Synthetic / Designer Drugs

Designer Drug Abuse & Treatment

Designer drugs refer to a variety of different drugs that can be stimulantshallucinogens, or depressants that are reproduced in underground labs using chemicals. If you think this sounds dangerous, you would be correct. Some chemicals being used can only be classified as “poisons” and others contain mind altering and addictive properties that are based on the chemical formulas of opioids or other controlled substances. Designer drugs are also sometimes referred to as “club drugs”; they have enticing names that may sound like fun to impressionable and young club goers with names like ecstasy, molly, spicefantasybliss, and Lover’s Speed. They are also commonly known as ketamine (also known as Special K), RohypnolGHBbath saltsMDMA, and LSD. Designer drugs can be ingested in pill form, snorted, or injected. Taking these drugs is akin to risking your life; becoming addicted to drugs made from chemicals in a lab is inherently dangerous. Cornerstone Recovery Center has developed a successful addiction treatment plan where we customize the recovery process for each individual. If designer drugs have become a problem for you or someone you care about, read on and learn about the signs of drug abuse and the different treatment options that we have available in warm and comforting sunny South Florida. If you or a loved one needs help for alcohol or drug addiction, please contact our admissions counselor today by contacting us online or calling 1-888-711-0354. All communications with our staff are confidential.

Signs of Designer Drug Abuse

If you are unsure about the possibility of designer drug abuse, here is information that you can use to determine if you or a loved one might be addicted to a designer drug. There are a variety of different drugs that are made in labs with dangerous and addictive chemicals. Some common designer drugs are listed below:

  • Spice is synthetic marijuana; it is made from a combination of plants and chemicals and is often called “all natural” but it is not natural and it is dangerous.
  • Bath salts have nothing to do with any substance that you actually take a bath in. Instead, it refers to a variety of chemicals, usually combined with MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although newer chemical derivatives are being made by illegal street chemists. Essentially, it is classified as poison.
  • MDMA is Ecstasy, which has a number of street names. It was originally developed as a psychotherapy medication that lowered inhibitions, but was banned after it started being abused as a party drug.
  • Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic that is similar to PCP; it causes dream-like states and hallucinations.
  • LSD is an extremely strong mood-altering chemical made in illegal labs from lysergic acid found in the ergot fungus that grows on grains and rye.

Signs and symptoms of designer drug addiction can include:

  • Change in sleeping habits: not sleeping for days or sleeping too much.
  • Changes in behavior, the extreme being exhibiting psychotic behavior.
  • Changes in mood or drastic mood swings.
  • Strange behavior, not in touch with reality.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Euphoria.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Poor memory.
  • Confusion.
  • Panic or paranoia.

If these signs look familiar, or you recognize the drugs we described, you are in the right place. We understand that designer drug abuse and addiction can make you feel sick or out of control, but we can help you regain your health and your life back through addiction treatment.

The Effects of Designer Drug Abuse

Designer drug abuse and addiction can negatively affect behavior, relationships, and health. Using drugs concocted in illegal labs is dangerous and life threatening. Therefore, even short-term use can have negative effects on health. Some of the medical issues or symptoms resulting from designer drug abuse include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, tremors, hyperthermia (the body overheating), weight loss, hallucinations, and insomnia. Addiction to the dangerous poisons and chemicals in designer drugs takes over so much of a person’s life it often destroys relationships, families, and work life. This type of drug addiction often interferes with job performance and costs many their jobs. Once the source of income is gone, things can turn even worse trying to pay for an expensive designer drug habit. In addition to health and financial problems, relationships with family and friends often suffer at the hands of designer drug abuse. Seeing a loved one go through this difficult time is very hard to cope with for them as well as the person going through the addiction. At Cornerstone Recovery Center, we understand that addiction is a family disease and we focus our individualized and customized programs on treating all aspects of drug addiction. We offer solutions to get your life back before you lose anything else.

When is it time to Seek Designer Drug Abuse Treatment?

If the signs and symptoms of designer drug addiction sound familiar, we are here to provide help and support throughout the recovery process. If you have tried to stop using a designer drug but have not been able to quit on your own, contact an addiction recovery center like Cornerstone Recovery Center, and together we will formulate a customized plan that will work for you. We maintain an approach to treatment and recovery that is different for each person and geared toward their needs, personality, and situation.
Treatment at Cornerstone usually begins with an inpatient stay at our newly renovated Ft. Lauderdale beach residential drug abuse facilities on the Intracoastal Waterway with plenty of sunshine in a warm and welcoming environment. Clients who arrive from northern areas like Gloucester Township, Aurora, Naperville, and Elgin will love the warm weather and tropical breezes. We provide transportation to and from the treatment facility and round-the-clock care. Our staff including our medical director, nurses, behavioral coaches, and therapists all work together to keep you moving towards your goals and be successful in recovery. You will be able to help customize your treatment plan by choosing from our different programs including the traditional 12 step programSMART Recovery® or holistic treatment options.

Make the Call. . . Get Help for Designer Drug Abuse

Designer drug addiction can have negative effects on a person’s entire life including health, family, friends, and work. Do you feel that abusing designer drugs are ruining your life or controlling the life of your loved one? There is hope! Cornerstone Recovery Center provides a safe and comfortable setting for recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Please call 1-888-711-0354 or contact us online to speak with an admissions counselor. All communications with our staff are confidential.