Do New Synthetic Drugs Create the Most Dangerous Addictions?

man using synthetic marijuana

It’s pretty obvious that there are simply no “good addictions” when it comes to drugs or alcohol. It doesn’t matter if it’s alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, marijuana or cocaine—every addiction is destructive of a person’s life, goals, focus, mental stability and personal integrity.

Drugs and alcohol are also destructive of a person’s health and relationships. When addiction takes over a person’s life, then every constructive priority takes a back seat to this overwhelming influence.

How then could one pick out one drug that creates the most dangerous addiction?

The fact is that there is a class of new drugs on the market that might qualify as creating the most dangerous addiction. It’s the new synthetics: drugs labeled as “bath salts” or “Spice.” There are actually many names for these new drugs.

They may be labeled as:

bath salts

Bath Salts:

Ivory Wave, Cloud 9, White Dove, White Lightning, Scarface, Red Dove or even called plant food or research chemicals

Synthetic Marijuana:

K2, Spice, Vampire Blood, Lazy Cakes, Simmer

Effects of Synthetic Drugs

Some people might be able to abuse these new drugs and escape unharmed but others are not so lucky. Some people experience frightening, dangerous, even deadly effects.

Bath salts: Insomnia, delusions, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations.Some people might be able to abuse these new drugs and escape unharmed but others are not so lucky. Some people experience frightening, dangerous, even deadly effects.

Synthetic marijuana: High doses bring delusions, vomiting, seizures.

Why are People Abusing These Drugs?

In many areas, these drugs are sold as legal “highs” that are undetectable on drug tests. So a person on an athletic team who might be drug tested might think that he could get away with using this drug without being found out. It is also available in many places in convenience stores or head shops, even gas stations. There are federal laws outlawing these drugs but it is impossible for federal agents to cover all the locations these drugs are sold. Until individual US states or other countries enact legislation banning these drugs, they are as good as legal.

The other reason people abuse these drugs is that they don’t know about the dangers. Chemists seeking to gain profits at any cost are willing to devise chemicals that can kill. When the drug they have been selling gets outlawed, they can just come up with a new formula and new packaging and go back into business again.

The only safety, really, is in sobriety.

Narconon Helps a Person Develop the Ability to Live Sober

At Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers around the world, Narconon takes on a slightly different form than other rehabs. Students complete a series of life skills courses that enable them to overcome the causes of his or her own addiction. Perhaps it was yielding to peer pressure, desire to fit in, a need to overcome shyness, a yearning for excitement or just plain boredom that led a person to abuse drugs or alcohol. A person learns how each of these obstacles to happiness can be overcome.

First, each person learns about basic components needed for a sober life: communication skills, ability to resolve problems, a strong, recovered personal integrity, a moral guide for decisions and actions. After learning the basics of each of these ingredients of sober living, a person then uses what he has learned to gain control of his life again and repair the damage done by addiction.

Find out how the Narconon program can help someone you love reclaim lasting sobriety at last.



Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years.