A drug with similar effects to methamphetamines or “meth” has been sweeping Florida and across the country. Flakka looks and behaves in a similar way to meth, but experts are fearful it could be more harmful and addictive.
There are no long-term studies depicting the damage flakka causes yet; not like the disturbing images of meth addicts whose brains, when scanned, show signs of rapid and extensive deterioration.
What the Experts Know
Already, though, medical professionals are seeing a correlation between kidney problems and flakka, including kidney failure. In spite of the fact that it is a relatively new synthetic drug, cases of kidney problems have already been reported. There are also risks to the heart arising from elevated blood pressure and heart rate.
Police and medicos have also seen drug abusers behaving as they would when individuals take meth; experiencing a “high” during which they are hyperactive, believe themselves to be impervious, and are potentially violent. The resulting “low” is similarly characterized by depression, possibly suicidal ideation, and feeling very tired.
One might sleep for a long time before waking up with a tremendous craving for more flakka. Meth users discover that, after extensive periods of use, they can sleep for more than a day during this period. If flakka has the same effect, then addicts would lose 24 hours or more at a time, making it hard to hold down a job, continue with schooling, or look after a family.
How to Recognize Flakka
Meth takes several shapes but flakka looks like coarse salt and smells terrible. Like meth, it can be injected, eaten, snorted, and put into a vaporizer which is considered one of the most dangerous methods of consumption. Vapor causes almost immediate and intense uptake compared with ingestion, for example.
Where Do You Find Flakka?
Florida’s streets provided the launch pad for this drug which can now be found nationwide. One will usually encounter it on the street; it is always illegal. There is no such thing as a legal form one can purchase, nor is there a safe level just to try.
Peer pressure to conform and experiment could turn into a drug abuse problem causing mental and physical health problems, financial and social devastation, the loss of one’s family and reputation, and possibly death.
While losing all that you possess and once loved is bad enough, addicts could also wind up in jail, living with the guilt of hurting or killing someone during the violent or over-confident stage of their high period. It doesn’t necessarily require two or three experimental sessions; one will do.
How to Obtain Treatment for Addiction to Flakka
Check yourself into the nearest ER department where experts will treat your case with the seriousness it deserves. You have just prevented your own death and the harm you might have caused someone who crossed your path at the wrong time.
Treatment will start with detoxification, a painful process during which you will go into withdrawal. You will feel as you did when you woke up craving flakka and did not have immediate access to it, only the feelings will be magnified.
Not only will the drug be out of your reach but you will also cross the line from craving to detoxification. While detoxifying, patients usually suffer physical pain, headaches, nausea and/or vomiting, shaking, feeling feverish, even hallucinating and seeing terrifying images.
Watching someone go through this process is scary and distressing but if a loved one is abusing drugs, this is a necessary step in recovery. Once this person is past the worst hurdles of blood cleansing under care of a doctor, he can be admitted to a rehab facility, preferably as an inpatient.
Benefits of Inpatient Treatment
Outpatient treatment for addiction is a viable option for people with a stable and supportive home life; individuals who are not suffering from mental health conditions which could interfere with their recovery from substance abuse. These people fall into a habit almost by accident, trying what their friends are trying, but not out of a desire to escape.
A more serious problem arises when someone is trying to get away from abusive family, suffers from schizophrenia, PTSD, or bipolar disorder, then snorts or eats flakka or meth to escape the pain of this illness or of traumatic memories. This individual requires intensive treatment including cognitive behavioral therapy.
Medication to overcome depression or anxiety could be helpful, but only when a person has been exposed to positive role models and taught positive coping mechanisms.