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designer drug Addiction
and Treatment

Designer drugs pose an increasing danger and health risk throughout the United States. Designer drugs are popular among those aged 18-30 and among those that are required to submit to random drug screening, including members of the armed forces.

Designer Drug Treatment

While many designer drugs are labeled for use other than their intended purpose, users know exactly what these designer drugs are supposed to do. In general, the most common designer drugs sold legally or illegally over the counter in head shops and tobacco stores fall in to two categories: (1) those that are supposed to mimic the high of marijuana and (2) those that are supposed to mimic the high of cocaine or methamphetamine. These drugs, which are untested before going to market, pose severe health risks to users and can be exceedingly addictive.  If you use designer drugs like bath salts or spice, call us at (855) 888-0061 to get the help you need to overcome addiction. 

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Family and Friends

If you have a child, spouse, family member or friend that is abusing designer drugs, we can help. We understand its difficult to pin down exactly what drug they’re using or how frequently. They may be passing drug screens but still exhibit drug induced behavior. They may indicate it’s “ok” to use the drugs because they are legal. But if they’re addicted, there is a problem. Users need your support and encouragement, and Sober Freedom offers a family intervention program if you find it difficult to get your loved one into treatment on your own. Call Sober Freedom at (855) 888-0061. We’re here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What are Designer Drugs?

Designer drugs are chemically designed to mimic the high experienced by using a specific illegal drug. Since the designer drug is chemically different from its illegal counterpart, most can be sold legally over the counter. Many present day illegal drugs, such as MDMA (Ecstasy) were originally legal and synthesized in a lab. In the 80’s, MDMA was made illegal. But there’s a big difference between what’s happening today with designer drugs and what happened in the past. MDMA was not originally intended to circumvent the law. Today, there’s an entire industry devoted to synthesizing drugs specifically to skirt the law. If you use designer drugs like bath salts or spice, call us at (855) 888-0061 to get the help you need to overcome addiction.

Treatment for Designer Drugs

Designer drugs are chemically designed to mimic the high experienced by using a specific illegal drug. Since the designer drug is chemically different from its illegal counterpart, most can be sold legally over the counter. Many present-day illegal drugs, such as MDMA (Ecstasy) were originally legal and synthesized in a lab. In the 80’s, MDMA was made illegal. But there’s a big difference between what’s happening today with designer drugs and what happened in the past. MDMA was not originally intended to circumvent the law. Today, there’s an entire industry devoted to synthesizing drugs specifically to skirt the law.

Dangers of Synthetic Stimulants

One of the greatest dangers associated with designer stimulants, like bath salts, is that few people understand the effects the drug will have on the body until people start showing up in emergency rooms. Since drugs like bath salts are not labeled for human consumption, no one knows how long the effects will last, how intense the effects will be and, more importantly, what is a recommended dose. Subsequently, a lot can go wrong. With bath salts, users can experience hallucinations, drug induced psychosis and increased aggression that may lead to harming others or one’s self. People that overdose on bath salts may be found roaming the streets, speaking incoherently while exhibiting many of the same outward signs of PCP users.

Paying for Treatment

Sober Freedom accepts most health insurance. Many people use their existing health insurance policies to cover the cost of treatment. However, if you do not have insurance, don’t worry. Sober Freedom will help you find a way to get the treatment you deserve. The last thing you should worry about is how to pay for treatment or how to request payment for treatment from an insurance provider. Call us at (855) 888-0061 any time to discuss possible payment options. Dealing with insurance companies can be frustrating and discouraging. We take that burden off of your shoulders.

Dangers of Synthetic Depressants

Many people turn to designer drugs for a number of reasons. First, many designer drugs do not show up on drug screenings. Second, the specific effects felt by using designer drugs may be considered superior by the user. Third, they are often times cheaper and legal. Last, designer drugs can be more powerful than illegal alternatives.  There’s a growing number of retailers that offer “legal” alternatives to marijuana. These designer drugs may go by the names of herbal incense, spice and K2. The effects can be much more severe than marijuana. Smoking spice may induce paranoia, cause the user to experience involuntary shakes, experience increased blood pressure and heart rate and has been shown to induce psychosis.

Path to Recovery

Have A Problem?

While many designer drugs may be technically legal, they pose many of the same health risks and end up causing significant problems personally and socially. Does your designer drug use result in lower grades or cause you to miss work? Do you no longer enjoy the things that made you happy before you started using? Do you experience a “crash” or hangover after using the drug? Do you have uncontrollable cravings? Have you been arrested after using the drug? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider getting help.

Reaching Out

Getting help for your problems is easy. Taking the first step towards recovery is often times the hardest part. Sober Freedom is here to help. We can help you understand your treatment options and help you find ways to get to treatment and pay for it through insurance or other means.

Insurance

In most cases, insurance can pay for treatment of designer drug use. Sober Freedom can talk to your provider to determine if you qualify. Even if you don’t have insurance, we can help. Sober Freedom offers financing for treatment and our job is to help you get into treatment as fast as possible without having to worry about where the money will come from. Our philosophy is that dealing with addiction is hard enough and payment should be the least of your concerns.

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For most people that are addicted, they first need to accept the fact that they have a problem. While in the initial stages of deciding on treatment, the user typically asks a lot of questions about treatment and this is normal. What will the treatment center be like? Will I have to leave my friends and family? Will my treatment center be in a nice locale or will the staff be nice to me? The best thing about Sober Freedom is that we are able to deliver the patient-centered care every person deserves.