to impact more than 8.2 million people.  A mental health disorder, anxiety can arise from various factors.

Some individuals experience anxiety that arises from trauma.  Others come to experience anxiety as a result of repeated cannabis use.  This is because the side effects of cannabis use can induce anxiety.

Medical Cannabis and Anxiety

Although treatment is widely available for anxiety, some believe that cannabis is an effective form of treatment. This is because, in countries such as America, medical cannabis is prescribed to alleviate anxiety.

Research conducted in America has previously highlighted that medical cannabis, also known as CBD, can reduce anxiety by 58%.

Cannabis And Anxiety

Cannabis and Anxiety

Although CBD is believed to help reduce anxiety, the side effects of psychoactive compounds found in cannabis are known to intensify anxiety.

In some instances, the psychoactive compounds in cannabis temporarily relieve anxiety and help an individual relax. However, when the desired high that cannabis provides wears off, many are left feeling significantly on edge.

Regrettably, this ultimately increases the frequency that cannabis is used and puts many at risk of developing a cannabis addiction.

When individuals become reliant on cannabis, it becomes challenging for them to cope in their everyday lives without the drug. As a cannabis addiction develops, physical and psychological side effects will arise.

Although there are many physical and psychological side effects associated with cannabis use, it is crucial to understand that, contrary to belief, cannabis can cause anxiety to become considerably worse. In fact, research shows that anxiety and panic disorders are commonly experienced when cannabis is abused. 

Due to an increase in the number of people using cannabis to relieve anxiety, there has been a surge in the rates in which cannabis addictions co-occur with anxiety in the last few years.

Cannabis and Anxiety Treatment

When a cannabis addiction co-occurs with anxiety, treatment must be administered to treat both disorders simultaneously.  Although many believe that simply securing treatment for anxiety will alleviate their cannabis addiction and vice versa, this is not true.

As addictions and mental health disorders are psychological disorders, both require treatment alongside one another if a long-term recovery is to be obtained.

At Asana Lodge, we administer dual diagnosis treatment at our residential rehab to assist those struggling with addictions and mental health disorders.

Focusing on healing the mind and the body, our dual diagnosis treatment is highly effective.  Consisting of a medically induced detoxification, one-to-one counselling, psychotherapy, brain and body restoration and aftercare support, if you are struggling with a cannabis addiction and anxiety, we can provide the support and treatment you need to recover physically and psychologically.

If you have become dependent on cannabis and suffer from anxiety, you must obtain dual diagnosis treatment as soon as possible.  Failure to secure dual diagnosis treatment will put you at risk of relapsing.  You will also likely find that your anxiety becomes unbearable.

Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Should you decide to attend our residential rehab for cannabis and anxiety treatment, we will conduct a clinical assessment to evaluate the severity of your co-occurring disorder.

In doing so, we will have the opportunity to understand your disorder in greater detail and assess the impact it has had on your life.  We will also delve into your medical history to ensure that you are fit to progress through dual diagnosis treatment.

Upon completing a clinical assessment, you will begin treatment.  Treatment commences with a medically induced detoxification.

This particular treatment will see you withdraw from cannabis.  Although you may experience some withdrawal symptoms, we will provide you with the support you need at all times.

Having undergone a medically induced detoxification, one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy will be encountered.

As you progress through one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy, you will be encouraged to reflect on both your cannabis addiction and anxiety to come to terms with the principal cause of your co-occurring disorder.

Treatment

As you come to appreciate the cause of your addiction and anxiety, we will help you develop coping strategies.  These coping strategies will essentially ensure that you can manage and overcome any pessimistic thoughts and feelings that could cause you to relapse or experience anxiety in the future.

When the time comes for you to leave our residential rehab, you will be provided with 12-months of aftercare support.

This aftercare support will encourage you to attend weekly catch up sessions.  You may also be offered further one-to-one counselling should it be needed.

Contact Us Today To Find Out More About Our Dual Diagnosis Treatment

If you consume cannabis and struggle with anxiety, you may feel somewhat alone. You may also believe that your life will always be controlled by cannabis and anxiety.

However, with our support, you will find that you can overcome your cannabis addiction and manage your anxiety more effectively.

To find out more about our dual diagnosis treatment, please contact us today.

 

Sources

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/cannabis-the-facts/

https://adai.uw.edu/pubs/pdf/2017mjanxiety.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5421385/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/976850/cannabis-use-in-the-uk/