While synthetic marijuana is thought by many to be a safe alternative to other substances, this drug has quickly turned into one of the most dangerous drugs on the market today. The chemicals used in this product have been known to result in a number of severe and life-threatening consequences. Individuals who have abused synthetic marijuana have been known to experience episodes of psychosis, seizures, and lapsing into comas. Furthermore, there have been cases where one hit of this substance has ended in death. Keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the symptoms that can arise from synthetic marijuana abuse and addiction, Cross Creek Hospital has developed specialized programming that is tailored to meet the unique needs of patients who are faced with the challenges that accompany this devastating habit. By receiving the care offered at Cross Creek, individuals can overcome their addiction and re-emerge on the path to a happy, healthy, and drug-free life.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that a loved one is abusing synthetic marijuana can lead to a whole host of emotions, including anger, disappointment, worry, and even fear. However, while you are struggling with these difficult emotions, the most important thing right now is the overall wellbeing of your loved one. Here are some tips to keep in mind that may be useful when helping your loved one move past this dangerous addiction:
- Educate yourself as much as you can about this substance, making sure to research a variety of treatment options that you can present to you loved one.
- Be prepared to be met with denial and anger when you approach your loved one about their drug problem. Many times an individual is unable to recognize when he or she has developed an addiction.
- Help your loved one determine which treatment option works best for him or her and offer to help him or her navigate the admission process.
- Do not be judgmental, but instead provide your loved one with continued support throughout the entire treatment process. Let your loved one know you are there for him or her as he or she embarks down the long path toward recovery.
Why Consider Treatment at Cross Creek Hospital
With the abuse of synthetic marijuana comes a number of adverse consequences that can negatively impact all areas of a person’s life. In addition to the extreme health risks associated with this drug, there are also some very distressing social and emotional consequences. As individuals become more addicted to this drug, they will most likely become more withdrawn socially as their daily lives become completely consumed with finding their next high. They may begin to struggle academically or will be unable to keep up with responsibilities at work and at home. Physically speaking, this dangerous drug can cause instant psychosis, confusion, and/or paranoia. Furthermore, if they choose to continue to abuse, these individuals are placing themselves at a higher risk for experiencing more serious health complications, or even facing an untimely death.
Types of Treatment Offered at Cross Creek Hospital
At Cross Creek Hospital, we are devoted to providing everyone who seeks our care for the treatment of synthetic marijuana addiction with the respect and dignity that they deserve. Our all-encompassing goal for treatment is to help men, women, and adolescents improve their overall functioning by helping them to stabilize, achieve sobriety, and to continue their recovery with new tools that they will be taught in the treatment setting. We are proud to be able to achieve this goal by utilizing the structure and processes of a treatment model that combines cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapies, and didactic therapies.
All of the treatment methods implemented in our inpatient programming utilize a multidisciplinary focus in order to ensure that an integrated approach to treatment that facilitates increased stabilization and personal growth is received by all patients. Furthermore, we place a high regard on the involvement of our patients’ families, knowing that their contribution to the therapeutic process is paramount to successful healing from the demon that is an addiction to synthetic marijuana. The emphasis of our programming here at Cross Creek Hospital is not diagnosis-specific, but rather focuses on treating the symptoms that are plaguing each individual. We are devoted to implementing a truly holistic approach that aims to maximize patient care and help them achieve their highest level of functioning.
The following methods for care may be incorporated into the individualized treatment plans that are given to each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who is engaged in services to address a methamphetamine addiction at Cross Creek Hospital:
Medication management: In instances where an individual is suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition in addition to a synthetic marijuana addiction, psychotropic medications may be implemented in order to fully alleviate his or her distressing symptoms. A patient’s need for medication, however, is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once each day so that the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that have been prescribed can be monitored and changes can be made when necessary. Additionally, there are nurses on staff who assist in monitoring each patient’s medication needs.
