Synthetic marijuana is a type of designer drug that has been associated with serious and life-threatening effects. Originally marketed as a safer alternative to traditional marijuana, synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or spice, contains various chemicals that have serious toxicities and have resulted in the need for immediate medical attention in some individuals. Many times the effects of synthetic marijuana can be more intense than that of traditional marijuana.
At Starlite Recovery Center, we are dedicated to helping those who are struggling from substance use problems such as addiction to synthetic marijuana, and we have years of experience helping men and women successfully break free from the grips of addiction. We offer a number of comprehensive, individualized treatment programs for men and women whose lives have been affected by the disease of addiction. At Starlite we view chemical dependency as a primary disease that is both progressive and potentially fatal. We also understand that the disease of addiction affects the entire person, mind, body, and spirit, which is why our treatment is holistic in nature. Our goal is to provide treatment that promotes a healthy and productive lifestyle, free from the chains of addiction.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
It can be shocking and very upsetting when you discover that someone you care a great deal about is abusing synthetic marijuana. If you have heard all of the recent tragedies surrounding consumption of this drug you are most likely scared for your loved one and worried about his or her overall wellbeing. You know that your loved one needs help before he or she succumbs to any number of adverse consequences, but you may be unsure how to approach such a touchy situation. Below are some things that may come in use when trying to get your loved one the help that he or she needs:
- Before speaking to your loved one about treatment, research some treatment options that would fit his or her specific needs.
- When you do sit down with your loved one be sure to express your concerns in a nonjudgmental manner and truly listen to what he or she has to say.
- Offer to accompany your loved one to any initial appointments or to help him or her determine which treatment program would be the right fit.
- Continue to be a strong source of support for you loved one while they are involved in the recovery process.
Why Consider Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center
The disease of addiction is dangerous and can even be deadly. It affects every aspect of the addict’s life – personal and professional, as well as their emotional wellbeing and physical health. Each type of substance, including synthetic marijuana, comes with its own risks, but the overall conclusion is, if left untreated, addiction kills.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), prolonged substance use, including the abuse of synthetic marijuana, can cause a significant amount of health problems, such as organ damage, hormonal imbalances, prenatal concerns, or fertility issues. The long-term neurological impairment that is often associated with substance abuse can cause the onset of anxiety, depression, paranoia, aggression, mood swings, and memory problems.
It should also be noted that those who abuse substances like synthetic marijuana are at an increased risk for injuries, accidents, domestic violence, and death.
Starlite provides a variety of evidence-based treatment protocols that are proven to be effective. This includes individual and group therapy, facilitated by a staff of trained, caring professionals. And because addiction to synthetic marijuana is a disease that affects every member of a client’s family, we also provide family counseling to help in the recovery process.
Medically-supervised detox: Upon admission, clients enter Starlite’s detox program, which is both safe and effective in removing the harmful substances which have contributed to addiction. Under our highly trained medical staff’s supervision, clients complete the process of withdrawal from K2 with minimal discomfort and risk. Our program uses only the most effective detox protocols while providing 24/7 nursing staff, daily physician visits, and on-call physician coverage in order to preserve our clients’ safety. Clients are welcome to attend programming during the day so as to jumpstart the healing and recovery process.
Residential program: After successfully completing detox, clients are able to move to the residential treatment program to continue their treatment for synthetic marijuana addiction. Situated on 55 peaceful acres in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, clients work closely with counselors and technicians and receive ongoing support as they work towards achieving life-long recovery from an addiction to synthetic marijuana.
Types of Treatment Offered at Starlite Recovery Center
For more than 60 years, Starlite’s dedicated professionals, who possess a wealth of knowledge and expertise, have provided substance abuse treatment in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Although our treatment programs typically run between 30 and 45 days, clients can extend their stays, when necessary.
The three main residential treatment programs offered at Starlite Recovery Center include:
The Neoteric Program (Young Adult Male Program) is a highly experiential program for young adult males, ages 18-28. This 45-day program consists of activities specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of this specific population, and prepares them to re-enter the world as healthier, happier, and better-adjusted young men.
The Adult Program is for men and women over 18 years of age. This 30-day program has been specifically designed to help those struggling to overcome issues with alcohol and other drugs, including synthetic marijuana.
The Journey Christian Program is offered for clients who desire a faith-based approach to the recovery process as they overcome their addiction to synthetic marijuana. This non-denominational track provides addiction treatment services from a Christian point-of-view.
Upon admission, all clients at Starlite Recovery Center are assigned a primary case manager and a small group for participation in the group process. Additionally, clients meet with an interdisciplinary treatment team of physicians, counselors, and nurses who will effectively manage their individualized care. The focus on individualized, compassionate care is the core of everything we do at Starlite. Treatment at Starlite Recovery Center provides each client with education on the disease of addiction, including addiction to synthetic marijuana, helps identify barriers to success, and establishes a foundation for lifelong recovery.
At Starlite, treatment for substance abuse may include many of the following components:
Detoxification: All clients who are admitted to Starlite Recovery Center for synthetic marijuana abuse and addiction are placed in our detoxification unit for an observation period of at least 24 hours to ensure that they are physically safe and stable before engaging in the therapeutic process. Clients in detox are under constant supervision and are seen by our medical director on a daily basis.
Medication management: Once the detox process is complete, clients may meet with our medical director on an as-needed basis for any medication needs. While there is no FDA-approved medication to treat substance abuse, medication may be used to treat the symptoms of a co-occurring mental health disorder. All medication needs are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Individual therapy: All Starlite clients meet with their primary counselor at least once a week for individual counseling and personalized treatment planning. Individual sessions offer a number of benefits, including helping an individual better understand their addiction to synthetic marijuana.
Group therapy: All clients engage in a number of group sessions each week with their assigned process group. Group sessions are held for at least an hour and a half each day and focus on issues that have been identified by either the clients themselves or by their counselor. Life skills groups consist of lecture or discussion sessions that focus on topics such as identifying personal triggers, developing coping skills, using sober support systems, and preventing relapse. Educational groups are designed to provide understanding in areas that affect clients’ daily lives.
Family therapy: Starlite understands the importance of family participation in the process of recovery from an addiction to synthetic marijuana. Family sessions are held every week on Friday and Saturday. In addition to these weekly family therapy sessions, Starlite also provides a two-day intensive family program, which includes a combination of education, family process groups, and skill building.
Experiential therapy: Experiential therapy, such as recreational groups and activities, is provided on a daily basis in order to enhance the emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing of our clients. Experiential therapy helps to ensure that the whole person is being treated. Some of the specific activities our clients may participate in include:
- Specific theme groups
- Life skills groups
- Twelve Step, or “Big Book” Study
- Participation in a Twelve Step group
- Equine-assisted therapy
- Ropes course with rock wall and zip line
- Onsite certified personal trainer
- Fully equipped workout facility, outdoor pool, miniature golf, wilderness outings, and nature trails
- Onsite yoga classes and meditation space
- Therapeutic massage
Starlite Recovery Center also offers specialized tracks that allow our clients to customize their recovery experience:
- Post-bariatric track, for those who have undergone weight loss surgery
- LGBTQIA track, which meets three times a week
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Throughout their time at Starlite, all clients work closely with their case managers and alumni coordinator to create a continuing care plan and identify needed support services.
From the day clients enter treatment until long after they have competed our residential program, they remain valued members of the Starlite family. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to those who choose to heal with us.