Cannabis Addiction Treatment

Safe & Expert Addiction Treatment & Detox

Smarmore Offers Unrivalled Facilities and Medically Managed Detox From Drugs and Alcohol.

Cannabis Use

Also known as Marijuana, Weed and Pot, Cannabis is the generic name for the psychoactive, plant-derived THC molecule. It is the most commonly consumed drug in the world. It is generally smoked, but can also be ingested in food or drinks.

The main effects of cannabis are altered sensory perception, making reality appear distorted, and a change in mood. Sometimes the user may feel euphoric, while other times they might feel relaxed. Sometimes, users experience paranoia or anxiety after taking the drug. Other effects can include impairment of short term memory, sleepiness and an increased appetite.

Street names for cannabis include grass, weed, dope and pot.

Health Risks of Using Cannabis

Cannabis is often wrongly considered harmless, when in reality it can have a negative impact on both the mind and body. Cannabis can alter the user’s mood and disturb their sleep pattern,  which can cause depression. Use is also associated with a slightly higher risk of developing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia later in life. Heavy use can even induce experiences of psychosis in certain individuals.

This is particularly likely if it is the skunk variety of cannabis that is being smoked. This is high potency cannabis containing higher levels of THC than normal strains. In addition, all cannabis poses a long-term risk to memory and concentration abilities.

Cannabis is generally smoked with tobacco, meaning users take on the same health risks as when smoking cigarettes, including lung cancer. It can also increase blood pressure and heart rate, which could become harmful in the long term.

It is also possible for cannabis to act as a ‘gateway drug’, meaning that people who try it as a ‘soft option’ may consequently begin to look for a different trip or a more powerful high from harder drugs such as MDMAcocaine or ketamine. This is likely if they purchase cannabis from a drug dealer who also sells class A drugs. Over time, the dealer may attempt to sell them other drugs in addition to cannabis.

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We thoroughly assess each patient in order to build a comprehensive, personalised treatment plan.

Cannabis Addiction Treatment

Cannabis Detox

Although cannabis is not generally thought of as ‘addictive’, regular users can become both psychologically and physically dependent on the drug. They may experience cravings for the drug, and find it very difficult to give it up, even if they decide that it is having a negative impact on their life. At Smarmore Castle, sustained abstinence from cannabis is the goal of treatment. During treatment, the patient remains sober, and is immersed in an intensive programme of therapy to help them achieve long-lasting recovery.

Some heavy cannabis users report withdrawal symptoms during detox such as irritability, insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

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Residential Rehab Treatment for Cannabis Addiction

Smarmore Castle is a leading addiction centre in Ireland, and our patients receive the highest quality of care from our medical and therapy team. At Smarmore Castle, we immerse patients in an intensive programme of therapeutic activity that has been proven to effectively treat addiction to cannabis and other drugs. Our comprehensive cannabis addiction programme is individually tailored to each patient and involves some combination of:

In particular, CBT has been proven effective for treating individuals with a cannabis abuse problem. This therapy helps to restructure a patient’s thought patterns and attitudes towards themselves and their drug use.

Our dual diagnosis treatment is tailored for individuals who suffer a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders in addition to drug or alcohol abuse.

In addition to psychological health, we repair a patient’s physical state with a combined programme of exercise and a healthy diet. Our 22 meter swimming pool and gym is available for our patients to use.

When the patient completes their treatment for cannabis addiction, Smarmore Castle continues to support them by providing:

  • A two year continuing care plan
  • Weekly drop-in group therapy sessions
  • Teletherapy sessions
  • Encouraging engagement with peer support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous

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Contact Us For Help with Cannabis Dependence

If you, or a family member, friend, or colleague is suffering with cannabis addiction, please contact us for help. Our team is available via a helpline to discuss treatment options with you, and answer any enquiries you may have.

Studies of patient outcomes have shown that our residential rehab programme is a very effective form of treatment for drug addiction. The majority of patients report long-lasting sobriety from drugs after completing our treatment programme.

  • How to Access Rehab With Health Insurance

    For those experiencing existing mental health conditions in Ireland, there are private medical insurers who can help you cover treatment. As addiction experts, we know that receiving the appropriate care and support when you have a mental health disorder is pivotal to attaining long-lasting recovery. Below, we will go through the various health insurance options to help you understand your options when it comes to seeking private residential care for substance abuse. Please note that there is no guarantee that you can be covered for all addiction problems as policies are always assessed on a case-by-case basis. Find Out More

  • Do I Need to Be Abstinent Before Admission?

    Our medically managed detoxification with 24/7 medical cover means that we can perform complete and complex detoxes at Smarmore Castle. You don’t need to be abstinent before arrival.

  • Do You Treat Dual Diagnosis?

    All patients are reviewed by a consultant psychiatrist in the first week and we can diagnose and provide treatment for a number of co-occurring mental health conditions.

  • How Long Is the Treatment Programme?

    Our treatment programme starts at 4 weeks and is flexible in length, giving you the opportunity to extend for a longer period if you need it.

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Smarmore Castle is located near Ardee, County Louth, about 45 minutes north of Dublin, Republic of Ireland and 1.5 hours south of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Smarmore, Ardee, Co. Louth, A92 YY22, Ireland

+353 (0) 41 214 5111

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