Salvia Addiction Treatment

Salvia is a psychoactive plant classified as a hallucinogen, a group of drugs that alters the user’s thoughts, feelings and perceptions. The active ingredient in Salvia is Salvinorin A which induces hallucinations. The drug has increasingly become popular among teens and young adults, with cases of salvia abuse rising significantly.

A member of the mint family, salvia is native to the northeastern Sierra Mazateca mountain region of Mexico. It can be grown successfully in other areas of the world as well, including parts of the United States. Natives who considered the drug to possess healing properties previously used it ritualistically.

Some common street names of the drug include Maria Pastora, Sage of the Seers, Diviner’s Sage, Sally-D and Magic Mint. People consume the drug in different ways. For instance, they chew resh leaves directly or smoke it either as a cigarette or in a water pipe, such as a bong or a hookah, after drying the leaves. Some use the crushed form of leaves by mixing the extract in a liquid.

On consumption, the drug’s active ingredient Salvinorin A releases into the bloodstream and travels to the brain. It then binds to the parts of nerve cells called kappa opioid receptors, thereby, producing hallucinatory effects that can last for a few seconds or as long as 30 minutes. The effects include visual hallucinations, feeling of traveling through space or time and a sense of detachment from the surrounding environment. Some other symptoms of salvia use include loss of coordination, slurred speech, dizziness, nausea and chills.

Symptoms of salvia abuse

Salvia abuse alters an individual’s perception dramatically. It can lead to trips that commonly involve loss of consciousness and memory. Some other common symptoms of salvia abuse are:

  • Depersonalization
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Loss of memory
  • Psychotic state
  • Inability to control urge to use salvia
  • Psychological damage, including psychosis
  • Impairment in vision
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Seeking treatment for salvia addiction

John Douglas, clinical director of Silver Hill Hospital’s Outpatient Opioid Addiction Program observes that “People who develop addiction usually start in adolescence and it is usually under social pressure. So if you’re able to prevent someone from developing an addiction in adolescence, you can save them a lifetime of misery.”

Though studies have little to say about the withdrawal symptoms associated with salvia addiction, it is important to undergo a professionally supervised salvia detox treatment for managing these symptoms, which are often not life-threatening but can be painful or discomforting. Hence, professional guidance can be of great help. In addition, the same can help in the identification of any underlying mental disorders or co-occurring disorders, such as salvia addiction and depression. Once diagnosed, the consulting expert can design the course of the treatment for the same as well so that the individual can attain a full recovery with a minimum likelihood of a relapse.

Once the detoxification is complete, the patients are encouraged to attend behavioral therapies or counseling sessions which help in identifying the underlying causes of addiction and in learning effective skills for living a drug-free life. Seeking proper treatment is important under all circumstances.

Why choose Sovereign Health of Florida

Sovereign Health of Florida offers treatment for salvia addiction at both Fort Myers and Pompano Beach locations. The treatment process at both these facilities begins with an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that looks at not only the primary symptoms but also the underlying ones. Once the evaluation is complete, the patient is prepared to undergo a salvia detox treatment at one of our specialized salvia detox centers. Detoxification treatment is extremely important as this helps the body get rid of all the unwanted substances.

Once the detox program gets over, a customized treatment plan is prepared on the basis of the evaluation done at the beginning. The line of treatment includes therapies and counseling sessions, such as individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and art therapy.

Therapy or counseling may focus on understanding the nature of addiction, the factors that may have led to the addiction, and the emotions and thought processes involved in the addiction journey. After the treatment, supportive programs like a 12-step program or classes can help in leading a drug-free life.

At Sovereign Health of Florida, we believe that drug abuse and addiction can take a devastating toll – not just on the individuals but also on those who love them. Thus, we provide supportive family services, including weekly family groups, family therapy and an intensive family program. These family services provide patients and their families with education, psychoanalysis and other tools and resources they need to repair and strengthen their broken relationships.

Thus, by taking care of the recovering individuals and their loved ones, we help them have a successful chance at recovery. In case you would like to know more about our treatment programs for salvia addiction, contact our 24/7 helpline. You can even chat online with our representatives for any queries you may have.

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