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What are Designer Drugs?

Designer drugs are imitations of illegal substances. They have similar effects to substances such as cocaine or heroin. However, these drugs are fully synthetic and are usually made in labs.

The appeal to manufacturers is the vague laws regulating designer drugs. These drugs are now popular among youths and nightclubs.

What Do Designer Drugs Do To The Body?

Designer drugs are very similar to natural drugs. So, they affect the body in similar ways. This means that taking designer drugs leaves its user vulnerable to addiction.

Abusing designer drugs usually leads to an increase in tolerance levels. This is a pivotal contributor to future addiction problems.

Clinically Reviewed by: Charee Marquez, LMFT

How are Designer Drugs Taken?

They can be taken by

  • Snorting
  • Inhaling
  • Ingesting
  • Smoked
  • Swallowed
  • injected

The manner of consumption is specific to each type of designer drug.

Are Designer Drugs Legal?

There are active laws that prohibit designer drugs. However, the challenge lies in its production. Manufacturers of these drugs constantly change their formulas to exploit loopholes in the laws.

While this is true, the law bans all substances that mimic cannabinoids and hallucinogens. Ensuring all synthetic drugs are illegal, protecting children and teenagers from their harmful effects.

What Are Some Popular Names of Designer Drugs?

  • Bath salts
  • Ketamine
  • Bliss
  • Monkey dust
  • N-bomb
  • Ecstasy
  • K2
  • Spice
  • PCP
  • Black Mamba
  • Benzo Fury

What are the Effects of Designer Drugs?

Long-term use of designer drugs can have mental and physical consequences. This might include

  • Depression
  • Heart failure
  • Ulcers
  • Problem concentrating
  • Anxiety Issues
  • Kidney problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Slurred speech

The specific effects of designer drugs also depend on the drug taken. For example, people who abuse ketamine might have muscle fatigue and impair their cognitive abilities, while ecstasy might cause irritability.

Are Designer Drugs Addictive?

Most designer drugs have substances that trigger brain receptors. Avoiding designer drugs is the best way to protect yourself from their harmful effects.

Symptoms of Designer Drug Addiction

  • Insomnia or excessive sleep
  • Impaired memory
  • Isolation from friends and their social circle
  • Climbing tolerance to the effects of the drug
  • Deteriorating hygiene
  • Unproductive
  • Agitated or restless

Diagnosis of Designer Drug Addiction

A doctor or mental health expert makes the diagnosis. You might be asked questions about your drug intake and frequency.

Your doctor might also conduct blood or urine tests to rule out other possible health conditions. Diagnosis follows the directions set out in DSM-5.

What is the Likely Treatment for Designer Drug Addiction?

Rehab Center

We recommend getting treatment in a rehabilitation center for drug addiction. Most rehab centers will recommend detoxing along with a treatment plan specific to the user.

Other features you can explore include sober living houses, group counseling, and inpatient/outpatient facilities.

Some medications might also be recommended to combat withdrawal symptoms.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is used to change the thinking patterns of patients. This helps them avoid relapse and develop good traits.

These two things are essential to a full recovery.

When Should You See Your Doctor?

Contact California Prime immediately if you have abused designer drugs and would like to discuss recovery options.

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