Global Parents Day: Support for Parents of Addicted Children

Help for Parents of Addicted Children

Today, June 1st, is Global Day of Parents, a holiday created by the UN to recognize and appreciate the parents in our lives and society. To all parents of addicted children: we see you, we appreciate you, and we support you. 

We know that holidays can be particularly painful for parents of addicted children, we’ve listed some coping strategies for dealing with this crisis.

 

Learn all you can about Addiction 

Addiction is a chronic disease that takes over the lives of those it affects and their loved ones. There are many misconceptions around addiction and substance abuse. Learning about how addiction happens, how it affects your child and how it affects you and your family are all important steps to understanding and healing. Educating yourself on the subject can also help you spot signs and symptoms as well as help manage expectations before and during the recovery process. 

 

Understand the Difference Between Helping and Enabling

As parents, we love our children. We have spent our lives as parents keeping them safe from harm, teaching them, helping them grow. To watch them in crisis is unnerving. Our protection instincts kick in and all we want to do is help. Unfortunately this helping instinct can lead to enabling. Addicted children will take advantage of this to keep the flow of their addiction running. 

It’s important to ask yourself, “Will this action enable my child’s addiction?” To get your child through addiction means you must ask yourself this at every turn. Every action you take, every boundary you establish needs to be working towards getting them into sobriety. 

Enabling comes in when the actions you take make it easier for your child to continue using drugs. Sometimes it’s pretty clear: Giving food or gas money that may be used to buy drugs, paying their rent so they still have a place to live, or bailing them out of trouble their drug use has caused are all overt acts of enabling.

But enabling can also be more subtle. Do you minimize their drug use to family members? Have you ever lied for them to cover their addiction? Do you avoid it altogether, so that when your child comes home for dinner one week things can just “be normal for once”? Staying quiet to keep the peace or minimizing the scope of the situation are both dangerous acts of enabling. Addiction thrives in the dark. 

 

Understand that their choices are not reflections of your parenting 

Addicts lie, cheat, and steal. They are consumed by finding their next fix. It is not because you did not teach them right from wrong, it is not because you failed them as a parent. There is a phrase in addiction circles called the “3 C’s”: You did not cause their addiction, you cannot control their addiction. All you can do is change yourself and your reaction. Do not blame yourself. Find support groups, seek therapy, and find ways to care for yourself. In truth, all we can ever truly have control over in life is ourselves and our emotional response. Learning to change the natural, impulsive reactions we have to situations like this can go a long way in weathering the storm. 

 

Create boundaries to protect yourself and your family 

Boundaries are the anti-enabling. It is important to set clear rules and boundaries with addicted children to protect yourself, your loved ones, and ultimately your addicted child. Not letting them come to the house while high, if they’re still living at home not allowing them to have drug-using friends over, not allowing them to abuse, insult, or manipulate you. These are all healthy boundaries that can protect your family physically and emotionally from addictive behaviors. 

 

Practice Self-Care 

This journey you are on is a painful, stressful, exhausting one. Living in crisis can cause serious mental and physical health issues which is why it is so important to take time to prioritize your wellbeing. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating right, and taking time for yourself. 

 

Establish an Open Dialogue

Learn to communicate with honesty, vulnerability, and acceptance. Anger, yelling, and/or blaming do not create safe spaces in which to discuss problems and can push the addict further away. Once you have stopped enabling and have firm boundaries set, having this open channel of communication will be helpful when your addicted child does decide to discuss their situation. A safe space is one in which help can be asked for, and treatment can be suggested. 

 

Treatment is the answer, but they need to want it for themselves 

Getting your addicted child into treatment is the best possible option for getting them into a life of sobriety and health. However, it is important to know that treatment works best when the addict truly wants to change. Sometimes an addict needs to hit rock bottom to make this change but not always. Learn all you can about treatment options and continue encouraging it until they decide they want to get help. When the time comes, professional treatment can change their life. 

 

Seeking Help

Being the parent of an addicted child is one of the biggest and most painful challenges a parent can face, we hope this article was able to offer some support and coping strategies. If you are struggling with an addicted child and don’t know what to do, please reach out. 

Our expert team at Harmony Recovery Group are here to help, both as a supportive ear and a strategy for change. Call us at (866) 461-4474

Spice and K2 Effects and Risks

Spice and K2 Effects and Risks | Midwood Addiction Treatment

Spice and K2 are synthetic psychoactive drugs that generally consist of chemicals sprayed onto some type of plant material that is suitable for smoking. K2 is also found in liquid form, so it can be inhaled using vaporizers and e-cigarettes.

Although these substances are commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana, they are nothing like marijuana from a chemical perspective and are, in fact, far more risky and dangerous to use. A Spice/K2 user is much more likely to encounter severe adverse effects than a person who smokes natural cannabis, and these may include psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and paranoia.

Until recent years, K2 was not a controlled substance, meaning it was easy to obtain with little fear of legal ramifications. However, today many of the chemicals typically found in K2 have been classified as schedule I substances, meaning they have no medical purpose and a high potential for abuse and addiction.

Still, there are hundreds of brands of synthetic marijuana on the market, and they can easily be purchased online. Furthermore, drug makers are apt at evading the law by continually altering the chemical compounds in the drug, which may lead to more unpredictable and hazardous mixtures that can result in an overdose.

Drugs like K2 are often touted as a safe alternative to marijuana. However, this is far from being the case.
Packaging often advises that K2 is “not for human consumption,” but users ignore this warning, knowing it is only there to exploit a loophole in substance regulation.

There is a lot of misleading advertising regarding synthetic marijuana, as labeling will often indicate that the packages contain natural material. And while this is true, K2 effects are entirely related to the chemicals that have sprayed onto the dried plant materials. False information is a serious issue regarding these drugs. Because they are relatively new, people, in general, are not as educated on K2 as they may be on traditional illegal substances.

Spice and K2 Effects

K2 binds to the same brain receptors as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. For this reason, the drug is commonly referenced as synthetic marijuana. However, K2’s effects on the brain can be more intense than those of its natural counterpart, making the drug more unpredictable and risky to use.

