What is Spice?

Have you heard of “Spice”, one synthetic form of marijuana?

The drug creates a high that resemble that of weed and is marketed as safe, but the entire substance is manmade. Essentially spice is created by spraying specific chemical concoctions onto leaves and other plant materials. The dangers of the drug are not really presented to its potential users; buyers just think that spice is a cheaper and easier to get version of a drug that is still basically illegal.

Spice was added to the list of illegal controlled substances in July 2012. Before then, the drug was available for purchase at convenience stores and head shops, marketed as incense or potpourri to avoid law enforcement involvement. Spice was also named Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Black Mamba, Galaxy Gold, and other names that also provided a way to sell the drug without direct link to substance names police officers already recognized.

Kids were buying spice when they could not get any marijuana, thinking that the two are direct substitutes, but in an effort to get high, users were experiencing vomiting, seizures, numbness, tingling, tremors, paranoia, hallucinations, coma, anxiety, panic attacks, dangerously high blood pressure and heart rate, intense headaches, trouble concentrating and speaking, and episodes of violence and aggression.

Like the side effects listed on a prescription drug bottle, “Take this pill so that you can sleep at night, but you may experience constipation or diarrhea, dizziness, stomach pain, heartburn, headaches, gas, uncontrollable shaking, and much more”, spice is causing more harm than help. Would you risk that list of effects for a temporary high?

Spice is also addictive. Many young people are using spice instead of marijuana so that a drug test will not come back positive, but they are not realizing that casual abuse rarely stays that way. As is the case with any drug, spice abuse will progress to the point of addiction. Just like other drugs, spice addiction is also treatable.

Substance abuse treatment centers everywhere have added synthetic drugs like spice to their programs. Every drug of choice has a different set of needs in rehab. A spice addict’s individual treatment plan offers tools and coping skills to the unique demands of that drug, but will also look at the whole person. What does this particular addict need in order to heal from addiction?

The team at Balboa Horizons knows exactly how to ask and answer that question. Change is possible for every addict. Contact the team now and start healing!

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