Salvia divinorum is an herb used for religious ceremonies by indigenous peoples through the Americas for its psychoactive effects. Of late, North Americans have been partaking recreationally, often in individual quests for spiritual insight.

Though not widely popular, social media videos demonstrating salvia’s intense hallucinatory powers do also point to its inherent danger when abused.

Sovereign Health Rancho San Diego provides treatment for salvia abuse. Using formidable recovery modalities and alternative, individual and group therapies, we give each adolescent what they were originally searching for in the drug: personal revelation, direction and breakthrough from their current circumstance.

Abusing Salvia

On the black market, salvia is referred to as: “diviner’s sage,” “magic mint” and “sally d.”

Similar to marijuana, the herb is consumed by:

  • Smoking
  • Chewing
  • Converted into a liquid concentrate for multipurpose
  • Vaping

Studies aren’t conclusive on if there is such thing as salvia addiction. Salvia is decriminalized in several U.S. states, but illegal in most others.

While psychoactive drugs made from plant products such as salvia, ayahuasca, peyote and others are often dismissed as harmless, there are nonetheless a number of dangers associated with their use, and abuse of salvia could co-occur with a variety of other more serious issues.

Dangers of salvia

  • Sudden alteration of perception
  • Memory loss
  • Unconsciousness

Symptoms of salvia use

  • Depersonalization
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss and severe impairment of coordination
  • Mood swings, including sensations of extreme fear and panic
  • Psychosis

Salvia Inside the Body

Salvia is little researched and so how it functions within the brain is not entirely understood. The fact that it is unregulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration makes users experience and aftermath at the mercy of:

  • The dealt dose
  • The user’s expectations and environment while using salvia e.g. a solemn religious ceremony or a raucous party
  • The user’s mental state and mental health
  • The user’s genetic predisposition to addiction and pharmacogenetic response to the herb

Psychedelic effects of salvia occur very quickly after metabolizing the drug and the duration of the high is short – less than 30 minutes. Hallucinations are said to be tactile, visual and auditory – often with spiritual undertones.

What is understood by scientists is that salvia:

  • Acts on different opioid receptors than those affected by opioids
  • Similar to LSD, withdrawal symptoms could occur well after salvia abuse, possibly leading to traumatic flashbacks, suicide ideation and memory problems

Getting Help for Salvia Abuse

At the root of salvia abuse is an escapist desire to get away, a craving for spiritual connection and a deeper self consciousness. In these situations, mental health is vulnerable. A prior history of mental disorder or genetic predisposition, addiction and co-occurring mental health issues demand dual diagnosis treatment for full recovery.

Sovereign offers eye-opening and unmatched talk therapies for teens to self-explore and find themselves. These include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Individual and group therapy

Sovereign Health’s adolescent treatment is unique in that it’s a fusion of cognitive self-reflection with alternative therapies that make space for cathartic release and revelations from activities an adolescent might not otherwise acquaint themselves. All within a summer camp-like atmosphere chaperoned by an atmosphere of sobriety. Alternative therapies include:

  • Yoga
  • Equine therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Neurofeedback

Here at Sovereign, we treat the person first, not just the external presentation of addiction or mental disorder. We don’t put a time frame on rehabilitation, because self-awakening and subsequent recovery and wellness are as unique as each person, each circumstance.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health is a trailblazer in modern adolescent recovery. We are licensed for mental health, with a focus on treating addictions and eating disorders concurrently.

Our adult facilities are located throughout the United States, and all of our locations are accredited by the Joint Commission.

Call our 24/7 helpline to learn how we tailor fit treatment plans for adolescents 12-17 to help ensure A Better Way to a Better Life.

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