Some of the reported desirable effects of synthetic cannabinoids include improved mood, altered perceptions, and relaxation. However, these are not the only effects that can occur, as users also commonly report experiencing the following psychotic effects:

  • Confusion
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Profound anxiety or paranoia

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states that K2 remains in a person’s system for a prolonged period, and the long-term effects of drugs such as this are still not fully known. People who have used K2, however, have exhibited more severe short-term symptoms than mentioned above and have gone to an ER related to serious problems, including the following:

  • Violent behavior
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Repeated vomiting

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Moreover, while some effects of K2 are comparable to those of marijuana, many do not simulate marijuana use at all. Such effects can lead to risky behavior, and people under its influence may put themselves in dangerous situations. Like all synthetic drugs, users don’t always know what they are ingesting when they use substances such as these.

Synthetic cannabinoids have been found to be up to 100 times more potent than marijuana and highly addictive, which can result in withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation of use. Withdrawal from these substances has been associated with the following:

  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Impaired concentration
  • Restlessness
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Tremors and shakiness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Nightmares
  • Severe drug cravings

Withdrawal is an especially unstable time for a person with a physical dependence on a substance, and relapse is an imminent possibility, so medical supervision is highly recommended.

Getting Help for Drug Abuse

With the widespread legalization of marijuana, it would seem that more dangerous, synthetic drugs such as Spice/K2 would be waning in popularity. Unfortunately, this is not the case, especially among teenagers and young adults. What’s more, Spice/K2 is actually much more addictive than marijuana, so users may, therefore, be more likely to benefit from professional, intensive treatment.

At Midwood Addiction Treatment center, we focus on treating the individual and their unique needs instead of using a one-size-fits-all approach. We understand that no two people face the same challenges in sobriety and mental health, and our objective is to go the extra mile for each client and help them foster happy and fulfilling lives.

If you are ready to take the first step toward a life of sobriety, and wellness, contact us today! We can help you reclaim your life, free from the abuse of drugs and alcohol, one day at a time!

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System?

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System? | Midwood Addiction Treatment

THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can be identified in bodily fluids for 1-30 days after last use. As with many other substances, it may be detected in hair follicles for several months.

Upon inhalation, active THC can be detected in the bloodstream in just seconds and in plasma for several hours. According to a 2004 study, the plasma concentration of THC is highest in just 3-8 minutes after inhalation and decreases rapidly with a half-life of only 30 minutes. The study posits that THC can be identified in blood for around five hours, but the THC metabolite THC-COOH has a detection window of up to 25 days.

Moreover, although the active form of THC doesn’t stay in the bloodstream for very long, THC metabolites can still be detected in the body several weeks after use.

Marijuana detection times can vary between individuals, however, and depends on the amount ingested and the frequency in which it’s used. Higher doses and daily use are associated with a more prolonged period of detection. In regular users, THC use can be detected for many months after the last use using a hair follicle test.

Drug Detection Windows

Drug screens check for the presence of THC and its by-products, known as metabolites.

Urine Tests

The Mayo Clinic states that THC can be found in the urine for the following periods after last use:

  • Occasional users (who ingest it three times per week or less): three days
  • Moderate users (who ingest it a few times per week): 5-7 days
  • Long-term users (who ingest daily): 10-15 days
  • Heavy, chronic users (more than once per day): more than 30 days

Unlike other water-soluble drug metabolites, THC metabolites attach to fat cells in the body. As a result, it can take a prolonged period for them to be cleared from a person’s system.

Blood Tests

THC can be found in the blood seconds after inhalation and for up to two days. However, in some instances, it’s metabolites have been identified for several days 25 days or longer. Long-term heavy use prolongs the length of time that it can be detected.

For this reason, blood tests are only useful to reveal relatively recent marijuana use. Urine tests are used more often, however, because they are less invasive.

Saliva Testing

Marijuana can be identified in saliva for the following periods after the last use:

  • Occasional users: 1-3 days
  • Chronic users: 1-29 days

THC can enter the saliva through smoking or smoke exposure. Its metabolites are only present in saliva when it has been smoked or ingested in another way. In areas where marijuana has been legalized, saliva or mouth swab tests may be used by law enforcement for roadside testing.

Hair Follicle Tests

Hair follicle tests can identify marijuana use for up to three months. After use, marijuana reaches hair follicles through small blood vessels. Trace amounts may remain in the hair. Because hair grows about 0.5 inches per month, a 1.5-inch hair sample taken near the scalp can provide a detection window of THC use for the past 90 days.

Metabolization Time and Factors That Influence It

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THC is absorbed into the blood after being ingested and some is stored in fatty tissue and organs. It is then processed by the liver, that this results in over 80 metabolites. THC-COOH is inactive and highly fat-soluble, so, as noted, it can remain in the body much longer than active THC itself.

Several factors can affect how long THC and its metabolites stay in a person’s body. These include age, sex, weight, and body mass index. These aren’t associated with marijuana use itself, but rather how each person’s body processes and metabolizes it.

Other factors are related to marijuana itself and how it is normally used. Frequent use and ingesting higher doses will likely prolong the amount of time for THC metabolites to be eliminated from a person’s system. More potent marijuana strains that are particularly high in THC may also stay in the body for a more extended period. Likewise, marijuana that is ingested orally may remain in the body for longer than that which is smoked.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot a person can do to expedite this process. Once in the blood, the body requires time to break THC down and excrete it. Exercise and staying hydrated may help, but there is unlikely to be a drastic difference in the detection timeline.

There are many marijuana detox kits available that typically require a person to drink a copious amount of water to dilute urine. These often include vitamin or herbal supplements, such as vitamin B12, to conceal the dilution. In general, these kits are not found to be very reliable.

Time to Experience Effects

The effects of THC may onset rapidly, often within 15-30 minutes after inhalation. When ingested orally, it usually takes longer, perhaps even 1-2 hours after consumption.