Individual therapy: This individual case consultation will occur at a minimum of once each week, but additional sessions can be added whenever needed or deemed beneficial to the patient. Various members of our patients’ treatment teams, including their assigned individual therapists, provide such consultations and afford patients a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any concerns they have, process through various emotions they are experiencing, work on enhancing the tools needed for preventing relapse, and to track treatment goals.
Family therapy: Family involvement is extremely important in the overall success of treatment for our patients. Keeping this in mind, family therapy sessions are held at least once each week for our adolescent patients and are held on as-needed basis for our adult patients. For the family members of those who are struggling with a dependency on synthetic marijuana, this can be a time for them to learn about the disease of addiction, while also gaining valuable knowledge on ways in which they can best be of support to their loved one.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a significant component to the treatment options offered here at Cross Creek Hospital. The types of groups that our patients may engage in while participating in treatment for a meth addiction can include:
- Education groups teach patients about the origin and the nature of the disorder(s) that they are suffering from. In these groups, patients learn to identify problems, form a treatment plan, and work effectively on obtaining recovery and maintaining stability.
- Process groups provide a structured setting for the discussion of issues and concerns that are identified by patients. This group focuses on the processing of feelings, internal communication and cooperation, and participation in healthy group feedback.
- Addictions groups apply the 12-step addictions model for recovery to a wide range of self-destructive behaviors, such as substance abuse (including the abuse of methamphetamine), self-mutilation, disordered eating, and unhealthy personal relationships.
- Journaling groups provide a structured setting for developing therapeutic and recovery skills in the form of journaling, completing homework assignments, keeping a diary, and other writing tasks.
- Music therapy groups provide an emotionally evocative group setting that is designed to provide the participants with an opportunity to practice affect management skills.
- Healthy relationships groups focus on developing social skills and practicing healthy interactions. It provides a forum for structured, supportive risk-taking and practicing assertiveness, and the giving and taking of feedback.
- Discharge planning groups provide an opportunity for building skills that will improve the quality of life after discharge, prevent the occurrence of a relapse into synthetic marijuana abuse, and reduce the likelihood of readmission.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to provide a truly holistic approach to treatment, the staff at Cross Creek Hospital offers a number of experiential therapeutic options for patients struggling with chemical dependency concerns using things such as psychodrama and recreational techniques. These therapies are designed to teach patients skills for appropriate risk-taking, internal communication and cooperation, and expressing needs and fears. Examples of the experiential therapies that patients may engage in while in our care include:
- Physical wellness and exercise therapy program
- Animal assisted therapy
- Art therapy – This type of therapy is used to teach nonverbal strategies for expressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior in a healthy fashion. It is meant to be a technique for individuals to learn how to “tell without talking.” The art therapy groups also involve verbal processing of the artwork that is created.
- Relaxation integration – This type of experiential modality is designed to increase self-esteem, motivation, and energy levels by providing a forum for learning and practicing leisure and social skills, while also developing healthy support systems.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Cross Creek Hospital, we want to ensure that each patient will have continued success in healing and maintaining recovery and sobriety after completing inpatient care at our hospital. In order to do this, we make it a priority to begin discharge planning from the moment a patient is admitted into our care. This plan coincides with a patient’s treatment plan and aims to address any concerns or needs for further, less intensive treatment after engaging in our programming.
Our caring and compassionate staff will work with patients and their families to determine the most appropriate and effective treatment recommendations that will allow our patients to refine and build upon the skills learned at Cross Creek. Recommendations will be provided based on each patient’s needs so that the treatment goals achieved while in our care can be upheld and exceeded, decreasing a patient’s need for a higher level of care going forward. Furthermore, a member of our staff will contact patients 48 to 72 hours after being discharged to ensure that a successful transition from Cross Creek to each patient’s respective community or continuing care center has been achieved.
At Cross Creek Hospital, we will do all that we can to help you or a loved one win the battle against an addiction to synthetic marijuana so that you can avoid adverse consequences and go on to lead a successful, happy life.