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Cannabis addiction & rehab

At Delamere we offer residential treatment and cannabis detox within our state of the art, purpose built addiction treatment centre. If you or a loved one have a problem with cannabis and are seeking addiction help Cheshire, look no further.

No one should have to struggle with a cannabis addiction alone. Call us today to find out how we at Delamere can help you to become cannabis free once and for all.

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Rob Dawkins
Rob Dawkins
February 11, 2021.
Wonderful staff, an amazing facility and the best treatment centre. I would highly recommend Delamere. From the moment I walked in to the day I left i felt supported and at ease. A fantastic staff team round the clock, always someone there when you need them. A highly specialised program is run daily with expert councillors on hand to support.
Colin McClymont
Colin McClymont
February 10, 2021.
Delamere Rehab Clinic is a bespoke, purpose built facility, which has been well designed and finished to a very high standard. It sits in over six acres of well maintained grounds and has a welcoming, tranquil, calm feeling throughout.The bedrooms are comfortable and well appointed , the food is excellent ,catering for a wide variety of tastes ,and made to order if the menu isn't to your liking. Delamere has a modern, holistic approach to addiction recovery, with an experienced team of well trained mentors and therapists, which makes the daily sessions informative, engaging and motivational. Everyone at Delamere from the CEO and Clinical Director, the Mentors and Therapists, to the Administration, Catering and Domestic staff, are all dedicated to meeting your individual needs during your stay. I am happy to recommend Delamere to anyone looking for a top class addiction recovery rehab clinic.
Hugh Wilson
Hugh Wilson
January 26, 2021.
Excellent treatment centre, works on the root of the issue rather than just treating the symptoms. It was lovely to have a holistic approach rather than just a 12 step based program. A lot of the councillors and phycologists are in recovery themselves, and the mentors also have a wealth of first hand knowledge to offer. The facilities themselves are very modern and the rooms are well presented and comfortable. It has lovely grounds and even boasts a well equipped gym. The kitchen staff were happy to meet any dietary requirements and the food was excellent The magaging director even does some of the group therapy sessions and they seem to be very focused on not only tailoring care to suit the person but on the indivials ongoing recovery. They have a caring and attentive nursing staff as well as a phyciatrist, so that any medicinal needs are well monitored and detox can be as comfortable as possible. What really makes this place stand out is they treat you like adults, there is a degree of trust you rarely find in facilities such as this. I found this environment to be open and honest and ask only that you return the courtesy. A lot of other places treat you as children or subjects to be broken down and rebuilt. There is a strong emphasis on sharing trauma and discussing it in a non judgmental environment which led me to the realisation that I was not alone. There is also a strong emphasis on community, the lounge areas provide you with the opportunity to meet other guests outside of therapy and form bonds of fellowship sadly lacking in other facilities. This well rounded approach makes Delemere a unique centre in the UK and is a fantastic choice whatever the scope issues you have.
James Dominiak
James Dominiak
November 18, 2020.
Delemere has changed my life. From the moment I walked through the door broken they looked after me and helped me be put back together. The staff and facilities were brilliant and they helped me through a very difficult time in my life.
Alex Hawke
Alex Hawke
November 15, 2020.
From the initial contact with Admissions manager Alex, through to Martin and his team.... at no point did they ever make me feel on edge despite many coming in having preconceived ideas regarding recovery. Displaying sympathy and compassion on arrival regardless of situation or medical condition is a great starting point. From the face to face daily sessions regarding therapy and recovery around substance dependency, to food and an emphasis on healthy eating.... I was continually surprised at their pursuit towards guests improving daily, striving and succeeding. Providing the best level of care, without prejudice, to all who come in through their front door. Delamere is amazing, Martin and his team ensure that you get the best level of care around the clock, without any hesitation, regarding immediate medical advice/medications with their 24/7 nursing team as well as Healthcare team. Coming to Delamere to help treat a long term medical condition was a choice I would highly recommend to anyone who is struggle through day to day life, especially with the world at unease regarding the impact the Virus has had.
michael watson
michael watson
October 31, 2020.
If you're looking for a treatment centre look no further - Excellent addiction treatment, therapy. personal development and great food. The staff were amazing.
Ian Benson
Ian Benson
October 29, 2020.
Delamere has literally saved my life. Great staff and 24/7 care. Medication is given at a professional level and the food is amazing. 3 meals a day. Nothing is rushed and the staff make you feel at home. The rooms are really modern and comfy. When I came to Delamere I was in a really bad place due to alcohol, they've turned my life around. I advise anyone with alcohol or drug problems to go to Delamere. Thank you to Martin and all the team.

At Delamere we offer residential treatment and cannabis detox within our state of the art, purpose built addiction treatment centre. If you or a loved one have a problem with cannabis and are seeking addiction help Cheshire, look no further.

No one should have to struggle with a cannabis addiction alone. Call us today to find out how we at Delamere can help you to become cannabis free once and for all.

Struggling with cannabis? Get in touch
“Cannabis is the ultimate ‘de-motivator’ and when addiction takes hold users often become isolated in the extreme.”

Martin Preston

+- What is cannabis addiction?

