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Overview of Spice detox

You’re likely aware of a substance that’s colloquially known as spice, K2, or simply as synthetic marijuana. In essence, it’s a substance that’s sold legally under the guise of being some other type of product; however, substance abusers know that the substance can be recreationally abused for the purpose of becoming intoxicated. What’s interesting about spice is that it’s supposed to be a depressant like marijuana, but instead, it’s effects are much more like a stimulant and even, in some ways, like a hallucinogen. When it comes to understanding the differences between different types of drugs, hallucinogens are the most self-explanatory and aren’t as common in terms of addiction because it’s difficult to abuse hallucinogens with any sort of regularity while remaining functional in day-to-day life. As such, stimulants and depressants are far more commonplace since they can be abused without rendering a person completely unable to function.

Stimulants are quite popular because they cause an increase in a person’s energy and focus, resulting in many substance abusers using them as performance enhancers. Generally, the effects and side effects of stimulants are pretty predictable; the increase in energy that stimulants trigger result in users having trouble sleeping, losing their appetites, experiencing racing thoughts, and becoming impulsive and reckless in their behavior. As you might expect, when deprived of stimulants a stimulant addict suffers from a complete lack of energy as well as severe dopaminergic and other neurochemical deficiencies, resulting in the infamous withdrawal symptoms.

While stimulants are known to increase a person’s energy level, depressants are — as the name of their class suggests — drugs that depress, or reduce, a person’s energy level. In other words, they cause a person to become drowsy and quite lethargic, often even having trouble maintaining consciousness. Although all depressants diminish a person’s energy level, there are actually a number of different substances that exist in the depressant category. For instance, alcohol is considered a depressant — and widely believed to be the most dangerous depressant of all — while being very different from drugs like marijuana and painkillers, both of which are also classified as depressants.

But then there are substances for which it’s not entirely clear in which category it belongs. Spice, for instance, is one such substance that’s become very familiar in recent years, but about which the average person knows very little about. Being a dangerous addictive drug, it’s important to know some basic information about spice, including what it’s made from, its effects, how it’s addictive, and how to detox from spice.

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How Detoxing From Spice works

There are certain mind-altering substances that, due to being legal or partly legal, are underestimated by many people. Alcohol, for instance, is one such substance that’s legal and very underestimated. Available for purchase and consumption in a number of places, people assume that alcohol is safe and, therefore, and more inclined to abuse it. Marijuana is another substance that’s ambiguous in terms of the amount of risk it poses. In recent years, there have been a number of states to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana and some states have even legalized marijuana for recreational use, which is why more and more people are seeing it as a substance that’s not dangerous. However, the fact remains that marijuana is illegal, resulting in a number of people looking in more unorthodox places for mind-altering substances, one of which is called spice.

It’s rather difficult to describe what spice is made of since, unlike marijuana, it’s not a particular herb or substance that’s easily obtained or created. Instead, spice is loose, tobacco-like plant material that has been dried and sprayed with some sort of chemical compound. The specific chemical compound varies from one type of spice to another, making the effects of spice vary to a degree. Also known by names like K2, Skunk, and Yucatan Fire, spice is technically legal because it’s sold as incense or some other non-consumable substance; however, substance abusers can see these substances sold in stores and know that they’re able to smoke spice like they would smoke marijuana.

While marijuana is often considered non-addictive, spice has actually been found to be physically and physiologically habit-forming. After using spice for an extended period of time, a person reaches the point of addiction, which means that he or she is unable to cease use of spice without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, those who have developed spice addictions require treatment to break their chemical dependencies, beginning with a period of spice detox.

WHAT DOES THE Spice DETOX PROCESS LOOK LIKE?

Substance abuse is a slippery slope. Nobody ever actually intends to become addicted, but through a combination of curiosity, underestimation, and recklessness, a substance abuse problem can develop. And it’s particularly easy to become addicted when it’s a more mild substance that people abuse without much caution. In the case of marijuana, many users assume that the substance isn’t addictive and, therefore, abuse it as they please; however, the issue with marijuana is that the drug is illegal, causing substance abusers to search for legal and more accessible alternatives such as spice.