Common effects of marijuana use include the following:

  • Euphoria or sense of well-being
  • Relaxation
  • Slowed time perception
  • Humorousness
  • Talkativeness
  • Altered sensory perceptions

Other short-term effects may include the following:

  • Impaired focus and concentration
  • Increased appetite (the “munchies”)
  • Impaired coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Restlessness
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Low blood pressure, dizziness
  • Feeling faint or fainting

In rare instances, high doses of marijuana can induce hallucinations and delusions. These reactions may also occur in individuals who are predisposed to them, such as those with psychotic disorders.

Ingesting marijuana every day can have other effects on the brain and body. People who do may be at a higher risk of cognitive, learning, and memory impairments, although these are believed to be mostly reversible after cessation of use.

They may also be more likely to have a stroke or develop heart disease and respiratory problems such as lung infections or bronchitis if they commonly smoke. Mood disorders, such as depression or anxiety, may also be more likely to occur.

Timeline for Effects

How Long Does THC Stay in Your System? | Midwood Addiction Treatment

THC’s short-term effects generally start to wane after 1-3 hours. Some effects, however, such as memory problems or difficulty sleeping, can persist for several days.

Researchers aren’t entirely sure how long the effects of chronic marijuana use can last. Because the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance, funding for research is scant. However, it appears these effects may persist for days, weeks, or months after marijuana use has been discontinued. It is possible that, in some cases, consequences may be chronic or even permanent.

Getting Treatment for Marijuana Abuse

Due to the psychoactive chemical THC, marijuana is a substance with a high potential for abuse, albeit with a low potential for dependence and addiction. Although it is a relatively mild drug in terms of effects, use can lead to adverse health consequences, at least in the short-term, and can affect performance at work or school and cause conflict in relationships.

Marijuana’s ability to lead to physical dependence may be up for debate, but the truth is, for many, it can be a tough habit to break. Midwood Addiction Treatment offers comprehensive programs designed to treat all aspects of substance abuse and mental health.

Our services include those clinically-proven to be very useful in the treatment of addiction, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, individual and family counseling, peer support groups, substance abuse education, aftercare planning, and more.

If you or someone you love is struggling to quit using marijuana or other substances, contact us today and find out how we can help!

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Risks of Combining Downer and Upper Drugs

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“Downer” and “upper” drugs are casual terms that refer to how different substances act on the central nervous system (CNS). In short, downers are depressants and uppers are stimulants. Downers commonly include sedatives and tranquilizers, such as benzodiazepines and barbiturates. Uppers include drugs like amphetamine, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

In addition to sedatives, many other substances have depressant effects, such as alcohol, opioids, and muscle relaxers. Anecdotally, many people report using downers to diminish the undesirable effects of stimulants, and conversely, a person might use an upper to reduce sedation. At first glance, it appears that this approach could be a reasonable way to mitigate the adverse effects of these substances. Unfortunately, it also increases the risk of severe health complications and overdose.

What Are Downers?

As the name implies, downers depress the CNS and can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, and cause sedation and impair cognition. Examples of prescription downers include sedative/hypnotics such as Ambien and Lunesta, as well as benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax, among others.

Side effects of depressants may include the following:

  • Sedation
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Trembling
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Impaired coordination
  • Impaired memory
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy

Different types of downers can affect various processes in the body. For this reason, they are usually classified into three subgroups: alcohol, opioids, and sedatives/hypnotics.

Depressants that are prescribed for anxiety, panic, or sleep disorders are generally referred to as sedatives or tranquilizers. Opioids can be found in both prescription and illegal forms (e.g., oxycodone and heroin, respectively.) Opioids are technically classified as painkillers but can also have potent depressant effects. Finally, alcohol is legal to drink in the U.S. for those over 21 years of age and is readily available in most areas of the country.

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CNS Depression

An overdose of depressants can occur when a person consumes excessive amounts of drugs or alcohol, and it can cause profound CNS depression that is potentially life-threatening. Symptoms of a depressant overdose include the following:

  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired cognition
  • Impaired vision
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Slowed, labored, or stopped breathing
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Coma and death

Alcohol, hypnotic/sedatives, sleep aids, painkillers, and other downers can cause profound CNS depression, especially when multiple substances are used in combination.

What Are Uppers?

Uppers or stimulants work on the CNS to increase activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and boost energy levels. They also increase the production of dopamine and adrenaline, two chemical messengers responsible for feelings of reward and well-being. Uppers can also improve alertness and focus, reduce appetite, and extend wakefulness.

In addition to drugs such as cocaine and meth, which are usually found in illicit form, prescription stimulants commonly misused include Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin. These are medications most often used to treat ADHD and sometimes narcolepsy. MDMA (Ecstasy) is also a type of stimulant, but it is sometimes placed in its own category due to its potential to induce hallucinations and alter sensory perceptions.

Side effects of stimulants may include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia
  • Headache
  • Chest pains
  • Muscle tension
  • Jaw clenching
  • Tremors
  • Heart palpitations

Mixing two stimulants can also be risky, as the effects of all substances in a person’s system are amplified. A life-threatening overdose may occur that can include aggression, dehydration, hypertension, hyperthermia, heart failure, and seizures. Overdose can occur even in a first-time user, depending on the amount of drug ingested in one episode.

Risks of Combining Depressants and Stimulants

As noted, many people will use downer drugs to mitigate undesired effects related to upper drugs or vice versa. They may also be seeking to experience a particular type of high such as that produced by a combination of a potent stimulant and depressant. This cocktail is traditionally cocaine and heroin, otherwise known as a speedball.

Combining cocaine, amphetamine, or methamphetamine with opioids such as heroin, however, is extremely risky. Indeed, this combination was the reported cause of death for many famous actors, such as John Belushi, River Phoenix, and Chris Farley, among others.

Unfortunately, dangerous drug interactions can also occur unintentionally for those who take other medications for depression, anxiety, pain, or ADHD. An adverse reaction is especially likely if an individual consumes alcohol while using these drugs. Sometimes people use uppers and downers together, unaware of the dangers of using them in conjunction.

