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While it may sound like some new street drug with a strange name, Flakka is a substance in crystal form (usually white or pink in color) that has been around since emerging as the novel psychoactive substance in the 60s. It belongs to a category of drugs commonly referred to as “bath salts,” which have been reported in the media as causing unusual—sometimes wild—behavior.
Chemically, Flakka can be classified as a synthetic cathinone. While natural cathinone can be derived from the khat plant, more powerful Flakka and other synthetic cathinones with similar potency are created in the laboratory.
Though the drug enforcement administration has ensured these synthetic cathinones are illegal for human consumption, drug manufacturers may get around these strictures by marketing the synthetic cathinone as bath salts, plant food, or jewelry cleaner. They may also manufacture synthetic cathinones that are slightly different from Flakka chemically but have much the same psychological effects.
The reason Flakka—or “gravel”—is such an addictive substance is that it consists primarily of alpha-PVP, a highly physically addictive chemical that targets the brain’s pleasure center. This creates a strong sense of euphoria reported by some to be superior to that caused by cocaine or meth.
One of the reasons people are so drawn to fFakka is that it is so much cheaper than the alternatives. In general, the price for Flakka is roughly a quarter that of meth. Those who use it often do so to enhance entertainment or leisure activities, injecting, snorting, vaping, or even just eating Flakka before going out for the night. Unfortunately, the euphoria of Flakka can quickly turn to danger or even death.
In fact, Flakka and related drugs are known as extremely dangerous substances. Flakka users may experience intense anxiety and manic-like symptoms, which in the extreme can result in psychosis or delusions.
Adverse consequences alleged to be caused by bath salt use thus include self-harm, aggression towards others, and suicidal behavior. The effects of Flakka can also impact the cardiovascular system, causing high blood pressure that may result in a medical emergency or contribute to a long-term health problem, as described in greater detail below.
As with any drug, along with the blissful high comes a litany of excruciating lows. In addition to the suffering that is struggling with a Flakka addiction, Flakka can cause a variety of short- and long-term physical and mental effects.
The following symptoms are just some of the possible repercussions of Flakka use:
Consuming bath salts with other substances may increase the risk of these serious symptoms. Those with Flakka addiction may also experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking the drugs, which may include emotional health issues like depression, mood swings, and anxiety as well as physical symptoms like seizures and arrhythmia.
For this reason, inpatient rehab or residential treatment facilities are sometimes recommended for those in early Flakka addiction treatment, so that medical reviewers capable of rendering medical advice may step in to offer any necessary treatment.
Though Flakka addiction is a serious problem that may have serious consequences, the right Flakka addiction treatment program can help those with this challenging disease get back on the road to recovery. In a Flakka addiction treatment program, individual therapy serves as the cornerstone of the treatment process, as therapists identify any underlying mental health disorders that may have been fueling an individual’s substance use disorder and provide the appropriate pharmaceutical or behavioral treatment.
Flakka addiction treatment may also incorporate treatment options like family therapy, which can help to uncover and resolve the problematic family dynamics that may be fueling an individual’s substance addiction. Addiction support groups are also an important part of the recovery program offered by most American addiction centers, offering patients a chance to connect with each other and exchange recovery information that may help them combat their addiction.
Most American addiction centers also offer a variety of holistic treatment approaches along with these more conventional forms of treatment, which may include yoga, biofeedback, horseback riding, or adventure therapy, just to name a few.
Whether you or your loved one are in need of Flakka addiction treatment or struggling with an addiction to other drugs, RECO Intensive can help. Our expert drug rehabilitation specialists provide Flakka emergency treatment as well as thorough inpatient and outpatient programs for those struggling with a Flakka addiction. We personalize each client’s experience to suit their individual physical, mental health, and emotional needs for the best possible result.
One of the top American addiction centers, we are accredited by or a member of the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration, the National Institute of Health, the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the Association For Addiction Professionals, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the Alliance For Addiction Solutions, and many more.
We are able to work with most top insurance providers, and you can also check this list for a better idea of whether your insurance provider may be in network. If you’re ready to experience freedom from bath salts and live your life again, call us today at (855) 799-1035 or contact us online here to learn more about how you or a loved one can receive treatment for their addiction and get back on the road to a brighter future.
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