Synthetic marijuana is a lab-created, illicit substance that can trigger a potent mind and mood-altering high. Since a person can never be truly sure of what is used to make this drug, abusing synthetic marijuana can prove to be exceptionally dangerous.
If you have been abusing synthetic marijuana, this behavior may cause you to experience episodes of psychosis, suffer injuries while being under the influence of this substance, and have to deal with the detrimental personal and emotional consequences of synthetic marijuana addiction. Fortunately, engaging in a trusted and reputable treatment center can turn your life around for the better.
Red River Hospital is a 74-bed psychiatric and addiction rehab treatment center located in Wichita Falls, Texas. For over four decades, we have remained steadfast in our diligence to help improve the lives of those who entrust us with their care. At Red River, we recognize how destructive an addiction to synthetic marijuana can be, and we want to help you realize a life that is sober and healthy.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If someone in your life has been abusing or has become addicted to synthetic marijuana, you can play an important role in getting him or her the help that he or she needs.
First, gather a select few other friends and family members who may be able to help your loved one get treatment. By having a support group available to you and your loved one, you may have greater successful in assisting your friend or family member in becoming sober.
Once you have a solid network of support, it’ll be beneficial to delegate the following important tasks:
- Devise a plan of action that can be used in the event your loved one needs emergency medical care as a result of his or her synthetic marijuana abuse. In doing so, you and others around you can act swiftly if such a situation arises.
- Research the kind of addiction treatment programs that have been effective in guiding individuals towards a life without the abuse of synthetic marijuana. If you or someone else in your support network has trouble with this, it could be helpful to reach out to an addiction professional in your community so that he or she can offer you some guidance on treatment.
- Create a list of potential treatment centers that may be able to help your loved one. Contact a few of these centers to learn about their admissions processes, what can be brought to treatment, their success rate in helping someone battling an addiction to synthetic marijuana, and the kind of aftercare resources that can help your loved one once he or she completes treatment.
- Learn about the things you all can do to remove any obstacles that would otherwise prevent your loved one from getting help. This may include taking care of his or her home while he or she is gone, getting his or her mail, taking care of pets, or making arrangements for childcare.
Depending upon your loved one’s willingness to consider treatment, you may need to stage an intervention. Interventions can be beneficial, but they must be carefully planned. If you are considering an intervention, contact the treatment center that you have selected for your loved one. A member of the center’s admissions team should be able to provide you with information about interventions.
Why Consider Treatment at Red River
Abusing synthetic marijuana can be very harmful. Both short and long-term abuse of this drug can ultimately lead to permanent damage to one’s emotional and physical health. From distressing and overwhelming emotional upheaval, which can include psychotic episodes, to significant harm to one’s vital organs and organ systems, synthetic marijuana can trigger several lingering negative effects that could be permanent. Additionally, many who abuse synthetic marijuana often require recurrent visits to inpatient hospitalization programs due to their substance abuse, which can certainly impact an individual’s quality of life. Furthermore, job loss, financial distress, physical injury while under the influence of synthetic marijuana, legal problems, family discord, social isolation, and even homelessness are all potential after effects that may happen if an addiction to synthetic marijuana isn’t stopped. Therefore, if you’re either tired of synthetic marijuana ravaging several areas of your life, or if you’d like to avoid the consequences of abusing this kind of drug, it’s a good idea to seek the help of qualified and experienced addiction professionals at this crossroads in your life.
Inpatient rehab programs are effective settings for successfully treating addictions to drugs such as synthetic marijuana. Inpatient rehab can help individuals understand the underlying cause of their addictions, and address any mental health issues that may be present at the same time. In this comforting and nurturing setting, people are able to safely and effectively work towards a full recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
When you or a loved one is in crisis, or when life feels as though it is spiraling out of control, the staff at Red River Hospital is here to help. We strive to understand the point of view of others, and we actively encourage individuals as they work towards achieving their treatment goals. At Red River, we take responsibility for treating each and every person with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves. By providing structured programming and implementing individualized treatment plans for each patient, we aim to show everyone how they can succeed. We surround patients with resources and support that they need to get better, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that those who come to us for care leave our clinic with the confidence they need to continue on their path to a brighter future.
Types of Treatment Offered at Red River Hospital
Red River Hospital provides free assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These assessments are conducted by a licensed professional and then reviewed by another licensed team member or a supervisor. If it is determined that we will be able to fully meet the patient’s needs, one of our physicians will be contacted and the admissions process will begin. Our dedicated psychiatric staff and multidisciplinary treatment team provide medical management and various therapies designed to fully treat all of our patients’ needs. We utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques as part of our inpatient rehab program, including the following:
Detoxification: When patients come to Red River and are struggling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana, we may recommend a 5-7 day stay in our detox unit. Here, every individual receives 24-hour monitoring by a team of nurses as his or her body becomes cleansed of any toxic substances that are present. In many cases, detox is the first phase of care for those who are struggling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana. To learn more about this process, please see our detoxification program page.
Medication management: Medications may be used as part of the treatment process for treating synthetic marijuana addiction. This is especially true when the person is suffering from a co-occurring mental illness at the same time. All patients are seen daily by a psychiatrist in order to ensure that the medications that have been prescribed are working properly, and so that changes to said prescriptions can made as necessary.
Group therapy: Red River’s inpatient rehab programs are group-focused, with a variety of groups being held daily. Some of the topics that are covered in these groups include effective communication skills, appropriate assertive behavior skills, anger management, conflict resolution, relapse prevention, and medication management. On our progressive care unit, additional groups and activities are held in order to assist in reality orientation. Therefore, as an individual is working on recovering from an addiction to synthetic marijuana, group therapy will be part of his or her recovery experience.
Family therapy: At Red River Hospital, we believe that an addiction to synthetic marijuana affects more than just the person who is abusing it. For this reason, we are proud to offer family therapy sessions. We believe that if the family is not involved, then the changes that are made during the treatment process will not be carried over into the home environment. As a result, we encourage family sessions to occur on a regular basis in all units, which can be done via telephone if necessary. On our child and adolescent unit, at least one family session is required prior to the patient’s discharge.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions occur on an as-needed basis for all units except our military unit, where patients have a minimum of one individual therapy session each week.
Recreational therapy: Recreational therapy occurs at least once per day and includes activities such as physical therapy and yoga.
Daily school: Daily education is provided for all of our child and adolescent patients. There is an onsite school room, and lessons are led by our public school district’s teachers.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Red River Hospital, we begin planning for discharge the moment patients enter our hospital. This plan is consistently reviewed and updated throughout the individual’s stay so that when the time for discharge arrives, the patient is already set up for the next step in his or her recovery process. We believe that aftercare is a major part of synthetic marijuana treatment. We ensure that the unique needs of each individual will be cared for, whether that means stepping down into our partial hospitalization program (PHP) or our intensive outpatient program (IOP), or being provided with referrals for traditional outpatient services. For patients who require a structured plan in order to return to life’s daily routines, Red River Hospital also provides onsite therapy through our Pathways program, which is a clinic that provides coping skills training and supervised medication management.