Molly, MDMA and moon rocks. LSD, synthetic marijuana and bath salts. From 2C-E and 2C-I to bromo dragonfly, the world of designer drugs grows bigger and more dangerous every day. Whereas it once took years for a new drug to gain popularity, Internet commerce has made it easier and faster — and more dangerous — to get high than ever before. Unfortunately, little is known about the latest designer drugs, including what they’re made of and how to test for them. This problem is leading to numerous deaths, overdoses and addiction around the country.
Information About Designer Drugs
The term “designer drugs” is a loose classification that describes a psychoactive substance derived from an existing drug. Sometimes, the ingredients in designer drugs are legal; other times, when the law can catch up with illicit manufacturers, they are made illegal. They are sometimes used as pharmacological intervention during research studies examining the effects of drugs — such as LSD and pure MDMA — on feelings of empathy and communication. In fact, the club drug ecstasy — which, for a time, was made from MDMA but now rarely contains it — was sold legally under its own brand name. Steroids are another variety of addictive designer drug, as are bath salts, methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana. From stimulants to sedatives to dissociatives and hallucinogens, designer drugs are everywhere, and their side effects and risks differ from one drug to the next.
Today, the number of designer drugs on the black market is abundant and growing. They are made here in the U.S. as well as overseas. Designer drugs often fall in a gray area of legality because the substances used to make them are sometimes legal. They are also dangerous, and because only the illicit manufacturers know the ingredients, no one really ever knows what they’re taking. In hospital emergency rooms, intoxicated patients often arrive and can’t get treatment because no one knows how the ingested chemicals will respond to potentially life-saving medicines.
People who buy ecstasy or molly thinking it is pure MDMA might actually be taking speed or cocaine. Those who take bath salts and synthetic marijuana might be taking a new, unknown substance that can end in overdose or death. Illicit manufacturers commonly include chemical compounds such as gasoline and household cleanser in designer drugs, and because they haven’t been tested on people, no one understands the long term effects of abusing them.
Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
The side effects of addiction depend on the type of drug abused. If you think you might be addicted to a designer drug, you might notice:
- Depression and irritability when not using, followed by an immediate improvement in mood when drugs are made available again
- Lying about and hiding consumption from others
- Skipping work, school or other important responsibilities to get high
- Avoiding old friends and family to hang out alone or with a new crowd
- Changes in weight and eating habits
- Problems with money, relationships or the law — even if they don’t seem related to drug use
Getting Treatment for Designer Drug Addiction
If you or someone you care about is addicted to a designer drug such as molly, bath salts or synthetic marijuana, it’s time to get help. At 12 Keys Rehab, we help people get over withdrawal symptoms and figure out why abusing drugs became a problem to begin with. Our holistic treatment center provides personalized care in a warm and compassionate environment. Don’t give up hope, because we’ve helped others, and we can help you, too.
Contact 12 Keys Rehab to learn more about designer drugs and why our comprehensive holistic recovery plan can help. At 12 Keys, you can find your path to freedom starting now.