Synthetic marijuana, also known as spice or K2, is frequently sold as a “safe” alternative to cannabis and marijuana drugs. Synthetic marijuana is not a safe substance, and often consists of a number of psychoactive chemicals combined with dried plant material. The various and unregulated chemicals in synthetic marijuana can dangerously impact both mental and physical health. Additionally, synthetic marijuana often varies widely from one brand to the next, with varying levels of toxicity. Often, individuals who use this drug are completely unaware of what they are actually consuming. Some batches of this drug have caused detrimental and deadly side effects, including hallucinations, violence, fatal accidents, and overdose deaths.
At Serenity Knolls, we know the struggle that families and individuals face after becoming addicted to this drug, and we know that this substance often takes over the lives of a variety of individuals. Our residential treatment program is designed to help both men and women end their dependence on synthetic marijuana and other substances in a comfortable, supportive environment.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If a person you care about has been using or has become dependent on synthetic marijuana, you may be able to help that individual get back on a path to wellness. Consider the following steps to helping a loved one:
- Learn as much as possible about synthetic marijuana, including the signs and symptoms. There is a great deal of misinformation available about synthetic marijuana, so it is important to seek out reputable websites or experienced professionals. Licensed counselors or government and hospital websites are available to offer unbiased, accurate information.
- Learn more about the disease of addiction. New research and insights have provided a great deal of information about addiction and recovery in recent years. Not only will this help you understand what your loved one is experiencing, it will also help you ask well-informed questions if your loved one does seek treatment.
- Consider researching treatment facilities and treatment options that may fit the needs of your loved one. Inquire about synthetic marijuana treatment programs where possible.
- Sit down with your loved one and calmly discuss the issue at hand. Listen to what he or she has to say. Share your research, if appropriate, and express kind concern about the situation. Be prepared to face uncomfortable reactions, such as denial or hostility. It may take more than one conversation to reach your loved one.
- Think of obstacles that may keep your loved one from seeking treatment. For instance, would transportation or child care be issues? Is your loved one in a good place to choose from a number of treatment programs? You may be able to help by researching and narrowing down treatment options, offering house-sitting or pet care, or by simply driving your loved one to treatment.
- Once your loved one enters treatment, you can be a valuable part of his or her recovery process by remaining emotionally supportive. Be aware that relapse may happen and develop a plan to remain helpful, yet firm, with your loved one in a relapse situation.
- Don’t forget to ask treatment programs about family programming, family counseling, or couples’ counseling. Family therapy may prove to be an incredible source of support and strength for you, as well.
Why Consider Treatment at Serenity Knolls
Synthetic marijuana use brings a wide variety of side-effects and negative consequences. Without effective treatment, an individual who uses this substance may experience damage to his or her physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Synthetic marijuana can be toxic and lead to cognitive impairment, stroke, or heart attack. This drug can worsen existing health or psychological conditions.
In some cases, synthetic marijuana has led to violent, aggressive, or illegal behavior, resulting in arrest or incarceration. This substance has also been known to lead to job loss, academic failure, and destruction of personal relationships. To make things worse, this drug is unregulated, so users can never quite be sure about the exact chemical composition of the type of synthetic marijuana that they are ingesting. Fortunately, addiction treatment is one effective way to prevent these unfortunate outcomes. It is possible to get on a track to wellness with supportive help.
Types of Treatment Offered at Serenity Knolls
With picturesque 360-degree views that allow for viewing breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, Serenity Knolls, which is located in the San Geronimo Valley in Marin County, California, is a world class provider of addiction treatment for men and women aged 18 and older. Created to help adults restore and improve their lives after having battled addictions to substances, this center is where a life that is no longer controlled by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can be realized.
In choosing Serenity Knolls as the place to confront an addiction to synthetic marijuana and/or other harmful substances, a person can receive the care that is needed to flourish and live to his or her highest potential. Our staff, which includes a multidisciplinary team of exceptional professionals, many of whom have overcome their own struggles with addiction and chemical dependency, facilitates treatment with the utmost empathy, compassion, and dedication. Additionally, each person at this center is provided with a customized plan of care that details the interventions needed to experience the most favorable treatment outcomes. During one’s initial assessment, and for the duration of treatment at Serenity Knolls, substance use concerns and co-occurring mental health needs are assessed, which then prompt the inclusion or exclusion of the below listed interventions within a resident’s personalized treatment plan:
Individual counseling: So as to gauge how residents are progressing in their treatment, the care supplied by Serenity Knolls includes daily individual counseling sessions with knowledgeable and experienced alcohol and drug counselors. During these meetings, men and women can discuss how they are doing on a day-to-day basis and can report any successes and/or setbacks that occur while they are working to overcome an addiction to synthetic marijuana.
Individual therapy: We, at Serenity Knolls, are pleased to offer weekly individual therapy sessions for those who come to our center to break free from an addiction to synthetic marijuana. Our staff psychologists and marriage and family therapists are the professionals who meet with residents during these sessions so that men and women can receive the one-on-one attention they need to make strides in their recovery. Individual therapy can serve as a time in which residents can talk about things that they may not feel comfortable sharing in group, establish goals for the future, and work through any emotions and feelings that they may be experiencing.
Group therapy: In order to provide residents with the support and guidance they need as they work on their recovery from addictions to synthetic marijuana and/or other substances, the programming at Serenity Knolls features several group therapy opportunities each week. Group therapy sessions are led by psychologists, marriage and family therapists, experienced alcohol and drug counselors, and other healthcare professionals, and include several residents so that they are able to provide and receive support to and from one another. The following types of groups can serve as excellent opportunities for men and women to practice the invaluable skills that they are learning:
- 12-Step groups
- Educational groups
- Men’s groups
- Process groups
- Women’s groups
Couples and family counseling: Serenity Knolls is proud to offer multifamily group therapy sessions for residents and those they are closest to. Additionally, as a leading provider of substance abuse treatment, we are delighted to include couples and family counseling services upon request for the men and women entrusted into our care and their loved ones. Given the fact that recovery success is more easily achieved when one has the support of his or her friends and family members, we purposefully supply these services in order to enhance each resident’s treatment experience as the work towards overcoming an addiction to synthetic marijuana.
Weekend Family Program: The Weekend Family Program is designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support that they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. This program features a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions.
Every man and woman who comes for care at Serenity Knolls is treated as a unique individual who possesses distinctive strengths. These strengths, as well as the concerns that a resident is suffering from, are factored into the treatment planning process and can ascertain which of the above methods of care are needed to help each person heal and recover in a lasting and meaningful way.
Additionally, our clinical team prepares for each resident’s discharge from the moment they begin treatment to confront an addiction to synthetic marijuana. In doing so, we are able to determine the continuing care options that will best meet each person’s needs after leaving Serenity Knolls. Furthermore, we offer a high quality Aftercare Program that is located in two convenient locations. This program is available to former residents for a lifetime and includes weekly meetings, as well as help for men and women as they acquire the sponsorships needed to remain on the path of recovery. In sum, we, at Serenity Knolls, ensure that every facet of treatment at our center is highly personalized and supportive for the duration of an individual’s time with us.
If you or someone you care about is plagued by an addiction to synthetic marijuana and would like to partake in top-notch treatment that can break the chains of addiction once and for all, look no further than Serenity Knolls. Our staff is ready, willing, and able to help to you or your loved one determine if our center is the perfect place to begin life anew.