A relatively new substance of abuse, synthetic marijuana, also known as spice or K2, is a manmade drug that can cause people to experience emotional detachment from their surroundings while also causing intense feelings of euphoria. Comprised of chemicals and additives that can vary from one batch of synthetic marijuana to the next, this drug is also known to cause users to experience terrifying episodes of psychosis after just one use. And since this drug has only been available within the last few years, researchers have yet to determine the long-term health risks associated with it. Therefore for those who regularly abuse this substance, it is imperative that treatment be sought in order to end this vicious form of substance abuse.
Twelve Oaks Recovery Center is a leading provider of chemical dependency treatment and offers effective treatment for men and women who wish to recover from a synthetic marijuana abuse problem. In choosing this center as the place to break free from a synthetic marijuana abuse problem, men and women alike will come to know a life that is both happier and healthier.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Those closest to a person who abuses synthetic marijuana are often rife with worry when they try to imagine their loved one’s future when this type of substance abuse problem is occurring. Friends, spouses, siblings, and other loved ones may even feel powerless against their loved one’s compulsion to abuse this dangerous drug and assume any effort to help their loved one will be futile.
The fact of the matter is that those in a synthetic marijuana abuser’s life can play an integral role in helping the person they care about receive treatment and break free from the grips of a synthetic marijuana abuse problem. The following are steps that friends and family members can take to help a loved one get treatment:
- Learn all that you can abuse synthetic marijuana. Also, learn about the signs of overdose and other such detriments so that you and other friends and family members know what to do in the event your loved one experiences adverse effects after using this drug.
- Peruse the internet or consult with substance abuse professionals to determine treatment providers who are able to treat those struggling with a synthetic marijuana abuse problem.
- Talk with your loved one about his or her synthetic marijuana abuse problem. He or she will likely deny that there is a problem. However, you can use what you have learned about this substance to have an open and honest conversation about your loved one’s current struggle.
- Convey to your loved one that you will be there for him or her and encourage him or her to reach out to a treatment provider to begin care.
- Accompany your loved one to any scheduled assessments and agree to be part of this process.
Once your loved one have engaged in treatment, taking the following steps will ensure that your loved one’s time is treatment is successful:
- Participate in family therapy sessions.
- Contact your loved one via the phone, letters, or email, as staying in contact with your loved one is a great way of showing your support.
- Consult with your loved one’s treatment providers to learn what you can do to positively impact your loved one’s recovery proves.
Finally, it is important that you seek your own support during this time. In many cases, those closest to someone with a substance abuse problem are affected by their loved one’s choice to abuse drugs. Seek counseling services, participate in support groups, and be sure to take time for yourself to unwind and practice good self-care.
By following through on the aforementioned suggestions, you and your loved one will be well on your way to brighter, happier, healthier futures.
Why Consider Treatment at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
Since the long-term effects of abusing synthetic marijuana are not fully known, it is extremely important for a person to seek treatment if the abuse if this substance is occurring. Reports of people experiencing extreme emotional disturbances and sudden death as a result of abusing this drug have emerged in recent years, in addition to a whole host of other adverse outcomes.
As with the abuse of other substances, a synthetic marijuana abuse problem can cause a person to neglect responsibilities and their health if such abuse is ongoing. Job loss, demise of meaningful relationships, onset of physical health concerns, decline of one’s mental health, and worsening of already-existing mental health condition symptoms can happen if a person continues to abuse synthetic marijuana. Seeking and engaging in effective treatment can significantly reduce the occurrence of such consequences and help those with this type of substance abuse problem put an end to their compulsions to abuse this life-threatening drug.
Types of Treatment Offered at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
For over 30 years, we at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center have been dedicated to providing world class care to men and women who are in need of treatment for an addiction to drugs or alcohol, including an addiction to synthetic marijuana. We believe in providing highly individualized treatment that is catered to meet the unique needs of each one of our patients. We strive to provide treatment in an atmosphere of trust, honesty, and responsibility, wherein patients are the top priority and they can feel confident that they are receiving the most optimal quality of care possible as they work towards overcoming their synthetic marijuana abuse problem.
