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North London Stress Management Centre.
Tel: 020 8444 4871
This is a 5 session non-residential programme
FREE OF CHARGE INITIAL CONSULTATION. No obligation to book further sessions.
NLSMC has many years of experience treating sufferers of cannabis addiction. People from all walks of life have enjoyed the benefits of a cannabis-free existence as a result of visiting our centre, where we offer highly cost-effective, non residential hypno-psychotherapeutic treatment spread across a total of just 5 sessions.
As an aside: We have come under fire from some quarters for designing an additional programme for people who just want to cut down on their cannabis use rather than give up completely. This critcism has come mainly, it has to be said, from other therapists who do not fully understand addictions having never suffered themselves. No matter, but just to qualify our position: we will always maintain that quitting altogether is the best option but cutting down does make a difference which is why, if that’s what you so desire, we’ll help you do so.
Let us start with some facts. Cannabis is not all bad. It is nowhere near as harmful as the sustained use of alcohol, cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, for example. Indeed, carefully controlled use of the drug has produced significant upsides for individuals with Glaucoma, where it can reduce the dangerously high eye pressure that can lead to vision loss. It can also provide relief from chronic pain, reduce nausea and vomiting as a consequence of cancer chemotherapy, and limit the severe weight loss that results from AIDS and other diseases.
Yet for many people, long term use of cannabis can lead to lung cancer (as a result of strong inhalation) paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, dangerously high blood pressure, memory loss and schizophrenia. In addition, it has destroyed careers, relationships and entire families. These are the facts. In stating them we are not in any way being judgemental. In any case, you probably know much of the above already. You have not previously sought help despite this knowledge. Until now.
We have identified three stages in the addictive process. If you are viewing this page, you will almost certainly fit into one of the following three categories:
The three stages of addiction:
For the very casual user, loosely defined as one who will partake in the occasional spliff with friends, perhaps at parties or at other social events, yet is indifferent to the effects and would never dream of directly purchasing the drug, there is little chance of progressing to one of the three stages of addiction, as outlined below.
You like the sense of relaxation and the “high” that smoking cannabis induces. You have progressed from occasional use and have made contact with a regular supplier, either directly or as part of a pool with friends. You are not at this stage a dependent user yet smoking a couple of times a week, usually on weekends, is becoming a regular event. Chances are, in time you will progress to STAGE 2
You now smoke most days of the week and keep a regular supply, having direct, weekly or bi-weekly contact with a dealer. Cannabis is now taking increasing importance in your life, and you feel uncomfortable if your supply is running low and agitated, subjected to mood-swings, if you are completely dry. In a relatively short period of time, anything from a few weeks to 5/6 months you will almost certainly progress to STAGE 3
If you experience three or more of the following symptoms, you are definitely at the STAGE 3 level.
You need to use more of the drug over time to obtain the same effects – a phenomenon known as tolerance
You feel anxious, have problems sleeping or experience other unpleasant symptoms when you try to stop using cannabis. This reaction is commonly called withdrawal
You are using the drug in larger amounts or for longer periods than you intended
Your attempts to reduce or control your cannabis use have failed
You spend a lot of time trying to get the drug, using it or recovering from its effects
Your use of the drug continues despite the fact that the habit is making a physical or psychological problem worse You give up important activities such as work, social events or recreation to use cannabis.
Your partner, friends, family, colleagues, band members have noticed a significant change in your personality and are concerned.
A small amount of people give up cannabis by simple willpower alone. Yet willpower as a concept is, we believe, over-rated. It is also bloody hard! It is based on the false belief that you are missing something that is enoyable, therefore making a real sacrifice by quitting. This illusion, false but easilly understandable, explains why most people who try this method, unaided, tend to relapse within three to six months.
This is NOT a 12-step programme:
The Twelve-step programme, as practised by Marijuana/Narcotics Anonymous, has helped many people come to terms with their addiction. We have enormous respect for the fellowship. There is great comfort in knowing that you are not alone, that you can share your experiences with others like you, who will respect you for who you are and who will not pass any judgement on you. Yet its belief that you must be submissive to a particular God or spiritual presence, it's insistence that you should make amends for your past mistakes and its strict adherence to certain (as we believe) negative aspects of the programme is off-putting to those who are looking for individual tailored treatment with a professional therapist on a confidential 1:1 basis.
Our fundamental difference with MA/NA, however, is that we do not believe that, once addicted, you remain so for the rest of your life - regardless of the treatment you receive or how long you have abstained.
There are also private residential centres that treat people utilising a combination of 1:1 counselling and group therapy. Most of these centres are respected and successful to a degree, yet the cost of treatment can run into many thousands of pounds.
Finally, some therapists apply CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to treat many addictions, including cannabis dependency. We are great believers in CBT and apply the practise ourselves in the treatment process for a number of conditions including stress, anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress and phobias. However, we believe that it is of little use when applied to physical or psychological addictions, simply because the core of any addiction exists on an emotional, not a thinking level.
The application of hypno-psychotherapy - TAKING CONTROL: Psychotherapy and hypnosis, as practised by NLSMC is a powerful and highly effective combination in the treatment of cannabis addiction. Psychotherapy looks at understanding the drug and addresses not only its usage but the dependency of its supply. We will focus on the Addictive Personality and look at the positive life changes that overcome dependency, working on the emotions and reversing the feelings that sustain your condition. In addition, we will address the relationship you have with those closest to you – including your dealer and the power he holds over you (and yes, we are aware that sometimes the guy who supplies your weed has been a lifelong friend, even a close relative) We will look at and correct the fear factor of non-supply and consider strategies for post-dependence survival.
Psychotherapy alone will not be effective in treating the addiction, which is why the application of Hypnotherapy will take a major role in the recovery process. It will make it possible for you to establish an entirely fresh outlook on life, enabling you to adopt a highly positive approach to solving the problems that are associated with your dependency. Specific suggestions, aimed at altering the emotional imbalance and conflict between the Addict and the Self, will be planted in your subconscious mind, defeating the negative thoughts that are currently trapped in the subconscious and which are sustaining your dependency.
The cost per session (5 in total + free of charge Initial Consultation) is £80 UKS, on a Pay As You Go basis at our Muswell Hill, London N10 or Islington N1 centres or worldwide across Skype or Zoom. Because of the current pandemic, the majority of our sessions are 1:1 online LIVE events across the internet. The cost is inclusive of three tailor-made recordings in mp3 format, that complement the live hypnotherapy sessions, together with numerous downloads in PDF format, outlining the specific techniques that will be demonstrated during our meetings.
Discounts for low waged or unemployed available on request.
PLEASE NOTE: You are not required to actually give up smoking cannabis until the fourth session.
One final thing to consider: If you are comfortable with your dependency on cannabis, and are only contemplating treatment to simply satisfy the wishes of those close to you who have expressed their concerns about your addiction and want you to change, then we will not be able to help you. YOU YOURSELF HAVE TO WANT TO CHANGE. Seeking help is a display of strength, not weakness. Even by just viewing this page, you have taken the vitally important first step in the recovery process. As we mention elsewhere on this site, no matter how much you are suffering with your dependency, what you are experiencing is a sequence of negative events locked in a particular moment in time. With help, this period will eventually pass.