Cannabis Care Treatment Options

Offering holistic, natural evidence based solutions for PTSD, Addiction & Chronic Illness.

Cannabis Treatment for Mental Health- Really?


It may seem controversial at first glance, but research around the use of cannabis for improving behavioral health outcomes has actually been researched for 4000 years. Yes, there are actual records going back 4,000 years that detail shaman back then – up to doctors today – using cannabis for physical and mental health. Science actually knows alot about the effects, risks and benefits of using cannabis – it’s not quite the “unknown” it may seem to be…. and use of it for improving mental health is certainly not new!

While there is a lot to cover and we can’t possibly do it on one page, we’ll attempt to cover the basics of what most people inquire about. Some main points of interest in psychology research include PTSD and Opioid replacement.

For Trauma: By using medical cannabis as a treatment for trauma (referred to as PTSD) can improve a person’s endocannabinoid system by activating the CB 1 and CB 2 receptors. Those receptors prompt your body to produce neurotransmitters that help promote happiness, pleasure, and memory. These cannabinoids prevent the retrieval of underlying trauma and prevent traumatic memories and nightmares while also maintaining emotional wellbeing. In clinical trials, PTSD symptoms were reduced by more than 75% in patients using cannabis.

Concerning Opioids:  Are you currently taking pain medication? Struggling with addiction to opioids? Or perhaps you’re just  sick of maintaining/ keeping at bay, withdrawal symptoms with continued suboxone and methadone. Medical cannabis might be fore you. It can help to relieve nausea and vomiting, pain management, appetite increase, insomnia, and many other symptoms of withdrawal as you transition off opiates/opioid replacement drugs and on to the new, healthier version of you!  The opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) provides access to medical cannabis individuals as a pathway off opioids or instead of starting opioids for pain.


A Team of Professionals

As a team of professionals, we can help you in healing from Trauma, or your opioid recovery program through the use of medical cannabis. We have partnered with Compassionate Care Consultants to bring you all you need to access this alternative form of medication in ONE place!

For those affected with symptoms of Trauma (PTSD), we offer psychological testing, assessment and diagnosis needed to qualify for access to medical cannabis. After diagnosis, you’ll be scheduled to meet with the physician, who will review your documented diagnosis from TGC and proceed with finalizing your paperwork for certification.  In most cases, access is granted the next business day. An cannabis educator is also available to meet with you one-on-one to discuss types of cannabis medication and give you all the education you need to dose correctly.

If you are affected by one of the other many chronic illnesses that qualify for medical cannabis (see below), we can still help! Compassionate Care Consultants offers a qualified physician who can provide the appropriate diagnoses for your condition, as well as a cannabis Patient Educator, who will help you navigate your care starting at the dispensary counter! 

TGC offers the assessment/diagnostic portion for PTSD, for the certification requirements for cannabis and continue therapy for those using cannabis for pain or in replacement of opioids. TGC does not “prescribe” cannabis; we simply help you determine if you are a candidate.  Our therapy staff are trained (and many certified) in trauma treatment and addictions counseling, as well as the benefits of medical cannabis and it’s appropriate use.

At Transformative Growth, we believe that when used as indicated, Cannabis is an appropriate form of alternative care for people seeking medication without “Big Pharma”, or new solutions that traditional prescriptions have not  been able to help improve.

Contact us by phone or  Webpage to setup an appointment for your diagnostic assessment! 


People will experience trauma in their life time.

Number of people who have died from cannabis overdose.


of people with PTSD who report a reduction in nightmares with the use of cannabis or CBD.

What if I'm not sure if I have PTSD?
No problem – we don’t expect you to self-diagnose. In fact, we’d prefer you don’t.  However,  we also understand it can be time consuming and costly, to schedule for an assessment and cannabis certification, before knowing if you qualify or not. That’s ok – we’ve got you covered. When you call us for an assessment, we take steps ahead of time to prescreen you before you come in or pay, so we can be sure you’ll meet requirement beforehand. A clinician will be in contact with you prior to your appointment.
Is an assessment required? What is the benefit of a PTSD assessment?
For any cannabis certification, an assessment of your condition and diagnosis is required by the state.  The benefit of a PTSD assessment with TGC is two fold. At TGC we are industry leaders and experts in Trauma and PTSD – as such, we understand how delicate trauma is. As a standard protocol in trauma treatment of ANY kind, you will never be asked to relive your trauma for certification. Because we only allow counselors with trauma certification or research experience, to conduct your assessment, we know how to gather the information needed in about 30-45 minutes, without re-traumazing you by asking for details that may trigger symptoms. Not retriggering you is VITAL to your mental health! We collect your basic mental health history, as well as conduct standard psychological testing to confirm PTSD diagnosis.

