Spice Addiction: Detox
Many people are under the mistaken impression that the drug known as “spice” is a safe alternative to marijuana. Nothing could be further from the truth. Spice brings with it a number of harmful effects, including extreme anxiety, paranoia, rapid heart rate, vomiting, and agitation.
To get around newly passed laws forbidding the sale of the substance as a drug, spice is frequently sold and labeled as incense on the internet. It’s often found in the form of an herb (damiana is most common) which is sprayed with man-made chemicals that resemble the active ingredient found in marijuana.Due to the fact that there are no legal regulations for this recently discovered high, and, therefore, no way of knowing how much of the active ingredient is present, there’s no method for determining the potency of what the user is taking in. As a result, the highs from the drug may vary widely and its effects can range from mild to life-threatening. (National Institute on Drug Abuse) This means that spice addiction detox methods tend to run the gamut as well.Read more: Drug Detox
Spice Addiction Detox is Similar to Marijuana Detox
Spice addiction is similar to that of an addiction to marijuana, meaning that the substance is psychologically addictive rather than physically so. Still, some European countries have found it dangerous enough to ban its sale entirely.Just like with marijuana users who take in too much of the drug (this usually happens after ingesting the drug via food prepared with it), spice can produce catatonia (a slowed mental state) and hallucinations. Remember, the synthetic cannabanoids with which it is sprayed are basically pure Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – marijuana’s active ingredient.
The symptoms of withdrawal are both psychological and physical, and this is another area where the drug distinguishes itself from marijuana. Those discontinuing use of the drug can become anxiety-ridden, confused, and very aggressive, and spice addiction detox types and methods need to take this into consideration.
Spice Addiction Detox can be Tricky
Detoxing from the drug can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Authorities strongly recommend that those addicted to the drug seek private care help and that they not try to kick the habit on their own. The drug is still easily accessible, and the further removed the addict is from channels of distribution, the better.
Not unlike detox and rehab for any other kind of substance abuse, private facilities are available to rid the addict of his or her addiction to spice. Typically, spice addiction detox types at these facilities first involve a period of initial withdrawal that is facilitated, followed closely by vigilant monitoring, then therapy and counseling with an eye towards a healthier way of life. These programs also focus on diet, exercise, building healthy habits, and how to further avoid contact with the drug.If you or a loved one is addicted to spice, a good place to start is Marijuana Anonymous or contact us for help finding a treatment center that’s right for you or your loved one who needs help.
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