Withdrawal from designer drugs can be taxing for anyone, let alone teenagers. Since these illegal drugs are often created in a home lab, their ingredients and potency are impossible to clearly define. This is dangerous — the chemical inconsistency may lead to dependence and abuse if inpatient treatment is not considered early on.

Learn About Designer Drug Addiction

Designer drugs are substances often created in a laboratory. This category of drugs includes ecstasy (MDMA), ketamine, LSD, and methamphetamine. These feel-good drugs mimic effects of well-known drugs, such as cocaine or morphine, but are built with illegal ingredients that may be unsafe. Teenagers who like the feeling or high will seek out the drug when available.

Designer drug addiction is only to be treated by professionals, as the withdrawal can be crippling. And some effects may be permanent to the abuser, so proper care at a safe treatment center will be the most helpful thing you can provide for a teenage designer drug abuser.

Signs & Symptoms of Designer Drug Addiction

Depending on the drug taken, a person could display very different signs. An abuser may exhibit any of the following:

  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Changes in behavior
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Changes in hygiene or appearance
  • Slurred speech

If you suspect your child or any of their friends may be abusing designer drugs, learn the symptoms. Use these key characteristics to identify amphetamine abuse:

  • Hallucinations
  • Mood changes
  • Feelings of exhilaration
  • Long periods of wakefulness or attentiveness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Decreased appetite
  • Extreme relaxation
  • Memory loss
  • Significant changes in blood pressure
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Heart failure

Designer Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Teenagers with addictions to designer drugs may become physically or psychologically dependent on the drug. They will need to completely stop taking the drug and detox under trained supervision in a safe environment. Afterward, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. These can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweats
  • Rapid heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Agitation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

It can be difficult for parents to support their teenager with a designer drug addiction alone. Our trained professionals provide the personalized treatment needed to move them toward a healthier life.