Spice is a blend of dried herbal plant material and synthetic chemical additives. When smoked or ingested as an herbal infused beverage, it produces mind-altering effects, similar to or sometimes stronger than, marijuana.
This increasingly common street drug is sold as skunk, K2, moon rocks, fake weed, K2, synthetic marijuana, black mamba and many other names.
Side Effects of Spice
Spice can cause some alarming symptoms including:
- Panic attacks
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent cough
- Heart palpitations
- Poor concentration
Addicts using spice do not test positive for it and can, therefore, hide their abuse when it comes to testing.
According to addiction experts, spice does not cause physical dependence. Instead, it causes psychological, emotional and social dependence. A user might seek help treating their addiction on their own or a family member or friend might intervene and arrange an intervention to help them deal with it.
Detoxification from spice may require a safe environment with trained medical personnel. A typical stay in a rehab center to withdraw from spice is 5 to 10 days, depending upon the amount and frequency of drug use.
The cost of inpatient detox varies greatly, depending upon the facility. The accommodations range from ultra luxury at $20,000-$80,000 a month to standard accommodations at $10,000-$20,000 a month. There are low cost and some free treatment centers for those who qualify.
Some inpatient facilities accept personal insurance. With inpatient care costing far more than an outpatient program, due to housing and food costs, some private insurance plans will only cover outpatient detox care. Medicare and Medicaid patients often qualify for free detox care.