Just in case the long list of drugs people are getting addicted to is not long enough, chemists developing new “designer drugs” keep adding new drugs to the list. After all, it just takes modifying a few molecules to change a drug formula and it’s not a banned substance any more. For awhile, it can be legally and openly sold and abused. Drug tests may not even show its presence.
This trend of new drugs hitting the market has swept across the US and Europe and has resulted in a rash of deaths, heart attacks and other damage. Since young people are the ones most likely to experiment with something new, they run the greatest risk.
Synthetic marijuana, a designer drug with a chemical composition similar to that of marijuana, has been on the market for a couple of years, long enough to take its toll. It’s referred to a Spice, K2, Red Magic, Red Dragon, Diesel, Serenity or Blueberry Meditation. It may be labeled “incense” to avoid problems.
Apparently, these chemists and retailers don’t have a problem with causing heart attacks and even the death of young people who indulge in synthetic marijuana use.
In South Carolina, a state that has managed to get legislation passed to ban these substances, one college athlete died during a workout and a man killed a taxi driver and then himself, both while under the influence of Spice. In Texas, three young men suffered heart attacks after using Spice, according to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
From January through August 2011, poison control centers had received 4,421 calls about problems with synthetic marijuana, a number 52% higher than the number received the entire previous year.
The Problem is Not the Drug
At the beginning, it’s never the drug. It’s that someone is willing and interested in getting high. A person who wants to get high will find something that will get them there, even if it’s a jar of glue or spray paint in the garage or the pills in someone else’s medicine chest.
Young people are particularly at risk because of the sense of invincibility that is so common, and because of peer pressure. If someone else is abusing a substance, seems to have fun and is not getting sick or dying, that may be enough for others to follow.
The serious repercussions to abusing Spice and similar substances are not only the heart attacks and potential for death. All these substances are addictive so a person is driven to use them again and again even when they know there are risks. The solution is an effective rehabilitation that puts the person back on top.
Narconon Arrowhead Helps People Take Control Again
For many people, the only way to get clean and sober again is to get out of that drug-using environment and focus on their own recovery. Some do it through NA, others through rehabilitation. That change of environment in a rehab program that offers an effective drug recovery technology is the key that has enabled thousands of people to find lasting sobriety through the Narconon program. This program is a non-profit, alternative drug treatment program that prescribes no medications as part of treatment. Instead each person is helped to address the source of the drug use, whether it was a cover-up for some kind of distress, boredom, physical pain, disappointment or loss, or something similar.
Narconon Arrowhead offers a long-term program as recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. One of the most important components of this program is the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, an action using a low-heat sauna, generous nutritional supplementation and moderate exercise to generate a cleansing action by the body. Since drug toxins are fat-bonding in the body, residues of these toxins tend to lodge in the fatty tissues of the body where they can remain for years.
As a person progresses through this step, closely supervised by Narconon staff, they flush out these old toxins that have been shown to be involved in triggering cravings and causing unclear thinking. At the end, their outlooks are better, their cravings, per their own reports, are greatly decreased and sometimes are even gone, and their thinking is brighter.
This is just the kind of improvement needed to launch a drug-free future. And this is just one phase of the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that results in more than 70% of its graduates staying clean and sober after they go home.
If you seek help for someone who has become addicted to synthetic marijuana or another illicit or legal drug, contact the Narconon program today to find out how they can get started toward their sober future. Call 1-800-468-6933 today.