Treatment for marijuana abuse in Melbourne

Break away from Australia's most accessible drug in specialised cannabis rehab

Marijuana is a casual habit for some, and a lifelong dependence for others. Patients entering The Hader Clinic’s rehab for weed abuse will find a welcoming clinical environment where they can gain control of their addiction.

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Entry into our Melbourne cannabis addiction treatment centre begins with speaking to a recovery specialist. Priority admissions can be offered for patients in distress.

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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. We take a holistic approach to cannabis addiction treatment, meaning we addresses the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual nature of addiction. We begin by treating the physical symptoms of withdrawal, then moving on to group and individual marijuana rehab therapies where patients can find their sense of self again.

We offer several treatments for marijuana abuse at varying costs. These unique programs are designed to give every addict the best possible chance at recovery.

The Hader Clinic 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 short and long term weed dependence symptoms 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 substances 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

Because of marijuana’s harmless reputation, compared to meth or cocaine, you may not be aware you can go to rehab for weed. 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. Prolonged marijuana abuse only makes withdrawal more difficult.

Symptoms of marijuana dependence withdrawal include:

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

Withdrawal is the first step of The Hader Clinic’s marijuana addiction treatment. At our Melbourne cannabis rehab facility, patients will find all the medical and therapeutic support they need. Visit our 28-Day Detox and Withdrawal page to learn more about our first-step program.

Frequently asked questions about treatment for marijuana abuse

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.

The Hader Clinic’s Melbourne marijuana rehab facility offers treatments for the psychological and emotional components of marijuana addiction.

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 marijuana addiction treatment. 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 cannabis rehab 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.

Our Melbourne marijuana rehab programs assist those suffering from addiction to get their lives back on track. These include:

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