In order to cater treatment to meet the specific needs of each patient, Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer three specialized treatment tracks that can be incorporated into a patient’s personalized treatment plan. These tracks include Proclaim, our Christian track, Aspire, our PTSD recovery track, and Resilience, our addiction-free chronic pain management track. A patient’s participation in these specialized tracks will be determined based on his or her individual needs and presenting concerns.
In addition to these specialized tracks, our center supplies the following interventions that may be included into the comprehensive treatment plans that are provided to every patient in our residential inpatient program:
Medically monitored detoxification: When patients arrive at Twelve Oaks with substances in their systems, participating in medically monitored detox may be the most beneficial first step in their recovery process. We offer high-level detox services that are delivered under the direction of an ASAM certified addictionologist and are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by our compassionate nursing staff. A wide range of medications are available for use, but they will only be implemented into a patient’s treatment plan when it is deemed clinically appropriate for medically managing the detoxification process and the side effects that can arise from detox. Each patient’s medical situation is taken into account prior to his or her participation in detox, and appropriate accommodations are made to ensure that all interventions are managed safely.
Medication management: For individuals who are battling symptoms of a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to their addiction to synthetic marijuana, the use of certain medications may be beneficial in helping to alleviate some of their distress. The implementation of any medications, however, is always determined on a patient-to-patient basis. Appointments with a psychiatrist are scheduled solely based on need, and medication management services will be offered following the recommendations of the attending psychiatrist.
Individual therapy: All patients have the opportunity to take part in individual therapy sessions with their assigned counselors at a minimum of once per week. Additional sessions can be added on as-needed or as-requested basis. These individual sessions are designed to be a time for patients to meet in a private setting with their counselors to discuss their treatment goals and process through any setbacks that may arise as they work towards overcoming their synthetic marijuana addiction. Additionally, counselors often incorporate various experiential therapy options into their individual sessions with patients. Such options may include guided imagery, art, recreational activities, psychodrama, yoga, and participation in beach activities like fishing, swimming, and kayaking.
Family therapy: Knowing the importance of family involvement when someone is battling an addiction to synthetic marijuana, Twelve Oaks provides patients and their family members with at least one family therapy session during their time in treatment. Each patient’s counselor will determine if additional family sessions are necessary or would be a beneficial addition to each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Upon this determination, appropriate arrangements for further sessions will be made.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a large part of the therapeutic experience here at Twelve Oaks. Patients have the opportunity to participate in two process groups and three educational groups each day, Monday through Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, patients participate in a total of five educational groups, including recreational therapy on Saturday and a spirituality group on Sunday. Patients also have the option of attending a local church on Sundays as part of their spirituality group. There are a variety of topics that are covered throughout the different educational groups, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Communication skills
- Triggers and cravings
- Conflict resolution
- Spirituality enrichment study
- Dealing with stress and emotions
- Addiction as a brain disease
- Working the 12-Step program
- Big Book study
- Relapse prevention
- Stages of change
- 10 principles of change
- Anger management
Experiential therapeutic activities are also frequently incorporated into the group therapy sessions. Such activities can include psychodrama, yoga, guided imagery, art, the low ropes course, recreational therapy, and participation in various beach activities, such as volleyball, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and communal gatherings around a bonfire.
At Twelve Oaks, we recognize that recovery from synthetic marijuana addiction is an ongoing process that does not end upon completion of residential inpatient treatment. For this reason, our staff works diligently with each patient to create a thorough discharge plan so that appropriate continuing care services can be put into place prior to his or her completion of inpatient treatment. Twelve Oaks is pleased to offer a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that patients may step-down down to once their time in residential inpatient treatment is complete. If patients are ready to return home, the staff at Twelve Oaks will work with them to ensure that appropriate supportive and follow-up services are accessible.
If you or your loved one needs help in overcoming an addiction to synthetic marijuana, look no further than Twelve Oaks Recovery Center. We will do everything in our power to help you embark on the road to recovery with the confidence necessary for achieving lasting healing.