Designer Drug Addiction

At Axis West’s Designer Drug Rehab, we find it helpful for our clients suffering from a designer drug addiction to recognize the truth surrounding the substances that have come to exercise so much power over their lives.  Ecstasy, spice, ketamine, Rohypnol, GHB, bath salts and LSD are among the many substances that are often referred to as designer drugs. The term “designer drugs,” or “club drugs,” is used loosely to refer to stimulants, hallucinogens or depressants that are produced in underground labs in the United States or shipped to this country from manufacturers overseas.  They became popular in the 1980’s and 90’s, coinciding with the rise in popularity of “designer” everything — from clothing to home decor to pharmaceuticals.  Since many designer drugs are created in illegal labs, their ingredients and potency vary greatly, making it nearly impossible to know what is actually in them or what they can do to you.  For example, Ecstasy tablets are often contaminated with other things, like ephedrine (used to treat allergies and asthma), ketamine (an injected anesthetic given for minor surgeries), and methamphetamine (another illicit drug). They became popular in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the “rave” and “club” scene that took off during those decades.

 

Designer Drug Addiction Symptoms

Different types of designer drugs produce different effects, both wanted and unwanted. Depending upon the drug taken, a user with a designer drug addiction may experience feelings of exhilaration, prolonged periods of wakefulness, decreased appetite, sleepiness and/or extreme relaxation. Unwanted effects might include hallucinations, panic attacks, aggressive behavior or feelings of paranoia. In addition, there may be physical effects like nausea, significant changes in blood pressure, seizures, slurred speech and blackouts. Too much of the drug can lead to drug tolerance, which occurs when the user has taken the drug for a long time and can no longer get the same effect from only taking a small amount of the drug.  This will cause the person to take more of the drug in order to achieve the same effect.  Doing this will eventually lead to an overdose and could even result in death.  For more information regarding Designer Drugs you can visit http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse.

 

Designer Drug Addiction Rehab at Axis West

The very nature of designer street drugs makes them extremely dangerous.  Their unknown and potentially unsafe ingredients, unpredictable side effects, and varying potency make them difficult to understand.  Thus, addictions to these drugs can be complicated and problematic to treat.  Once an effective plan has been established, the addict should undergo detoxification.  Since the withdrawal symptoms of designer street drugs are often unknown or unpredictable, medically supervised detoxification, as we offer here at our Axis West Designer Drug Rehab, is recommended.   After detoxification is complete, our Axis West counselors will initiate behavioral interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or counseling, to identify the underlying causes of the addiction and give the addict the tools to cope with potential relapse triggers of the addiction.  Family therapy may also be recommended.  In addition, self-help groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), may provide the designer drug addict with support.

If you or a loved one is suffering from designer drug addiction, please don’t let another day go by without getting help.  Contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if Axis West’s designer drug rehab is the right program for you.

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