The addiction treatment industry’s biggest challenges come from the constant parade of new designer drugs. When a new one hits the streets, addiction clinicians have to begin preparations for helping people who might end up addicted to these substances. In the last couple of years, flakka has become a street drug of note. Experts have clearly identified and labeled the drug as dangerous. The dangers are clearly evident when we look at the potential flakka side effects.
More About Flakka
On the streets, people will refer to flakka as “gravel” or bath salts. Some manufacturers try to sell the drug through small specialty stores under the “bath salts” label. Don’t let them fool you. Flakka is a hazardous substance and highly addictive.
The active ingredient in flakka is alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone or alpha-PVP for short. This is a common active ingredient also found in amphetamines and street drugs like cocaine and meth. The drug acts to speed up function in the central nervous system. In higher doses, people begin to feel invincible with superhuman strength, clearly indicating the drug causes delusions. The dangers associated with this substance are precisely why access to a flakka addiction treatment program is necessary.
Flakka Side Effects
To better understand the dangers one faces from taking this drug, a review of the common flakka side effects seems in order. As someone should expect, these flakka side effects are very similar to the side effects you might expect from meth. They include:
- Increased body temperature, blood pressure, and heart-rate
- Loss of muscle control, twitching in muscles
- Psychosis – extreme anger, suicidal thoughts, high anxiety, depression
- A propensity to physical violence
- Delirium and hallucinations
If this list makes you think of meth on steroids, you are getting a clear idea of just how dangerous this substance can be. As you might also expect, the only way to treat flakka addiction is seeking help from a professional drug detox center.
Detox at Serenity House Detox & Recovery
Strong addiction to substances like flakka will usually necessitate the addicted person to start treatment in detox. At our Jupiter and Fort Lauderdale facilities, we offer a complete menu of detox services. Our goal is to help patients get safely past withdrawal before moving on to therapy at a top treatment facility. Our services include:
- Addiction counseling
- Detox program for men
- Detox program for women
- Luxury detox services
- Medical detox program
Using the above information as a reference, you should now understand the dangers you face with flakka side effects and addiction. Before you put your life at risk, we encourage you to seek help. At Serenity House Detox & Recovery, we would be glad to help you address your withdrawal symptoms with our detox services. After detox, we can also refer you to a top South Florida treatment facility. For more information, call us at 866-294-5306.