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Fixing Flakka Addiction

Flakka, a substance as potent as methamphetamine, was originally marketed as a legal alternative to ecstasy, although the effects are significantly different. Users of Flakka display bizarre, uncontrollable and aggressive behavior. Their emotions will become enhanced and some may experience strong hallucinations.

Like methamphetamine, the high is short-lived, causing users to repeat dosages often. Flakka use over time affects the release of dopamine in one’s brain, causing permanent psychological damage.

Other effects of Flakka include:

  • Intense feeling of euphoria
  • Rapid heart rate and palpitations
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Alertness
  • High body temperatures
  • Muscle breakdown
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Kidney and renal failure

The continual use of Flakka results in significant irritation as well as frequent violent outbreaks, delusions and hallucinations. Some users who have underlying mental health issues, such as anxiety and bipolar disorder, experience unintentional acts of brutality on others rather than themselves, with an increase in the potential to commit homicide.

Although Flakka is unlike most drugs, the treatment for it is basically the same as those who are treated for amphetamines. The detox process is slow and steady to reduce the risk of heart failure. Sprout Health Arizona recommends the detoxification process be handled under the care of medical professionals in a hospital setting. The violent outbursts, homicidal and suicidal thoughts pose a threat to our existing patients. We strive to provide a safe and tranquil environment at our facility; therefore, it is necessary for those detoxing from Flakka to remain somewhere else. During the detox process, we also recommend psychiatric therapy to help our patients through the hallucinations and anxiety they will potentially suffer from.

After the detox process, we will begin therapy sessions to help teach our patient’s coping mechanisms as well as how to recognize their addictive and maladaptive behaviors and create their own solutions. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is our most effective therapy, which is intended to build our patient’s self-esteem and rebuild their relationships through trust and open communication.

Sprout Health Arizona prides itself on our treatment programs that are highly individualized to meet each of our patient’s unique needs. Everyone is different and suffers from addiction in different ways; therefore, we combine certain therapies to ensure a successful and long-lasting recovery.

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