The other benefit is that it is all in house – when you see the physician, your medical packet for your trauma/PTSD diagnosis is completed with assessment, formal testing results, and diagnostic letter.


How much does a PTSD assessment cost?
The cost is $0 -$75, depending on if you are using insurance or self-pay.  The cost includes the assessment, psychological testing, diagnostic letter and medical records needed for certification. If you have insurance, this visit is eligible for reimbursement on most PPO plans; we will give you instructions for reimbursement upon making an appointment – some insurances may have a zero copay. If you are self pay, the rate is $75. Medicaid, medicaid products, income-based insurance products,  and BCBS Community Health plans DO NOT COVER these charges; unfortunately, you will have to self-pay.


After completing the assessment, your appointment with the physician can be made; they will  complete the final step of reviewing your TGC packet, conduct any physical aspects of the certification, and recommend cannabis treatment with the proper forms to the state of IL. The fee seeing the physician in that last step is $300. Our partners wat Compassionate Care Consultants  (who conduct the physician appointments, submit paperwork and supply an educator)  now offer PAYMENT PLANS.  Let them help you get the care you need now! 


I’m a therapist who has a client interested in cannabis but not therapy at TGC. How does this work?
Please have your client call us directly to make an appointment. While they may have a diagnosis from you, we have a very specific testing and assessment protocol that must be used; thus assessment through TGC or the physician, will always be required.

For your peace of mind: we would love to welcome your client for an assessment appointment but not therapy – as a rule, we do not take on clients who’ve come in from other offices for any cannabis based assessment & certification. We are committed to encouraging clients to return to their referring therapist for continued  therapy.

Is Cannabis Care Right For You?


Do You Find Yourself Unable to Calm Symptoms? Perhaps Traditional Medications Have Failed to Help....

Trauma is tricky. In order to heal it, we must talk about it and make a different “ending” or experience from it. Yet, talking about it will inevitably, retrigger most people. One way to fight this negative feedback loop is with cannabis. As mentioned above, Cannabis blocks the full retrieval of memories, making trauma treatment easier to conduct, with the body in an already calmed state. This is not say you’d be using cannabis *IN* your therapy session (you wouldn’t be) but like xanax or other medications, it works to keep you in a calm state, so that therapy can be more effective.

Plagued by Severe Anxiety?

While Anxiety, OCD, Panic and other anxiety based disorders are not on the certify list of conditions, we know from years of psychological research that severe anxiety is often the “mask” on top of PTSD.  Remember 80% of people will experience trauma in their life times. More times than not, when a person has severe anxiety, we find that it is simply another symptom of one’s trauma, rather than a stand-alone issue. Contact us for a no-risk prescreen for PTSD. We can help you determine if it’s anxiety, or a symptom of something else.

Are You Struggling With Pain Medication (opioid) Use?

If you find yourself having conflict, shame and guilt around your relationship with Opioid, then it might be time to seek out professional help. At TGC we’re focused on finding you happiness, self growth and motivation for healthier behaviors; not simply labeling you an “addict”.

We can help you break free from Opiods. As a team of professionals, we’ll make sure you are educated on dosing and if you need additional counseling for the transition from opiods to cannabis, we’ll be here to help. If you have a counselor already, we honor that – we don’t want to take you away from care you are already receiving. In those cases, we can simply be a point of records reference for your outside therapist or psyhicatrist.


Have A Chronic Illness or Pain?

The list of conditions that qualify under the cannbis program in Illinois, grows each year. If you have, or suspect you have, one of the following conditions (outside PTSD), we can help you certify with our partners at Compassionate Care Consultants.

Agitation of Alzheimers, HIV/AIDS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Arnold-Chiari malformation, Cancer, Causalgia, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Crohn/IBD, CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II), Dystonia, Fibrous Dysplasia, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Hydrocephalus, Hydromyelia, Interstitial cystitis, Lupus (Compromised Immune), Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, Myoclonus, Nail-patella syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Parkinsons, , Post-Concussion Syndrome, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Residual limb pain, Rheumatoid arthritis, Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy), Fibromyalgia, Jogrens syndrome, Spinal cord disease, Spinal cord injury, Spinocerebellar ataxia, Syringomyelia, Tarlov cysts
Tourette syndrome (Severe Anxiety), Traumatic brain injury, Cachexia/wasting syndrome

You Don't Have To Hide From the Help You Need Anymore.

We’re aware that most people affected with trauma and opioid withdrawal, are already self medicated. Maybe it’s with alcohol or other substances; often times, it’s street cannabis. You don’t have to hide! Cannabis is finally recognized for it’s health benefits; it’s legal and cleanly made. Cannabis is not only organic from dispensaries, it’s also tested for content, quality and purity – you’ll never find additives, extra chemicals or “unknowns”.

Give us a call at 630-423-6010 or request an appointment online.

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