If you’ve found yourself completely consumed by a lifestyle of synthetic drug abuse, there is still a way out. You have made a bold decision already by considering detox treatment and we are here to walk with you each step of the way.
About Synthetic Drugs
Many addictive substances are derived from natural ingredients and compounds. Synthetic drugs (also known as designer drugs), on the other hand, are created in laboratories. These drugs are oftentimes more dangerous than drugs made with naturally-derived ingredients because users don’t always know what chemicals they are putting in their bodies when they consume them. While there are plenty of myths and rumors floating around about these drugs, one thing is certain: synthetic drug abuse is very dangerous.
Synthetic drugs often come in various forms, such as liquids, pills, powders, and herbs. Some of the most dangerous synthetic drugs are:
- Synthetic marijuana
- Cathinones (bath salts)
- LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide)
- Molly (MDMA/Ecstasy)
- NBOMe (N-Bomb)
Effects of synthetic cannabinoid (synthetic marijuana) abuse include vomiting, racing heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts and actions.
Synthetic stimulant abuse can result in increased heart rate, chest pain, extreme paranoia, delusions, and violent behavior.
Effects of MDMA abuse may include severe hyperthermia, dehydration, nausea, chills, sweating, uncontrollable jaw clenching, muscle cramping, blurred vision, and heart failure.
Unfortunately, many synthetic drugs contain chemicals that have not yet been completely identified, therefore, researchers cannot begin to describe the potential effects these chemicals may have on the human mind and body.
Do I Need Synthetic Drug Detox?
The need for synthetic drug detox will vary from person to person. If you are physically dependent on synthetic drugs, would experience severe discomfort during withdrawal without medical intervention, or risk serious health effects by detoxing on your own, a medically assisted detox program may be right for you. Contact Briarwood Detox Center today to speak to an admissions coordinator about your individual needs.
Why Choose Medically Assisted Detox?
Medically assisted detox differs from independent detox at home because you are temporarily housed in a facility that is fully staffed with clinical professionals who provide around-the-clock personal monitoring. Attempting to detox on your own could lead to dangerous health risks.
In many cases, synthetic drug detox can be unpredictable, as your physical symptoms will vary based on the type of drugs you took, how much you consumed, how long you misused them, and your level of dependence. Clinically monitored detox provides a level of safety and comfort that otherwise couldn’t be found at home.
Briarwood Detox Center is a warm and welcoming facility, outfitted with all the comforts of home. Semi-private furnished bedrooms, chef-prepared meals, and lots of natural light and outdoor scenery all help you to feel right at home here.
Synthetic Drug Withdrawal Symptoms
Synthetic drug withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Intense cravings
Our medical staff can administer medications as necessary to comfortably taper down your withdrawal symptoms while ensuring your safety.
Management of Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal from synthetic drugs can be very dangerous, especially if the user doesn’t know what he or she has ingested. To prevent injury and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, synthetic drug detox is best completed in a medically monitored environment, such as Briarwood Detox Center. Our staff will monitor your vitals 24/7 to make sure you are comfortable and progressing through your withdrawal at a healthy pace. We will also administer medication to ease any uncomfortable physical withdrawal symptoms so you can rest.
Synthetic Drug Withdrawal Timeline
Research on synthetic drugs does not clearly define a timeline for withdrawal from these substances, but it does indicate the following:
- Synthetic drug withdrawal symptoms will occur very quickly
- Those symptoms will peak between four and seven days after the last dose
- Some symptoms may last as long as 30 days
What Happens During Synthetic Drug Detox?
On your first day of detox, you will be greeted by your resident advocate and detox counselor. They will give you a quick tour of our facility before you fill out your intake paperwork. We will review this paperwork with you to make sure there is no confusion. Once you have completed it, you will see a nurse for your medical evaluation. Detox protocol will begin based on the findings of this initial evaluation.
During your first 24 hours at Briarwood, our medical staff will perform another, more in-depth personal assessment to establish your needs and design an individualized detox program for you. This assessment provides pertinent details that help us determine your health status, drug abuse history, and basic needs so we can proceed with detox and ongoing addiction treatment in a way that best serves you.
Our licensed medical staff will be on-site 24/7 and consistently monitor you as you progress through your detox program. This allows us to keep a close watch on your changing needs and administer medication as needed to taper your withdrawal symptoms. We’ll make sure you are comfortable and safe through the entirety of detox.
Individual and Group Counseling
Counseling sessions during detox provide a safe space for you to explore your emotional and mental responses to detox. Your detox counselor will be happy to listen and provide support as he or she leads you through your detox program. This is also a very valuable opportunity to shed an old way of life and adopt new habits that will help you maintain a sober lifestyle.
How Long Does Synthetic Drug Detox Take?
Most of our medically supervised detox programs take 5-7 days, but it’s impossible to tell you how long your program will be without more information. After a medical evaluation, we can give you a more accurate timeframe for your detox program.