Spice is a designer drug. Also known as genie, K2 and synthetic marijuana; it is popular, pervasive and dangerous. In Mobile, Alabama, spice use sent 200 hundred people to hospital in one month—one did not return. Doctors cite the drug’s toxic effect on kidneys and other organs.
Sovereign Health is in the drug treatment business—we stay abreast of all the new drugs and their repercussions. Despite being available in smoke shops and online, spice is no innocuous fad. It can kill. Sovereign treats addiction, alcoholism and mental health conditions. We tailor treatment plans to fit each client’s particular needs. If you are dependent on spice or any other drug, we have the solution.
Spice contains the artificial compounds JWH-018, JWH-073 and HU-210. JWH-018 is a chemical fertilizer. JWH–073 is an analgesic chemical from the naphthoylindole family. HU-210 is a synthetic cannabinoid. It is between 100 and 800 times more potent than tetrahydrocannabinol—THC—the active chemical in marijuana.
The drug’s mild side effects include dry mouth, red eyes, increased heart rate and nausea. More severe reactions include hallucinations and anxiety attacks. Chronic use can lead to dependence and the need to ingest more of the drug to chase the same high. The Drug Enforcement Agency—DEA—classifies it as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is a dangerous substance that doesn’t have a recognized medical use and rather a high potential for abuse.
Why is it legal?
Spice is a designer drug—it was created in a lab in 1988. Those who manufacture it modify it to take advantage of loopholes in the legal system. They change the drug’s chemical additives to avoid classification. It is also relatively new; many states have not weighed in on its legality. The drug’s composition allows it go undetected on most drug tests. Nor does it appear on the legal radar because it is often sold as incense or potpourri. A number of European countries have determined the drug’s chemical components are illegal; the U.S. is following suit.
Spice addiction is drug addiction. The type of treatment the client receives depends upon how deep the addiction. Sovereign Health is an industry leader in treating addiction. We can help anyone who wants help.
Detox comes first when treating any addiction. Detox must always be done under medical supervision. Depending on the severity of the addiction, detox may include hospitalization, though most Sovereign clients at our main facility in San Clemente, CA, detox at our treatment facilities. Sovereign Health specializes in inpatient detox. Our NAD Rapid Detox program mitigates withdrawal symptoms.
Following detox, Sovereign’s clinicians design an individualized treatment plan for the client. We offer multiple therapy options—traditional and unconventional. The latter includes yoga, art or equine therapies. When clients complete treatment, Sovereign provides continued care and a calendar of alumni events to keep the client connected to the sober community.
For more information on spice and other drug abuse treatment please call 866-629-0442 to speak with a member of our Sovereign team. We will be happy to assist you.