At Restore Drug Treatment LA, we offer innovative addiction treatment programs for a new, synthetic drug known as Flakka. Effective Flakka addiction treatment is hard to come by because it wasn’t until recently that the drug formulation was produced, causing an outbreak on the streets and rapid growth in popularity among illicit drug users. Fortunately, we have surmounted the hurdles in treating Flakka addiction that many drug rehab facilities are still facing. Flakka is an extremely dangerous designer drug that is manufactured in a laboratory. It is made up of a vast range of chemicals, with its structure and potency dramatically changing with each batch produced. Every time a person uses Flakka they are putting their safety and livelihood at risk. If someone you know is abusing Flakka, or if you are suffering from a Flakka addiction, the treatment specialists at Restore Drug Rehab LA can provide you with the necessary care and support to obtain a healthy life and a lasting recovery.
Flakka, a drug known scientifically as alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PVP), is synthetic cathinone categorized as a stimulant designer drug. The drug is produced in chemical labs and sold in the form of a white crystal that emanates a potent foul smell. Though Flakka is a relatively new street drug, it is actually a complex variant of Bath Salts – a drug that has made headlines for several years now. Despite being a modified version of Bath Salts, Flakka is much more dangerous, as it causes users to exhibit extreme erratic and violent behavior. In 2014, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) banned Flakka and labeled it a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, signifying that the drug possesses a high potential for abuse, with no accepted medical purpose or use for treatment.
Flakka is chemically formulated with the intention of simulating effects similar to drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine, but because of the way in which it is designed, the effects produced are greatly amplified, so much so that they are often unwanted. The drug causes a state labeled as “excited delirium,” which is what leads to violent behavior and self-injury. The excited delirium state also causes severe paranoia, hallucinations, hyperstimulation, and panic attacks.
When taken, Flakka causes dopamine – a hormone that plays a significant role in controlling the brain’s pleasure centers – to produce in excess and flood the brain. When produced and released naturally, dopamine is active in the brain for a short period of time before returning to its original transmitting neuron. When the release of dopamine is triggered by the use of Flakka on the other hand, the hormone remains in the brain rather than making its way back to its transmission site because the drug blocks this reuptake. It is the flood of dopamine that causes the user to experience feelings of intense euphoria.
One of the many dangers associated with Flakka abuse is the risk for hyperthermia. This causes a rapid and alarming elevation in body temperature, which can stop a person’s blood from properly clotting and result in internal bleeding. Those who partake in regular Flakka abuse are also in jeopardy of Rhabdomyolysis, a severe condition that causes a rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle and releases their proteins into the bloodstream. This has a dramatic effect on the kidneys because it prevents the major organ from filtering and removing the bodily toxins it contains, such as concentrated urine and waste. Acute kidney damage and even kidney failure is often the result in this scenario.
Initial use of Flakka produces a number of desirable effects among people who take the drug. A person will likely feel euphoric, overly friendly and outgoing, focused, and aroused. However, this high does not last long and Flakka users typically increase their intake amount and frequency of use because of this. Similar to most designer drugs, the more Flakka is abused, the more a user will experience negative side effects from the drug.
Side effects of Flakka abuse include:
- Abnormal heart rate – palpitations (racing, pounding or fluttering)
- Panic attacks
- Suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviors
- Extreme violence
- Dramatic decrease in sex drive
- Heart attack
A person who takes Flakka will display a number of notable signs and symptoms of synthetic drug abuse, many of which include the effects listed above. The warning signs of Flakka abuse the symptoms produced by the drug will both depend on the amount of the drug taken and the length of use.
- Bizarre behavior
- Elevated body temperature
- Enhanced alertness
- Excited delirium
- Impaired judgment
- Inability to make sense of their surroundings
- Increased strength
- Loss of inhibition
- Muscle fiber breakdown
- Psychomotor agitation
- Violent outbursts
With continued use, a tolerance to Flakka begins to form, and as the user begins to feel the onset of the “crash” when the drug quickly drains from his or her system, withdrawal symptoms begin to occur. In order to prevent the experience of withdrawal, many Flakka users will take more of the drug, which only pushes them further into a dangerous cycle of abuse. This cycle can lead to a physical or psychological dependence on the drug in a short matter of time, and will ultimately develop into a full blown Flakka addiction.
A person struggling with Flakka abuse will need to seek out professional treatment from a licensed and certified rehab facility for help with stopping drug use. Restore Drug Rehab LA offers several highly-effective Flakka addiction treatment programs that can support and guide you on your recovery journey.
Specialized Flakka rehab recovery programs are offered in both a residential and outpatient treatment setting. Due to a lack of uncertainty regarding the severity and range of withdrawal symptoms, it is in the best interest of the client to start treatment in detox. Detoxing from Flakka in a licensed rehab facility that provides 24/7 supervision from medical professionals ensures your safety during this trying time. Once the drug’s toxins have fully drained from your system and you have completed the process of withdrawal, you can then transition into a Flakka drug rehab program for the next phase of recovery.
Residential Rehab: Live-in programs prove to have the highest treatment success rates in recovery. The residential rehab programs are long-term, lasting anywhere from 28 days to several months. We customize an individualized Flakka addiction treatment plan to fit your needs and enhance your experience. While in residential treatment, you will work with a selected team that will include a case manager, licensed therapist, psychiatrist, and addiction specialists who focus directly on your treatment plan and needs in recovery. Counseling programs, behavioral therapy, holistic treatments, and aftercare support are some of the main areas of focus in rehab.
Outpatient Treatment: This form of rehab allows you to continue living at home and upholding to responsibilities at work and in relationships, while still getting the treatment you need. Though outpatient programs are less structured than residential rehab, and the course of treatment is less hands on, individuals who meet a list of certain criteria may find this level of care to be a more suitable fit. Oftentimes, outpatient treatment is used as a form of aftercare maintenance following residential rehab. Many of the programs applied to Flakka addiction treatment in an outpatient setting, such as individual therapy, group counseling sessions, family therapy, and 12-step programs, are the same as those used in residential rehab.
Deciding you want to stop using Flakka and seek out treatment is a monumental step in your recovery. Understanding the options for treatment is very important because the levels of care chosen will greatly impact your success in recovery. If you have there are underlying mental and emotional problems that need addressing or if your substance use disorder is more complex, then a full continuum of care, including residential rehab, will likely be the best fit for you.
Speak with our admissions counselors to learn more about our highly-effective approach to Flakka addiction treatment and how we can offer you the care, support, and guidance you need to overcome substance abuse. Take your life back from addiction and start your recovery journey today by calling the admissions counselors at Restore Drug Treatment Center.