In recent years, the abuse of the substance known as synthetic marijuana has become an ever-growing problem throughout the United States. Also known and marketed as K2 and spice, synthetic marijuana is an extremely dangerous substance that consists of a combination of manmade chemicals that were created to mimic the effects of traditional marijuana. The chemicals used to create this substance, however, make this substance one that can reap monumentally negative consequences on the physical and mental health of individuals who abuse it.
At Life Center of Galax, we recognize the obstacles that are faced by those who are trying to battle a problem with abusing synthetic marijuana and have therefore developed specialized programming that strives to help these individuals regain control of their lives. Our highly trained, skilled, and compassionate staff desires to help people realize their capacity to make positive, life-altering changes and come to understand that a life free from an addiction to this deadly substance can be realized.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is struggling with the ongoing compulsion to use synthetic marijuana, you are likely feeling much concern regarding what his or her future holds if he or she does not put an end to this dangerous habit. While you know that an intervention is imperative, you may be unsure as to what role you should play in helping your loved one. The following are some things that you can do to be of assistance to your loved one:
- Learn as much as you can about synthetic marijuana. Although there is still much that remains unknown about this substance, the more knowledge that you can obtain, the better able you will be to convey your fears and concerns to not only your loved one, but to his or her prospective rehab provider as well.
- Express your concerns to your loved one in an empathic manner that demonstrates how genuinely you want to help him or her. Refrain from lecturing your loved one, as this will likely only elicit feelings of defensiveness and hostility.
- Research viable addiction treatment center options that will best meet your loved one’s needs. Share your findings with your loved one and offer to accompany him or her to any appointments that are scheduled.
- Be an active part of your loved one’s rehab process because the more involved you are, the more successful his or her treatment outcomes are likely to be.
Why Consider Treatment at Life Center of Galax in Virginia
Due to the fact that the actual chemicals that are used to make synthetic marijuana vary, it has been difficult for researchers to determine all of the specific effects that can result from long-term abuse of synthetic marijuana. What has been evidenced, however, is how dangerous one single use of this drug can be, as countless reports of hospitalizations, overdoses, and even death surfaced throughout the United States in 2014 alone. The use of synthetic marijuana has caused individuals to fall into states of psychosis, require immediate hospitalization, and struggle with the onset of paranoia and suicidal ideation. Additionally, individuals who abuse K2 are also likely to experience familial discord, disturbances within important interpersonal relationships, and job loss as the result of failing to perform to the expected level occupationally. Fortunately, by taking part in an appropriate rehab program, these devastating consequences can be avoided.
Types of Treatment Offered at Life Center of Galax
For over 40 years, the compassionate team of professionals at Life Center of Galax has provided treatment for chemical dependency issues, including the abuse of synthetic marijuana, and mental health concerns for the men and women of Virginia. Known nationwide as a leading addictin treatment center, Life Center of Galax strives to provide an environment of respect, support, and warm-hearted hospitality that is fully conducive to true and lasting healing. Our specialized programming has been developed to meet the unique, individualized needs of our patients and their families, and we take great pride in the comprehensive treatment that we are able to offer to everyone who is entrusted into our care.
Knowing that no two people are exactly alike, the knowledgeable staff at Life Center of Galax has created a strong tradition of delivering personalized care that attends to the unique needs and circumstances of each patient. When people come to us struggling with a synthetic marijuana abuse problem, our highly-trained and qualified staff members will embrace the philosophy of client-directed, outcome-informed clinical work, which is founded on the belief that patients’ successes are based more on the relationships that they form with their treatment teams than on the type of therapeutic approaches that are used during the course of rehab itself. This is one of the theoretical foundations for the way that patients are treated at Life Center of Galax, and all employees are trained in this philosophy in order to ensure that everyone who comes through our doors feels welcomed, important, and truly cared about.
The adult addiction treatment residential program at Life Center of Galax is designed to help males over the age of 24 and females, aged 18 and older, who are battling substance abuse concerns as well as possible co-occurring mental health conditions. The following are among the various treatment methods included in this comprehensive program:
Medical detoxification: Life Center of Galax offers sub-acute medical detoxification services for patients who are in need of a safe and effective way to withdraw from synthetic marijuana or any other substances that may be present in their bodies. This medical detox occurs under the supervision of an ASAM-certified medical director and registered nurses are on staff and available for assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Medication management: Patients who are referred by our medical director or therapist for psychiatric assessment and rehab may also receive medication management services when deemed clinically appropriate. Under the direction and supervision of our psychiatrist, nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants, manage medication and receiving medication management services will also likely receive additional support through our counselor-led dual diagnosis groups each week.
Individual therapy: All Life Center patients participate in individual therapy sessions on a regular basis. These sessions occur in a confidential, one-to-one setting and give patients the opportunity to discuss their progress in rehab, reflect on setbacks that may have arisen, address any concerns they have about the therapeutic process, and address any issues or emotions that have come about during the course of their time spent in treatment for overcoming a synthetic marijuana abuse problem.