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Health Risks

In addition to potentially lethal overdoses, the upper-downer combination has been associated with several other serious health risks, including the following:

1) The combined effects of these opposite-acting substances can result in minimization of the symptoms of either, thus creating the illusion that the individual is not as intoxicated as they really are. Stimulant effects can motivate a user to continue partying and engaging in substance use longer while underestimating their level of intoxication. Uppers can dull warning signs that profound CNS depression is happening, while downers might mask a perilously accelerated heart rate.

As a result, a person may use more of a stimulant substance than initially intended, especially if it is combined with alcohol consumption. The body’s default response to heavy alcohol intake is to induce unconsciousness. Because stimulants can prevent this from occurring, a person might be able to consume more alcohol than they otherwise could without passing out. If other depressants are added into the mix, the person faces the risk of slipping into a coma and death.

2) Combining cocaine and alcohol is particularly dangerous. Alcohol changes how the body metabolizes cocaine, and this results in the development of a chemical byproduct. Also known as cocaethylene, this metabolite is more toxic than either cocaine or alcohol on their own and remains in the body longer. As a result, the liver and heart are placed under undue, prolonged stress, and death can occur just a few hours after using alcohol with cocaine.

3) Stimulants cause dehydration, and this can be made worse by drinking alcohol. When a person is not well-hydrated, he or she may encounter dizziness, disorientation, diarrhea, and vomiting. If dehydration persists, vital organs can be damaged, and death can occur.

4) The counteraction of using opioids and stimulants in combination can result in heart problems, heart failure, and death.

Getting Help for Polydrug Use and Addiction

A significant risk of using downer and upper drugs in combination is that an individual can become addicted to multiple drugs at the same time. A person with an addiction to one substance may turn to the abuse of another in an attempt to manage the symptoms of the original addiction. However, this approach almost never works, and instead, can force a person into a self-perpetuating cycle of substance abuse, making each addiction more dangerous and intense than it would be on its own.

If addiction to one or more substances develops, professional treatment offers the most effective path to recovery. You should never try to discontinue the use of any of these drugs suddenly or “cold turkey.” Depending on the drugs of abuse, you could encounter significant pain and discomfort, and, in some instances, withdrawal can even be life-threatening.

Importantly, rehab centers, such as Midwood Addiction Treatment, can provide medical and psychological support during withdrawal and can ensure that clients are as safe and comfortable as possible. Following detox, clients are urged to continue intensive treatment that includes behavioral therapy, counseling, and group support.

Please do not continue to make the risky decision to continue using upper and downer drugs—the dangers of doing so may be far greater than any perceived benefits. If you suspect that you or someone you love are struggling with addiction, we can help. Call us today and start the path to a new life without the use of drugs or alcohol!

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What Is Cocaine Cut With?

What Is Cocaine Cut With? | Midwood Addiction Treatment

What is cocaine cut with? – Cocaine, as found on the street, is typically cut with a variety of adulterants, including, but not limited to, caffeine, creatine, laundry detergent, local anesthetics such as benzocaine, lidocaine, and novocaine, fentanyl, boric acid, mannitol, levamisole, and phenacetin.

Currently, it is very difficult to find 100% pure cocaine. Most of the time, cocaine, as purchased on the street, is cut with many adulterants. This technique is often used to expand the product and increase the profits of dealers. Cocaine itself is very dangerous, but many of the agents used to cut it have adverse effects of their own, many of which can be life-threatening.

Common Adulterants in Cocaine

There are a variety of additives that may be cut into cocaine, and some are more harmful than others. Common cutting agents that are relatively benign include caffeine, creatine, laxatives, and laundry detergent.

While some are not particularly dangerous, these agents can make a user more anxious, especially caffeine, which can increase heart rate and blood pressure. When combined with cocaine, this can lead to intense feelings of unease, anxiety, and panic.

And unfortunately, some cutting agents are much more dangerous and can be very toxic. When cut into coke, these drugs can cause an adverse reaction in many users, some of which have the potential to result in death.

Benzocaine

Benzocaine is an anesthetic used by dentists and is commonly used as a cocaine cutting agent because it has a similar numbing effect, and it is relatively inexpensive. It is also found in the form of a white powder, so it is easy to lace into cocaine.

Those who ingest coke cut with benzocaine are at risk for severe health complications. These include a life-threatening disorder known as methemoglobinemia. This condition involves the incurrence of abnormal levels of hemoglobin in the bloodstream. As this occurs, less and less oxygen becomes available to various tissues, and eventually, the tissues will begin to die.

If hemoglobin levels rise above 15%, the individual will encounter cardiac and neurological symptoms. The condition becomes fatal if levels reach 70% or higher.

Boric Acid

Like benzocaine, when mixed with pure cocaine, boric acid enhances the drug’s anesthetic effects. It also looks like cocaine crystals, so it’s easy to conceal its presence. But boric acid is a dangerous toxin, and in fact, it is sometimes used in the manufacturing of ant and rodent pesticides.

Due to its poisoning nature, the ingestion of large amounts of boric acid can result in death. It can cause many neurological and physical disorders and is considered to be one of the most hazardous cutting agents to be found in cocaine.

Fentanyl

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Fentanyl is a highly-potent opioid up to 100 times more powerful than morphine. Its use has been related to thousands of deaths in the last few years, as it’s commonly found combined with heroin, meth, cocaine, and other drugs.

Illicit fentanyl is quite inexpensive to manufacture and obtain, and for this reason, it has become extremely popular with dealers intent on increasing profits. Unfortunately, a tiny amount can result in a life-threatening overdose. When fentanyl is combined with cocaine, the latter is probably the least of a user’s worries.

Levamisole

Levamisole is prescribed by doctors and veterinarians to kill parasitic worms. Levamisole may be used as a cutting agent because it increases dopamine levels in the brain, thus enhancing the overall euphoric effects of ingesting cocaine.

However, this drug can also cause agranulocytosis, a disease that will destroy all white blood cells in the body. Without these vital blood cells, the body becomes very vulnerable to a wide variety of adverse effects and disorders. When faced with this condition, death can occur from even minor injuries or infections.

