What Are the Long Term Effects of Salvia Abuse?

Saliva can be used for many things, including medicinal purposes or religious ceremonies. Young people of late are using the drug for its hallucinogenic properties and risking addiction. Some other harmful effects can result in challenges for people emotionally and physically in the long term. Find out why people are using Salvia, how it is used, and what effects it may have on a person’s brain and body over time.

Using Salvia

Salvia divinorum (Salvia) is related to mint and grows in parts of Mexico. Some types of salvia are used for medicinal purposes while others are used for different things, including getting high. Recreational use can cause psychoactive effects, dependence, and negative effects on a person’s overall health. Although the drug is not controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), states may make legislation keeping it illegal in their state. The effects don’t last long with a person chews, smokes, or vaporizes salvia but people still love to use it for the hallucinogenic properties.

Diagnosis of Addiction

When a person is addicted to salvia, there are various signs to look for. The most common include visual distortions, hallucinations, or a sense that the person is not completely focused when talking to them. Addiction may be rare but can happen. Some signs may include:

  • Inability to keep up with responsibilities
  • Participation lessons in activities
  • Uses the substance regardless of harm it causes themselves or others
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
Treatment for Addiction

A person who is addicted to salvia should consider getting help from a treatment center. The long-term effects depend on the level of use, other drugs the person took, and whether mental health challenges exist, but it can cause some psychiatric symptoms, low mood, and a general feeling that life is not that satisfying. Use of the drug is risk because of dependence popping up but it may not always cause addiction in people who use. Treatment is likely going to be most successful when family is involved, support is available, and therapeutic interventions are offered that include medication-assisted therapy. Behavioral changes with talk-therapy can aid in healing, as well, while positive lifestyle changes can help a person navigate recovery in a way that will make them feel hopeful for the future. Outpatient treatment is helpful, along with inpatient recovery programs. It depends on the type of person attending treatment, how much they used the drug, and what other things they need treatment for at the moment. The best treatment is the one that starts right now, today, and continues on into the future so the person has the best chance at a healthy recovery from addiction.

The goal of treatment at The Last Resort is to provide you with opportunities to navigate the challenges of recovery with support. We help you start the journey and continue the healing process in the future. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.