Group therapy: Group therapy is cornerstone to the therapeutic process at Life Center of Galax. The adult addiction residential treatment program features a variety of group therapy opportunities, which provide structured and supervised environments in which patients can interact with, learn from, and share personal experiences with others who are dealing with similar struggles. The types of groups offered may include the following:
- Start Up Group
- Community Group
- Home Group
- Dual Group
- Relapse Group
- Daily Reflections
- Thunder Alley
- Men’s and Women’s Recovery Groups
- Men’s and Women’s Flex Groups
- Lectures (didactic presentations on various aspects of addiction)
Recreation therapy: Under the direction of a certified recreational therapist, the Ridge & Valley Recreational Program provides Life Center patients with the opportunity to hike on Virginia’s New River and Appalachian trails, as well as participate in activities such as painting, therapeutic horseback riding, cooking classes on a regional farm, and ropes courses.
Experiential therapy: Life Center incorporates various experiential therapies that are designed to increase each patient’s awareness of his or her true self, as well as form a connection between the mind and body. The following experiential therapies are featured within this exceptional program:
- Therapeutic recreation
- Self-esteem exercises
- Wall exercise
- Personal mask sculptures
- God boxes
These therapies are daylong tracks that are offered once per week and feature topics such as King Baby, relapse, family and triggers, cravings, and anger.
Family workshops: Family members can be integral parts of successful long-term recovery from a K2 abuse problem. To support family members as they both work through their own issues and prepare to support their loved one, Life Center holds family workshops every weekend. These workshops include a variety of educational and therapeutic opportunities related to the impact of substance abuse on the entire family, including educational lectures, group sessions, and individual counseling.
Additionally, Life Center of Galax offers the following innovative services that can be incorporated into a patient’s programming during the time he or she spends in treatment for an addiction to synthetic marijuana. Each individual’s participation in these services is based on his or her unique, individualized needs and are designed to be a beneficial component to the holistic care we offer. These services include the following:
Comprehensive opiate recovery: Individuals who are dealing with opioid addiction and dependence in addition to a synthetic marijuana abuse problem will participate in our opiate addiction recovery service, which can take them from detox to abstinence and then into a medication-managed recovery program using methadone, buprenorphine, or Vivitrol.
Spirituality-based treatment: To meet the needs of patients who desire a strong spiritual component in their recovery from an addiction to synthetic marijuana, our addiction treatment center offers both the Prodigal Program and the Mind-Body-Spirit Group. The Prodigal Program is a Christian-focused experience that incorporates Biblical principles into treatment. The Mind-Body-Spirit group is a nondenominational experience that focuses on spiritual elements within the 12-step recovery model.
Dual diagnosis service: This service was created to provide specialized assistance to individuals who are simultaneously battling substance abuse concerns, such as the compulsion to use synthetic marijuana, and co-existing psychiatric problems. When a patient’s mental health has been identified as negatively interfering with his or her ability to be successful in recovery, this service will provide him or her with additional counseling, specialized group sessions, educational opportunities, and workbook activities that are designed to enhance his or her ability to cope with the presence of a dual diagnosis.
DUI/DWI service: Individuals, in Virginia, who are facing legal charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol or another drug may benefit from our DUI/DWI service, which features comprehensive medical and psychological assessments; education on the disease of addiction, counseling (both individual and group), and an introduction to the 12-step recovery model. Also, with the patient’s permission, we can provide documentation of program completion to counselors, attorneys, and the court system, as deemed appropriate or if requested.
Chronic relapse prevention service: When a patient has engaged in one or more prior treatment experience, he or she may be referred to this intensive programming option, of which incorporates educational lectures, journaling exercises, additional group sessions, and workbook activities. These interventions are designed to help prevent future relapse.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Life Center of Galax, we know that residential rehab is just the first step on the path of lifelong recovery from a synthetic marijuana abuse problem. In order to ensure that all patients are prepared to build upon their progress when they complete treatment at our center, we place a strong emphasis on continuing care.
Discharge planning begins with the meeting that a patient has with his or her primary counselor and is then finalized at least three days prior to his or her discharge.
For patients who have completed residential programming and are ready to return home, yet would benefit from the intensive structure of a daylong therapeutic program, Life Center of Galax offers a partial hospitalization program (PHP). The services and groups that patients engage in during PHP are determined on an as-needed basis and are outlined in each patient’s individualized treatment plan. Patients taking part in PHP have the option of returning home at night or of residing in the onsite housing provided by Life Center.
From the moment a patient walks through our doors in need of help to overcome the compulsion to use synthetic marijuana, the goal of Life Center of Galax is to be a source of lasting and positive change and to provide the comprehensive care and compassionate support that will allow struggling individuals to overcome the obstacles that have prevented them from achieving long-term recovery and living happier and healthier lives.