Lidocaine and Novacaine

Lidocaine and novocaine are common local anesthetics, and its numbing effects have made it an ideal cutting agent for cocaine. Unfortunately, cocaine and lidocaine tend to amplify the effects of each other and can result in acute toxicity, convulsions, and seizures.

Cocaine, when combined with either lidocaine or novocaine, can also cause heart problems, such as arrhythmia, as well as confusion and drowsiness. Users may also encounter blurred vision. Some of these symptoms are temporary, but their intensity can become worse over time with continued cocaine abuse.

Mannitol

Mannitol can be used to cut both heroin and cocaine. It is a diuretic commonly prescribed to reduce swelling and pressure inside the eye or around the brain. It is also an anticaking agent that can keep substances in a powdered form. It can be dangerous and addictive, however, and can lead to health complications in those who are allergic to it or have a history of heart disease or failure.

Phenacetin

Phenacetin was once a popularly used painkiller but was removed from the market due to reports of adverse effects and reactions. Most significantly, it has been found to be a carcinogen and can lead to loss of consciousness, low blood pressure, heart failure, and death.

Pure Cocaine and Its Effects

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As noted, it is not easy to find 100% pure cocaine on the streets. Those who do succeed are probably going to pay double or triple the price of adulterated cocaine. Because it is more potent, pure cocaine is also more dangerous and more likely to cause an overdose or heart damage.

Indeed, users who ingest pure cocaine when they accustomed to using adulterated drugs may be more vulnerable to overdose. Moreover, their tolerance level isn’t enough to handle the additional potency, and this can lead to cardiac arrest and death.

But regardless of whether a user is snorting pure or buffered cocaine, either scenario can be extremely dangerous. The chemical effects of either form can cause permanent damage to the body, especially when it is ingested for a prolonged period. Long-term addicts will also likely encounter more intense withdrawals and more severe side effects.

Why Cocaine Is Addictive

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant derived from the coca plant native to South America. When ingested, it increases the feel-good chemical dopamine in the brain, resulting in increased energy, euphoria, and feelings of reward and well-being. Over time, repeated use result in the brain’s inability to produce dopamine on its own without the presence of cocaine. Extended abstinence from the drug, however, will usually reverse this problem.

Due to cocaine’s brief effects, users often consume it in a binge-like fashion. This pattern of use will eventually result in increased tolerance and some level of chemical dependence that results in withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation of use. When these conditions manifest, a person will be vulnerable to losing all control over cocaine use and will continue to do so despite the incurrence of adverse consequences.

Getting Help for Cocaine Addiction

An addiction to cocaine can be devastating to a person’s life and can lead to overdose and other life-threatening complications. Fortunately, this disorder is very treatable, and many people have overcome their need to use cocaine and have gone on to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

Midwood Addiction Treatment offers comprehensive treatment programs tailored to each person’s individual needs. We provide a wide variety of therapeutic services, including behavioral therapy, counseling, group support, and experiential activities such as art and music therapy.

Are you struggling with a cocaine use disorder, or does someone you love suffer from this condition? If so, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible to discuss treatment options and take the first step in seeking long-term recovery.

We are dedicated to helping each person who is suffering from addiction to reclaim the life they deserve and enjoy long-lasting sobriety and wellness!

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How Long Does Crack Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Crack Stay in Your System? | Midwood Addiction

Crack cocaine is a powerful stimulant that produces a brief high, with a half-life of only around 15 minutes. There are, however, several factors that can affect how long crack cocaine can be identified in a person’s system using the following drug tests:

Crack can be detected in the blood up to two to 12 hours after use. This is the drug screening method least likely to detect crack use unless blood is tested within a few hours of use. 

Crack can be identified in hair follicles for up to three months after use, sometimes longer. Because hair grows slowly, crack and its metabolites can be detected in follicles for a prolonged period after the use. 

Crack cocaine can be detected in the urine between 1-4 days after use. In some cases, it may be detected several weeks after its use if a person has been using it for a prolonged period.

Crack can be identified in saliva for up to 24 hours after use. Like blood testing, saliva samples yield a relatively short window of time for detection. 

Powdered cocaine is a very dangerous drug, but crack, a less pure form of cocaine, has the potential to pose even more problems for users. The drug induces a rapid and intense high but can cause addiction and remain traceable in the body for a prolonged period. 

What Is Crack?

Crack is a form of cocaine in which the hydrochloride is removed, causing the drug to become more potent and take on a rock crystal form. Crack is also known as freebase cocaine, and it is typically smoked through a pipe. When heated, the rock produces a cracking sound, and this is the reason its name. As noted, crack is a stimulant, that, when used, increases activity in the central nervous system (CNS) and leads to heightened energy and euphoria.

Crack’s Effect on the Body

Like all addictive drugs, crack works by interfering with neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of pleasure and reward. Using crack causes dopamine to accumulate, which will result in the user experiencing pleasure rapidly.

Over time and with repeated use, the body will become dependent on crack. Once dependence develops, the person will experience highly unpleasant symptoms when they try to quit. For this reason, many users find it nearly impossible to quit and will relapse to avoid withdrawal. 

This is why drug use tends to escalate and frequently becomes out of control. What’s more, the user will find that he or she needs to use the drug in increasing amounts to achieve the desired effect—a condition known as tolerance.

As a stimulant, crack causes body mechanisms to accelerate. People under the influence of crack tend to speak rapidly and appear to be animated, jumpy, and twitchy. The drug also affects the speed of a person’s heart rate, which can be dangerous. As the body begins to rid itself of crack, the user often experiences a “crash” or “come down” and becomes depressed, agitated, and tired. 

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Crack produces a number of acute effects, which also includes impaired judgment, hallucinations, and sleep disturbances. However, long-term crack use can also lead to many chronic health conditions, such as cognitive decline and damage to the CNS.

