Synthetic drugs are widely available and easily accessible for Americans today. In fact, these drugs are man-made chemicals, which include ecstasy, LSD, and methamphetamine.
The Allure of Synthetic Drugs
Unfortunately, labels do not stop people from abusing these products for hallucinogenic, euphoric, and psychoactive effects. These drugs begin their journey in unregulated, illegal labs. Moreover, over 500 synthetic, or designer drug, compounds cross the borders from other countries with unpredictable and untested side effects.
As a result, there are several popular designer drugs. From molly to LSD, these drugs have risen to popularity amongst teenagers and young adults. However, long-term abuse can lead to full-blown addiction.
Addiction to Synthetic Drugs
Anything a person inhales, injects, snorts, smokes, or swallows for mind-altering effects is considered drugs. This includes legal products that are marketed as research chemicals. Therefore, the person is subject to the chemical changes that occur in the brain.
Some of these man-made drugs distort a person’s senses by interfering with the chemical messengers of the brain. Mood, impulse control, pleasure, and decision-making areas of the brain react to the effects of the drugs. Additionally, developing a substance abuse disorder is the next step.
The list of drugs produced to give a person hallucinogenic high may change, but signs of addiction remains common.
For example, some signs and symptoms of addiction include:
- Self-harming behaviors
- Damage to internal organs
Most symptoms are short-term. However, prolonged use causes physical and chemical changes in the brain and body. The risk for overdosing on these drugs is high since many contain unknown chemicals.
Treatment and Rehabilitation for Addiction to Synthetic Drugs
Treatment and rehabilitation varies according to the type or types of man-made drugs a person abuses. Some forms need intensive rehabilitation for a great length of time. However, all forms of addiction can benefit from treatment at a professional facility.
Addiction to these drugs require a rehab program to address specific needs of each individual. Assurances of health and safety practices are essential during the entire program. Furthermore, medical professionals and counselors create a healing environment during the process.
A person will experience cravings when withdrawing from these artificial imitations of naturally illicit drugs. Therefore, this makes stopping on their own impossible. The changing nature of these drugs also means no specific treatment method is available. However, it’s still better to be in a safe and supportive environment with professional help during the detoxification and withdrawal phase.
The next phase of treatment is equally important as a person progresses toward recovery and sober living. It’s important to rebuild a person’s strength and the foundation they will need after rehab.
In fact, various types of addiction therapy can make this possible. Individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy are a few examples. Addiction treatment plans are individualized according to a person’s specific needs.
Experience Another Way to Live
Crest View Recovery Center strives to offer comprehensive, innovative, and effective methods to help you overcome an addiction to synthetic drugs. We believe overall wellness is beneficial to not only resisting the urge to use, but to also be healthy.
For example, we provide a small, intimate setting with programs such as:
Don’t let drug addiction deprive you of the life you deserve. Health and happiness is just one phone call away. Counselors at CVRC are waiting to help you live a sober life. Call 866.327.2505 today.