treatment for complex addictions.
The very nature of designer street drugs makes them
extremely dangerous. Their unknown and potentially unsafe ingredients,
unpredictable side effects and varying potency make them difficult to
understand. Therefore, addictions to these drugs can be complicated and
problematic to treat.
As with most addictions, the first step in treatment is to
develop a comprehensive plan that addresses not only the destructive
behaviors directly associated with addiction but also the root causes of addiction. Psychological, physical, social, and mental factors must be considered. Additionally,
comorbidities, such as other addictions or mental health disorders, must be
taken into account.
Once a customized, holistic plan has been
established, the addict should undergo detoxification. Because the withdrawal
symptoms of designer street drugs are often unknown or unpredictable, medically
supervised detoxification is highly recommended. It is important to keep
in mind that detoxification alone rarely leads to recovery—a comprehensive
treatment plan should be implemented to ensure success.
After detoxification, most treatment programs
initiate behavioral interventions, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or
counseling, to identify the underlying causes of addiction and equip the addict
to cope with potential relapse triggers. Family therapy may also be
recommended. Self-help groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), also
provide the addict with much-needed support.
Once the addict has recovered, follow-up drug
testing and monitoring should be part of a continuing care plan that promotes continued abstinence.
If you or someone you support is struggling with
designer street drug addiction, Caron can help. Learn more about our
approach and high success rates.