Addiction to designer drugs can have serious, potentially fatal consequences. If you or someone you love is struggling with a chemical dependency on designer drugs, don’t wait. Call Northbound today.
What are Designer Drugs?
We live in a world of endless technological experimentation. Unfortunately, this is true for the world of addictive and illegal drugs as well. Designer drugs are psychoactive drugs that have been modified, so that while they may share similar properties to more traditional drugs, like heroin or meth; they are no longer recognized as such. With synthetic drugs like spice, ghb, and bath salts, the basic formula has been changed in some way—perhaps to enhance the effects of euphoria, or to alter the effect of energy levels. Spice is a synthetic drug with effects that mimic marijuana, while bath salts’ effects mimic those of methamphetamine. Because the chemical make-up of a designer drug is meant to create a longer-lasting and more “productive” effect, the negatives are generally enhanced as well. This means a faster rate of addiction and higher risk of serious, long-term physical damage. With a wide variety of unpredictable negative physical and mental effects, designer drugs pose a new kind of threat to the chronic user. From interactions to risk of overdose, the dangers are too numerous to name. In the case of a dependency on designer drugs, it is critical to seek help immediately.
Addiction and the First Steps to Recovery
Health and detoxification are our first concerns when a new client enters Northbound with an addiction to designer drugs. Our oneEighty detox program is designed to allow clients to work through detoxification and withdrawal in a safe, comfortable environment where they can receive 24 hour care.
However, it is our individualized approach to helping victims of addiction to synthetic drugs that makes Northbound stand out. Our clinical staff will create a customized treatment plan that takes into account the client’s unique needs. Furthermore, we can simultaneously treat any co-occurring disorders that might otherwise hinder the recovery process. In addition, Northbound offers a variety of specialized programs, including gender specific counseling and facilities, our Christian LINKS program for additional spiritual nurturing, Northbound Academy for college-aged addicts seeking help during their academic time, and a Transitional program for those who have work requirements.
We provide help and healing as we challenge the client to make a real and meaningful change. Addiction does not have to be a way of life, and can become just a small part of your past. Northbound counselors and case managers work hand in hand to ensure progress and meaningful encounters. Our therapies include a strong emphasis on experiential therapy, allowing us to utilize the beautiful coastal setting as a therapeutic tool.
Our goal is to set our clients up for successful long-term sobriety. This requires us to consistently allow clients to encounter old triggers in a safe setting. In this way, we can help teach trigger avoidance techniques and coping skills. In addition, Life-skills courses such as finance, emotional management, and balanced living allow us to encourage clients in an addiction-free life. With these tools and the support network formed in our aftercare program, our clients are able to reenter the world with a new, healthy outlook on life.
Addiction to designer drugs can have serious, potentially fatal consequences. If you or someone you love is struggling with a chemical dependency on designer drugs, don’t wait. Call Northbound today. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to answer questions and help you, even in the darkest hour of addiction. Contact Northbound and let us help you start living sober.