Since crack is usually smoked, it is rapidly absorbed into the lungs. The high that crack produces is sometimes only five to 10 minutes long, and its half-life (the time required for the body to eliminate half of the drug) is also brief. However, the duration that crack and its metabolites remain in the body is influenced by several factors, including the following:

  • Liver function
  • Duration of use
  • Average amount of drug used
  • Food and water consumption
  • Use of other drugs or alcohol
  • Overall health
  • Height and weight
  • Body fat percentage

Since each individual who uses crack has unique factors and differing histories of drug use, it is not possible to determine precisely how long the drug can remain detectable. For this reason, the above factors need to be taken into consideration.

Getting Help for Addiction

An addiction to cocaine or crack cocaine can be a very severe and life-threatening condition. It is very treatable, however, and many people have gotten help and gone on to lead healthy and productive lives. Our centers offer integrated, personalized programs, therapies, and activities clinically-proven to be indispensable for the recovery process.

Using approaches such as behavioral therapy and counseling, clients are able to uncover and examine the underlying issues that contribute to their addiction. They are also taught how to identify problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and replace them with new ones that elicit positive change.

If you are addicted to crack, please know you don’t have to suffer alone. Contact us today and find out how we can give you the tools and support you need to recover!

Injecting Cocaine: Knowing the Risks

Injecting Cocaine: Knowing the Risks

Injecting cocaine is very risky and can result in a myriad of adverse effects. Although it’s more commonly snorted as a white powder or smoked (crack cocaine), it can be diluted and injected similarly to heroin.

Cocaine is a stimulant drug, meaning that when a person ingests it, he or she will feel energetic, euphoric, and may stay awake for a prolonged period. It is derived from the coca plant native to South America. It has been classified as a Schedule II drug in the U.S., meaning that it has some limited medical purpose but also a high potential for abuse.

Cocaine is also often combined with other substances, which can range from relatively benign household products, like flour or cornstarch, to hazardous chemicals or other substances, such as heroin. Cocaine is often laced with other ingredients because it allows dealers to make a greater profit on a smaller amount of the drug.

When a person uses cocaine, the high is typically intense but also very brief. For this reason, cocaine is often used in a binge-like pattern repeated over the course of several hours in an attempt to sustain the high. Cocaine produces a high by affecting neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for feelings and well-being, such as dopamine.

There are two main versions of cocaine: water-soluble hydrochloride salt and another called freebase, which is not water-soluble. The hydrochloride salt can be snorted or injected. The base form of cocaine is processed with baking soda or ammonia and water and then heated, which produces a substance that can be smoked—widely known as crack.

Injecting Cocaine

Cocaine use in and of itself is risky, but injecting is the riskiest form of abuse. IV drug use is dangerous because it’s more likely that this behavior will develop into an addiction, and it can also lead to severe mental and physical side effects.

When you smoke cocaine, you get the fastest effects, but some people prefer shooting up cocaine because it gives a more intense high. Most people who inject cocaine do so to achieve a more intense high, or they have built up a tolerance to other methods and can no longer experience the effects they once did.

When injecting cocaine, it must first be dissolved in a water solution, and then it can be shot directly into the body, usually into a vein. It can also be injected just under the skin (subcutaneous) but not into a vein, using a method known as “skin popping.”

Some of the psychoemotional side effects of injecting cocaine include aggression, paranoia, depression, fatigue, suicidal ideations or behaviors, and confusion. The high may be more intense and rapid than other methods of administration, but the crash or “come down” is often more severe, as well.

Injecting Cocaine: Knowing the Risks

Other short-term effects of cocaine include the following:

  • Increased energy and alertness
  • Elevated mood
  • Feelings of grandiosity
  • Excited, rapid speech
  • Dilated pupils
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia

Although injecting cocaine is the riskiest method, ingesting cocaine in other ways can cause similar side effects. When a person develops a dependence on a drug like cocaine, their brain has adapted to operate normally within the context of the drug’s presence, and discontinuing use abruptly will result in unpleasant withdrawal effects.

When a person injects cocaine, there are other risks in addition to the general risks of the drug itself, many of which are related to administering multiple injections. This can cause blood vessel linings to deteriorate and collapse, as well as skin sores, abscesses, and infections.

Also, when cocaine is acquired on the black market, it often frequently includes adulterants, which can cause residue to accumulate along the blood vessel passages. When this occurs, injecting cocaine can result in cardiac problems, and there is also a risk of encountering infections, such as hepatitis C and HIV, particularly if needles were shared with someone else.

Getting Help for Cocaine Abuse

Using cocaine is never a good idea, and if you are planning on trying to inject it, you should think twice. Injecting cocaine repeatedly will likely lead to increased tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Escalating drug use is not the answer, and if you need help with an addiction, instead you should seek out professional treatment.

Midwood Addiction Treatment offers a modern, evidence-based approach to the treatment of addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders. Our programs, which include detox, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment, are comprised of a variety of services essential for the recovery process.

Recovery is a life-long endeavor, but thankfully, you don’t have to do it alone. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, please contact us today and learn how we can help!

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What Is Kratom Withdrawal Syndrome?

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Kratom (mitragyna speciosa) is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is also commonly transported into the U.S. for distribution. At low doses, kratom has a stimulant effect and may induce pleasant feelings and energy. At higher doses, it has a sedative effect and can result in sedation.

Although not technically an opioid, kratom does act on opioid receptors, and its use can result in dependence, which is a condition that will cause withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation of use. The withdrawal symptoms associated with kratom may be similar to the flu-like symptoms that occur during opioid withdrawal.

Although medical professionals do not generally recommend it, many people report using kratom as a means to get off of heroin or other opioids. Kratom’s ability to act on opioid receptors is what makes it effective for this purpose. However, persons attempting to stop the use of opioids are urged to instead undergo a medical detox and enter a comprehensive treatment program.

At the time of this writing, the Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes the plant kratom as a “drug of concern.” Efforts to classify this drug as a controlled substance have been met with considerable backlash. As such, it is currently legal at a federal level and is commonly found in tablet or powder form.

