It has a long history of use as a way to relax, see the future and experience a hallucinogenic high. Right now, Salvia is not being regulated by the government in the United States, and so the Federal government does not consider it to be illegal. Even so, it is illegal in some states. Because the Federal government does not consider it illegal, it is quite readily accessible, even to teenagers under the proper circumstances.
Salvia can be found under a variety of different names, both on the streets and in various smoke and tobacco shops around the country. It’s sometimes called Diviner’s Sage, Magic Mint or Seer’s Sage. It’s so appealing because it’s easy to get, and because it causes you to not be able to tell the difference between illusion and reality. More and more people have been using Salvia in recent years, and there are even some celebrities who have endorsed it. It has surpassed both Ecstasy and LSD in popularity.
If you’re addicted to Salvia, it’s important to know that you can stop using it properly as long as you have professional support. Those who opt to seek out assistance from some of the best Salvia rehab centers have a much lower chance of relapsing, and a better recovery experience than those who don’t.
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Salvia is very different from other hallucinogenic drugs in the way that it affects the brain. It still does produce similar effects, but instead of causing people to become more outgoing and boisterous, it produces an introverted response. When you use it, you tend to become more philosophical in your thinking. This result means that it’s not very popular in the club scene, and it’s more often used by people when they’re in smaller groups, or even alone.
For those who have gotten caught up in Salvia abuse, they’re often surprised to find out that even one use can have a devastating effect on them, and even lead to addiction. It’s common to experience:
Some hallucinogenic drugs will also produce the sensation that the user can “hear colors” and “smell sounds. This is called synesthesia, and it’s definitely a part of the high with Salvia for many users; even those who only use the drug one time.
There have not been many studies done on the long term effects of Salvia, and so it’s difficult to say what a lot of the long term consequences of this drug might be. However, because it works differently in the brain than other drugs in its class of hallucinogens, it’s safe to say that it can affect the way you learn. It’s also safe to say that that there is a very real suicide risk present because of the many short term consequences of using it.
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Salvia has not been reported to be physically addictive, and many people don’t really feel much in the way of a hangover sensation the next day after they’ve used it. Even so, it is still possible to become psychologically dependent upon Salvia, which is where the addiction comes into play. Since many hallucinogenic drugs produce a psychological addiction, it makes sense to assume that Salvia does, as well. Therefore, you may experience Salvia withdrawal symptoms like depression and anxiety or even panic attacks. These symptoms can sometimes give way to instances of paranoia or suicidal thoughts.
It’s never a good idea to try and stop taking drugs like Salvia on your own without professional support. It’s best to talk with the staff members at a Salvia addiction treatment center to get their recommendations on what you should do.
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One of the most frustrating things for loved ones who have family members using Salvia is knowing whether or not the drug use is a serious problem. This is especially true for drugs that aren’t being regulated. You can tell if someone close to you is addicted to Salvia by their behaviors, and these can include:
These might seem strange to you, but they’re all a part of the Salvia high.
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Whether you’re the one in need of Salvia addiction treatment, or you know someone who is, it’s so important to get help to stop using this drug. Northpoint Recovery offers some of the best Salvia rehab services in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more, contact us.