The Importance of Detox for Synthetic Marijuana Addiction
When ingested, synthetic marijuana produces powerful pleasurable and relaxing feelings, and these feelings often cause people to return repeatedly to the drug. Over time, synthetic marijuana can begin to be the only thing a person thinks about, and all of his or her energy will be devoted to acquiring and using this drug.
As a person continues to use synthetic marijuana, it begins to have a less potent effect. This reduction in potency is due to the body’s ability to alter how it functions to accommodate the presence of various substances. This reduction in potency is known as tolerance, and it is one marker that an individual’s synthetic marijuana abuse may be turning into an addiction. Clinically, a synthetic marijuana addiction is known as synthetic marijuana use disorder.
When a person who has synthetic marijuana use disorder abstains from using the drug, his or her body will struggle to adjust to the absence of the drug. This readjustment process is known as withdrawal. Withdrawal can be painful and uncomfortable, and it presents a significant barrier for individuals who are attempting to take back their lives from synthetic marijuana abuse. Unfortunately the fastest way to relieve withdrawal symptoms is to simply take more synthetic marijuana. For many people, professional treatment is the only way they can successfully overcome the compulsion to abuse synthetic marijuana.
Professional treatment during withdrawal comes in the form of a detoxification, or detox, program.
Benefits of Detox
As described above, the symptoms of withdrawal, combined with the compulsion to abuse synthetic marijuana, can prevent individuals from achieving success in the early stages of recovery. Detox programs are designed to give people struggling with synthetic marijuana the help they need to get their first few days and weeks of sobriety. Some of the benefits of detox programs include:
- Collaborative environment: All guests in a detox program are striving for the same thing: to recover a life that had until recently been taken over by substances of abuse, including synthetic marijuana. As a result of being surrounded by like-minded individuals, guests in a detox program can benefit from court of their peers and the positive peer pressure that exists among a group of people who are all striving to overcome an addiction.
- Substance-free environment: Detox programs protect individuals in their care from the influence of substances. As a result, there are no drugs allowed in a detox treatment center. The lack of access to drugs means that individuals who are detoxing from synthetic marijuana do not have to rely on their own strength to avoid using during the vulnerable first days and weeks of treatment and they will be safe from the harmful effects of synthetic marijuana.
- Medical monitoring: Detox programs are staffed by teams of medical professionals who have extensive training in substance abuse medicine, physiology, and the withdrawal process. As a result, they are able to track each person’s progress through withdrawal and ensure that withdrawal is as safe as possible. Furthermore, they can also make the withdrawal process somewhat more comfortable since they are able to prescribe medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms.
- Efficient transition into additional care: Detox programs typically have close relationships with residential substance abuse treatment centers, and some residential treatment centers even have detox programs in-house. As a result, individuals in a detox program will not have to worry about gaps between phases of treatment. Instead, they will be able to transition smoothly from detox into residential care and other levels of treatment and will thus be able to continue building upon the progress they have made so far.
The synthetic marijuana is a relatively new drug, the damaging effects it can have individuals’ lives are already beginning to be understood. While little research exists on the long-term dangers of synthetic marijuana abuse, the short-term dangers of this drug are well known. Synthetic marijuana abuse can prevent a person from performing effectively at his or her job, potentially causing job loss, long-term unemployment, and severe financial disruption. In addition, the drug has been known to have certain negative physiological effects, including cardiovascular damage and even death. Overdose is also a distinct danger because synthetic marijuana formulations are constantly changing as manufacturers attempt to stay ahead of law enforcement personnel.
Fortunately, recovery from synthetic marijuana abuse is possible. Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab has a long history of providing effective treatment for individuals who are struggling with drug abuse and substance use disorders. With the help of the caring and experienced professionals at our family-owned treatment center, true lasting recovery is possible.