Designer Drug Addiction

So-called Designer drugs are prepared in crude labs by amateur chemists, often referred to as “Cookers”.  Cookers change the molecular structure of pharmaceuticals to mimic their pharmacological effects.  Designer drugs are typically created in a secret, illegal, and underground laboratory.  Many designer drugs are created by changing the properties of a drug that comes from a plant (such as cocaine, morphine, or marijuana) using the mechanics of chemistry.  Many of the drugs are chemical cousins to legal medicines.

Designer drugs are usually lumped in with the amphetamine family.  Amphetamines are an upper, leaving the user feeling exhausted and irritable after a prolonged use of this type of drug.  Designer drugs are also sometimes known as synthetic opioid derivatives. If the user forms a designer drug addiction, the results can include liver and kidney damage, and sometimes even death.

Some more common examples of designer drugs are:

• Phencyclidine (PCP)

• MDMA (Ecstasy)

• GHB,

• Ketamine (Special K)

• LSD (acid),

• Rohypnol

• Methamphetamine


Designer Drugs: A Dangerous Design For Addiction

Since many designer drugs are created in illegal labs, their ingredients and levels of potency vary a lot.  It is almost impossible to know what actually goes into these drugs, not to mention how your body will react once they are consumed.  No two doses are exactly the same, making their side effects unpredictable.  Therefore, it is not a question of if, but when someone consuming these drugs will experience a harmful reaction.

Designer drugs are typically used at clubs and raves where the party is pulsating with techno music, hence the name “club drugs”.  The younger generation is known to experiment the most frequently with these psychoactive drugs.  Designer drugs might end up being ingested, smoked, snorted, or injected.  The growing abuse of these drugs has actually stimulated an increase in admittances to drug detox programs across the country.


Signs of a Designer Drug Addiction:

–  An increased tolerance to the drug which makes the user intensify their dosage to create the same effect;

–  Dependence on taking a designer drug to feel normal and to be able to cope, where it seems impossible to live a life without the drug;

–  Making the designer drug a top priority, placing the drug before family, work, or friends.

Amongst the numerous harmful side effects that can result from a designer drug addiction are: seizures, memory loss, coma and even death.  Other reactions may include: hypertension, elevated heart rate, dehydration, blurring of vision, sweating and chills, anorexia, teeth clenching, drooling, impaired speech, seizures, sensory distortions, uncontrolled tremors, and lasting brain damage.  Heavier doses of these drugs can actually stimulate paranoia, hallucinations, violence, and irrational behavior.


Treatment For Designer Drug Addiction

Designer drugs are alluring because of the heightened sense of euphoria they induce, along with feelings of relaxation.  Their appeal is also intensified by pressure from peers and the need to be cool around one’s circle of friends.  Use of designer drugs is also heightened in the media and teenagers and young adults see the use of these illicit drugs as “popular” and “cool”.  However, as mentioned above, these drugs are extremely dangerous and their danger is heightened more so by their unpredictability (source:

If you believe you or someone you know is in danger of developing a designer drug addiction, please call our admission specialists today at 866-737-4962.  We’ll discuss all the options available, and help you decide if PVRC’s designer drug rehab offers the right treatment program for you or your loved one.