Marijuana rehabilitation program

Breaking away from Australia's most widely used and readily accessible drug

Marijuana is a casual habit for some, and a lifelong dependence for others. The Hader Clinic can help you break free using specialised clinical treatments for marijuana addiction treatment.

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How we treat marijuana dependence

Marijuana is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, and produces cannabinoids, psychoactive chemical compounds that, when ingested or smoked, can affect cognition, reward and pleasure responses, and impair perception. This 'high' can be pleasant in the short term, but can lead to a range of long term effects, including impaired cognitive function, and a range of comorbid (dual diagnosis) mental health issues.

The Hader Clinic takes marijuana dependence just as seriously as other substance addictions. Our approach employs a holistic model of care, which addresses the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual nature of addiction. We begin by treating the physical symptoms of withdrawal, and move on to treating marijuana addiction with group and individual therapies that allow patients to find their own sense of purpose again.

Each of our marijuana rehab programs contain various features and carries different costs. In the end, we want to give patients the best possible chance at recovery.

The Hader Clinic’s Jackson Oppy explains how addicts are not able to predict how much they are going to use once they start using or control their use.

Signs of marijuana addiction

The signs of marijuana addiction or dependence are often downplayed when compared to other substances. However, this does not mean that they are not serious.

When it comes to the psychological consequences of prolonged marijuana abuse, we just don't have a complete understanding at this point in time.

We do know that there is a heightened chance of developing conditions like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and motivation disorders.

Here are some of the possible signs of short and long term marijuana addiction that may present in teens and adults:

  • Extreme paranoia
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Mood swings
  • Reduced cognitive function
  • Lung infections (if smoking)
  • Memory loss
  • Increased anxiety

The effects of marijuana dependence

Marijuana is one of the most common illicit substance used all over the world. Even though it is widespread, it can still have a range of negative consequences if abused.


  • Changes in appetite and poor eating habits
  • Heart and lung problems from excessive smoking
  • Poor sleeping habits and inability to dream
  • Chronic, debilitating respiratory issues
  • Persistent dental issues and dry mouth
  • Impaired coordination
  • Decreased memory and cognitive function
  • Cravings and unmanageable tolerance


  • Psychosis and hallucinations
  • Distorted perception
  • Triggers, compulsion, and obsession
  • Irritability and restlessness


  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory loss and mood swings
  • Paranoia, fear, and psychosis


  • Increase in risky behaviour
  • Financial problems
  • Lack of interest in activities, work, and friends
  • Reclusiveness and loneliness


  • Lower satisfaction with life
  • Damaged relationship with self
  • Inability to function without marijuana
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

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Withdrawal from marijuana addiction

Withdrawing from any potentially addictive substance can be difficult. Marijuana dependence can be incredibly hard to kick, especially considering how widely accessible the substance is. Withdrawing from prolonged marijuana use can get harder, depending on the length of dependence.

Symptoms of marijuana dependence withdrawal include:

  • Grouchiness and irritability
  • Sleeplessness and insomnia
  • Decreased appetite and nausea
  • Anxiety and hopelessness
  • Uncontrollable cravings

At The Hader Clinic, we support patients as they overcome withdrawals from all kinds of drugs. We understand the nature of marijuana addiction and marijuana rehab, and give patients all the medical and therapeutic support they need. Visit our 28-Day Withdrawal & Detox page to learn more about our first-step program.

Frequently asked questions about marijuana dependence and treatment

Is it true that you can't get addicted to marijuana?

That is categorically untrue. You can get addicted to anything that gives you pleasure, including marijuana. Dependence on marijuana is categorised as a substance use disorder — where patients are unable to stop taking substances, despite the negative physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual effects of the drugs.

In fact, it is estimated that between 9 and 30 per cent of marijuana users will develop some substance use disorder. Marijuana is addictive because it rewards the user with pleasure; it is readily accessible, and is easy to consume in high amounts once a certain tolerance point is reached.

Does marijuana dependence affect mental health?

Marijuana is a psychoactive substance that can affect mental health. Prolonged heavy use of marijuana can trigger or exacerbate a range of mental disorders. These can range from the temporary, like paranoia and hallucinations, to the extreme. Schizophrenia is one such example, and can manifest in terrifying hallucinations and paranoia.

Marijuana has also been linked to other mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among young people. However, there hasn't been enough research done to say categorically that the drug is the cause.

I only use marijuana a few times a week. Am I addicted?

Marijuana dependence has no real definition, only the way you think and feel about the drug. If you are constantly craving your next smoke, you may be dependent. If you are continually making concessions and life changes in order to acquire or use marijuana, you may be dependent.

Prolonged marijuana use is a slippery slope. Casual smoking can lead to full-blown daily dependence in just a few months. If you believe that you or a loved one might be afflicted with marijuana dependence, get in touch with The Hader Clinic for an assessment at our free 60-Minute Consultation.

My loved one is a smart cookie. How did they get addicted to smoking marijuana?

Addiction afflicts all kinds of people, regardless of their race, age, sex, income, or level of intelligence. Smart people are just as susceptible to marijuana dependence as less intelligent people. Addiction is a disease, but fortunately, one that can be treated.

Addiction doesn't discriminate, and this is why The Hader Clinic practices a holistic model of care. We take the time to understand why and how marijuana dependence is affecting your loved one. We then give them the best chance at long term recovery through specialised programs.

What is the treatment for marijuana addiction?

At The Hader Clinic, we treat marijuana addiction using a medical psychosocial model of care. We target the underlying issues of addiction through our holistic approach, including a combination of counselling, group therapy, and activities and therapies designed for the mind and spirit.

We offer programs which assist those suffering from addiction in getting their lives back on track. These include:

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