Often marketed as incense, spice can be smoked in much the same way as marijuana, but with some key differences in the drug’s effects. Also known as designer cannabinoids, spice is frequently made with one of five chemicals that have explicitly been classified as Schedule I controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which makes it illegal to buy, sell, or possess them in their pure forms, resulting in their being available only as incense. When a user smokes spice, he or she becomes disoriented. There’s a paranoia and an increased heart rate, which can even be accompanied by psychotic episodes. After abusing spice for an extended period of time, addiction can occur, requiring spice detoxification for a person to get his or her life back.

When a person continues to abuse mind-altering, chemical substances over an extended period of time, the individual develops a habit. But many people are unaware of what a habit really means. In some ways, calling it a habit might not be the most accurate name for it. The development of a substance abuse habit typically coincides with the body’s having become physically dependent on the substance, needing it to perform even natural functions. It’s the same case with spice as it is for any other drug, but there are specific effects that occur with spice dependence.

Spice, like any other substance, causes chemical changes in the brain that result in a number of mood and emotional changes. With spice, the chemical changes are largely in the brain’s reward center, which reinforces the continued abuse of spice. However, when deprived of spice the brain experiences a major deficit, resulting in both mental and physical symptoms. In fact, it’s due to this neurochemical deficit that a person experiencing spice withdrawals experiences physical discomfort as part of the withdrawal process.

Spice Detox Withdrawals

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When a person continues to abuse mind-altering, chemical substances over an extended period of time, the individual develops a habit. But many people are unaware of what a habit really means. In some ways, calling it a habit might not be the most accurate name for it. The development of a substance abuse habit typically coincides with the body’s having become physically dependent on the substance, needing it to perform even natural functions. It’s the same case with spice as it is for any other drug, but there are specific effects that occur with spice dependence.

Spice, like any other substance, causes chemical changes in the brain that result in a number of mood and emotional changes. With spice, the chemical changes are largely in the brain’s reward center, which reinforces the continued abuse of spice. However, when deprived of spice the brain experiences a major deficit, resulting in both mental and physical symptoms. In fact, it’s due to this neurochemical deficit that a person experiencing spice withdrawals experiences physical discomfort as part of the withdrawal process.

List of Spice Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Hot flashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of motivation
  • Possible psychotic episodes

Can you detox from Spice at home?

There are many, many different ways to overcome an addiction Some people — particularly those who haven’t been addicted for an extremely long period of time — are able to detox on their own at home. When a person abruptly ceases consumption of his or her substance of choice, it’s called going “cold turkey”, and it’s typically not recommended because a person’s withdrawal symptoms can progress to such a level of severity as to become dangerous or even life-threatening.

But is it possible to detox from spice at home? Yes, it’s possible, but, again, it’s not recommended. Unless you’ve only been addicted for a very should period of time, it’s very frequently discouraged for a person to attempt to detox from spice or any other substance on his or her own at home. Not only is detoxing in an actual detox program safer, but people who detox in actual detox programs tend to have greater chances of success in rehab. Since detox programs often offer a number of treatments to make detoxification much less painful, people who detox in actual detox programs tend to have much lower rates of relapse prior to completion of their detoxification. In short, while it’s possible to detox at home, it’s strongly recommended that a person detox in an actual detox program to ensure safety and have optimal chances of success.

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How long does it take to detox from Spice

Everyone is different. This is reflected in many aspects of addiction. For instance, everyone who becomes addicted to spice or any other substance become addicted through their own, unique confluence of factors. Similar, not everyone has the same needs when it comes to overcoming their addictions and regaining their sobriety. Therefore, it’s difficult to say with certainty how long it will take for a person to successfully detox from spice. However, according to the data that’s available, the majority of spice addicts will be able to detox from spice in one to two weeks.

  • Year after year, emergency room visit due to the use of spice have risen. According to statistics, more than 75 percent of those visits are adolescents, teens, and individuals in their 20s.
  • Additionally, 77.5 percent of spice-related emergency room visits were males while the remaining 22.5 percent were females.
  • In 2012, approximately 11 percent of high school seniors admitted to having abused synthetic marijuana at least once over the course of the previous year, a figure which has continued to rise dramatically in the years since.
  • Since late 2014, there have been 41 deaths in New Hampshire that have been attributed to a brand of spice called Smacked!.