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Cannabis / Marijuana / Weed


If you need help or advice in putting an end to your Cannabis misuse and getting your life back, we are here to support you. Call us today at Ciconia Recovery London, where one of our experienced staff will be glad to discuss all the treatment options available to you and tailor a recovery plan that best meets the needs of your lifestyle. Remember it’s never too late to get clean!

Cannabis Addiction Treatment

Cannabis is one of the most illicitly used drugs in the UK and has many street names depending on your demographics such as Marijuana, Puff, Weed, skunk, pot, hash, resin etc.

It is a common misconception among the younger generation that Cannabis has little to no harmless effect. In reality, regular Cannabis use is having a dangerous impact on users physically and psychologically with a high potential for abuse. Using Cannabis over prolonged periods can lead to tolerance, dependence and eventually misuse.

Effects vary from person to person, for some it helps them to feel relaxed and chilled, while others become talkative and giggly. But it can also make people feel unmotivated and tired; some can get feelings of anxiety, paranoia and confusion.

The hallucinogenic effects of Cannabis are mainly due to a compound in Cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol commonly known as THC. The other important compound in Cannabis is cannabidiol (CBD). Skunk and other forms of strong Cannabis contain high levels of THC but hardly any or no CBD.

Cannabis is most commonly rolled up with tobacco known as a joint or spliff and smoked, it can also be smoked in a bong via water and in recent times vaping cannabis has also become more popular. Cannabis can also be put in cakes such as space brownies, hash cakes and eaten or brewed and drank from a cup of tea.

Cannabis use for long periods may cause the individual to experience damages in the brain, which results in memory loss and learning problems as well as psychological dependence and changes in behaviour. The more someone starts using cannabis the less interest they have in engaging with the outside world, maintaining relationships.

Users will perform badly in exams as cannabis impacts the part of the brain used for remembering and learning things, regular use by young people whose brains are still developing has been linked to poor exam results.

cannabis treatment
cannabis treatment

Denial can be a common trait amongst some Cannabis users. They may think it’s easy to stop or claim it isn’t as dangerous as using hard drugs, or they’re just not ready to stop. If you are ready to stop using, then expect some withdrawal symptoms, especially if you have been a chronic user of Cannabis.

However, with professional help using psychotherapy and certain medications to alleviate the withdrawals, you will have a significantly better chance of success.

If you are concerned about a loved one’s Cannabis misuse, please call us at Ciconia Recovery for a friendly and confidential chat about the best ways you can support your loved one.

Toxicity Symptoms

  • Extreme anxiety or panic attacks
  • Hallucinations/delusions, or a loss of personal identity
  • Decreased judgment, perception, and coordination
  • Fast heart rate, chest pain, or heart attack
  • Coughing painfully
  • Pale skin colour
  • Increase the risk of lung cancer
  • High blood pressure with a headache
  • Experience sweating and shaking
  • Lower sperm count in males
  • Suppress ovulation in women

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Memory problems
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Having the munchies (binge eating)
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Slow reactions
  • Poor coordination
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Feel depressed


Who will I speak to when I call?

Experienced recovery workers who are compassionate, experienced and knowledgeable about substance misuse and mental health issues, they will be happy to take your call and discuss all your queries in a discreet and confidential manner. And if needed they will offer you a free video consultation with a psychiatrist.

How much does treatment cost?

At CRL we endeavour to keep our costs as low as possible whilst at the same time continuing to  provide high quality care. The cost of treatment varies depending on the level of care needed and the length of the treatment plan required.

The best way to ascertain this cost would be to speak to one of our experienced recovery workers to determine what treatment plan will be the most effective for you in achieving your desired goals.

Does insurance cover mental health or addictive treatment?

Some private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Does insurance cover adult ADHD assessment or treatment?

Yes, most private health insurance companies cover the treatment, you will have to check your policy to see if you qualify.

Do you only treat substance misuse?

No, in addition to our drug and alcohol treatment packages, we also treat a wide range of mental health disorders, some of which may be associated with the individual’s substance misuse and dependency, these include treatment for personality disorders, anxiety, depression, adult ADHD and PTSD amongst other disorders.

What if I need a detox?

We offer a wide range of options for smooth and painless detox thanks to our new provided medications (i.e. long-acting buprenorphine monthly injections). If this is something you are interested in, please call us to discuss which is more suitable for you.

The main emphasis in our detox programs is to provide as much comfort and support while doing our best to minimise any withdrawal symptoms the individual may experience throughout their recovery. Many users recognise they need help and support to get clean but fear the consequences of withdrawals, we have created detox plans to greatly reduce the unpleasant effects of withdrawals.

Do your programs offer aftercare?

Yes, we will continue to support clients after they have completed treatment either by us or elsewhere by offering a wide range of aftercare programs, studies have shown that people have a much better chance of avoiding relapse if they are engaged in aftercare programs. Please get in touch to discuss the best aftercare options for yourself.

Is smoking permitted?

No, this is a medical facility and smoking is not permitted at all.

Do you treat trauma?

Yes, our staff are specially trained in trauma, grief/loss and attachment, we know very well the negative impact these can have on someone’s mental health which can then trigger alcohol/drug misuse and other negative behavioural health challenges.

Among our treatment approaches to trauma is EMDR therapy which is very effective in easing and treating PTSD.

What is outpatient care?

Outpatient care is less intensive than inpatient care. The patient will usually attend regular meetings with a consultant psychiatrist, counsellor, therapist or key-worker where they will be given similar treatments to those in an inpatient clinic. However, as the patient does not stay overnight, the cost of this care is less expensive.

Outpatient programmes consist of daily, weekly or monthly sessions. Because outpatient treatment requires less time in-attendance, the entire recovery programme generally lasts longer than inpatient care. While inpatient treatment typically lasts for a period of six to eight weeks, an outpatient programme can last many months.

Who is outpatient treatment suitable for?

Outpatient treatment is suitable for individuals who have been struggling with addiction but may benefit from a less intensive approach to recovery than inpatient care.

CRL staff are available to offer helpful advice and information on all types of addiction and the most suitable treatment options. If you would like a referral to a counsellor, therapist or consultant psychiatrist for outpatient treatment, call us today. We can also provide support and advice to the loved ones of those struggling with addiction, as well as information on the treatments we provide and how these can be accessed.

Our staff are compassionate and caring and will treat anything you discuss in the strictest of confidence. If you need advice on addiction, or simply need someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to call us.

Are your staff qualified?

All CRL staff are qualified for their specific roles with many years of experience in working in the addiction and mental health fields. In addition all our staff are always up to date with all their relevant training and registrations.


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