Nearly 23 Million people are in need of treatment for chemical dependency.
75% of most designer drugs are consumed by adolescents and younger adults.
Some designer drugs have risen by 80% within a single year.
MMade in crude labs, the term Designer Drug refers to a range of synthetic legal and illegal substances. They are new types of drugs that are sweeping across the world and it’s having deadly consequences. Entirely synthetic and produced by the users who abuse them, these drugs mimic the effects of Cocaine, Ecstasy and Marijuana. Yet when people take them they can face dire consequences because they are made of impurities and toxic chemicals. Not to be confused with prescription drugs, they’re not produced under strict standards for the purposes of medical use. These Designer Drugs can result in liver and kidney damage, psychotic behavior and even death. Some common names are: bath salts, pool cleaner, plant food or potpourri.
As Designer Drugs represent an entire array of synthetic drugs with various effects, the withdrawal symptoms depend on the specific drug. The withdrawal symptoms coincide with the drug they are mimicking. For example, Synthetic Cannabinoids have similar withdrawal symptoms as Marijuana; paranoia, sweating, agitation, increased appetite, etc. Other reported withdrawal symptoms from Designer Drugs include: anxiety, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia (fast, racing heartbeat), elevated blood pressure, tremors, seizures and hallucinations.
The nature of Designer Drugs is so unpredictable because they are synthetically created and altered in labs, their effects can be equally unpredictable. This is why it’s best to avoid Designer Drugs completely because they are so unpredictable. Even if the Designer Drugs were chemically designed at the proper levels, or cooked by the right recipe, the drug itself is extremely dangerous and someone sensitive to that particular drug could die from a single use. Designer Drugs are appealing because they are readily available, and they are hard to detect.
During Detox for Designer Drugs, the addiction professionals will determine which drugs you are addicted to, and then they will create a customized treatment plan for you. The most effective treatment you can receive for Designer Drug abuse is inpatient care. Inpatient treatment occurs at a live-in facility where the patient is under 24-hour medical care. One of the benefits of inpatient treatment is it removes you from access to the Designer Drugs you may be addicted to. You will also be able to choose from a host of behavioral therapy options including individual, group, family, CBT and alternative therapies like equine, yoga, art and music.
Outpatient treatment is typically less expensive than inpatient treatment, as you only go a few times a week, and you don’t stay overnight at the facility. This may be a great option for abusers of Designer Drugs that have family and work responsibilities that prevent them from going to a live-in facility. Similar behavioral therapy options are also available to you in outpatient treatment. You can also participate in a combination of therapies to get the most benefit from your recovery. Some people prefer individual therapy over group therapy, and vice versa, but you may benefit from both. Family therapy is also effective if you need to repair relationships within your family.
Letting a loved one know your concerned for his or her health is never an easy thing. Many people who have an addiction tend to be in denial about the substance abuse problem. If you are too assertive or too passive, you could send them the wrong message or make them feel shameful. Professional interventionists can help you conduct an intervention that focuses them on getting help instead of feel embarrassed. If you can’t find a professional interventionist, a friend or family member can lead the intervention in their place. Try to conduct the intervention in a way that is non-judgmental and based on compassion, love and respect.
If you are addicted to Designer or Synthetic Drugs and have decided to go to a treatment facility, think about traveling to another city or state for your treatment. Traveling for treatment gets you away from your dealer, environments and people that may be contributing to your use, as well as other stresses. Traveling for treatment also provides you a level of confidentiality in your rehab as you will be less likely to encounter people you know when you go to treatment in another city or state. Traveling for treatment can also give you the opportunity to reflect on your rehab during your travel time.
People addicted to Designer Drugs may have damaged relationships with friends and family members. Addiction creates strain on the support system of the family, and this is the reason that many treatment facilities offer Family therapy. In family therapy, you and your family can both learn coping skills and communication techniques to improve your relationships. Family therapy also includes an educational and informative element so the patient and their family can understand the damaging effects of Designer Drugs, and also have a better understanding of how addiction is a disease. Recovery is a life-long process and recovering addicts will need all the help they can get to overcome the disease of addiction, including the support of family. Often times the family is the most abused by addicts, and there needs to be forgiveness and healing with the family, and a level of re-established trust to repair the support system. Family therapy can go a long way in making all of this happen.
When you finish rehab, your recovery will continue. Many recovering Designer Drug addicts receive great benefits from group meetings like AA, CA and NA. In group meetings, you can meet people just like yourself, and establish a support system among these peers. You also have the opportunity to share your experiences and challenges in recovery. You can find a sponsor at group meetings who can help you on a personal basis to achieve your addiction goals. Also consider participating in a 12-step program near you. The 12-steps are a series of steps that give recovering addicts more accountability, integrity and humility on their path to recovery. The core belief of the 12-steps is that people who are addicted are powerless to overcome their addiction without the help of a higher power.
People typically overdose from Designer Drugs when they ingest a drug or an amount of the drug that is too toxic for their system to handle. It may cause their heart to rapidly beat, causing a heart attack, or may cause it and other systems to slow down to the degree that they no longer can function to sustain life. Another way people overdose from Designer Drugs is when they go through detox and use again after detoxing. They will typically return to the same amount that they used before detoxing, but now their bodies aren’t used to it, and they overdose and sometimes die. Abusers of Designer Drugs develop tolerances over time. However, everyone has a limit of what is too toxic for them. Everyone has a breaking point. Combining different Designer Drugs with other drugs or alcohol can push the toxicity beyond an individual’s breaking point and cause them to overdose. The nature of addiction causes people to use more and more of a substance to reach the same high, and that’s one of the main reasons for overdose.
Addiction to Designer Drugs, as well as all substances is a disease. It’s a chronic behavioral, physical and psychological disease that effects all parts of the body, brain, organs and emotions of the persons. It is currently treated by the medical community like other chronic diseases, and more and more health insurance carriers now cover treatment for substance abuse addiction. Inquire with your insurance policy to see if Designer Drug addiction treatment is covered. Some carriers may cover all of the treatment, or just a portion of it. For example, they may only cover the first 30 days of treatment. If you don’t have insurance, check with programs offered in your state. Many states provide care to people who can’t afford drug and alcohol treatment. Also, the treatment center may have financial aid or a payment plan that they can work out with you.