Teen Salvia Use
Teenagers are prone to pushing limits, and that often includes drug use. While many teens will use whatever drugs they can access, salvia has been rapidly growing in popularity over the last decade. Providing an intense high that often includes hallucinations and a distorted perception of reality, rebellious teens find this natural psychedelic substance a good way to take a break from reality.
Salvia is derived from a plant, much like marijuana. This leads many teens and their parents to believe that salvia is safe, but this is far for the truth. Due to the nature of salvia, teens may be in danger while using, creating potentially critical situations that include driving under the influence and reckless behavior.
If you feel that your teen is using salvia, it may be time to consider professional intervention. With help from Teen Treatment Center, you can seek the qualified assistance your teen needs. Contact us today at (844) 319-5239 to speak to one of our qualified admissions counselors.
What Is Salvia?
Salvia Divinorum, more commonly known as salvia, is a plant that belongs to the mint family. Native to Mexico, salvia grows in a warm, temperate climate and can be as small as an average houseplant. Its appearance is very similar to the standard form of mint available at the grocery store, with small green leaves with jagged edges and square stems. When flowering, salvia plants sprout purple and white growths.
Despite appearing benign, the effects of salvia are extremely strong. A psychedelic hallucinogenic similar in behavior to acid or mushrooms, a small dose can lead to an intense high that lasts for several hours. Smoked in a joint or blunt similar to marijuana, diffused in tea or alcohol, or eaten raw, salvia is easy to use and largely undetectable once effects have worn off. While not as popular as other drugs – only 2% of teens use salvia regularly – the legality makes it quite compelling for those interested in an easy high.
Salvia is known by many names when sold on the street, including magic mint, Sally-D, ska pastora, or diviner's sage. Unlike many similar drugs, the legality of salvia varies from one state to the next. 29 states and Guam have made use fully illegal, with some, like Delaware, Louisiana, and Missouri, categorizing it as a Schedule I controlled substance. However, salvia remains legal in numerous states in the Northeast and on the West Coast, including Seattle, Washington, and New York.
The Effects of Salvia
Salvia is a hallucinogenic drug, leading to auditory and visual hallucinations and altered thinking for 30 minutes to one hour after ingestion. This is known as a salvia trip.
Because salvia does not alter brain chemistry like more intense substances, like heroin or cocaine, many teens don't think taking salvia is an issue. However, hallucinogenics can pose serious dangers, especially when taken outdoors or in an unsafe area. Teens under the influence may drive, wander into the road, or get lost outside, putting themselves and others at risk. In addition, salvia can cause emotional dependency; some teens, especially frequent users, may feel as though they can't relax or function properly without regular salvia trips. This may lead to higher dosages and more frequent abuse.
Short-term effects of salvia are fairly benign, especially as duration is quite short compared to other drugs. Regular users may experience numerous negative symptoms, however, in the days following a trip, including anxiety, trouble focusing, headaches, fatigue, and apathy. In serious users, depression, agitation, and personality changes can occur.
Salvia is a relative newcomer to the recreational drug scene, so many long-term consequences are not yet known. However, salvia, like other hallucinogenic drugs, has distinct links to mental illness in users who are sensitive or predisposed to emotional or psychological issues.
Those who take high doses and have a bad trip, or an unpleasant experience associated with use, may trigger schizophrenia or depression. Effects can include personality changes, delusions, psychosis, and impaired motor function. It can also lead to relapse in those who have had other conditions in the past. Others may experience flashbacks to trips months or even years after use.
Access to Salvia
Like many recreational drugs, salvia is highly accessible to teens interested in a high. Like marijuana, salvia is a fully natural substance that doesn't require any treatment to consume, making it extremely easy to grow and use. Many teens grow their own indoors, and sell leaves to their circle of friends.
Salvia is often used at concerts and music festivals, and may also make an appearance at parties. Some teens prefer do salvia in conjunction with other drugs to experience a more intense high, including benzos, opiates, and alcohol. This can increase risk factors, including overdose or respiratory arrest.
Most teens have one or more friends who use or deal salvia, making this drug extremely convenient to purchase or use if desired. Salvia tinctures, or salvia doses that are distilled and mixed with alcohol, are readily available online or in head shops as well.
Signs of Salvia Abuse
Unlike long-lasting drugs that are used regularly to maintain a consistent high, salvia use can be harder to notice as it is largely taken in social situations. While similar in response to drugs like acid or mushrooms, which can cause long-lasting symptoms, the main side effects of salvia diminish within an hour or two.
However, if your teen is abusing salvia there may be some signs, including:
- Slurred speech
- Loss of balance
- Lack of coordination
- Emotional responses
- Distance from reality
- Uncontrollable laughter
- Staring and fixating on nothing
If your teen is using salvia, you may find baggies full of dried leaves, wrapping papers, or lighters. You may also find plants that look like mint growing on the window sill. Acid tabs and mushrooms can also indicate an affinity for this kind of drug.
Treatment for Teen Salvia Abuse
If your teen is showing signs of drug abuse, professional intervention is extremely important. Due to the nature of teenage drug use, like peer pressure and partying activity, many teens are unlikely to stop without assistance.
Teen Treatment Center is a teen-specific course of treatment for young adults suffering from a wide range of substance abuse problems. With a comprehensive inpatient treatment program, we are able to provide detox services and emotional support to assist in full recovery from addiction.
The first step in rehabilitation for salvia abuse, detox helps teens break drug habits through medical support and an elimination of access. This process can last from several days to a week or more.
Teens will be provided tools to break addiction, including medical care to prevent against withdrawal symptoms and coping mechanisms to overcome cravings. While there are few physical withdrawal symptoms associated with salvia cessation, some teens may be irritable or emotionally distressed in the first few days of the detox program.
Behavioral therapy is the next step in rehabilitation. Working one-on-one with a counselor, teens have the chance to explore their motivations for drug use in order to identify causes and provide healthier outlets for anxiety or stress. At Teen Treatment Center, we are able to offer extensive support, including:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Academic support
- Court liaison services
- Recreational therapy
- Basic living skills
- Spiritual care
Each of our programs is designed to meet the unique requirements of teen addicts, providing access to individual counseling, group support sessions, and even assistance in mediating family issues. Religious teens can receive faith-based care, and legal troubles can be mitigated with court liaison services.
For teens who need help developing skills to achieve a successful future, we can also assist with vocational training and life-skills classes to meet individual needs as best as possible.
Gender-Specific Residential Treatment
At Teen Treatment Center, we favor a gender-specific experience for teens suffering from addiction to drugs like salvia.
Rehabilitation is an emotionally vulnerable time, especially for teens still attempting to find themselves. In order to provide a safe, secure facility, we separate our treatment program based on gender. This allows our patients to recover in a judgment-free zone that minimizes distractions and feelings of insecurity. Instead, teens can share freely about their struggles with addiction, leaning on their peers for support and companionship through a trying time.
Get Help for Your Teen
Facing drug use in your teen can be extremely overwhelming. While some experimentation is normal for young adults, addiction is not, leading to a frightening scenario that can be hard to overcome.
If you are seeking a resource that can help your teen receive qualified care designed to promote sober living and healthy coping mechanisms, Teen Treatment Center is here. Our doctors, nurses, and therapists are specialists in teen addiction, providing a supportive atmosphere with ample resources to inspire a change in your child. Contact us today at (844) 319-5239 to speak to a counselor about what our facility has to offer.
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