Teen Salvia Addiction, What Is It?
Salvia is an herb in the mint family, usually grown in Latin American countries. Teen Salvia Addiction develops from this hallucinogenic drug by chewing the leaves or drinking the extracted juice of the herb. The active ingredient in Salvia affects specific nerve cells and produces hallucinogenic effects, within a short-lasting but intense high, occurring as quickly as one minute and lasting as long as a half hour.
What Salvia Addiction Looks Like
The effects of Salvia produce psychedelic-like changes to the senses, including vision, mood and body sensations, and a sense of detachment from and disconnection with reality. Because of this, teens that are high on Salvia find it difficult to interact normally with other people and/or their surroundings, making it dangerous for teens to drive while under the influence.
Though there’s not evidence of physical dependency developing with repetitive use, Salvia’s short intense high makes it attractive to teenagers to use regularly, which can easily turn into abuse and/or sometimes addiction.
Because there hasn’t been as much research done on Salvia abuse, especially regarding possible long-term effects, there still exist many questions about what other negative health risks, including effects on the brain, may exist.
Residential Teen Treatment
The three most basic goals in treatment for teens using or abusing Salvia is to first, stop any further using; then, help teens address present life stressors or possible “triggers”; and finally, support teens to learn and implement healthy behaviors to support their overall well-being.
The first goal is to make sure teens stop using Salvia. Therapists will support teens through whatever symptoms or experience they may have, throughout this process, while also beginning to address overall stresses, conflicts, and possible causes, in talk therapy sessions. Though there may not be one specific stress that led to using the drug, there are often correlating stresses that provoke repetitive or continued use. By helping teens to recognize these stresses, and address them in a more intentional, healthy way, teens can become empowered to handle future stresses, without returning to using. This aspect of talk therapy overlaps with healthy behaviors which therapists will help teens implement, which may include new ways of dealing with stress, ways of communicating, ways of dealing with relationships, and/or ways of unwinding and having fun. Therapists work to help teens have the resources and knowledge needed to function in their lives without using Salvia, even if the desire for it persists for a while longer.
How serious of a drug is Salvia?
One of the problems with Salvia is that there’s relatively little known information and research on the drug especially regarding long-term effects. Because of this, it’s an especially risky drug to use repetitively and teens are making themselves vulnerable to a number of negative health effects that, as of now, specialists don’t fully understand.