Drug addictions are a psychological and physical disease that leads to an inability to stop taking drugs or medication.
Like other drugs, sustained or excessive use of salvia can lead to addiction. Salvia can become addictive due to its’ effects on the mind and its ability to perceive reality.
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Salvia addiction overview
Salvia (synthetic marijuana) is a plant native to Mexico, which was traditionally used in the past for divine and spiritual rituals.
Its traditional uses make it sound harmless, but it is an incredibly strong hallucinogenic drug that causes erratic behaviour and vivid, often disconcerting hallucinations.
Salvia is sold either as a green plant or liquid to be smoked or chewed.
It is often considered as a marijuana substitute. The high caused by salvia begins rapidly and lasts about half an hour if smoked.
When it is chewed or swallowed, the high lasts longer – up to 2 hours, and causes intense hallucinations, altered perception and cognition.
How to spot addiction?
- Using alone without other people knowing
- Hiding your usage
- Memory loss
- Lying about the amount you take
- Using it to shut out negative thoughts
- Trying to forget memories or traumas
- Trying to numb any pain – physical or psychological
- Using it to turn down thoughts of guilt and shame
- Others being concerned about your behaviour
- Turning into a different person
Treatment: Salvia rehab
- Treatment programmes that last from 28-90 days
- 1 week detoxes
- Identifies any co-occurring mental health conditions
- Outpatient sessions
- Inpatient “life-changing” programmes
Like any addiction, dependency on salvia is treatable, but the devastating effects of the drug mean that it is one of the most difficult substances to successfully withdraw from and stay off permanently.
If you are addicted to salvia and struggling to give it up, or you’re concerned about a friend or loved one, don’t delay and take the first step towards effective treatment and recovery as soon as possible.
Explore the options of treatment for salvia addiction at a residential rehab, with medical staff on hand to help you every step of the way.
Getting professional help
Though there is little evidence to suggest that salvia is physically addictive, you can become addicted to its effects and the hallucinations it provokes.
If you are dependent on salvia, or any hallucinogenic drug, then your grasp on reality will loosen, which can lead to dangerous consequences.
If you are addicted to salvia or another hallucinogenic drug, then there are a number of treatment options available to you.
Residential rehab for hallucinogenic dependency
The best option for you is residential rehab, which focuses on detoxification from the drug and helps you to build a new life through therapy and counselling.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and lifestyle skills therapy within an inpatient rehab clinic have been proven to help with hallucinogenic dependency.
How else will rehab help me?
- Medically-assisted detox
- Individual and group therapy
- Tailored therapy options
- Aftercare plan
- Relapse prevention plan
If you have any questions, or seeking advice about your own addiction, or the addiction of a friend or loved one, get in touch with us today.
Am I dependent on Salvia? Self-assessment
Salvia or drug dependence is possible if you answer ‘yes’ to the following:
- Are you unable to reduce or stop your usage?
- Are you feeling irritable or anxious?
- Are you using salvia on a daily basis?
- Do you feel increasingly isolated due to your use?
- Are your sleeping or your eating habits disturbed?
- Do you have trouble concentrating or remembering?