Symptoms of Kratom Withdrawal

According to the DEA, physical kratom withdrawal symptoms may include the following:

  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Joint or bone pain
  • Jerky movements of arms and legs
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Tremors
  • Chills and sweating
  • Lethargy
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Darkening of the skin (e.g., the face)
  • Seizures

Mental or emotional symptoms may include:

  • Hostility and aggression
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability

In cases of severe dependence, psychosis, including hallucinations and delusions, can occur.

Like opioid withdrawal, symptoms of kratom withdrawal generally starts within 6-12 hours of the last dose, and they peak at about 2-3 days. Most physical symptoms will have subsided after a week, but emotional symptoms can persist for much longer.

The duration and severity of withdrawal symptoms are closely related to the level of abuse and length of time it has been used. Furthermore, other medical or mental health problems may affect the intensity of withdrawal. Polysubstance abuse (concurrent use of other drugs or alcohol) may prolong or worsen the withdrawal process.

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Detoxing and Weaning Off of Kratom

Many types of addictive substances, such as benzodiazepines, can be slowly tapered off over time to avoid the potentially severe symptoms and cravings that come with abrupt withdrawal. The goal is to gradually rebalance brain chemistry over time instead of jolting it by suddenly removing the drug.

When a drug substance such as kratom is discontinued abruptly after a person has developed a dependence, the brain may experience a rebound effect, in which it tries to restore balance rapidly, resulting in significant withdrawal symptoms. Tapering down the dosage of kratom can mitigate the side effects of withdrawal, as the brain’s chemistry is given a chance to regain its natural balance gradually.

Moreover, instead of stopping kratom “cold turkey,” tapering down the dosage slowly during detox may be preferable. A detox may include the use of medications or supplements to manage withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, as well. If a rapid detox is warranted, persons are generally advised to undergo a professional medical detox rather than attempt to do so on their own.

Advantages of Medical Detox

A medical detox is performed in a clinical environment and may be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. In either case, a person is provided with consistent access to medical and mental health professionals and medications, if needed. In this setting, patients will be safe and comfortable and may experience a significant reduction in the number of, and intensity of, withdrawal symptoms.

Medications commonly administered to treat emotional withdrawal symptoms may include antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication. Other pharmaceuticals may also be prescribed to treat physical symptoms such as nausea, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

If other substances have also been abused, other medications may be needed to avoid complications or unwanted drug interactions. It is important to indicate to treatment providers if, in addition to kratom, there may be any other substances in your system so that medications used during medical detox are safe and effective.

Getting Treatment for Addiction

Midwood Addiction Treatment offers individualized, state-of-the-art detox services and programs designed to treat addiction and address all aspects of a person’s health and emotional well-being. All of our programs feature therapies and activities clinically proven to be beneficial during the process of recovery.

If you or someone you love is addicted to kratom, other drugs, or alcohol, contact us today! We are committed to helping as many people as we can break the cycle of addiction and free themselves from the abuse of substances for life!

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How to Get Meth Out of Your System

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Medical detox is considered to be the safest, most effective method of treating methamphetamine withdrawal. If a person is a meth user, detox can play a vital role in reducing unpleasant symptoms and preventing relapse while meth is being cleared from the body.

The duration of detox and withdrawal depends on several factors. These include the person’s “method of choice” when administering the drug, such as by smoking or injecting. The duration and intensity of use, as well as individual biological factors, also play a role.

On average, most meth is naturally cleared from the body in about 72 hours. Long-term or particularly heavy meth users may take longer to get it out of their system. Of note, most drug screens don’t detect meth after this time, but those that test using hair follicle samples can identify its presence for up to 90 days.

Meth has a half-life of about 12 hours, meaning that the concentration of a drug in a person’s body will be eliminated by 50% at that time. This also means that the effects will begin to wear off if they have not already.

At-Home Detox Methods

If a meth user is preparing for a drug test or legitimately trying to abstain, they will sometimes try to do this at home. This approach may include various methods as an attempt to expedite the process. These strategies are not clinically proven to help with meth withdrawal, however, and undergoing detox at home is strongly advised against for a number of reasons.

For one, and perhaps most importantly, meth withdrawal symptoms can be severe and highly uncomfortable. Although they are not generally thought to be life-threatening, there is always a risk for unknown adverse complications. Also, the onset of these symptoms often prompts the person to begin using again to reduce the unpleasant effects and feel better.

Secondly, an at-home detox does nothing to prevent a person from using again. Addiction is a chronic disease, and as such, should be addressed through long-term rehab programs that include therapy, counseling, and other means of support. Without professional treatment, people may not learn about the underlying causes of their addiction or develop the healthy coping skills they need to sustain sobriety for a prolonged period.

That said, there are a few ways that people who do opt to detox at home might find helpful. Keep in mind, however, that there is scientific research that shows these methods are consistently safe and effective.

Increasing Fluid Intake

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One method is to increase fluid intake, especially water. Drinking an excessive amount of fluids can help to dilute the meth that is in a person’s body and increase urine output and the excretion of toxins. Some who do this also use herbal supplements or kits that claim they can help a person pass a drug test.

There are, of course, a couple of drawbacks to this approach. One, people who interpret drug test results can often identify if the urine has been diluted. This can happen by accident, but it’s usually intentional. In either case, the person will likely be required to come back and re-do the test again. And of course, there is no guarantee that this will actually work.

Two, it is possible to be overhydrated and develop a condition known as hyponatremia, which can be serious. When this occurs, the level of sodium in the bloodstream becomes low, and cells become waterlogged. This can further result in nausea, confusion, irritability, and lethargy. Death is rare but possible.

Eating Fiber or Taking Supplements or Laxatives

Another way a person might try to purge meth from the system is to excrete it through feces rather than, or in addition to, urine. Eating high fiber foods or taking fiber supplements can help facilitate this process. Laxatives could also be used on a short-term basis.

The main disadvantage of this is that the use of laxatives when there isn’t a medical problem constitutes substance abuse. Moreover, their use is not really necessary and interferes with normal bodily processes.

Abuse of laxatives can lead to severe stomach pain or cramping, as well as rectal bleeding and bloody stools. And once again, like dilution, a person who has to take a drug test should not be confident that this method will ensure a negative result.

