Synthetic marijuana is a somewhat newer substance that has become a very popular drug of choice throughout the United States. While it may at first be difficult to detect the signs or symptoms of synthetic marijuana abuse, individuals of all ages, especially teenagers and young adults, have abused this substance for the potent effects that it produces. When an individual develops an addiction to synthetic marijuana, all aspects of his or her life can begin to spiral downward as the use of this substance becomes more important than any other people, places, or things within his or her life. The numerous consequences of synthetic marijuana addiction can destroy one’s trajectory in life entirely. However, it is critical to know that there is treatment out there for those individuals who want to stop their synthetic marijuana addiction.
Life Healing Center is a top provider of substance abuse treatment. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, our treatment center provides men and women with the care needed to defeat addictions to substances like synthetic marijuana. Since 1993, Life Healing Center has helped countless individuals overcome substance use disorders.
The Connection between Synthetic Marijuana Abuse and Trauma
When a person is struggling with the effects of both trauma and addiction at the same time, it can sometimes be difficult to discern which impairment began first. So often, chemical dependence begins in the aftermath of a tragedy that prompts an individual to seek solace in the numbing experience of abusing a substance such as synthetic marijuana. Sadly, this choice only results in a further deterioration of one’s emotional state, and can prevent the individual from healing from the trauma that contributed to the addiction in the first place.
For many people, the effects of trauma are at the very core of their chemical dependence. So without addressing these issues, they will have a difficult time achieving sustained sobriety. Therefore, it is imperative that these men and women seek out a treatment center that can assist with all aspects of healing by delivering trauma-focused, comprehensive care.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When you are watching a family member or a loved one grapple with an addiction to a substance like synthetic marijuana, you are likely struggling with you own emotions as a result. This can include possessing feelings of deep guilt and overwhelming responsibility for your loved one or family member, as you want to help but are unsure of how to do so. You might have attempted a number of different approaches without any success, which has likely impacted your desire to keep trying to help. However, there are always things that you can be doing to encourage your loved one to obtain care. Some of these things can include the following:
- Garner as much information about synthetic marijuana as possible, including how it’s made, what chemicals can be found within it, and what kinds of effects it can produce. Also, learn about addiction as a disease. Understanding more about the substance, as well as the disease of addiction, can help you be more effective in helping your loved one find the correct care.
- When you speak with your loved one, do everything in your power to encourage him or her to obtain treatment without being judgmental or pushy. Share your concerns and your fears, and allow him or her to speak his or her mind so the conversation is not one-sided, which could cause your loved one to feel ambushed.
- Look into treatment for yourself. While you have been focused on your loved one and his or her wellbeing, it is likely that you have not spent time caring for yourself properly. Whether your treatment consists of going to therapy or practicing good self-care, anything you can do to preserve your wellbeing can be extremely beneficial to both you and your loved one.
- Research treatment centers that can help address your loved one’s addiction to synthetic marijuana. Talk with your loved one about the results you find, and offer any support needed to help make this transition into treatment.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Healing Center
At Life Healing Center, we pride ourselves on being a premier provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, trauma-related distresses, and co-occurring intimacy disorder symptoms. We strive to offer clients a therapeutic environment at Life Healing Center wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque, Life Healing Center offers three distinct residential treatment programming options designed for men and women aged 18 and older. We are proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who takes part in our rehab programming.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Empowerment Mood and Mental Health Treatment Program, our Serenity Trauma Treatment Program, and our Hope Addiction Recovery Treatment Program. If you come to us battling an addiction to synthetic marijuana, you will embark on the path to recovery through participation in our Hope Program, which was created to provide comprehensive chemical dependency treatment. While engaged in the Hope Program, if you are simultaneously struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders, you will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
At Life Healing Center, we are dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. If you are dealing with multiple concerns, you will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which you present.
While being engaged in our Hope Program, you will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate interventions on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming option at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: If you come to our center with synthetic marijuana and/or other types of substances in your system, it may be recommended that you go through a basic detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The detox process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven, evidence-based protocols that can assist you in remaining safe and comfortable as your body becomes rid of any toxic substances. While you are actively detoxing, you may not attend groups, depending on your physical and cognitive status. However, once you are deemed stable enough to do so, you will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: In order to best customize your treatment experience, you will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following your admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions to be implemented in order to treat any of your distressing symptoms, you will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups. In doing so, we are able to ensure that any medication that has been prescribed is effectively helping you. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring your medication needs.
Individual therapy: While receiving treatment for an addiction to synthetic marijuana, you will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with you throughout your time spent in treatment. At a minimum, you will meet twice with your therapist for individual therapy sessions during your first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, you also have the option of meeting with your therapist more frequently, depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of the rehab process when recovering from addictions to substances like synthetic marijuana, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not they will be an appropriate part of your individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, your permission to have your family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in your treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and, in such an event, your therapist will ensure that your wellbeing is considered first and foremost before such sessions occur.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a major component to the care offered at Life Healing Center. When you engage in these sessions, you are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to your own. This is also a beneficial aspect of the rehab experience because it allows for psychoeducational opportunities that can help you learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in your recovery. The types of groups that you will have the opportunity to engage in can include the following:
- Creative Recovery
- Elemental Integration
- Substance use
- Mood disorders
- Trauma-processing psychotherapy
There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Preparing for discharge
- Relapse prevention
- Living in balance
- Emotion regulation
- Healthy lifestyles
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we provide, Life Healing Center is proud to offer the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
- Group art therapy
Ancillary therapies: Chosen with your input, while engaged in the Hope Program, you are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual equine therapy
- Individual art therapy
- Massage therapy
- Shamanic drumming
We are extremely proud of the multidisciplinary staff members that our treatment teams are made up of. These professionals possess a variety of specialty certifications and extensive expertise in their respective fields. Having the ability to work with these exemplary individuals can enhance your treatment experience in the most optimal of ways. In addition to board-certified psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, Master’s level therapists, licensed drug and alcohol counselors, and physician assistants, our ancillary service providers include the following:
- Recreational therapists
- Equine therapists
- Art therapists
- Doctors of Oriental Medicine
- Reiki practitioners
- Breathwork practitioners
- Native American Shamans
- EMDR practitioners
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to your ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for your discharge as soon as you become engaged in treatment. Discharge, transition, and continuing care are all completed by your primary therapist, relying heavily on your active involvement. Other interested parties, such as family members or outside care providers, may also be included when appropriate, as long as you are in agreement with their involvement. This continuing care plan will identify the support that is needed to prevent a recurrence of symptoms or a reduction in functioning. A projected transition date is established and is revised during the course of treatment based upon your progress in relation to your treatment plan.
There are a number of components that may be included in your discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- Your family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- Your plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
- Your and your family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all clients be referred to appropriate services that can provide continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the client for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gains and successes made in treatment.
At Life Healing Center, we want to help you or your loved one rediscover a full, healthy, and happy life. If you or someone you care for is struggling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana, a mental health condition, or co-occurring intimacy disorders, or if you or a loved one is in need of trauma recovery, look no further than Life Healing Center. You do not have to do this alone; we want to help.