Synthetic Drug Detox Symptoms, Withdrawal, & Treatment

When you’re ready to recover from an addiction to synthetic drugs, turning to a dedicated treatment center is the best thing you can do. At We Level Up, we offer synthetic drug detox and treatment programs to help you overcome the addiction.

What Are Synthetic Drugs?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, there are over 200 types of synthetic drug compounds and more than 90 synthetic marijuana compounds. Synthetic drugs are a growing concern because of their potency and the danger they pose to health.

Synthetic drugs, also referred to as designer or club drugs, are chemically created in a lab to mimic other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or morphine. The resulting designer drugs typically have different effects on the brain. Because these drugs are created in illegal labs, their ingredients and strength are almost impossible to know. 

Bath salts, or synthetic cathinones, are especially common these days. These central nervous system stimulants offer effects similar to those of cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA. People snort bath salts, inject them intravenously, or smoke them. The composition of the drug can vary, making it very difficult to know the effects of any particular dose.

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Spice, or K2, is another potent synthetic drug that can be highly addictive and potentially fatal. Spice is plant material soaked or laced with synthetic cannabinoids that mimic the effects of marijuana. It affects the central nervous system, potentially causing severe long-term effects.

Fentanyl is one of the most dangerous synthetic drugs available today. It can be 100 times stronger than morphine and is highly addictive, which is why the DEA has categorized it as a Schedule II drug. Fentanyl, like heroin, works on opioid receptors in the brain that affect pain and emotions. Sometimes, dealers add fentanyl to heroin — a combination that can be fatal.

There are also synthetic LSD alternatives like 25i. This drug is very potent and usually less expensive than LSD. You can absorb synthetic LSD through the skin, and it has a high potential for overdose.

Another dangerous synthetic drug is methoxamine, or MXE. This drug is similar to PCP and can lead to paranoia and hallucinations.

Some of the signs of an addiction to synthetic drugs include:

  • Mouth sores
  • Significant and sudden weight changes
  • Bruises or cuts
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nosebleeds
  • Runny nose
  • Lethargy
  • Red cheeks
  • Track marks
  • Unusual breath odor
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Aggression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Breathing difficulties

It is very easy to build a tolerance to synthetic drugs because most of them are very potent. Your brain quickly adjusts to the drug, leading you to need larger, more frequent doses to feel the same high. This process can cause a potentially fatal overdose.

Some of the signs of an overdose of a synthetic drug include:

  • Tremors
  • Excessive sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Nightmares
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory distress
  • Cardiovascular distress
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Violent behavior
  • Stroke
  • Constricted pupils
  • Gray or blue skin
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Slurred speech

An addiction to synthetic drugs can be fatal because it is very difficult to gauge how a drug will impact you or even how potent it will be. If you have an addiction to these drugs, you need to reach out for help. At We Level Up, we provide treatment for synthetic drug abuse, beginning with our detox process.

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Synthetic Drug Detox Process

Clearing synthetic drug from the body and overcoming withdrawal symptoms is the goal of synthetic drug detox, which is the first step of treatment for addiction. We Level Up has a comprehensive team prescribing medications that can alleviate your withdrawal pains while monitoring your health 24 hours during the detox. We prioritize your safety and comfort because this is a fragile and challenging time for you.

Medical detox can allow you to get relief from the worst of the withdrawal symptoms of synthetic drug use. This stage is one of the most challenging parts of beginning the recovery process, and lots of people hesitate to get help because of their fear of withdrawal symptoms like these:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Tremors
  • Strong cravings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Depression
  • Inability to focus
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Because of the severity of withdrawal symptoms, you never want to undertake the detoxification process on your own. At We Level Up, you can receive the medical supervision you need to control the symptoms of withdrawal and to help prevent you from relapsing.

To begin the detox process, we perform a full intake assessment. This allows us to get a sense of your mental and physical health and to understand the severity of your addiction. We will ask you about your usual dosage, how often you use the drug, and when you started using it.

We will also screen for mental health conditions that may be contributing to the addiction or making it more difficult for you to recover. It is common for people with a co-occurring mental health condition to use synthetic drugs to mask symptoms of the illness.

All of this information will allow us to decide on the best medications for your synthetic drug detox process. Many factors can affect treatment, which is why we create personalized plans for each of our patients.

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Synthetic Drug Addiction Treatment

At We Level Up, we tailor the treatment programs to the individual. The needs of each patient are specific and personalized because we aim to provide comprehensive support for mental health, addiction, and dual diagnosis treatment. We have designed the supportive environment to give patients 24-hour care for the synthetic drug detox. Most importantly, we hope to have our clients live comfortably within the facility during this crucial and fragile time.

Inpatient treatment allows us to offer medication-assisted therapy, which helps keep severe cravings from interfering with your recovery.

After undergoing medical detox, you can begin your inpatient treatment program. We rely on behavioral therapy approaches to help our patients, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavior therapy, and more.

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Individuals who are dependent or struggling with a drug addiction should seek medically supervised synthetic drug detox.

Substance use disorder can isolate you and make it more difficult for you to get help, which is why we put a focus on group therapy as well as family therapy sessions.

Once you complete our synthetic drug detox program and our inpatient synthetic drug treatment program, you can rely on alumni programs to help you stay sober. These programs provide you with access to medical professionals as well as help from support groups. Your family can also benefit from alumni programs since we offer family therapy for those affected by synthetic drug abuse.

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If you battle an addiction to synthetic drugs, you can get the assistance you need by turning to We Level Up. We offer programs that can guide you through the synthetic drug withdrawal process and offer the support you need to tackle the underlying cause of the addiction.

We offer the leading therapies for the treatment of synthetic drug use, helping you understand what may be preventing you from recovering as well as treating any co-occurring conditions. Do not wait any longer to get the help you need. Connect with the team at We Level Up today to begin your recovery through synthetic drug detox.

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[1] Facts about Synthetic Drugs – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
[2] Synthetic Drugs (a.k.a. K2, Spice, Bath Salts, etc.) –
[4] About Synthetic Drugs – Diversion Control Division