Cannabis and mental health - Help
How can I get help if cannabis is affecting my health?
Speak to your GP if cannabis use is affecting your physical or mental health. Be honest with your GP about your cannabis use and symptoms. Your GP may not offer you the right support if they don’t know the full picture.
Your GP should refer you to a secondary care mental health service if you have psychosis or they think you have psychosis. A secondary care mental health service could be the community mental health team or an early intervention service.
You will not be excluded from mental health care because of cannabis misuse. You will not be excluded from a substance misuse service because of psychosis.
Both psychosis and schizophrenia can be treated using antipsychotic medication and talking treatments.
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Substance misuse service
They can offer counselling, support groups, advice and aim to help you to:
- stop using cannabis,
- reduce the affect that cannabis has on your life, and
- support you to not start using again.
The service may be provided through the NHS or through charities. You can use a search engine such as Google to see what service is available in your area.
You may be able to self refer to this type of service. If you can’t self refer speak to your GP or health professional.
A therapist may be able to help you to understand the reason why you use drugs. There are lots of different types of therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is suggested as a treatment if you misuse drugs and have a common mental health problem such as depression or anxiety.
You can find more information about, ‘Talking therapies’ here.
- Speak to a drug specialist service such as Frank.
- Join a support group such as Marijuana Anonymous UK.
Details of Frank and Marijuana Anonymous UK can be found in the ‘useful contacts’ section.
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