The drug is relatively new, but the National Institute of Health (NIH) had reported extreme and potentially fatal effects based on its current data. It is said to be as potent as methamphetamine but with an even higher propensity for abuse and addiction. People who use this drug usually show bizarre and uncontrollable behavior.
From 2014-2015, Flakka took the limelight as a synthetic street drug. Cases and abuse instances related to its use appeared. Several reported cases include roving naked on a busy street, having sex with a tree, and a paranoid man seeking refuge in a police station.
Another potential complication of Flakka’s use is kidney failure. Muscles break down, causing hyperthermia. This action takes a significant toll on the kidneys. Experts say that survivors from Flakka overdose may spend the rest of their lives in dialysis.
Other metabolic problems that may arise can be high body temperature and muscle overactivity. Proteins and other by-products of the cells are released to bloodstreams in the process called rhabdomyolysis. Flakka also manifests muscle cramps and spasms. It can also cause heart problems leading to heart attack and even death.
Flakka raises body temperature, and a high temperature is harmful and can damage the kidneys, thus causing kidney failure. When the body hits the highest temperature, users tend to remove their clothes and engage in a violent rage. Users are also capable of giving harm either to themselves or others.
Households of Flakka users should watch for the following signs and symptoms that may include:
- High body temperature (higher than average)
- Erratic Behavior
- Severe agitation
- Hysterical outburst
- Strong muscle movements
- Delusions and hallucinations
- Psychosis resulting to self inflict
- Internal bleeding leading to organ failure
Left untreated, Flakka drug addicts can sustain brain injuries, and worst may bring death.
Ambrosia Treatment Center offers inpatient and outpatient programs for prospective patients. Inpatients in the program resided in a substance-free facility and monitored 24/7 for medical care and therapeutic support. This program addresses those suffering from occurring mental or behavioral problems.
Another form of treatment at the facility is outpatient rehab. It offers the same kind of therapy and treatment for inpatients. The only exception is that outpatients are allowed to live at home, especially during recovery. This outpatient rehab will enable patients to care for their families and live out their life normally.
However, the outside world poses a risk that may trigger the outpatient to continue use. That is why it’s crucial to decide which treatment is more effective. Medical professionals can help you make this decision.
Our Port St. Lucie location is the largest facility we have and offers the most variety when it comes to mental health and addiction treatment services. We treat adults and adolescents, offering care to those who need it.