What Are Synthetic Drugs?

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Synthetic drugs, commonly referred to as “designer drugs,” are human-made substances crafted in laboratories to mimic the effects of natural drugs. Unlike traditional drugs derived from plants, synthetic drugs have unpredictable potency, effects and risks. While some synthetic drugs have legitimate medical purposes, others have become popular for recreational use due to their psychoactive properties.

Examples of Synthetic Drugs

Most designer drugs enter the U.S. from labs in countries like China and Mexico. The best-known synthetic drugs include the following.

  1. Synthetic cannabinoids: Often known by names like “spice” or “K2,” these are chemicals designed to mimic the effects of THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis.
  2. Synthetic cathinones: Commonly referred to as “bath salts,” these are stimulants that can produce effects similar to MDMA, methamphetamine or cocaine.
  3. Synthetic psychedelics: These include drugs like 25I-NBOMe, which aim to replicate the hallucinogenic effects of substances like LSD.
  4. Fentanyl: A synthetic opioid that’s up to 100 times more potent than morphine, fentanyl is leading the current wave of the opioid crisis. While fentanyl is a legal painkiller, drug traffickers also add it to other substances and press it into molds that look like prescription pills.

Synthetic Drug Detox

Since designer drugs are unpredictable and have inconsistent potency, overcoming an addiction to them can be particularly challenging. But everyone’s sobriety journey must start somewhere, and detoxification is the safest first step.

  1. Specialized care: Acworth Outpatient Detox provides a specialized approach to synthetic drug detox. Our team understands the unique challenges presented by these substances and tailors the detox process to your needs.
  2. Comfort and flexibility: We believe in facilitating recovery without disrupting your daily life. Our outpatient detox allows you to live at home and maintain your work, personal and family commitments while breaking the cycle of addiction.
  3. Evidence-based treatment: We support all our clients with evidence-based counseling services to address the root causes of addiction. You’ll meet with your counselor weekly to discuss whatever you’d like without fear of judgment.
  4. Supportive environment: Recovery is an emotional and psychological journey. Acworth Outpatient Detox offers support for these aspects, ensuring holistic healing.
  5. Safety first: Quitting synthetic drugs can be dangerous if you attempt it alone. Our team ensures the detox process is comfortable and safe, providing care that reduces the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms.

Recovery Within Reach

With support and guidance, recovery is not only possible but achievable. If you are struggling with an addiction to synthetic drugs, Acworth Outpatient Detox is ready to help every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.