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What Is Salvia, and Can It Be Abused?

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Experimenting with drugs is nothing new. It’s been happening for centuries, all around the world. In recent years, there’s been a surge in the popularity of “legal highs”—drugs that are not currently illegal but may be soon. One of these drugs is salvia.

If you are struggling to stop using salvia, the team at Northpoint Recovery can help. We offer a variety of treatment options, including detox and inpatient programs. We also offer aftercare services to help you stay on track after you leave our facility. Find a salvia addiction treatment program today by calling 888.296.8976.

What Is Salvia?

Salvia is a plant that is native to the mint family. Indigenous people in Mexico have used it for centuries for religious ceremonies and healing practices. The leaves of the plant are crushed and then smoked or chewed and swallowed to produce hallucinations and out-of-body experiences.

In recent years, salvia has become more prevalent in Western countries as a way to get a “legal high.” It is often sold online and in head shops. It is also sometimes called “Magic Mint,” “Sage of the Seers,” or “Diviner’s Sage.”

The Side Effects of Salvia Use

The side effects of salvia use can vary depending on the person and the method of administration. Common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Aggression
  • Increased heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Dilated pupils

Long-Term Effects of Salvia on the Brain and Body

The long-term effects of salvia on the brain and body are not well known. This is because salvia is a relatively new drug, and there has not been much research on its long-term effects. However, some experts believe there may be a risk of developing psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia if salvia is used regularly over a long period. There is also a concern that salvia may be addictive.

If you or someone you know is using salvia, it is essential to be aware of the potential risks and side effects. If you are concerned about your health, please speak to a medical professional.
Signs of Salvia Abuse
The signs of salvia abuse and addiction can vary depending on the person. However, there are some common signs to look out for, such as:

  • Using salvia more often or in higher doses than intended
  • Unsuccessfully trying to quit or cut back on salvia use
  • Spending a lot of time using, thinking about, or obtaining salvia
  • Craving salvia
  • Failing to meet work, school, or home obligations because of salvia use
  • Continuing to use salvia despite negative consequences, such as job loss or relationship problems
  • Giving up important activities in order to use salvia
  • Using salvia in hazardous situations
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping or reducing salvia use

If you or someone you know is showing these signs, it may be time to seek help. Salvia addiction is a serious condition that can be difficult to overcome on your own. There are treatment options available that can help you get back on track and live a healthy, sober life.

Salvia Addiction Help at Northpoint Recovery

If you or someone you know is struggling with salvia addiction, we can help. At Northpoint Recovery, we offer a comprehensive treatment program that includes detox, individual therapy, group therapy, and more. We also provide aftercare planning to help you stay on track after you leave treatment. Our goal is to help you achieve long-term sobriety and live a happy, healthy life.

If you are ready to take the first step on the road to recovery, contact us today by calling 888.296.8976. We are here to help you every step of the way.