Perhaps because of how widespread cannabis use is across the UK, the dangers of this particular substance are often overlooked or minimised. Whilst some people may be able to use cannabis in moderation seemingly without implications, about one in ten people do become addicted to cannabis and the consequences are no less devastating than that of supposedly ‘harder’ substances.

For more information, or to speak to a member of our team, call now.
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+- Signs & symptoms

Cannabis has become steadily more potent over the last few decades, and as such, the high concentrations of THC can have dangerous consequences to a person’s mental health.

Cannabis facts

  • Recent data suggest that 30% of those who use marijuana may have some degree of marijuana use disorder (1)
  • Studies further suggest that 9% of all people who use cannabis will become dependent on it (2,3)
  • Of those people who start using cannabis during their teenage years, 17% will develop a dependence or addiction to it (4,5)

If you are concerned about your own relationship with cannabis or perhaps you are worried about a friend or loved one, you may observe the following signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction.

Signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction:

  • Frequent cannabis intoxication
  • Using cannabis in dangerous situations such as driving or whilst operating heavy machinery (cannabis impaires motor skills, judgment and decision making)
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Obsessed with finding and trying different stronger strains of cannabis, or mixing with medications or other drugs for greater effect
  • Paranoia, anxiety and depression
  • Becoming increasingly isolated and unmotivated
  • Submerging within a cannabis culture to find acceptance
  • Personal relationships suffering as a result of cannabis use
  • Finances, work or school suffering as a result of cannabis use
  • Increased risk taking whilst under the influence
  • Appearing excessively agitated and anxious if unable to get cannabis
  • Severe mood swings including aggressive outbursts, extreme euphoria, apathy
  • Imapired memory – perhaps a difficulty in retaining new information, remembering appointments / arrangements or repeating things over and over
  • Cravings for cannabis that are overwhelming
  • Ruminating past events with a disinterest in resolving issues
  • Defending or justifying cannabis use despite the apparent decline in mental, physical, social or emotional health
  • Disinterest in family, friends, loved ones and things once found enjoyable
  • Suicidal ideation or self harm tendencies

Any individual who is suffering from a marijuana addiction will be frequently, if not constantly under the influence of the drug. It can be helpful to know the signs of cannabis intoxication.

Signs and symptoms of cannabis use and intoxication:

  • Fatigue, lethargy, apathy
  • Dry mouth
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Lack of interest in physical appearance
  • Evidence of cannabis paraphernalia (i.e joints, bongs, pipes, scales, grinders)
  • Overeating (marijuana stimulates appetite)
  • Obsessive engagement in activities such as gaming, music or internet whilst under the influence (users lose track of time and can spend inordinate amounts of time doing one activity)
  • Impaired memory
  • Slurred or delayed speech
  • Unusual euphoria
  • Mood swings
  • Poor attention span
  • Difficulty with coordination and balance
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety, paranoia

When addicted to cannabis users feel a compulsion to take cannabis despite the negative consequences the drug is causing in their life. Cannabis addiction often infiltrates all areas of the sufferers life including relationships, school / work, finances and mental and social health.

If you relate with these symptoms and are worried about your relationship with cannabis, Delamere can help. We provide specific cannabis detoxification programmes to help you stop cannabis initially. This is then followed by a bespoke residential programme to help you stay stopped in the long term.

Our cannabis addiction guides

Signs & Symptoms

Mixing cocaine & cannabis

+- Psychological dependence

In years gone by there was no such thing as a physical dependence to cannabis. This misinformation meant that people who were addicted to cannabis, sadly, mostly stayed addicted to cannabis.

Thanks to advanced scientific experimentation and research we now know that even when a drug is not knowingly physically addictive, in addiction the brain undergoes profound transformations that hardwire the sufferer to seek and take substances despite continuing harmful consequences.

Removing the drug is only the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to healing addiction. The brain remains in the same chemically altered and damaged state, induced by repeated abuse of a substance, activity or drug.

When cannabis use is stopped, an addicted brain will produce both physical and psychological symptoms as it tries to adjust to functioning without the drug it has adapted to being influenced by.

Addiction is a very complex disease of the brain that manifests in compulsive drug seeking and taking. In the instance of marijuana addiction, removing the drug does little to resolve the condition, it only stops it from further progressing.

A cannabis addicted brain will need intensive healing following a detox in order to stay cannabis free. At Delamere we achieve this through an individualised programme consisting of evidence based therapies, emotionally enriching and nurturing activities, holistic therapies and instilling new and healthier coping strategies and behaviours. It is important to treat all aspects of each individual patient – mind, body and spirit.

As you can imagine this is not an overnight process. Years of chemical damage to a brain cannot be undone quickly. It takes time, perseverance and commitment from the individual, but with the correct help and ongoing support recovery is entirely possible!

At Delamere, all of our treatments are comprehensively researched and based on positive, long-term outcomes. We deliver treatments such as CBT, psychotherapy, family intervention, one to one counselling and a whole host of holistic therapies to target the root causes of the problem within the brain.

We even extend our healing to our patients’ family, we understand that this is an integral part of their ongoing recovery back in the community.