Excessive Exercise

The theory here is that intense exercise can help for a couple of different reasons. One, it will cause a person to sweat, perhaps profusely, which is another way to get meth and other substances out of a person’s system. Two, excessive exercise such as running or biking can encourage a person to drink more water, which can also help with the purge, as noted above.

As with these other methods, drawbacks include the fact that this may not be enough to pass a drug test if that is the person’s primary goal. Also, a person who is not used to that intensity of exercise could suffer from dehydration if they don’t drink enough water. They could also experience profound fatigue or other health complications that can be caused by putting way too much stress on one’s body.

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Niacin

Niacin is a b-vitamin that can be bought over-the-counter and is thought to help in flushing out bodily toxins. It is also said to benefit the central nervous system and metabolism.

It’s effectiveness at meth excretion notwithstanding, it’s important to know that niacin, especially when used in an excessive amount, is associated with certain unpleasant side effects. These include flushing, itchy rashes, and nausea and vomiting.

Not everyone who uses these methods does so in the hopes of passing a drug test. As noted, some people are legitimately motivated to recover from meth addiction and want as much help as they can in expediting the process. As a professional addiction treatment center, however, we can not stress enough how important it is to seek expert medical care and emotional support during this time.

Why Medical Detox Is Vital

By choosing to undergo medical detox, patients are ensuring their safety and improving their comfort. In an inpatient setting, persons are supervised around-the-clock and can be administered medications to ease many of the worst symptoms of withdrawal.

Complications can be addressed as they arise, and relapse is virtually impossible. In an outpatient environment, the above also applies, except that patients return to their homes rather than remain overnight in a facility.

Getting Treatment for Addiction

After detox, patients are urged to enroll in a comprehensive addiction treatment program, such as those offered by Midwood Addiction Treatment. Services include outpatient detox, psychotherapy, counseling, and much, much more.

Meth addiction is a devastating, lifelong disease, and those who suffer deserve to receive the very best care available. If you are struggling to stop using today, you owe it to yourself to make sure you never go back to using again.

Contact us today if you are ready to reclaim your life, free from the use of meth, other drugs, or alcohol!

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Hazards of Using the Spice Drug

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The Spice drug (also known as K2, among other names) is a psychoactive substance referred to as a synthetic cannabinoid. It is much more powerful and dangerous than marijuana. Spice can cause severe anxiety, psychosis, seizures, and, occasionally, even death. This substance has the potential for addiction and can result in highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when the user attempts to quit.

People who use the spice drug can also experience extreme agitation, vivid hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and destructive behaviors. It can also cause a variety of other side effects, including nausea and vomiting and severe organ damage.

What Is the Spice Drug?

Synthetic cannabinoids don’t actually contain marijuana. Instead, they include a wide variety of human-made chemicals designed to simulate the effects of THC, the primary psychoactive component of marijuana.

Synthetic cannabinoids attach to the same brain receptors that THC does. However, as noted, they are much more potent than marijuana, and use can result in profound mental and physical effects.

Spice is usually sprayed or sprinkled onto dried plants or herbs and smoked. Spice looks like marijuana, and can also be found as a liquid that can be vaporized.

Synthetic marijuana is usually sold in colorful pouches or plastic bottles embellished with catchy names. Spice and K2 are two of the first brand names for synthetic marijuana, but hundreds of brand names now exist.

To evade investigation by law enforcement, makers of synthetic marijuana often falsely market their products as incense or potpourri. The packaging often states that the product is not for human consumption.

How Addictive Is the Spice Drug?

Synthetic marijuana is considered to be highly addictive, and those who use it regularly may encounter withdrawal symptoms when they abruptly continue use. Withdrawal symptoms tend to resemble those of marijuana, including depression, anxiety, headaches, and irritability. Those who are addicted to the Spice drug may also experience intense cravings, heart palpitations, excessive sweating, increased blood pressure, and insomnia.

The manner in which synthetic marijuana interacts with brain chemicals likely accounts for why it’s so addictive. Studies have shown that the drug attaches to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain up to 100 times more tightly than THC does.

The addictive potential of synthetic marijuana and the severity of its effects have caused many people to state that it is more closely comparable to crack or meth

Effects of Spice

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Adverse reactions to synthetic marijuana are not uncommon. Overdosing on the drug can cause psychosis and irreversible organ damage. Knowing the signs and symptoms of synthetic marijuana abuse may help identify when someone you love is abusing or addicted to this drug. 

Common side effects of synthetic marijuana include the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety and severe agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal ideations/actions
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tremors
  • Bruising and bleeding

Also, reports of overdose and death have transpired each year since Spice first became available. It’s tough to predict the consequences of using this drug because each batch is different, and each individual can experience a unique reaction. Even just a single dose of Spice can be lethal. Combining the drug with alcohol or other drugs is even more hazardous.

Long-Term Effects

Since the drug is relatively new, not much is known about the long-term effects of abusing the Spice drug. However, the drug’s diversity in ingredients poses health risks for those who experiment and take the substance on a regular basis. 

Irreversible brain damage, kidney damage, psychotic events, and hallucinations are some of the likely side effects caused by abusing this drug over a prolonged period. Other side effects that could develop into chronic conditions and health problems for people who use Spice include depression, anxiety, and paranoia. Long-term effects of Spice may also include cardiovascular, neurological, and mental health problems, all of which may be permanent. 

Treatment for Spice Drug Addiction

Midwood Addiction Treatment offers a comprehensive, research-based approach to the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. Our programs are customized to meet each individual’s needs and goals. We provide the services necessary to ensure that our clients receive all the tools and support they need to recover and experience long-lasting sobriety and wellness.

Our skilled and caring staff are dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the most effective treatment available. Treatments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Music therapy
  • Health and wellness education
  • Aftercare planning

If you are prepared to take back your life and free yourself from the shackles of addiction once and for all, contact us as soon as possible to discuss treatment options! We help those who need it most get on the path to a substance-free life and foster the health and satisfaction they deserve!