As laws around drug control tighten, new drugs enter the market continuously. These “designer drugs” change from year to year to avoid various laws. The drugs are often the same as other drugs with slight differences. Many of the drugs become more dangerous to the users and can lead to severe addictions and overdose. Numerous statistics have been revealed showing the dangers of synthetic drugs.
Synthetic drug addiction treatment is not different from other drug treatment programs; it incorporate the newest techniques to deal with the disease of addiction. While some of the synthetic or designer drugs are marketed as “safe”, such as Spice or K2, many of these drugs can lead to overdose and other severe health problems. Synthetic drug addiction treatment can help patients to deal with the mild to severe dependencies and gain control of their behavior through proven behavioral therapeutic techniques.
These drugs are considered designer drugs including:
- Crystal meth
- Ecstasy or MDMA
Newer designer drugs include:
- Flakka (similar to bath salts)
- Bath salts
- Spice or K2 (a synthetic cannabinoid)
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There are two types of addiction: physical and mental. A physical addiction occurs when the user abuses drugs that are known to be physically addictive such as bath salts or methamphetamine. As the user continues to use the substance, the body adjusts to the presence of the drug and when abuse of the drug stops, the body struggles to balance itself, leading to various withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms, including cravings, cause the person to feel a compulsion to take more of the drugs.
A mental addiction can form in various ways. When a user abuses a drug in order to self-medicate their emotional problems such as the symptoms of depression or anxiety, they can become addicted to the short-term release the drugs offer. Over time, the person continues to avoid their emotional issues by taking the drug until they cannot cope without the drug, thus becoming addicted.
Programs for drug rehabilitation are tailor-made for each person to ensure that the best results are obtained. One patient may benefit greatly from group therapy while another may require a one-on-one setting. Patients also have the option of attending inpatient rehab or outpatient programs. Both can be highly effective at stopping drug abuse in patients depending on the individual’s treatment needs.
Inpatient rehab is ideal for severe addictions where it is likely that the person will relapse during their recovery. They are unable to leave the rehab center until the treatment is completed. Constant supervision is a great asset for a person experiencing withdrawal symptoms and some of the symptoms may be dealt with through the help of medication.
While not as intensive as inpatient rehab programs, outpatient treatment programs are ideal for patients that cannot afford to take time off work or school. They may come in for their therapy during scheduled times and continue with their daily responsibilities afterwards. Outpatient programs are recommended for people who do not have a severe addiction as there is not constant supervision and the relapse risk is high.
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Last updated on July 19th, 2017 at 08:01 pm