Damiana is a wild shrub native to Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. The shrub’s leaves and stem are used to make medicine.
Damiana has been used throughout history as an aphrodisiac, to increase sexual desire. It is also used to treat headache, bedwetting, depression, nervous stomach, and constipation. Damiana is commonly prescribed as an herbal preventative and treatment for sexual problems, as well as boosting and maintaining mental and physical stamina.
Damiana is also used for recreational purposes. Users will inhale damiana to create a high. The intentional abuse of Damiana can result in the individual developing a dependency and withdrawal sydrome.
Damiana is used in the treatment of;
- Nervous upset stomach
- Sexual problems
- Boosting mental and physical stamina
The primary use of Damiana is as an aphrodisiac.
Damiana is also used for recreational purposes. When inhaled Damiana creates a unique high.
Damiana may be habit forming when used for off label purposes. Prolonged use and misuse of this herbal medication can result in the user developing a dependency. When abruptly stopping the use of Damiana users have reported experiencing unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal.
Damiana Signs and Symptoms
Damiana is reported as being safe when taken as directed. However those who intentionally misuse this herbal medication are at risk of developing a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.
Regular use of Damiana can result in the individual craving the herb, when they are unable to fulfill this urge they will be overwhelmed by the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. As the addiction increases the user will begin to loose interest in usual activities and responsibilities, with Damiana use being most important. As time goes on the individuals life begins to revolve around Damiana use, with out it they are unable to experience pleasure. Quitting does not seem like an option to most.
Damiana Addiction Treatment
Damiana addiction treatment typically involves an outpatient treatment program. Patients require a temptation free environment that promotes their sobriety. This does not mean that they need to leave the comforts of home, along with the personal and employment responsibilities. An outpatient treatment program allows them to work through their dependency to Damiana in the comfort of their home while entering into the treatment facility for up to 8 hours per day where they will undergo a wide array of treatment aspects, including but not limited to;
- Individualize Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Behavioral Modification Therapy
- Family Counseling
- Chemical Dependency Education