Treatment for Synthetic Marijuana Dependency

Historically marketed as a safe alternative to marijuana, synthetic marijuana, also frequently known as K2 and spice, has made tragic headlines across the media over the last few years. This extremely dangerous substance is composed of manmade chemicals that were created to imitate the active ingredient in traditional marijuana. The effects of synthetic marijuana, however, are much more potent and can lead to much more devastating consequences. Sadly, even one single use of this substance has been known to result in death.

At Keystone Treatment Center, we recognize the pain that accompanies an addiction to synthetic marijuana and we understand how difficult it can be to overcome this destructive behavior. For this reason, why have devised specialized programming that is delivered in an atmosphere of integrity, respect, trust, accountability, responsibility, honesty, and excellence so that individuals can successfully win the war against chemical dependency.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

If your family member or loved one has been engaging in the abuse of synthetic marijuana, you are likely experiencing a great deal of concern about what the future will hold for him or her if the behavior persists. You are aware of the fact that your loved one needs help, but you may be unsure as to what role you should play in assisting him or her in seeking out and receiving that help. Fortunately, there are things that you, as a concerned friend or family, can do for your loved one. Consider the following:

  • Become educated on synthetic marijuana, including the signs and impacts of use.
  • Research treatment centers that are equipped to help individuals who are struggling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana.
  • Sit down with your loved one and candidly express your concerns to him or her. Use this time to show him or her the research you have compiled on possible treatment centers, while also allowing him or her to express his or her own fears and concerns. Understand that your loved one will likely be defensive and may deny the behavior at first, but remain patient and do not give up on him or her.
  • Encourage your loved one to engage in treatment by offering to call prospective treatment providers and by offering to accompany him or her to any appointments that may be scheduled.
  • Once your loved one has made the decision to start receiving treatment, be an active part of his or her therapeutic process. Attend visiting hours, call and check-in, and continuously encourage his or her progress. Additionally, ask your loved one’s treatment provider how you can best be of assistance to him or her in sustaining sobriety once treatment is complete.

Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center

When individuals are struggling with a synthetic marijuana abuse problem and do not receive appropriate interventions to put an end to their devastating habit, they are susceptible to experiencing a number of detrimental consequences. The use of this substance can elicit rapid deterioration on the mental, emotional, and physical health of users. Things such as irreversible cognitive impairment, heart attacks, strokes, and the onset of symptoms of mental health conditions have all been known to occur from the use of synthetic marijuana. Additionally, many users of synthetic marijuana have been known to experience psychosis immediately following the use of this dangerous substance. Due to the fact that the chemicals that are used to create this substance vary and users rarely know what chemicals they are ingesting, there is an ever-present risk for overdose when this drug is abused as well. Furthermore, individuals who abuse synthetic marijuana are more likely to experience academic failure, job loss, and a demise of important relationships. By receiving treatment, however, such detriments can be successfully avoided and the compulsion to use synthetic marijuana can be overcome.

If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center

At Keystone Treatment Center, we are dedicated to offering comprehensive, individualized care for patients and their families. As a nationally recognized and respected treatment provider, Keystone is proud to offer inpatient treatment for individuals who are struggling with chemical dependency, including a synthetic marijuana abuse problem, compulsive gambling, and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. Our multidisciplinary treatment team is comprised of a number of specialists who are devoted to delivering the highest level of quality, specialized services possible.

In order to provide truly individualized care that meets the varying needs of our patients, Keystone is proud to offer specialized treatment tracks within our residential programming. For adult patients, these specialized tracks include Native American, Christian, Gambling, Chronic Pain, Young Adult, Methamphetamine Corrections, and Opioids tracks. For adolescent patients, Native American, Christian, and Gambling tracks are available.

The specific types of treatment that may be incorporated into each patient’s individualized treatment plan can include the following:

Medically monitored detoxification: Non hospital-based medically monitored detox services are provided to adolescent and adult patients who do not require acute medical care, but who are in need of medical interventions to safely and successfully withdraw from addictive substances. Patients who receive detox services are provided with around-the-clock nursing care, as well as meetings with physicians, in order to ensure that they are safe and comfortable throughout the process.

Medication management: When individuals are suffering from symptoms of a mental health condition in addition to a synthetic marijuana addiction, there are certain psychotropic medications that may be prescribed in order to alleviate their distress. The use of any medications, however, is always determined based on each patient’s individual needs. Psychiatrists will meet with patients on an as-needed basis so that any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored or adjusted for therapeutic effectiveness.

Individual therapy: Patients will meet with their primary counselors for a minimum of two individual therapy sessions each week. The primary goal of these sessions is to assist patients in increasing their understanding of how their behaviors impact major aspects of their lives so that they can work towards being restored to a higher level of functioning. These sessions are also designed to help patients achieve a better understanding of themselves, while also developing more efficient and effective coping mechanisms.

Family therapy: Knowing the important role that families play in the successful recovery of our patients, Keystone offers different ways for families to be involved in their loved ones’ treatment processes. Individual family therapy sessions are led by a licensed family therapist and are offered on an as-needed basis. Our weekly Family Program is also available to patients and their family members and includes one hour of psycho-educational programming every Sunday prior to visiting hours. Additionally, day-long programming is offered on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members and is scheduled in conjunction with the family therapist.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are led by licensed or certified counselors and are meant to be a time for patients to work together to identify, present, and process various problems that they are facing and assist others in doing the same. Adult patients will take part in three group therapy sessions each day, while adolescent patients will take part in three to five sessions per day. The specific types of groups offered to adult patients include:

  • Community Group
  • Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
  • Topics Group
  • Relaxation Group
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Spirituality Groups
  • Gambling Group
  • 12-Step Group Meetings
  • Women’s Topic Group
  • Men’s Topic Group
  • Young Adult Topic Group

The specific types of groups that are offered to adolescent patients include:

  • Community Group
  • Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
  • Topics Group
  • Relaxation Group
  • Exercise Group
  • 12-Step Group Meetings
  • Recovery Skills Group
  • Skills Training Groups
  • Spirituality Groups
  • Experiential Growth Groups

Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy is offered for all patients on a daily basis and may be implemented based on each patient’s individualized treatment plan. The types of experiential therapies offered include:

  • Social training
  • Arts and crafts
  • Recreational therapy
  • Ropes course
  • Cultural activities
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Pastoral care

Study Time: In order to ensure that adolescent patients do not fall behind academically while in programming, they are provided with dedicated times to meet with a licensed teacher who will coordinate academic work with their home schools.

In addition to inpatient treatment, Keystone Treatment Center also offers partial care / day treatment services and intensive outpatient services for both adolescents and adults. With the overarching goal of helping to restore individuals to healthier, happier, and more productive lives, free from the compulsion to use synthetic marijuana, all of the programming options at Keystone will be tailored to meet your or your loved one’s specific needs so that a brighter future can be within reach.

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