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 premiere provider of clinical excellence in the treatment of substance abuse concerns, psychiatric conditions, intimacy disorders, and trauma-related distresses. We strive to offer patients a therapeutic environment wherein they will be treated with understanding, compassion, and respect. With three specific residential treatment programming options, designed for men and women, aged 18 and older, Life Healing Center is proud to be able to offer truly culturally-sensitive care that meets the unique needs of every individual who is entrusted into our care.
The three Core Programs at Life Healing Center include our Men’s Sexual Integrity Program for the treatment of love, sex, and relationship addictions, our Empowerment Program for trauma treatment, and our Hope Program for the treatment of substance abuse. When patients come to us battling an addiction to synthetic marijuana, they 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, patients who are struggling with co-occurring psychiatric or intimacy disorders will receive appropriate therapeutic interventions to address those concerns as well.
Life Healing Center is dedicated to treating complex cases and our staff is trained and excels in treating multiple concerns at one time. Patients who are dealing with multiple concerns will be provided with an individualized plan of care that will address the full-spectrum of issues with which they present. Patients engaged in our Hope Program will take part in a variety of appropriate verbal and experiential therapies that are designed to facilitate intervention on dysfunctional coping strategies related to substance abuse and chemical dependency. The methods for care offered in this innovative programming options at Life Healing Center include the following:
Detoxification services: Individuals who arrive at our center with synthetic marijuana or other types of substances in their systems will go through a medical detoxification process prior to beginning treatment. The medical detoxification process at Life Healing Center utilizes symptom-driven evidence-based protocols that assist patients in remaining safe and comfortable as their bodies become rid of any toxic substances. Patients who are actively detoxing may not attend groups, depending on their physical and cognitive status. However, once they are deemed medically stable enough to do so, patients will become fully immersed in the full treatment experience.
Medication management: All patients will receive an evaluation by a board-certified adult psychiatrist following their admission into programming. If, during this evaluation, it is determined that there is a clinical need for medication interventions in order to treat a patient’s distressing symptoms, he or she will then continue to meet with the psychiatrist on an as-needed basis for consultations and follow-ups in order to ensure that any medication that may have been prescribed is effectively helping him or her. Nurses and medication technicians will also assist in monitoring a patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: Each patient will be assigned to a primary therapist who will conduct one-to-one therapy sessions with him or her throughout his or her time spent in treatment. At a minimum, patients meet twice with their therapist for individual therapy sessions during their first week of treatment and then at least once per week thereafter. However, patients may also meet with their therapist more frequently depending on assessed need.
Family therapy: While Life Healing Center believes that family involvement is an important part of successful recovery, there are a number of factors that are considered when determining whether or not family therapy sessions will be an appropriate part of each patient’s individualized care. The number of family therapy sessions that will be held is determined by assessed need, permission of the patient to have his or her family members participate in such sessions, and the clinical advisability of the inclusion of the family in the patient’s treatment process. There are times where family inclusion is contraindicated and a patient’s therapist will ensure that the patient’s 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 patients engage in these sessions, they are afforded an opportunity to both give and receive support from peers who are facing similar struggles to their own, while also benefiting from psychoeducational opportunities that can help them learn information that is necessary for developing confidence in moving forward in their recovery. There are a variety of topics discussed in the various groups that are held, but some of the most common include the following:
- Relapse prevention
- Healthy lifestyles
- Living in balance
- Preparing for discharge
- Disease Model of Addiction
- Conflict resolution
- Trauma resolution
- Healing shame
- Emotion regulation
Experiential therapy: In order to offer a truly holistic and comprehensive approach to the care and treatment we offer, Life Healing Center is proud to supply patients with the following options for experiential therapies:
- Group art therapy
- Group equine therapy
- Movement therapy
Ancillary therapies: Selected with the patient on the basis of his or her presenting issues, men and women engaged in the Hope Program are given the opportunity to participate in the following therapeutic activities, which are led by contracted ancillary therapists:
- Somatic experiencing
- Individual art therapy
- Individual equine therapy
Discharge Planning and Continuing Care
Knowing how important discharge planning and continuing care is to a patient’s ability to be successful in lasting recovery, the staff at Life Healing Center begins to plan for a patient’s discharge as soon as they become engaged in treatment. Once it is deemed clinically appropriate, planning will be initiated with the patient as well. Discharge, transition, and continuing care is all completed by a patient’s primary therapist with the active involvement of the patient and other interested parties as appropriate and as agreed to by the patient. This 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 the patient’s progress in relation to his or her treatment plan.
There are a number of components included in a patient’s discharge and aftercare plan, which, at a minimum, should include the following:
- The patient and/or family’s plan for continuing care services, including individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, etc.
- The family’s plan for continued self-help involvement
- The patient’s plan for maintaining recovery, including specific referrals to 12-Step and other support groups, sponsorship, and a relapse prevention plan
It is the policy of Life Healing Center that all patients be referred to appropriate services capable of providing continuity of care based on each individual’s specific needs. This plan will be formulated with the patient 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, an intimacy disorder, or a mental health condition, 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.