Tuesday June 19th 2018

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Spice & K2 Addiction Treatment


Spice is addictive

Is Spice addictive?


Spice is the general term given to synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetics are laboratory produced chemicals that try to mimic THC (delta-tetrahydrocannabinol), the main active ingredient found in marijuana. While Spice can get you high… this high comes at a risk. Not only can you get addicted to synthetic cannabinoids, you can also experience the following negative effects:

  • altered perception
  • delusions
  • extreme anxiety
  • hallucinations
  • mood swings
  • paranoia
  • psychosis

So, if Spice has taken away your drive for anything else in life…what can you do?

Here, we review Spice addiction. We’ll let you know what it is and how you can identify it. Then, we’ll walk you through addiction treatment in a clear way. We’ll let you know what happens during treatment, what you can expect, and how you can help a loved one. Finally, we invite your questions at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all legitimate questions with a personal and prompt response.


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Understanding Spice & K2 Addiction

As mentioned above, Spice has similar effects on the brain receptors as the key ingredient found in marijuana, THC. However, the chemical composition of synthetic cannabinoid products is mostly unknown. These chemicals evolve to evade government regulations and to maintain the guise of “legality”. What this means is that the ingredients found in Spice or K2 mixes vary and some of them may cause dramatically different effects…sometimes a nightmare trip.

But, how does regular use of Spice turn INTO an addiction?

An addiction does not develop overnight. On the contrary, it often begins with a period of adaptation, when your brain adjusts to a drug as you use it habitually. Once you develop this physical dependence on a drug, it becomes much harder to quit. However, the hallmark signs of addiction are more psychological in nature. They include:

  1. Loss of CONTROL of drug use and the inability to moderate use or quit
  2. CRAVINGS for a particular drug often combined with obsessive-compulsive thinking
  3. CONTINUED use despite negative consequences to home, health, or work life

Why do some people become addicted?

Not everyone who uses Spice will become addicted. The formation of addiction is influenced by multiple factors such as:

Genetics and family history of diseases. Addiction is present in many families and involves genetic predisposition. If your parent or a blood relative has struggled with substance abuse issues, you’re at greater risk of developing an addiction.

Co-Occurring Disorders. Individuals who struggle with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or post-traumatic stress disorder, are at higher risk for developing spice dependence and addiction.

Peer pressure. This contributing factor to the development of Spice addiction is particularly present among young people.

Lack of family involvement. Broken communication patterns between parents and children or a lack of family bonds may increase the risk of addiction.

Emotional turmoil. When people are dealing with anxiety, depression and loneliness, using drugs can become a way of coping with these issues and can make these problems even worse.

The need for experimentation. Drugs such as cannabis are considered less addictive, “light drugs”. This point of view can easily lead people to use abuse and addiction.

Addiction to should not be taken lightly. If you need help beating Spice or K2, we can help you find the treatment program that’s right for you. Our hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply call 1-877-721-6752 for help.

Afraid of withdrawal?

Fear might be in your best interest. In fact, Spice withdrawal can provoke unpleasant and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Why does withdrawal occur?

Repeated use of any psychoactive drug creates physical dependence. Over time, your brain functions adjust to a drug’s effects in order to function regularly. Some functions “speed up” while others “slow down”. This is just the body’s way to accommodate for the chemical imbalance of regular drug use.

So, once a drug like synthetic cannabis is no longer present in your system, the brain still functions at this adjusted level. It then manifests symptoms of the “speeding up” or “slowing down” functions until it reaches a balance again: homeostasis.

Spice withdrawal symptoms can be quite unpleasant and for some, even dangerous. For this reason, supervised medical detox in an inpatient rehab center is advised to ensure safety. Medical detox can address withdrawal symptoms as they happen in real time and is most successful in providing emotional support. Why detox alone…when you can get medical treatment for the following?:

  • cravings
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • extreme sweating
  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • paranoia
  • psychosis
  • seizures
  • suicidal thoughts
  • vomiting

NOTE: It is NOT advised to attempt detoxing from synthetic cannabinoids at home. Instead, seek professionally-monitored medical detox.

According to The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Spice detox can be risky and some of the severe side effects include:

  • Elevated body temperature
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Respiratory problems

Don’t let withdrawal avoidance prolong your addiction. Find out how to get into detox, rehab, or counseling with a single call at 1-877-721-6752.

Getting the Best Spice & K2 Treatment

When looking for a treatment program, you can choose from a wide variety of settings, duration of treatment, location, and therapies … But, in order to get the best spice treatment possible you need a tailor made program.

That’s right.

You need to find a rehab that will customize addiction treatment to meet your individual needs.

There is no a single path to recovery from addiction. A method that might work for someone, might not be appropriate for another. When looking for a method to end drug dependence (and live a sober life!) these are the basic options you can choose from:

  1. Outpatient programs that includes group and individual therapy. Attendance is several times per week over course of 12-16 weeks, or more.
  2. Inpatient rehabs provide 24/7 care in a sober environment managed by experts who specialize in helping people. Services typically include access to medication assisted therapy combined with psychotherapy. Attendance is a minimum of one month, but shows best results from 3+ months.

The list of treatment varieties and approaches for overcoming addiction is long. Depending upon your needs, circumstances, and desires, you can choose the method or a combination of methods that best answers your needs. If you feel the need to change the program you’ve been following you can also do that. You’re free to make changes to the path you’ve chosen so that recovery works best for you and your health.

