Synthetic Marijuana Addiction Treatment

Synthetic marijuana, also known as synthetic cannabinoids, “Spice”, “K2”, “Black Mamba” or “Crazy Clown”, is a manmade and chemically modified herbal substance that is more potent than marijuana. Unlike pot, which is grown, synthetic marijuana is manufactured by combining a multitude of different synthetically created chemicals, in hopes of imitating the same tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ingredient as marijuana.

synthetic marijuana addiction treatment clearbrook treatment centersIt can be prepared in edibles or drinks but is most commonly smoked. Because cannabinoids in synthetic marijuana are similar to chemicals that can be found in marijuana plants, many people believe that it’s a safe alternative to other drugs. However, despite marketing efforts that advertise the use of spice as non-addictive, long-term use of synthetic marijuana can lead to dependency. Without synthetic marijuana addiction treatment, these individuals may continue to be ignorant of the harm this chemically enhanced drug is causing.

The Effects of Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana affects the body in a similar way to natural marijuana. It can give the user an altered perception of reality, making them feel relaxed and putting them in a good mood. However, some of the side effects of synthetic marijuana can be very severe, and unlike those produced by marijuana. Since each batch of spice differs from the next, it’s often difficult to determine how it’ll affect the user. The most common side effects of synthetic marijuana include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Abrupt periods of lethargy
  • Mood swings
  • Violent outbursts
  • Aggressive behavior
  • High blood pressure
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate/ Heart palpitations
  • Heart attacks
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Kidney damage
  • Paranoia
  • Death

These symptoms can develop into additional health conditions, some of which may be irreversible. Like a vicious cycle, these symptoms can grow worse and worse, and users may continue to use spice in an attempt to cope. After undergoing a detox treatment, patients at our rehab facility can move on to our synthetic marijuana addiction program. Detoxification addresses withdrawal symptoms and allows patients to continue their treatment in a better physical state.

Synthetic Marijuana Rehab Program at Clearbrook Treatment Centers

Most users believe that synthetic marijuana is a safe alternative to other drugs because it’s considered legal in parts of the United States. Spice is also more difficult to detect in drug screenings, further pushing the idea that it’s not as strong or harmful. Additionally, many users who abuse other illicit or synthetic drugs and are drug tested regularly will substitute their drug of choice with synthetic marijuana because it’s not as easily detected. The reality is, synthetic marijuana is extremely dangerous, and the marketing surrounding it is putting many people’s lives in jeopardy.

Before beginning a synthetic marijuana addiction treatment at our drug rehab in Pennsylvania, our medical team will conduct an assessment and physical evaluation to get patients started on the detox process. Our team will also gather information regarding the duration of the addiction and whether the individual has used any other substances. This is done to ensure that we are offering the most effective and safest care possible. Many times, withdrawal can be an uncomfortable process, and we want to do everything we can to ease the symptoms. Once we have all of the pertinent information, our medical staff will craft treatment plans individually suited to the client’s needs.

Once the patient has completed a medically supervised detox, they will then engage in our synthetic marijuana abuse treatment. Their primary counselor and clinical team will design a specific treatment plan that addresses issues that may have contributed to their spice addiction. During this time, patients will also participate in small groups, didactic lectures, one-on-one therapy, relapse prevention groups, and family educational groups. Clearbrook believes in incorporating the 12-step philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. During their stay with us, patients will also be introduced to local fellowships and meetings.

Once their 28-day inpatient treatment is over, we will provide patients with an aftercare plan that can help them stay on track throughout their recovery. Patients will also have access to our alumni program, which is dedicated to offering support beyond rehab. Throughout the client’s stay with us, our clinical team will work closely with them and their family, as well as other outside sources, such as employers and court systems (if necessary), to give them the best chance of lasting sobriety.


If you or a loved one requires synthetic marijuana treatment, contact us today for more information regarding our detox and rehab facility.  We have decades of experience in effectively treating drug and alcohol abuse and have helped hundreds with their synthetic marijuana addictions over the years. You are not alone. Help is available.

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