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Spice Addiction

Spice Addiction

Spice addiction can take control of a person’s life; eclipsing all other commitments and responsibilities, leaving a person feeling unable to stop and completely powerless over their addiction. Although this feeling can be overwhelming, it is possible to overcome Spice addiction. It is crucial to take the first step and seek the help of specialist drug addiction treatment.

At Cornerstone, our specialist drug addiction practitioners have a wealth of experience and are committed to ensure those seeking help experience the highest quality treatment with compassion and care, completely tailored to your specific and unique requirements.

Free Spice Addiction Assessment

At Cornerstone, we understand the idea of recovery is a daunting prospect, often hindered by the fear of the unknown, and not knowing what will happen after admitting the extent of drug use and the impact it has had. For this reason, we provide a free Spice addiction assessment with one of our practitioners to ensure a safe space to discuss any concerns, fears and hopes that will pave the way for the journey to recovery.

There are many different indicators that a person may be struggling with Spice addiction, and it can be a great relief to discuss these with an experienced professional. This assessment provides a safe, non-judgemental space to discuss what options are available, and best for you or your loved one. A highly experienced, qualified practitioner will go through the assessment with you, with plenty of opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  Furthermore, we provide a secondary assessment with a consultant psychiatrist to identify any medical or psychiatric needs to inform the treatment you receive. If required, Cornerstone can provide a Spice detox procedure, assisted by a medical professional.

Spice Addiction Detox

If a person is not able to abstain from using Spice, it will be necessary before engaging with a customized treatment program, to complete a medically assisted detoxification program to ensure all Spice has left the body. Emotional support from therapists, psychologists and medical professions will be available around the clock, any time you need.

To prevent the possibility of a person using Spice due to the strong cravings often experienced during the initial withdrawal period, it is necessary to be in a drug-free environment. Cornerstone can provide monitored medication if the withdrawal symptoms are particularly severe.

The practitioners you will find at Cornerstone have extensive experience in a vast range of clinical treatments for Spice addiction, ensuring flexibility, accessibility and safety. Our specialists provide a non-judgemental space to support you through your treatment and discuss any challenges and motivations a person might have affecting their recovery. We believe that there should be transparency between patient and practitioner, placing you at the center of the treatment plan with the ability to make decisions about the treatment you receive.

We understand that Spice addiction affects each person differently, and so Cornerstone endeavors to deliver a treatment plan that considers all needs required to address and heal the underlying causes for addiction to achieve lasting recovery from addiction to a positive future. The diverse range of therapeutic methods and modalities offered at Cornerstone, are all designed to increase your confidence and self-esteem, identifying the reasons you felt the need to take Spice in the first place. We will teach you to develop new coping strategies, helping you lead the rest of your life free from Spice addiction.

What is Spice Addiction?

Spice is one of several popular substances known as ‘synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists’ or SCRAs. Other popular brand names are K2 and Black Mamba, but hundreds of these new psychoactive SCRAs are understood to be used and sold. SCRAs affect the same part of the brain as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance found in cannabis. The chemical make up of SCRAs is intended to replicate the sensations experienced from using herbal cannabis, or ‘skunk’.

Similar to cannabis, Spice is most often smoked. However, the effects are understood to be far more intense and the consequences are thought to be more severe.

New psychoactive drugs like Spice and K2 are manufactured by dousing plant material with SCRAs, thereby copying the appearance of a cannabis plant and facilitating the ability for it to be smoked.

The effects of smoking Spice can be distressing and cause significant mental health issues such as severe hallucinations, paranoia or being induced into a ‘zombie’ like condition; appearing completely vacant while awake.

Chronic use over time can greatly increase the risks of developing addiction, drastically increasing use, and experiencing severe and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. SCRAs are powerful substances that can affect heart patterns, causing palpitations or in the most serious cases make it stop beating altogether causing death.

Cornerstone understands that if Spice addiction is left untreated by specialist drug addiction experts, it can lead to a host of substantial physical and psychological issues, not to mention the significant damage it can do to careers, education, relationships, and it can even impact your ability to function day to day or enjoy life. Spice addiction has the potential to negatively affect your outlook on life while also increasing the risk of developing secondary addictions to alcohol, other drugs and behavioral addictions.

Spice Addiction Treatment Program

At Cornerstone our Spice addiction treatment program typically consists of an intensive 28 day program which takes place at our treatment center, where you will stay, following assessments from both our drug addiction specialists, and psychiatrist. However, we do not set rigid time limits, the duration of your stay will depend entirely on your needs, condition and commitments.

Our treatment at Cornerstone is built upon the 12-step addiction treatment model; based on abstinence that the Alcoholics Anonymous organization (AA) first introduced. The treatment is based on empirical evidence and is customized to each person’s needs and circumstances. The philosophy behind the 12-step program is to focus motivation for recovery beside a set of guiding values and beliefs, challenging addictive and toxic behaviors and thought processes that fuel addiction, underpinned by spiritual influences that teaches both humility and self-worth.