If you are struggling with Spice addiction, you don’t have to face it alone. Contact us 1-877-721-6752 for assistance on finding the path of recovery that will work best for you.

The First Step of Recovery from Spice & K2

STEP 1: Ask for help.

When facing an addiction, look for a treatment program.

Spice addiction is a serious problems which may result in severe consequences upon your health and well-being if left untreated. Medical studies have proven that addiction is a manageable condition when treated by professionals. Doctors, addiction counselors and other medical experts are trained in addressing your needs. So, what can you expect from treatment?

When attending an inpatient program (often most recommended for young people) expect to undergo the following stages:

STEP 2: Assessment.

Treatment for any kind of addiction usually begins with an assessment. The purpose of this phase is to determine the presence and severity of addiction, identify possible Co-Occurring Disorders, and to assist in the development of a treatment plan. Expect an interview, a physical exam, and submitting drug screening sample. Then, you’ll probably be assigned a lead counselor or case manager who will work with you on a deeper level during your stay.

STEP 3: Medical detox.

Detox is an intervention during which your body will be rid of Spice. Detox clinics are staffed with doctors and nurses trained in helping you cope with the withdrawal symptoms of early abstinence. Without professional assistance, quitting Spice can be unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening. 24-7 medical supervision helps address withdrawal symptoms as they occur and eases the intensity or severity of your discomfort.

STEP 4: Therapy.

Spice addiction treatment programs include psychotherapy and behavioral therapies to help you get to the root causes of your addiction and learn new behaviors that don’t involve substance use. These therapies may include:

  • Educational sessions on the nature of addiction
  • Family, Individual, and Group Therapy
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Career, Legal, or Social Counseling
  • Wellness Activities

Sometimes, medications will also be given during addiction treatment. Evaluated by physicians on a case-by-case basis, medication assisted treatment helps “even out” imbalances in the brain so that you can concentrate on the talk therapy. The idea is that it is much easier to address the WHY part of drug use when the body and mind feel relatively normal.

FINALLY: Aftercare.

Before you leave any rehab, your counselor will prepare a discharge plan with you to help you stay sober. This plan consists of activities and relapse prevention strategies. Upon discharge, you’ll be given all the contacts and resources needed to continue along you recovery road. Common suggestions include:

  • Coaching
  • Sober living
  • Ongoing counseling or psychotherapy
  • Social support

Individuals who choose residential treatment have an excellent chance of reaching long-term recovery and staying healthy. Call 1-877-721-6752 to find a rehab program FOR YOU.

How to Help Someone With Addiction

Reaching out to help someone with a drug problem is not easy. All too often, close friends and family turn a blind eye to the situation and hope that the person will eventually see sense. But this almost never happens.

Here is what you can do to help a friend or loved one who’s experience a problem with Spice or K2:

#1. Educate yourself. The best way to encourage a loved one to enter treatment is understanding how Spice makes them feel and behave. Understand addiction as a medical condition and this will help inform later decisions on rehab, counseling, or interventions.

#2. Learn about CRAFT strategies that might help you improve your communication skills with your addicted loved one. You’ll learn how to stay safe around them, when to engage in a “talk”, and how to take care of yourself. CRAFT shows remarkable efficacy at getting people to WANT addiction treatment, instead of being “forced into it”.

#3. Avoid blaming, shaming and criticizing your addicted loved one. Instead, be compassionate.

#4. Find a way how to discuss the consequences of drug use to your loved ones. Concentrate on issues of direct health and behavior.

#5. Talk to an interventionist, psychologist, family counselor, or even a spiritual guide to learn how to motivate your loved to accept treatment.

#6. Practice tough love. If you intend to help your addicted loved one in the long run, do not enable them.

#7. Offer support during treatment.

Do not stay in denial about your loved ones addiction. Reach out for help instead. Call 1-877-721-6752 anytime! We’re here for you. Consultants available 24/7.

Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Recovery is a lifelong commitment …

Even after completing rehab, many people continue to struggle withaddiction. Aftercare includes all programs that follow a residential stay. Just like rehab, aftercare treatment is individually designed to help you:

  1. Avoid high risk situations.
  2. Develop the coping skills maintain long-term recovery.
  3. Recognize potential triggers.

Aftercare plans usually include:

  • Educational opportunities and workforce training
  • Family, group, or individual counseling sessions
  • On going therapy sessions
  • Professional help managing or monitoring any medications or supplements prescribed
  • Support group meetings

Does Treatment Work?


There is a great deal of scientific evidence that addiction treatment works, and people recover every day. Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully.

Some of the many benefits to living a sober life include:

  • Reduced drug use
  • Improvements in employment
  • Improvements in education
  • Relationship improvements
  • Improved health
  • Better legal status
  • Better mental health
  • Improved public safety

Ready to learn more about addiction treatment options for either yourself or for your loved one? If you’d like some help discussing your struggles or sorting through what next steps you can take towards recovery, give us a call at 1-877-721-6752 any time. We’re here to provide information and to help get you on a path of recovery to suit your needs and circumstances.

Reference Sources: NCBI: The K2/Spice Phenomenon: emergence, identification, legislation and metabolic characterization of synthetic cannabinoids in herbal incense products
NCBI: Withdrawal Phenomena and Dependence Syndrome After the Consumption of “Spice Gold”
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

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