+- Withdrawal and detox

Not many people appreciate that cannabis addiction can lead to cannabis dependence. You may have noticed over time that your tolerance to cannabis has increased and as a result have used more cannabis or stronger THC strengths in order to gain the desired effects.

Whilst cannabis withdrawal is not necessarily recognised by most doctors, there is no doubt that someone suffering from a marijuana addiction will suffer both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms on stopping the drug. This is why at Delamere we facilitate a full medical detox for cannabis withdrawal to ensure you detox safely and successfully with minimum discomfort.

The cannabis withdrawal timeline – cannabis withdrawal symptoms last for approximately two weeks, with symptoms peaking within the first 7 days then slowly tapering off.

Symptoms of cannabis/marijuana withdrawal include:

  • Increased anxiety
  • Abdominal pain
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Inability to focus and short attention span
  • Severe mood swings
  • Decreased appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Dysphoria
  • Strong cravings for marijuana
  • Nausea (6)

If cannabis withdrawal symptoms are preventing you from stopping cannabis, you may well be suffering from cannabis dependence and addiction. For immediate professional help, call and speak with a member of our Delamere team today.

+- Cannabis treatment

If you have tried and failed to stop using cannabis, it is time to consider seeking professional help.

Delamere rehab Cheshire is a private clinic that specialises in treating marijuana addiction on a residential basis. Our programmes work by allowing patients to press the pause button and focus, without distraction, on getting well.

It is our belief that a problem with cannabis (or any other substance for that matter) always comes from somewhere. Successful addiction treatment is about three core elements:

  1. Stopping the cycle of addiction safely and comfortably
  2. Helping the individual heal whatever pain is causing them to escape themselves and reality
  3. Instilling a set of tools to help maintain abstinence and encourage continued personal growth.

At Delamere we are proud that everything we do and everything we offer is hardwired to positive, long term outcomes.

By staying with us you can expect a deliberately immersive and intensive programme of activities and evidence based therapies, all of which are designed to help move your lifestyle beyond addiction permanently.

Our cannabis and marijuana addiction treatment programmes vary in length, although most people will stay for several weeks for optimum results. You can read more about our process here.


  1. Hasin DS, Saha TD, Kerridge BT, et al. Prevalence of Marijuana Use Disorders in the United States Between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(12):1235-1242. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1858
  2. Anthony JC, Warner LA, Kessler RC. Comparative epidemiology of dependence on tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, and inhalants: Basic findings from the National Comorbidity Survey. Exp Clin Psychopharmacol. 1994;2(3):244-268. doi:10.1037/1064-1297.2.3.244
  3. Lopez-Quintero C, Pérez de los Cobos J, Hasin DS, et al. Probability and predictors of transition from first use to dependence on nicotine, alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine: results of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011;115(1-2):120-130. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2010.11.004
  4. Anthony JC. The epidemiology of cannabis dependence. In: Roffman RA, Stephens RS, eds. Cannabis Dependence: Its Nature, Consequences and Treatment. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press; 2006:58-105.
  5. Hall WD, Pacula RL. Cannabis Use and Dependence: Public Health and Public Policy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press; 200
  6. National Institute on Drug abuse – NIDA 
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+- FAQs

1. Is cannabis addictive?

When someone has been using cannabis regularly in hazardous amounts, their body becomes accustomed to the drug. When they stop using the substance, their body can react which brings about withdrawal symptoms. Whilst these vary from person to person, most people we speak with have tried stopping on their own and report the following symptoms:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Strong urges to use cannabis
  • Problems concentrating
  • Irritability, hopelessness, anxiety

At Delamere we believe that the first step in tackling cannabis addiction is about stopping. We have a medical team on site 24 hours a day to help you adapt to not using; and look after your physical wellbeing throughout. If you have struggled to stop on your own and have experienced cannabis withdrawal symptoms, we can help.

2. How long does cannabis rehab last at Delamere?

At Delamere, our residential cannabis treatment programmes tend to last between four to six weeks. That said, some people choose to stay with us for longer or shorter periods, depending on what’s happening for them. If you are considering cannabis rehab, our admissions team offer a free confidential assessment during which we can look at what is likely to be most effective for you.

3. My son is refusing cannabis addiction treatment – what should I do?

This is not uncommon and denial often features when cannabis has become a problem. If you’re a parent reading this page, we’re glad that you’re starting to take action and the next step is to send a clear signal to your loved one that you will help them if they are willing to make changes. Our intervention programmes offer structured support to help you do this. Please don’t hesitate to call – at Delamere we have vast experience in motivating and encouraging people in denial to accept help.

4. What happens when I return home from rehab?

Upon leaving Delamere and returning to your everyday life we continue to support you and help you future proof your abstinence, normally for a period of 12 months post treatment. To find out more about our aftercare programmes please contact our admissions team.

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As no two people at Delamere ever come to us with identical addiction problems, so no two people will ever experience identical care and treatment.

This page has been reviewed by Dr Catherine Carney, Delamere’s psychiatrist
This page has been reviewed by Mike Delaney, Clinical Director at Delamere

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