Has someone you love fallen victim to synthetic drug abuse? Do you know the signs and symptoms of this dangerous substance abuse? Or maybe you encountered or used some synthetic substances for a high and wonder about the real dangers. Whatever your questions about the drugs themselves, abuse of these substances can lead to many problems, possibly even death.
What are Synthetic Drugs?
Synthetic drugs are human-made substances used to gain a high. Many of these mimic the effects of other drugs, such as depressants, stimulants, or painkillers. Many of these substances are household products designed for other use. The most common forms for this class of drugs include herbs, liquids, powders, and pills.
More and more people die each year from abusing these so-called drugs. The most commonly affected people are young, usually in high school or even middle school. They put themselves in a position of significant harm, not knowing of the dangers in their drug use. Many even overdose and die from use.
Most of these substances come from China. Importers bring them into the U.S., labeled for other purposes. You can even buy some in places like convenience stores, gas stations, websites and smoke shops. Their packaging shows bright colors, vivid designs, and catchy names designed to attract the youngest users.
Dangers of Synthetic Drug Abuse
As said before, synthetic substances mimic other drugs. But these human-made versions provide much more risks than drugs older people tend to use. These synthetics include:
- Synthetic marijuana, called spice and K2
- Bath salts
- Fentanyl, the most potent painkiller prescribed by doctors
- LSD, or acid
- Molly, also called MDMA or ecstasy
- N-BOMe, one of the most toxic drugs
Each of these drugs provides its own type of high. They also each offer their own deadly risks. Effects include heart attack, liver failure, muscle tissue breakdown, paranoia and panic attacks. Breathing problems, coughing, disorientation, respiratory distress and heavy sedation pose significant threats to young peoples’ lives.
Even just using one of these drugs once kills many people each year. The first use indicates a problem, such as a possibility for addiction or other substance abuse in the future. Early intervention provides the only hope for avoiding death and ongoing substance abuse.
Help for Synthetic Drug Abuse or Addiction with Morningside Recovery
Synthetic drug abuse comes with many risks. Find addiction treatment services for your child or anyone else using these substances. Stopping early abuse helps avoid a tragic outcome.
Synthetic substance abuse treatments include:
- Residential rehab
- IOP rehab
- Experiential therapies
- Adventure therapies
- Evidence-based therapies
- Holistic methods
Through a mix of therapies and other treatments, your loved one finds the help they need to get back on the path toward a promising future. Of course, getting help for yourself also gives you real hope for a better future, if you need synthetics or spice addiction treatment.
Morningside Recovery in Orange County, CA provides the treatment you need to end synthetic drug abuse. Call Morningside Recovery at 855-631-2135 to learn more about getting into this treatment quickly.