Designer drugs are part of a family of addictive substances known as synthetic drugs. These drugs are just as dangerous as some of the more commonly abused narcotics such as heroin and cocaine. They usually mimic the effects of more popular drugs, often created specifically to mimic naturally occurring substances. Some synthetic drugs may even be legal to possess through regulatory loopholes. The ingredients used to create synthetic drugs are often unverified, creating a situation where addicts ingest drugs of an unknown strength which can have deadly consequences. If you or a loved one are are addicted to synthetic drugs, it’s important to choose a drug rehab center that has the knowledge and experience in healing this type of drug addiction.
Personalized Treatment for Synthetic Drug Abuse
Synthetic drug addiction treatment requires extensive knowledge of a drug users’ substance abuse history to effectively address the addiction. By using process group therapy in a safe and comfortable setting, our clients can discuss their struggle with synthetic drug addiction among fellow peers in a supportive environment. Each process group is facilitated by a therapist to ensure the atmosphere is always conducive to recovery. Under the direction of one of our licensed therapists, the process group can discuss experiences with synthetic drug addiction, as well as thoughts and feelings during the rehab process. Because of the common factor of substance abuse, clients can relate to one another in process group therapy. In this solution-focused approach, synthetic drug addicts can learn to build trust and develop communication skills.
What Are Synthetic Drugs?
There are many different types of synthetic drugs and some of the most commonly abused synthetic drugs include the following:
- Spice or K2 – this is a synthetic form of marijuana that is more potent and dangerous than its’ naturally occurring cousin. While advertised as legal, it has now been banned for human consumption in many states because of the negative health effects and dangerous overdoses.
- Molly (MDMA) – this is advertised as a pure form of MDMA, but it is far from it. Molly is dangerous and because of an unknown mix of chemicals, it can cause you to overdose quickly.
- Synthetic Opioids – The opioid crisis continues to destroy many communities, now with an added twist. Synthetic opioids, often known as research chemicals, are being mixed with heroin for a stronger high that can be fatal for unsuspecting drug users. Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil have caused countless deaths throughout the country.
- Bath Salts – these are known as synthetic stimulants with unregulated strength and content. They are known to invoke a dangerous response in users, especially after reports of the synthetic stimulant Flakka causing addicts to cause harm to others during binges.
Evidence-Based Approach for Synthetic Drug Rehab
Clients who come to New Objectives for synthetic drug addiction treatment will work with our professional staff in a thorough assessment process to determine individual needs. Staff at New Objectives will assess if synthetic drug use requires medical detox for health and safety reasons. New Objectives will provide a qualified referral for a detox with qualified staff. Our process group therapy sessions, which sometimes include family members, offer mutual support in recovery and help clients in their communication and social skills. Some groups are gender-specific, giving participants a chance to discuss issues such as sexuality and self-image in a trusting environment. Other therapies include cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectic behavioral therapy, which provide the tools for discovering the underlying issues of synthetic drug addiction. As clients reach goals they have established in their individual recovery plans, they move on to recreational and elective therapies, such as art therapy, yoga, fitness training, nature hikes, backpacking, music therapy and nutrition education. All of our synthetic drug addiction treatment programs put the needs of the client first, with the intention of providing tools for healthy sober living without relapse.
Are you or a loved one struggling with synthetic drug abuse?
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