K2/Spice Addiction Treatment Center

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K2/Spice Addiction Treatment Center

Spice is a designer drug of growing popularity and dangerous consequences. It is also known as Genie, K2 or synthetic marijuana. Spice can be found in head shops everywhere and can even be purchased online. It is sold as incense and labeled “Not Safe For Human Consumption”, but the users is able to smoke it or, now, vape it to gain the desired effect. Make no mistake, Spice is not marijuana nor does it have any connection to the herb. Spice is a dried and shredded plant which is sprayed with chemical additives which create the psychoactive effects the user is looking for. People may use this drug to get away from life’s problems or even simply to enjoy the feeling of being high. Many users, in fact, mix the drug with marijuana for a more intense high.

The effects of spice

Just like any other drug, Spice has a range of effects and side effects. Often, using this drug will create feelings of relaxation and mild changes in perception. Spice can also cause side effects such as dry mouth, red eyes, anxiety attacks, nausea, an increased heart rate and hallucinations. When smoked over a long period of time, users develop a tolerance to the drug and find that they must smoke more and more to get the same high. As a result, some users develop a chemical dependency.

Spice has been found to contain JWH-018, JWH-073 and HU-210, all of which are artificial chemical compounds. None of these chemicals are safe for human consumption. JWH-018 is a chemical fertilizer that can cause the negative effects of marijuana at much lower dosages, JWH-073 has been listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a chemical concern and HU-210 has been found to be between 100 to 800 times more potent than THC, the main active chemical in marijuana.

Why isn’t spice illegal?

Because it is a ‘designer drug’, Spice can be modified to take advantage of loopholes in the legal system and is relatively new which is why it is not illegal in most U.S. states. Spice is difficult to detect and regulate, since the drug does not show up on most drug tests and can hide under the guise of being sold as incense or potpourri. Many European countries have deemed the chemical components of Spice illegal and the U.S. is working on doing the same. However, spice is still hard to regulate as the chemical additives can be continuously changed so it does not include those components that are illegal, allowing it to continue being produced.

Treatment at Sovereign Health

An addiction to spice can often be treated in similar ways to an addiction to other drugs. However, that does not mean treatment will be easy and the process will vary according to the severity of abuse and the reasons for the users abuse. Thankfully, Sovereign Health is ready to help anyone who is seeking to halt their spice abuse.

The process of detox must always come first when treating any drug addiction. This should be done with medical supervision for the safety of the person going through detox. This may include partial hospitalization, hospitalization or detox at a residential rehab. Sovereign offers inpatient detox and a special program known as NAD Rapid Detox to help users through the withdrawal period.

After the process of detox, our clinicians will design a treatment plan that can help the individual recover from their pattern of abuse and get back on track with their life. This includes both group and individual therapies along with alternative therapies such as yoga, art therapy or equine therapy. Additionally, we offer further support through continued care and alumni events after each client has graduated from their recovery program.

If you would like further information on treatment for drug abuse, please call 866-629-0442 to speak with a member of our team. They will be happy to assist you.

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