‘Legal high’ addiction treatment in Southampton
New psychoactive and illicit substances, which were previously known as ‘legal highs’, are synthetic substances which, when consumed, cause users to experience a range of intense, psychoactive effects. New psychoactive substances contain a range of unidentified chemicals, which haven’t undergone the testing required to understand the effects that they can have on the human body and brain. Illicit substances are substances that are easy to get hold of and can result in psychoactive effects when people abuse them e.g. sniffing glue and solvents.
It used to be legal to possess and use these substances recreationally, which is why new psychoactive and illicit substances are still sometimes incorrectly referred to as ‘legal highs’. However, since the Psychoactive Substances Act was introduced in 2016, it is now illegal to produce, import or supply these drugs for human consumption. New psychoactive and illicit substances may also be referred to as ‘designer drugs’, because they have been specifically designed to imitate the effects of illegal drugs such as ecstasy/MDMA and cocaine. In a similar way to other drugs, so-called ‘legal highs’ can be extremely addictive, can lead to a multitude of problems and can even be fatal.
Why are so-called ‘legal highs’ dangerous?
No matter what type of new psychoactive and illicit substance is being consumed, taking these substances in a regular and ongoing manner can result in you building a tolerance to them and developing a harmful addiction. As well as the devastating consequences that new psychoactive and illicit substances can have on all areas of your life, these drugs are particularly dangerous for three key reasons:
- Many people still think that these substances are legal, which can mean that they incorrectly believe that taking them won’t result in any harm or lead to negative consequences. As a result, this can lead to people taking these drugs on a frequent basis and in increasingly higher doses
- These drugs are relatively ‘new’ which means that we don’t yet fully understand the individual chemicals that make up these substances, or the effects they can have when they are mixed. This means that in the event of an overdose, emergency medical professionals aren’t able to deliver effective treatment, because they don’t know what type of chemicals have been consumed
- Each batch of new psychoactive and illicit substances can also vary because the ingredients and strength of the drugs can change without warning. This means that even though people think they know what they’re consuming and what the effects will be (having taken the same type of drug previously), in reality, a new batch might contain completely different chemicals and products
Seek help for your new psychoactive and illicit substance (‘legal high’) addiction today
At Manor Clinic, we are able to deliver expert treatment for your new psychoactive and illicit substance (‘legal high’) addiction, as part of our comprehensive Addiction Treatment Programme and we ensure that you are empowered to achieve the most positive outcomes for you as an individual.
It’s important to recognise that without specialist support, addiction to these substances can become progressively worse over time, affecting you psychologically, socially and physically, and causing a whole host of long-term problems. Additionally, untreated ‘legal high’ addiction can also lead you down the destructive path of abusing other addictive substances such as alcohol or other drugs, or engaging in compulsive behaviours such as gambling.
New psychoactive and illicit substance (‘legal high’) addiction rehab at Manor Clinic
So-called ‘legal high’ addiction can have a profoundly negative impact on all areas of your life, including your relationships with others, performance at work, and your general health and wellbeing. However, the good news is that these destructive addictions are treatable and it’s possible for you to make a full and lasting recovery. Our specialist treatment team at Manor Clinic are dedicated to helping you every step of the way towards beating your addiction and getting your life back on track.
As an initial step in your rehab journey, we offer a free, no obligation addiction assessment to all prospective patients. This assessment takes place with a member of our highly qualified team, and provides you with the chance to discuss your challenges with a trained professional, ask any questions that you might have on the treatment process, and begin to develop an understanding of the journey that you could be taking towards a more positive way of life.
We are also able to offer an intensive medically assisted withdrawal detoxification (detox) programme for your new psychoactive and illicit substance (‘legal high’) addiction. During detox, all traces of the drug will be removed from your body in a carefully monitored environment and under the close supervision of our detox specialists. We will also help you to manage and cope with the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that you may experience as a result of no longer having the so-called ‘legal high’ in your system. Detox involves:
- 24-hour clinical support from experienced medical professionals who will ensure that your safety and comfort are top priorities
- A substance-free environment to prevent the possibility of relapse
- Controlled medication can be prescribed if required, to help to alleviate any discomfort that you may experience as part of the withdrawal process
Ultimately, the goal of detox is to help you to become physically stable and ready to commence with our comprehensive programme of addiction therapy. We are able to deliver a wide range of therapeutic techniques to treat your new psychoactive and illicit substance (‘legal high’) addiction, all of which are recovery-focused and evidence-based. During therapy, we will help you to address why you turned to ‘legal high’ misuse in the first place, understand the triggers for your addictive behaviours, build on your confidence and self-esteem, learn healthy coping mechanisms for the future, and take steps towards the happy, healthy and fulfilling life that you deserve.
This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in October 2019 and is scheduled to be reviewed again in October 2021.