Synthetic marijuana is a dangerous substance that is comprised of manmade chemicals that are designed to mimic the active ingredient in traditional marijuana. Despite historically being marketed as a “safe” alternative to illicit drugs, synthetic marijuana has rapidly become recognized as an extremely dangerous substance. Using synthetic marijuana can render an individual susceptible to countless health risks and, sadly, a single use has been known to result in death. While the ramifications of this substance can be devastating, there is help available to put an end to the dangerous cycle of abuse.
Rolling Hills Hospital is a private acute inpatient psychiatric care clinic designed to treat the psychological and chemical dependency needs for adolescents, adults, geriatrics, and intellectually disabled patients. Located in the rural town of Ada, Oklahoma, our rehab clinic is situated on a serene landscape, which enables us to provide confidential care in a tranquil environment. Rolling Hills Hospital has been a leader in providing behavioral healthcare since 1988, which means that we have years of experience working with all types of patients who are facing a vast array of challenges. Regardless of whether you are struggling with a mental health disorder and/or a substance abuse problem, the compassionate team at Rolling Hills Hospital can help.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a family member or loved one who is using synthetic marijuana, you are likely feeling extremely concerned about the impact that it is having on his or her life. This potent substance can lead to altered states of perception, psychosis, and severe health complications, amongst countless other negative consequences. Once people have started using this substance, they may experience difficulty putting an end to their use. This is why it is imperative that, if you have a loved one who is using this deadly drug, you step in and get him or her the help that he or she needs. However, approaching your loved one about his or her need for treatment can be intimidating. Here are some tips to keep in mind when confronting your loved one:
- Learn as much as you can about synthetic marijuana. By doing so, you will be able to better recognize the warning signs that someone may be using, as well as gauge the severity of the use.
- Present your loved one with your concerns. Provide specific examples of things have caused you concern.
- Anticipate denial, defensiveness, and possible anger. More than likely, your loved one will not immediately admit to using the drug, but try to remain patient and do not return the anger that is directed at you.
- Take your loved one to get a thorough physical examination by a medical professional in order to determine if the drug has already caused damage to his or her physical health.
- Research treatment options and present your findings to your loved one.
- Remain unconditionally supportive throughout the treatment process, recognizing that recovery does not happen overnight.
Why Consider Treatment at Rolling Hills Hospital
The devastating consequences that can result from using synthetic marijuana can come on suddenly and without warning. Not only does this substance wreak havoc on a person’s physical health, but it can cause rapid deterioration to one’s mental health as well. Receiving treatment is imperative in order to prevent various detrimental effects and the possibility of death from using this harmful substance.
A rehab clinic can be the most optimal means of receiving treatment for synthetic marijuana abuse. By entering into this type of clinic, individuals are removing themselves from the stresses and triggers of everyday life that may be exacerbating their need to use. In this environment, individuals are only responsible for overcoming their substance abuse and becoming well again. Through the implementation of various therapeutic interventions and the support of mental health professionals and peers who are facing similar challenges, this treacherous and devastating habit can be battled, overcome, and individuals can begin walking down the path to full recovery and life of sobriety.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Rolling Hills Hospital, it is our mission to provide superior behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services to the people, communities, and hospitals we serve. Our core values focus on honesty and fairness, treating people as we wish to be treated, and providing a level of care we would want for our own family members. It is our goal to evaluate and stabilize any psychiatric disorder or substance abuse issue in order to increase each patient’s level of functioning within the community. An experienced psychiatrist leads our team, which also includes psychologists, nurses, licensed therapists, social workers, certified nurse aids, mental health technicians, recreational therapists, and other healthcare professionals within the hospital setting.
Types of Treatment Offered at Rolling Hills Hospital
At Rolling Hills Hospital in Ada, we maintain a treatment team of professionals who are dedicated to providing high-quality care to each and every person that comes to us. All treatment regimens are individualized to meet each patient’s particular needs and are stated in measurable terms within the patient’s treatment plan. Most of our services use a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, but our various treatment options also offer additional therapeutic interventions in order to meet ongoing needs. Your specific concerns will determine which treatment services you receive and what types of therapies will be implemented. The following are some therapeutic treatment methods that may be included your treatment plan:
Medical detoxification: Those patients that come to us chemically dependent on drugs or alcohol will begin the treatment process by completing detox. Detoxification is the process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins within the body. Throughout this process, the body is able to heal itself and return to normal functioning. At Rolling Hills, our detox program focuses on the safe withdrawal from alcohol and other substances while encompassing structured clinical services.
Medication management: At Rolling Hills, each one of our patients sees our psychiatrist at least three times a week for evaluation and medication management. All patients will be thoroughly evaluated and monitored throughout the course of treatment. In many instances, medication is used in the detox process in order to help control some of the unpleasant symptoms that may arise, while also helping to alleviate the negative symptoms of any underlying mental health disorders that may be present.
Individual therapy: All of our patients engage in individual therapy on a weekly basis, at least two hours a week for adolescents and at least one hour per week for patients on all of our other units. During individual therapy, patients can take the time to delve deeper into the root cause for why they started abusing synthetic marijuana, while also addressing maladaptive thought patterns and setting their own goals for treatment.
Group therapy: Here at Rolling Hills, we offer a number of different process and expressive groups on a weekly basis. Topics will vary some depending upon the unit that a person is in. However, some of the topics covered may include coping skills, anger management, life skills, and managing mental illness. Those in our chemical dependency program will also discuss topics related to substance abuse and addiction.
Family therapy: Family therapy is an important part of the treatment process and is held at least once a week for each one of our patients. For the adolescent unit, family sessions must be held in person with a licensed therapist. Additionally, the parents and caregivers of our adolescent patients are encouraged to attend regular treatment meetings and are able to call and check on their child on a regular basis.
In addition to these therapeutic methods, Rolling Hills Hospital also provides a number of other services that one may participate in during his or her stay with us. Such additional services may include, but are not limited to:
- Recreational therapy
- Expressive therapies (including art, music, pet therapy, and tai chi)
- Daily school
- Emotions anonymous
Continued Care and Levels of Treatment
At Rolling Hills Hospital in Ada, OK, discharge planning begins at the time of admission and is continuously reevaluated throughout the patient’s stay in order to help ensure a smooth transition when his or her time with us has come to an end. All discharge plans will be discussed at least once a week with family members, the rehab clinics where patients have come from, and with the patients themselves. When you are ready to transition to the next level of care, we will do everything we can to make sure the appropriate plans are put in place to ensure full, successful continuity of care. Additionally, we are able to provide you with necessary referrals to step-down treatment options and outpatient services that will be of most help for meeting your continued needs.