What is Flakka?
Flakka is a synthetic cathinone called alpha-PDP. It is similar to other synthetic cathinones called Bath Salts. Flak is also called ‘gravel’ because it looks similar to the gravel used in aquariums and is often colored the same way. Flakka can be eaten, crushed and snorted, injected or vaporized using an e-cigarette. It is easy to overdoes on Flakka because it is difficult to control the dose or what it is cut with, which can be the difference between getting high and dying.
How is Flakka different than Bath Salts?
The group of chemical components in Flakka and Bath Salts are similar. However, Bath Salts have been around long enough for authorities to identify and ban the primary chemical MDPV. The two drugs are very similar in chemical make up, addictive qualities, and level of danger of effects on the body and a person’s behavior.
How Dangerous is Flakka?
When Flakka hits the blood stream it deregulates the flow of dopamine and serotonin to the brain, which then ‘floods’ the brain with the chemicals creating a wide variety of results, including dangerous violent behavior, even suicide or death. Flakka can raise the body temperature to dangerous levels, called hyperthermia (105 degrees and higher) causing muscles to break down, kidney damage or failure.
A Flakka ‘high’ can last several hours to a day or more. Sometimes the effects of the high remain much longer, while the neurological effects may even be permanent in some people.
Behaviors to watch for:
- Excited Delirium
- Hyper Stimulation
- Violent Aggression
- ‘Super-Human’ Strength
Detox for Flakka Addiction:
At Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services we approach Flakka addiction both medically and psychologically. With a proper, medically supervised detox, we help manage withdrawal symptoms. The physical detox is followed up with our recovery programming in the safe environment of our Life Healing Centers. Carefully attending to the physiological and psychological factors that complicate addiction cycles, this support system allows a full recovery both physically and mentally, as we help clients through the trauma of withdrawal and addiction. Flakka addiction treatment at Breathe will help you to rebuild your life, creating an environment where the drug is no longer needed, and where you can thrive without addiction.
Long Term Relapse Prevention:
At Breathe we don’t just support you while you’re in Flakka addiction treatment at our center. We provide you with the tools you need to take back into the real world and to be able to avoid taking the drug again. With techniques you learn in our center, along with our follow up case management and family program, we can ensure that you are free from Flakka addiction and living your life, your way.
Call Breathe today at 800-929-5904. We can help.