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Overcoming Spice Addiction

Palm Partners Recovery Center treats patients struggling with spice addiction. Spice is classified as a synthetic cannabinoid that falls under the general category of new psychoactive substances (NPS). Other names for this drug include “K2,” “Kronic,” and “Joker.” Spice tends to be more popular with younger male users who also use or abuse other substances. That said, spice/K2 use is not restricted to a single demographic.

We’re committed to helping patients beat harmful drug habits for good. Our serene facility uses proven methods to help you or a loved one rebuild connections and enjoy a healthy life. Contact Palm Partners Recovery today to learn more about our effective treatment plans.

More About Spice/K2

The path to spice/K2 addiction typically begins when someone starts smoking the drug, either in a cigarette, pipe, or electronic device. Spice is unlike marijuana in that the active ingredients in the drug aren’t located within the plant; rather, they reside in the substance sprayed onto the plant. Spice is a man-made substance, not a natural one. Since this drug is synthetically manufactured, there is absolutely no way for the user to be certain what is in the drug they are using. Because of this, the potential for dangerous side effects is increased.

Spice is Different Than Marijuana

Many people think spice/K2 is just another form of marijuana and is even referred to by some as “fake weed.” Although both drugs produce a similar type of high, spice is not a variant of marijuana. The active ingredients in spice are different than marijuana, and since the chemicals in spice are sprayed onto the plant, there’s no way the user can know how much of the drug they are taking.

Despite these alarming facts, spice/K2 use, and related usage problems have been on the rise in past years. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, in 2016 alone, there were 2,695 calls to poison control centers related to spice. There were also many emergency room visits tied to this substance. In addition, users are unable to know what other poisons or drugs their spice dose is laced with. Recently in the State of Illinois, several spice-related incidents were related to doses cut with rat poison.

Treating Addictions to Spice/K2

Some people begin using spice because they don’t think it is as harmful as other drugs; others may enjoy the high this drug provides. Even though the path to drug abuse may differ, those who use spice/K2 as their drug of choice are engaging in risky behavior that can have serious health consequences. At Palm Partners Recovery Center, we strive to intervene in the lives of those suffering from addiction to spice and create a new normal for their lives that doesn’t include the use of this drug. We can help you or your loved one enjoy life without depending on the effects of drugs. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to spice/K2, call Palm Partners Recovery Center today.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/synthetic-cannabinoids-k2spice

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20180910/k2-spice-what-to-know-about-these-dangerous-drugs

https://aapcc.org/track/synthetic-cannabinoids

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/synthetic-cannabinoids

 

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