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Prescription Cannabinoid Addiction Treatment

Cannabinoids are a group of substances found in the cannabis plant; apart from THC and CBD, more than 100 other cannabinoids have been identified so far. These cannabinoids are starting to make their way into the prescription drug market due to their effects on the brain, aiming to treat a range of afflictions from pain treatment to nausea medication.

Prescription cannabinoids refer to pharmaceutical drugs containing chemical compounds in the cannabis plant, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). These drugs are typically prescribed to treat specific medical conditions and are often used as a last resort when other treatments have failed.

Some examples of prescription cannabinoids include

  • Dronabinol (Marinol)
  • Nabilone (Cesamet)
  • Epidiolex

It’s worth noting that the use of cannabinoids for medical purposes is still a subject of ongoing research, and there is much that is still unknown about their efficacy and potential side effects. If one plans to take cannabinoids, it’s essential to talk to a healthcare provider before using any prescription cannabinoids.

As is the case with the organic versions of these substances, namely marijuana, cannabinoids do have addictive properties that can affect certain people more than others. Due to the synthetic processes involved in cannabinoid creation, these artificial changes and dosages can also make cannabinoids a far more addictive substance.

Seek out help for Prescription Cannabinoids

Addiction to cannabinoids can be challenging and overwhelming, but it’s important to know that help is available. At The Cedars Rehab Center Name, we provide compassionate and effective treatment for individuals struggling with cannabinoid addiction.

Our team of experienced counsellors understands the complexities of addiction and is dedicated to providing personalised care to help you overcome your addiction. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments, including individual counselling, group therapy, and holistic therapies that address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction.

If you have a loved one who seems to have an unhealthy dependency on cannabinoids and feels that they need help, please reach out to our team, and we can discuss options with you.

Alternatively, if you are the one struggling with cannabinoids affecting your mental and physical well-being, or you have begun to spiral into a cycle of addiction.

It may be time to seek professional help.

Addiction Treatment

Treating your prescription cannabinoid addiction

Cannabinoids may have side effects, including decreases in alertness, changes in mood, and a decreased appetite which can really impact your cognitive functions and your ability to make rational decisions. So the first step is to start to get your body used to the idea of living without it, and this will require a detox.

Once your system has begun to get back to normal, and the cannabinoids have left your system, we can then begin working through your addiction triggers and start the process of recovery.

During rehabilitation, you will also be provided with various tools to help you achieve long-term sobriety so that once you’re back home, you have the mental clarity and recovery information to avoid relapsing.

Post-treatment for prescription cannabinoid addiction

Once you are discharged from our facility, if you wish, you can continue treatment. We are open to providing additional post-treatment support. Studies have shown that recovering addicts who take advantage of aftercare stand a better chance of avoiding a relapse.

So reach out to us after your stay should you require additional support.

Don’t let your addiction to cannabinoids rule your life. Take control today by getting in touch with us for professional help.

The pros and cons of prescription cannabinoid rehab

There are currently no medical treatments aimed specifically at cannabinoid addiction, but behavioural therapy has proven to work for many struggling with this affliction. Behavioural therapy requires you to open up and be open to change, along with having someone with the skills and expertise to guide you at your own pace makes all the difference.

The advantages of seeking cannabinoid addiction treatment in a private rehab like ours are numerous. We are equipped with some of the top addiction counsellors in South Africa, with years of experience in helping those battling an inhalant addiction to achieve a full recovery in a safe environment.

Other benefits of getting your addiction treated in our facility include the following:

  • Quick admission
  • Medical supervision
  • Personalised treatment
  • Private care
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Safe and peaceful environments
  • High-quality facilities
  • Aftercare services

These benefits, along with tailored solutions for your specific case, are available to anyone seeking out private rehab treatment with The Cedars in South Africa. Reach out to us today and start your journey towards recovery.

chemical addictions

  • CAT
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal Meth
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroine
  • Inhalants
  • Ketamine
  • Marijuana
  • MDMA/Ecstasy
  • Prescription Medication
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Prescription Stimulants
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids
  • Synthetic Cathinones

behavioural addictions

  • Eating Disorders
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Gambling Disorder 
  • Gaming Addiction
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Shopping Addiction
  • Social Media Addiction

treatment phases & length

Primary Phase

This initial treatment phase forms the foundation of our highly effective addiction treatment program. Our primary treatment programme covered by medical aids is 21 days. The recommended treatment term at The Cedars is 90 days for the best possible outcome. True behavioural change takes time and practice, and it is our fervent belief that adhering to the recommended treatment term offers the client the best chance at sustained recovery. However, we have no rules about length of stay and our program is customized per individual. After abusing substances over a period of years, it can take the brain at least a month to return to the best possible cognitive functioning, where treatment efforts can be of maximum benefit.
After a physical health assessment, a customised medication assisted stabilization plan will be drawn up by our medical doctor and nurse to help clients abstain from substances safely and as comfortably as possible. The client begins one-on-one counselling, 12-Step treatment, group therapy and benefits from a healthy diet and regular exercise. Clients will usually complete the first three steps of the 12-Step program in primary care.


  • Medication assisted stabilization and withdrawal management
  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion
    and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Introduction to 12-Step program and written Step work
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun sober recreational activities
  • Healthy meals prepared by our in-house chef, regular aerobic exercise and yoga classes offered by a personal trainer, excursions

Secondary Phase

In the secondary phase, clients undergo a deeper exploration into the root cause of the substance abuse and other compulsive, self-defeating behaviour. They work hand-in-hand with our expert team to work through the balance of the 12-Steps, using the steps to process the damage and unmanageability their behaviour and substance abuse have caused in their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. They rely on their counsellors and the therapeutic community to identify their self-defeating behaviour and work towards change.
Clients are gradually given more responsibility in the community and given the opportunity to become role models and help the newer clients in their early process. Focus is put on discipline and routine, growth and responsibility, all to develop connection and self-worth. At the end of this phase, discharge planning and relapse prevention tools are explored, and short and long term goals are determined for when the client leaves treatment.


  • Daily group-based therapy including interactive, discussion and focus groups
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a counsellor
  • Counselling sessions and assessments with a psychologist
  • Educational workshops about addiction related topics
  • Family therapy sessions (arranged by Zoom if necessary)
  • 12-Step Meetings
  • Community outings involving fun, sober recreational activities

Tertiary Phase

During this final phase, our clients learn how to maintain their life in recovery, prevent relapse and reintegrate into society. Counsellors help the client prepare for a return to employment and family life. Important choices may need to be made that are most beneficial to sustaining long-term recovery. It’s also an opportunity for the client to take up a senior role in the therapeutic community, explore employment options and resolve any persisting behavioural addiction issues in the safest possible environment. Clients are given more freedom and responsibility and are able to work during the day and return in the afternoon.


  • Accommodation and meals
  • Weekly check-in groups
  • Check-in sessions with their counsellor, by appointment
  • Weekly 12 Step meetings

Addiction Treatment

post treatment support

When a client completes treatment, we are very sensitive to the fact that life in recovery is filled with challenges. At The Cedars, we have a number of structures in place to ensure the safest possible transition for clients from treatment and back into life.
We offer family workshops to educate families about the realities of addiction, and how to help their loved ones on their journey. We offer the client deep insight into the 12-Step fellowships, meetings and sponsorship – all vital to an ongoing recovery.
Our multi-disciplinary professionals are available to you when your loved one is ready to move into the next chapter. We are here to help you learn and grow throughout the process.

If you require post-treatment counselling, please click here