Flakka is a designer drug using a core component found in other drugs known as “bath salts”. It provides the user with increased energy and a sense of euphoria, similar to that of meth or other amphetamine-based drugs. Flakka is typically found in a white and chalky-colored “rock” form or crystalized. It can be snorted, swallowed, injected or smoked, making it extremely versatile. The most concerning part is that it can even be vaporized using electronic cigarettes, allowing it to be used completely in public with no one the wiser. The difficult part is controlling its wide array of disturbing side effects.
There is no physical withdrawal from flakka but the psychological repercussions of using the drug will linger for a long time. There is very little information about available treatment for a flakka addiction. Not much is known about what alpha-PVP does to the brain and the body since there is yet to be thorough research compiled on this new substance. Of course, as with any other substance addiction problem, what spurred the individual towards drug seeking behavior will have to be analyzed with a psychological approach. Since using the drug will deprive the brain of the normal dopamine function, cessation from alpha-PVP may result in severe depression and suicidal ideations. Addicts being treated for flakka addiction may require a high level of care for an extended period of time. As cognition returns in such a patient, the results of their bizarre behavior while under the influence will come to light. Often they will be unable to recall what happened while experiencing such a powerful high. Learning of their disturbing actions while they were using flakka may also be unsettling to them. These addicts will be very sick individuals and much attention for them will be a necessity in treating their disease.
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