Do I Need Inpatient Help for Salvia Use?

Do I Need Inpatient Help for Salvia Use?Salvia divinorum is a unique drug in that it is more potent than peyote or psilocybin (the active ingredient in mushrooms). However it is not as strong as some synthetic hallucinogens like chemical LSD. Salvia works uniquely, because it does not bind to receptors in the brain the way other hallucinogens do. Additionally, it does not produce physical dependence and is not toxic to the body. However, psychological addiction is also unlikely to develop, because a high from the drug is intense and short lived.

Effects of Salvia

Salvia users report the high as a short and intense experience lasting no longer than five to eight minutes. However, during this time the user experiences a psychedelic trip that closely resembles a dissociative reaction. Users report out-of-body experiences, reliving past events and feeling disconnected and surreal. During the experience users have impaired motor skills and cognitive function, often finding it difficult or impossible to perform simple functions like walking and talking. But these effects wear off quickly and users will return to normal within minutes.

Salvia is not considered a party drug, but people typically use it to expand their minds the way many people used LSD in the 1960s. Salvia has been used historically by shamans in native cultures for purposes of vision quests and illumination. Using salvia by the traditional method of chewing a “quid” is usually the most benign way of taking the drug, but smoking, vaporizing or using concentrated leaves may result in an experience so intense that users become reluctant to repeat the experience.

Treating Salvia Use

Salvia is not addictive, so it does not produce physical dependence. Therefore, if you have used salvia you do not need inpatient treatment or a detox procedure. However, any drug use may indicate deeper issues that need treatment. Therapists can treat most psychological issues through counseling on an outpatient basis. Inpatient treatment is usually required only if the user has serious enough psychological issues that she is a danger to herself or others.

Help Dealing with Salvia Abuse

Salvia has only recently become popular in the western world, although it has been used by indigenous cultures for quite some time. There is a growing controversy surrounding its use, with some calling for a federal ban under the Controlled Substances Act. Some scientists oppose the ban, and they claim that the media and politicians use scare tactics and bad science to demonize a plant that may very well have therapeutic benefits. They argue that banning salvia the way LSD was stigmatized in the 1960s will eliminate the chance to learn about its nature and possible legitimate uses.

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