What are legal highs?
These New Psychoactive Substances are bought and sold in many different forms. This includes powders, crystals, pills, smoking mixtures, liquids, capsules or on perforated tabs.
The packaging is usually bright and attention-grabbing – some are similar to sweet packaging like popping candy. It might even describe a list of ingredients like store-bought food. However, with any unregulated substance, you can never truly be sure what you are ingesting contains.
Common Misconceptions About Legal Highs
Some people think that legal highs are safer to use than cocaine, heroin and other illegal drugs. Legal highs can in fact be more dangerous. This is because medical professionals may be unaware of the exact contents of the substance, making it difficult for them to treat an overdose.
Another common misconception about legal highs addiction is that possessing them doesn’t come with the legal liability of carrying traditionally abused drugs, because some substances that were formerly legal highs are now classified as Class B drugs in the UK. Additionally, legal highs are not safe because they tend to be just as addictive as the drugs they are sold as alternatives to.
Overdosing on legal highs can be fatal.
Signs and symptoms of legal high addiction
It is difficult to determine a set of parameters for symptoms of ‘legal high’ addiction as legal high products vary greatly. But if we generalise:
- Panic attacks
- Experiencing a distorted sense of reality and perception, entering a trance-like state or feeling detached from the world
- Mood swings and hostility
- Feelings of euphoria
- Confusion and paranoia
- Hallucinations and delusions
- Poor judgement
- Memory problems
- Inability to focus or concentrate
- Consuming new psychoactive and illicit substances (‘legal highs’) to relieve stress
- Worsening of any existing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or stress
- Noticeable changes in personality
Getting Help With Stopping Using Legal Highs
For further information on how you can take steps to overcome your new psychoactive and illicit substance (‘legal high’) addiction at The Recovery Lodge please call us today on 01795 431751.