Cornerstone’s drug treatment program typically consists of:

  • A complimentary, optional drug addiction assessment to allow confidential and non-judgemental discussion of any concerns and to learn what treatments are available, and best suited for your needs, based on the information you share.
  • An optional 7297 to 10 day detox with medical assistance, consisting of evaluation, stabilization and education; following detox anti-craving medications can be administered.
  • 1 on 1 and structured group therapy programs
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Information to seek legal support
  • Licensed recovery homes for post-treatment

If you would prefer not to take part in a residential treatment program, we also provide high quality treatment programs for day treatment, or outpatient treatment, depending on your unique needs.

Cornerstone’s drug treatment options can be used either as a first admission point into treatment, or as you begin to reduce the quantity and intensity of treatment if you have already gone through an intensive residential program; this will largely depend on the severity and nature of your addiction to Spice and the style of support you feel is necessary.

What are the Symptoms of Spice addiction?

If you are concerned that you, or a loved one might be suffering from Spice addiction, there are indicators that they may require support from Cornerstone, these can include:

  • Feeling strong compulsions to use Spice.
  • Suffering withdrawal symptoms when trying to cut down, or to stop using Spice.
  • Needing to use more Spice, and more often in order to feel the anticipated high.
  • Becoming unable to focus on anything other than Spice, neglecting all other aspects of life that had previously been important.
  • Losing consciousness or memory of what has happened or what you have done when high on Spice, or unable to grasp the concept of time.
  • Failing attempts to cut down or stop using Spice, even though it is not enjoyable anymore.
  • Resorting to excessive methods to get Spice; stealing, manipulating or borrowing money from loved ones with no ability or intention to pay it back.
  • Engaging in criminal activity in order to obtain Spice.
  • Disregarding commitments, responsibilities, personal hygiene and appearance.
  • Becoming isolated from friends and family, choosing instead to only socialize with people who use or supply Spice.
  • Significant shift in character and behavior.
  • Using Spice impacting on performance at work, causing unemployment or inability to gain employment.
  • Feeling ashamed or guilty about using Spice.
  • Experiencing depression, anxiety, desperation, hopelessness and paranoia.
  • Hiding or lying about Spice use and it’s extent, becoming defensive when confronted.

What Causes an Addiction to Spice?

At Cornerstone we understand that addictions are developed through a psychological process called “Positive Reinforcement”; which means a person is driven to continue patterns of behavior due to a positive outcome as a result; if what we do feels good, we will continue to do it.

Taking Spice offers positive reinforcement in the form of the “high” that is induced after smoking the drug; you may feel relaxed, euphoric or enjoy an altered sense of reality. If Spice enables you to achieve the altered state you were seeking, it is probable you will continue to use it, if and when you don’t feel able to achieve that state naturally. Eventually you will rely on Spice for that feeling. This pattern of behavior is what differentiates an addiction from occasional or one-time Spice use.

In addition to positive reinforcement, research studies signify a number of other factors which can make a person more prone to Spice addiction, such as:

  • If you have a member of your immediate family that struggles with addiction, research has shown that this increases the risk of developing a Spice addiction due to hereditary factors that are aligned with addiction.
  • Influential surroundings, such as including living with someone with a Spice addiction, being subjected to witnessing Spice misuse, or observing addictive behaviors from a young age can teach a person that this is normal behavior, and not recognize dangerous risks associated with using Spice.
  • If you suffer from a mental health condition or dual diagnosis you may be more susceptible to Spice as a result of self-medicating to alleviate symptoms or to control emotional regulation which over long-term use can exacerbate the condition leading to increased Spice use.
  • Experiencing traumatic or highly stressful life events such as bereavement, divorce or relationship breakdown, unemployment or financial problems, or experiencing a violent or sexual assault can all cause a person to feel the need to use Spice to reduce the symptoms of their trauma or deal with the stress of the situation, which can lead to dependency and addiction.

Self-help Tips for Dealing with Spice Addiction

It can be difficult to know where to begin when seeking recovery; below are some useful suggestions to support the early stages of drug addiction:

  • Be open and honest with people you love about the amount of Spice you take, and how often.
  • Accept that your drug use has become problematic and you are no longer in control of how much or how often you take Spice.
  • Make initial changes in your life to avoid negative influences and people that have historically enabled or triggered Spice use.
  • Begin to prepare to make significant changes in order to engage in treatment and maintain recovery from Spice addiction.
  • Accept that the process of change is challenging and requires motivation and dedication.

Crisis Care

Cornerstone’s customer service team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, delivering excellent, prompt support to those in crisis.

Our drug addiction specialists are there to support those in urgent need of stabilization, providing immediate assistance and providing access to withdrawal detoxification, assisted by a medical professional when necessary.


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