Synthetic Drugs Abuse & Addiction
Drug abuse is a problem that is changing as more teenagers and young adults experiment with synthetic substances. Recognizing the signs of substance abuse and the possible dangers associated with synthetic drugs is the first step of getting appropriate help.
Synthetic Substances and Abuse
A synthetic drug is always a man-made material that is created to mimic the effects of more traditional drugs. Although it is created in a lab to mimic the effects of marijuana, cocaine or similar drugs, the substances are as dangerous as or more dangerous than the drugs it mimics.
Several drugs fall under the category of synthetic substances, which include:
- Ecstasy: the synthetic drug is also called MDMA and refered to as a club drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the synthetic substance is a type of stimulant and psychedelic drug.
- Spice: synthetic marijuana, which is called spice or K2, has a similar high as marijuana. The drug is very dangerous due to variations in ingredients.
- Bath salts: the drug is made to look like Epsom salt, but it is extremely dangerous and is much stronger than cocaine.
- Roofies: the sedative drug is commonly used in sexual assaults due to the impact on short-term memory and the strength of sedation.
Many of the substances are abused as a recreational drug. Although the drug seems to cause a feeling of euphoria, the impact on the mind and body is dramatic and dangerous.
Possible Health Effects of Synthetic Drugs
Abusing drugs is always risky to human health. Synthetic drugs are likely to cause a wide range of side effects and many are dangerous to the mind or body. Recognizing the signs of drug abuse or the effects that are related to a synthetic drug is an important part of getting professional help from our team.
The effects of synthetic drugs often include:
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Paranoid mental states
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Damage to nerves
- High fevers or flu-like symptoms
- Irritation or aggressive anger
- Increased heart rate
- Heart attacks
The dangers of abusing drugs are always severe, but it is possible to reduce the risks by giving up the drug and seeking professional help from Blu By the Sea. Help is available to get through the first steps of recovery and learn alternatives to taking dangerous man-made chemicals.
Recovering from Synthetic Drug Abuse
Although the risks of substance abuse are severe, it is possible to get help. Blu By the Sea can help by providing information and offering professional assistance to find the right treatment based on an individuals needs, the particular drug and the situation.
Recovery is a long process that starts with recognizing that a problem is developing and then seeking help to overcome the situation. Since synthetic substances can have a wide range of ingredients, the process to fight addiction and physical dependence will take time and effort.
During rehabilitation, users will remove the substance from the body and start working on treating the problems that stem from abusing the drugs. Synthetic substances can have serious impacts on the body and mind, so treatment will require finding the mental health problems that are likely to develop. In some cases, the problems are as simple as memory loss while other drugs can cause serious paranoia or hallucinations.
Let Us Help
After identifying the problems, professionals at Blu By the Sea can offer a treatment plan that will work with the individuals needs and focus on solving the problems associated with the drug. Treatment for synthetic drugs is often a long process, but it is possible to recover with a little help and support. The best treatment will always focus on individual needs and the treatment plan that will reduce mental, physical, emotional and psychological dependence on the drugs.