Aurora Recovery Centre

Synthetic drugs are increasingly causing as much of a problem as opioids. Cheap to manufacture, cheap to buy, and packing a powerful high which can last for multiple days, synthetics quickly become a drug of choices for those suffering from addiction. Synthetic drugs are highly addictive due to the way they rush the central nervous system, producing a huge rush of euphoria unlike other drugs. Methamphetamine (crystal meth or “ice”), K2 (synthetic marijuana or “spice”), Bath Salts, Flakka, Krokodil, are just some of the synthetic drugs taking over people’s lives. The recipe for synthetic drugs is constantly changing in an effort to evade law enforcement officials. Though synthetic drugs may have the same name, they are not always the same drug.

synthetic drug addiction symptoms

Fentanyl is also a synthetic drug. Unlike meth or flakka, fentanyl is a synthetic opiate. Incredibly potent and equally fatal, fentanyl will cause different symptoms of addiction. Opiates slow the body down as opposed to hype it up.

Signs of Synthetic Drug Addiction

  • Suicidal ideations, tendencies, or attempts
  • Homicidal ideations, tendencies, or attempts
  • Aggression
  • Lying about drug use, whereabouts, and behaviors
  • Sudden change in personality, character, and behavior
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Change in skin tone and consistency. Synthetic drugs like methamphetamine can cause a sullen, sunken, gray and pasty look to the face with hollow eyes
  • Appearance of acne or poor skin condition due to picking of the face
  • Decreased personal hygiene
  • Disappearing for days at a time
  • New bursts of energy and heightened productivity
  • Intermittent periods of “crashing” and needing to sleep for multiple days
  • Not having enough money for life necessities, but seeming to not worry about it

Symptoms of Synthetic Drug Addiction

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Hyper-stimulation/Over-stimulation/Hyper-arousal of the nervous system
  • Paranoia
  • Complaining of Chest Pain
  • Heart Attack or heart palpitations
  • Overheating and episodes of aggressively tearing off their clothes; loudly complaining about being too hot
  • Physical violence toward the self including ramming their head into the wall, inflicting self-harm, or cutting
  • Physical violence toward others including fights, throwing things, hitting people, and threats
  • Inability to speak
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety