Withdrawal occurs when you stop abusing addictive substances. It’s a natural process on the path to addiction recovery. When you remove the familiar substance that your brain developed a dependency to, your brain and body act out in unpleasant ways. You will experience synthetic marijuana withdrawal during the detox phase.
It is also important to seek professional help to deal with withdrawal symptoms effectively as they can be quite severe. Our master therapists at Crestview Recovery can guide you through the detox phase and help you overcome your addiction.
An Overview of Synthetic Marijuana Withdrawal
Synthetic marijuana, popularly called Spice or K2, is a sought-after drug among American teens. A majority of K2 users are adolescents and young adults in the 12-29 age group. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there are thousands of annual ER visits due to Spice abuse. If you begin using K2 at parties, it won’t take long for an addiction to set it.
Spice is a tricky drug. This is not only because it’s a relatively new substance, but also because its chemical formulation is constantly changing. The interaction of various psychoactive substances in Spice makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact withdrawal symptoms.
Despite these issues, a few other factors influence synthetic marijuana withdrawal and detox timeline, including:
- Frequency of abuse
- Administration route
- Co-occurring mental health disorders
- A combination of alcohol and other drugs
Still, you can identify certain symptoms of Spice withdrawal, as outlined below. If these symptoms occur post-detox at our rehab facility, our therapists will teach you effective coping mechanisms.
Synthetic Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms
This is a list of observed withdrawal symptoms from discontinuing the use of synthetic marijuana. How you experience withdrawal will depend on the aforementioned factors as well as your health and medical history.
Physical symptoms include:
- Diarrhea or constipation
- High blood pressure and rapid heartbeat
- Respiratory problems
- Blurred vision
- A lack of appetite and weight loss
- Pricking sensation in your hands and feet
In addition to physical symptoms, mental symptoms also include:
- Paranoia or confusion
- Strong cravings
- Suicidal thoughts
Self-Managing Synthetic Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms
We advise against going through the withdrawal process at home. This is because you can easily start abusing drugs again during withdrawal. When you’re at a detox facility, you receive support from your doctor and feel more motivated to resist your cravings.
Stepping Into Addiction Recovery at Crestview Recovery
You can start rehab at Crestview Recovery soon after detox. For local clients, our facility ensures that you stay close to your family and support group. We offer a number of services, including:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Extended care addiction treatment
- Intensive outpatient program
- Aftercare and relapse prevention
- Medication management
When you enroll at Crestview, you will benefit from a holistic, individualized treatment plan that addresses the underlying factors responsible for addiction. If your addiction also coexists with a mental health or personality disorder, our therapists will provide targeted care.
Our master therapists develop a quick alliance with you and engage you in collaboratively managing addiction, cravings, and relapse. Every session with your therapist will be yet another step toward recovery. You will also learn to own the recovery process and monitor outcomes.
When you’re at Crestview Recovery, our recovery staff will support you throughout the synthetic marijuana addiction rehab program. Call us at 866.262.0531 for more information on synthetic marijuana withdrawal and rehab. We look forward to helping you overcome addiction and also returning to a happier, healthier life.