Although it is often marketed as a safe alternative to various illegal substances, synthetic marijuana is far from harmless.
Synthetic marijuana is commonly referred to as K2, spice, and a variety of other nicknames. The various names contribute to confusion about the very real dangers of this drug.
Synthetic marijuana typically consists of dried plant material that has been treated with one or more chemicals. These chemicals, which produce the high that is associated with the drug, have the potential to cause a wide range of harmful effects.
The abuse of synthetic marijuana has been associated with psychosis, seizures, comas, and several other negative outcomes. If you have been abusing synthetic marijuana, you may be in need of professional help.
Sonora Behavioral Health is a 140-bed acute crisis stabilization hospital in Tucson. Among our services, we provide outpatient treatment services for adult men and women who have been abusing or have become addicted to synthetic marijuana.
At Sonora Behavioral Health, our experienced treatment professionals understand the challenges of synthetic marijuana abuse, and we are prepared to provide the effective outpatient services that can free you from dependence upon this dangerous drug.
When you choose to participate in outpatient treatment for synthetic marijuana addiction at Sonora Behavioral Health, you can regain control over your life and resume your pursuit of a healthy and productive future.
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 variety of 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. And you may be fearful about what your loved one’s future holds if he or she does not stop 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 help him or her get into an effective treatment program. To accomplish this, please consider the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- Encourage your loved one to receive a comprehensive assessment at a treatment center to determine if professional care is needed.
- Seek out synthetic marijuana addiction treatment options and have them ready to present to your loved one.
Finally, refrain from being judgmental, try not to lecture your loved one, and remain unconditionally supportive.
Why Consider Treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health
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 you to perform poorly in school or at work, isolate yourself from family and friends, and experience a drastic decrease in self-esteem. Additionally, the continued abuse of synthetic marijuana can lead to psychosis, confusion, disorientation, and paranoia. You may feel powerless to stop using this addictive drug, but you have the strength to win the battle.
Depending upon the nature and severity of your problem, outpatient treatment at Sonora Behavioral Health may be the best option for you. Outpatient services allow you to receive professional care while also maintaining a degree of independence. You can practice your new skills in a real-world environment, and get feedback, support, and guidance from our experts.
Outpatient Program Philosophy & Benefits
At Sonora Behavioral Health, we are committed to providing comprehensive personalized services in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. At every level of care, our goal is to ensure that all patients receive the guidance and support that will empower them to achieve and maintain improved quality of life.
This dedication to superior service is reflected in our outpatient treatment program for men and women who are struggling with synthetic marijuana addiction. We provide thorough admissions assessments, employ evidence-based treatment protocols, and help patients develop effective coping skills.
Our ultimate objective is to prepare every patient to experience continued success long after they have completed their time in our care.
Outpatient Treatment Services at Sonora Behavioral Health
When you arrive at our outpatient treatment center, you will complete a detailed admissions assessment. This process will include a physical examination, a psychiatric evaluation, and a psychological assessment. We will also collect information about your treatment history.
All of this information will provide us with essential insights into the issues that have been preventing you from living a healthier and more satisfying life. This assessment will also allow us to develop a personalized plan to ensure that your outpatient treatment experience best meets your specific needs.
Depending upon the results of your admissions assessment, your personalized outpatient treatment plan for synthetic marijuana addiction may include the following elements:
Detox: We provide medically monitored detox in our hospital. If you have been incapable of ending your synthetic marijuana abuse prior to treatment, or if doing so would endanger your health, our medically monitored detox program may be necessary. Detox is a short-term inpatient experience during which you can rid your body of synthetic marijuana and other substances of abuse. After you complete detox, you can transition directly into outpatient care for synthetic marijuana addiction.
Medication management: If you are struggling with symptoms that can be treated with certain prescription medications, you may be eligible for medication management services while in outpatient treatment for synthetic marijuana addiction.
Group therapy: Groups are the main form of treatment in our outpatient program. During your time in outpatient care for synthetic marijuana addiction you will participate in solution-focused groups. These groups are designed to help you develop specific skills that will support long-term recovery. Common group topics include the following:
- Coping skills
- Stress management
- Self-help skills
- Early recovery
- Barriers to recovery
- Triggers for relapse
- Relapse prevention
Family support: Your loved ones can play an essential role in your continued recovery. To support their efforts, we are happy to provide a variety of educational opportunities for family members and close friends. For specifics about our family support services, please contact us at your convenience.
At Sonora Behavioral Health, we understand that outpatient treatment is just one step on your path toward long-term recovery from synthetic marijuana addiction. Thus, we start a thorough discharge planning process the day you join our outpatient treatment program.
The goal of this process is to ensure that you are connected to the professional resources and community-based support services that will enable you to continue your progress after you have completed your time in our care.
Learn More Today
For detailed information about outpatient treatment for synthetic marijuana addiction at Sonora Behavioral Health, or for answers to any questions that you may have about any aspect of our programming, please feel free to call us at your conveniences.
A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We look forward to helping you decide if our center is the perfect place for you or your loved one.
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