What is Flakka Addiction?

Flakka Addiction Florida


The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a temporary ban on the drug known as Flakka in 2014. The technical term for the stimulant is alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (alpha-PDP). It is a designer drug that has become popular in Florida, where more than 126 deaths have occurred since 2013. Bizarre incidents have followed in Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and California. A May 2015 article in Newsweek reported the synthetic substance more addictive than meth.


The drug delivers a cheap cocaine-like high. It is smoked, used with e-cigarettes and vaporizers, snorted and ingested.


People under the influence lose touch with reality, acting aggressively. They may have hallucinations. They do not know what they are doing during the throes of a psychotic episode, nor do they have any memory of the experience.


Among the symptoms of flakka use: altered heart rate, breathing and blood pressure, as well as profuse sweating and seizures. Internal bleeding is possible as body temperatures rise to dangerous levels and hyperthermia results.


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Flakka is physically and psychologically addictive. Its intense effects can be felt for weeks or months after using. Anxiety, and paranoia can surge. Cognitive changes and permanent neurological effects are possible, as is damage to lungs and muscle tissue, arrhythmia, kidney failure and muscle spasms


Once sobriety is achieved, it can take up to 30 days for the drug to leave one’s system. Long-term treatment is necessary for recovery from a flakka addiction, with treatment supported by trained medical personnel and medication.


If you need help for an addiction to flakka, contact an admissions representative at The Gardens at Lake Worth now. There is no better time than now to take your life back. The facility offers customized programs to get to the root of your addiction and increase your chances for long-term success living a sober life. Call 844-357-34322 any hour of the day, any day of the week.