Although it has been repeatedly marketed as a “safe alternative” to various illegal substances, synthetic marijuana (also known as K2 and spice) has quickly become one of the most frightening and dangerous drugs that people are using today. Although the drug contains what has been labeled as “natural psychoactive materials,” there is also an additional component of various chemicals that are added to the plant material to make this synthetic product. These chemicals are what produce the high that is associated with the drug and have the potential to result in countless, negative, life-altering effects. Individuals who have used synthetic marijuana have experienced things such as psychosis, seizures, and comas, among many other negative effects. Tragically, even one hit of this deadly substance has resulted in death. If someone has begun using synthetic marijuana, it is imperative that he or she receive immediate help to put an end to the use so that he or she does not face a similar fate.
Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital is a 72-bed acute inpatient psychiatric hospital in Tucson that is devoted to providing optimal treatment for children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with chemical dependency concerns and/or behavioral health issues. We acknowledge the unique and sensitive needs of patients who are struggling with substance abuse concerns and work with them and their families as they rediscover a life of sobriety. With rehab that is designed to address every aspect of an addiction to synthetic marijuana, the staff at our treatment center implements treatment modalities and techniques geared towards successful recovery from the perils of the disease of addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Knowing that a family member or loved one is using synthetic marijuana, K2, or “spice” can elicit a number of different emotions. You may be feeling angry at the fact that he or she even tried the drug in the first place. You may be feeling frustrated at his or her inability to stop using the drug, despite any negative consequences that have come about as a result of the use. And you may be feeling extremely fearful and worried about what your loved one’s future holds if he or she does not cease using this toxic substance. Despite the emotional turmoil you are facing, the most important thing that you can do for your loved one is to stage an intervention. The idea of confronting your loved about his or her drug problem can be intimidating, so here are some things to keep in mind when making your approach:
- First, educate yourself about synthetic marijuana. The more knowledge you have about the substance, the more convincing your argument on the pros of receiving treatment will be.
- Secondly, anticipate the denial, anger, and defensiveness that your confrontation may invoke from your loved one. This anticipation will help you to remain calm during the discussion.
- Thirdly, encourage your loved one to receive a physical examination from a medical doctor at a treatment center in order to determine if the substance has already brought about damage to his or her physical health.
- Fourth, seek out synthetic marijuana addiction treatment options and have them ready to present to your loved one.
- Lastly, refrain from being judgmental, try not to lecture your loved one, and remain unconditionally supportive.
Why Consider Treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
The use of synthetic marijuana can bring about devastating consequences that can negatively affect every aspect of an individual’s life. Not only are the health risks of using this drug extremely high, the social and emotional ramifications can be equally detrimental. Using synthetic marijuana, K2, or “spice” can cause people to begin performing poorly in school or at work, isolating themselves from family and friends, experiencing a drastic decrease in their self-esteem, and finding that they have lost interest in things that they used to be interested in. Additionally, the negative psychological effects of using synthetic marijuana can include the instantaneous onset of psychosis, confusion, disorientation, and paranoia. You may feel powerless to stop using this addictive drug, but you have the strength to win the battle.
When someone has started walking down the dangerous path of using synthetic marijuana, receiving rehab at an inpatient treatment center can be one of the best ways of initiating recovery. By entering into this type of treatment, individuals are immediately placed in a safe environment where they do not have access to the substance and are not subject to any triggers that they may face while going through their normal, daily routines. In this setting, people can learn the tools they need to not only overcome their addiction, but also to remain sober. Through various therapeutic interventions and the support of peers and mental health professionals, an inpatient treatment program can help you recover from your addiction and return to living the happy, healthy life that you deserve to live.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
As the leading synthetic marijuana addiction treatment center in Tucson, we have made it our sole mission to provide superior chemical dependency and behavioral healthcare services to the people, hospitals, and communities that we serve. By employing an evidenced-based treatment protocol that teaches effective coping skills, we are able to enhance our patients’ ability to remain successful in their recovery and sobriety after they are discharged from our care. Our highly trained and qualified staff is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical and psychiatric assessments, diagnostic services, and the most thorough treatment available. By caring for patients who are struggling with acute illnesses and substance abuse concerns in a sensitive and caring manner, the staff at our treatment center is able to assist those who come to us for help regain and maintain their highest level of functioning.
Types of Treatment Offered at Sonora Behavioral Health Hospital
When a patient first arrives at our treatment center, he or she will complete an initial assessment that includes a physical examination, a psychiatric evaluation, a psychological assessment, and a thorough collection of medical history. During this time, the staff conducting the evaluation will also identify the patient’s social skills, cultural and family issues, and determine any other needs that he or she may have. We use a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, and our experienced team of clinicians is composed of internists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, therapists, and expressive art therapists, all of whom are trained in treating individuals who are struggling with behavioral and emotional issues, as well as substance abuse and addiction concerns. All treatment plans are individualized and may include the following methods:
Medication management: Many individuals who struggle with an addiction to substances also suffer from co-occurring mental health conditions that require pharmaceutical interventions to help alleviate any symptoms that they are suffering from. When this form of treatment is deemed appropriate for a patient, it is done under the constant supervision of psychiatrists and trained medical staff to ensure medication effectiveness and to make any changes that might be necessary. Additionally, all patients receive individual medication education in order to address any questions or concerns that may arise.
Group therapy: Our main form of treatment here at our rehab center in Tucson consists of daily group therapy sessions. Rather than using process groups, we instead use solution-focused groups that teach patients a variety of skills needed to overcome their addiction to synthetic marijuana while also addressing symptoms of a co-occurring disorder, should one exist. Some of our group topics include hygiene, sleep, coping skills, stress management, self-awareness, relaxation, and self-help skills training.
Family meetings: Family members are encouraged to be an active part of all aspects of the treatment process. Education about their loved one’s condition is provided and family members are in constant communication with case managers throughout their loved one’s stay.
Additional treatment methods may include the following:
- Daily meetings with a social worker
- Recreation therapy
- Expressive therapy, including art therapy
- Weekly dietary groups
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
The discharge planning process begins as soon as patients are admitted into our hospital. Within 48 hours of admission, a social worker evaluates each patient for available resources that can be implemented once he or she has left our treatment center. These resources can include placement possibilities, transportation, and aftercare treatment options. When the time comes for the patient to be discharged, the social worker will coordinate placement with the patient, the patient’s family members, any outside community agencies in Tucson or elsewhere, or private insurance. When necessary, social workers will also coordinate transportation from the hospital on the day of discharge, as well as ensure that transportation needs for aftercare appointments are met.
For adult patients that no longer require the intensive level of psychiatric care provided by inpatient treatment, our rehab center offers outpatient treatment that consist of nine to twelve hours of group therapy each week. These group sessions allow participants to process real-life scenarios as they happen, while also receiving the support they need as they practice the new techniques that they are learning. This eight to twelve week period of intensive treatment gives participants the chance to use a group setting to work through the emotional and psychological issues that keep them locked in a state of distress. Through our outpatient programs, patients will learn techniques that they can continue to use for the rest of their lives.
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and our intensive outpatient program (IOP) allow patients to live at home, attend school, or go back to work while still receiving the treatment that they need. PHP is held 5 days a week for 6 hours each day, while IOP is held 3 days a week for 3 hours each day. Both programs have a mental health and chemical dependency track. In addition to PHP and IOP, we have an aftercare program for alumni that is held once a month for as long as patients need.
All of the rehab that we offer here at our treatment center are designed to encourage patient success as they navigate the recovery process. For those struggling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana, Sonora can be the beginning of a life free from the demon of addiction and the start on the path to a happy, healthy, and sober life.
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