Flakka is a dangerous synthetic drug that shares structural similarities with amphetamines and that creates a powerful effect that has been compared to a combination of cocaine and methamphetamine. Flakka is actually a slang term for a drug that is referred to in clinical environments as a-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, alpha-PVP, or a-PVP. Other street terms for flakka are bath salts and gravel. The impact of flakka abuse can include paranoia, delusions, delirium, hyperstimulation, and a tendency toward violence.
Flakka has existed for decades, but not until 2015 did this powerful substance begin to receive national attention, due to several high-profile reports of individuals had engaged in violently erratic behaviors after having ingested flakka. Though flakka has only recently begun to be abused on a somewhat widespread basis, it is abundantly clear that this drug poses serious risks to the continued wellbeing of individuals who choose to abuse this volatile substance.
At Mirror Lake, we have decades of collective experience providing treatment to individuals whose lives have been disrupted by the continued abuse of dangerous drugs. This experience has allows us to develop innovative and effective comprehensive rehabilitation programming that is designed to help men and women make the real and lasting changes that will allow them to live healthier and more productive lives, free from the constraints of drug abuse.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Discovering that someone you care about has been engaging in drug abuse is almost always a troubling experience. When the drug in question is flakka, this discovery is likely to be accompanied by confusion if you are not sure what flakka is, or fear if you have read news accounts about how people act when they have taken this drug. Regardless of your initial response, it is important to get past your negative emotions and focus on what you can do to help your loved one:
- Visit websites of reputable organizations such as the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), or U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD) to get the facts about flakka. Dramatic headlines and teasers on the nightly news focus on the extremes, while the sources listed in the previous sentence can give you a true picture of the challenges facing your loved one.
- Consult with experts such as your family doctor, local addiction support groups, or mental health services agencies near you. These people will be able to provide you with concrete guidance and actionable insights into both the problem of flakka abuse and the challenges associated with getting someone into treatment.
- Research the types of treatment that have helped others who had been abusing flakka, and identify specific rehab centers that provide the type and level of treatment that your loved one needs. Call rehab centers that seem to offer what your loved one needs, and make an appointment to visit these programs, either with your loved one or on your own.
- When your loved one is not under the influence of flakka or any other substance, talk to him or her about your concerns. Share the information you have gathered and discuss what needs to occur for him or her to get into treatment. Be firm, but do not judge, criticize, or issue ultimatums. This should be a discussion, not an argument, and you must never lose sight of the fact that your loved one is in pain, and may not be thinking or acting clearly.
Once your loved one has entered rehab, it is important for all concerned parties to realize that he or she is only at the beginning of the long process of recovery. Your loved one will need the support, encouragement, and assistance of you and other friends and family members both while he or she is receiving treatment at a rehab center and long after he or she has returned home.
Why Those in Tennessee Should Consider Treatment at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Flakka is an extremely powerful and quite dangerous drug that exposes individuals who abuse it to a wide range of physical and psychological damage. People who have ingested flakka may not be capable of accurately perceiving reality, and as a result they may think or act in ways that endanger themselves and others. While under the influence of flakka, a person may seriously injure him- or herself, and may also act in a way that causes him or her to be arrested and incarcerated. The continued abuse of flakka can lead to increasingly more severe psychological distress, which may not subside when the drug leaves the person’s body. The devastation of chronic untreated flakka abuse will render a person incapable of maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, performing to expectation in school, getting and keeping a job, and otherwise meeting the responsibilities of a productive and satisfying life. Arrest, incarceration, financial ruin, and homelessness are very real risks facing individuals who continue to abuse flakka, and both helplessness and hopelessness are likely outcomes if these individuals do not get proper professional help from a rehabilitation center.
Types of Treatment Offered at Mirror Lake Recovery Center
Mirror Lake has been providing transformative rehab that has changed the lives of men and women who had been battling addiction. Located in Burns, Tennessee and situated on 75 peaceful acres of land, Mirror Lake is one of the oldest rehab centers in the state, and has become known as a provider of high quality addiction treatment.
The tranquil setting in which treatment occurs at Mirror Lake is highly conducive to the recovery process, and we utilize only the most effective methods of treatment for our clients. The foundation of our rehab is the 12-Step philosophy, and we strive to help each person who is entrusted into our care to achieve a truly sober life, free from the grips of an addiction to flakka. With the help of our staff of dedicated and credentialed professionals, which includes an addictionologist, a psychiatrist, therapists, case managers, nurses, and clinical technicians, men and women who choose to heal at Mirror Lake become empowered to live healthier and happier lives, free from the chains of addiction.
With a license to operate as a sub-acute hospital, we are equipped to care for individuals with complicated medical histories and offer. Our 146-bed center offers a three-phase treatment program that includes detox, residential, and partial hospitalization programming. Depending on the individual needs of our clients, the following are among the elements that may be included into a client’s customized rehab plan while participating in treatment at Mirror Lake:
Medically monitored detoxification: When clients come to Mirror Lake addicted to certain substances, such as flakka, they may require detox prior to engaging in our residential programming. When this is the case, men and women benefit from our medical staff’s expertise during the process of withdrawal by receiving the treatment they need as their bodies are cleared of the harmful substances that cause their addictions. Mirror Lake employs various protocols for delivering detox services, and the particular protocol used will be dependent upon the type of addiction that a client is battling.
Medication management services: While detoxing from flakka, clients may receive daily medication management services. Monitored by our psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and nurses, these services are also available on an as-needed basis to clients in our residential programming when medication is deemed necessary to manage the symptoms of an addiction and/or mental illness.
Individual therapy: Intended to be intensive and brief, individual therapy sessions are scheduled for each patient on a weekly basis. Our expertly trained counselors work with clients one-on-one and help them to establish short-term rehab goals, solving problems, and processing their addictions to substances such as flakka. Additionally, if a client was seeing a counselor prior to admission, that counselor can participate in these sessions with the client’s consent.
Family therapy: In order to help clients repair and restructure their relationships with their loved ones, our center facilitates family therapy sessions on a weekly basis. These sessions are led by our dedicated counselors and allow our clients, their family members, and other loved ones to heal together. By including these sessions as part of our treatment, we help our clients and those closest to them to move forward in a healthy and unified manner.
Family Program: Every Sunday, Mirror Lake is pleased to provide invaluable care and support to those in our clients’ primary support networks through our Family Program. This program takes place at our rehab center in Burns, Tennessee, and allows family members and other loved ones to partake in therapeutic activities that emphasize family recovery, includes the following treatment methods:
- Lecture series
- Video tapes
- Experiential exercises and conjoint groups
- Shared meals
- 12-Step based meetings
- Non-denominational worship services
Group therapy: At Mirror Lake, we believe that there is much to be gained when men and women are able to support one another in a constructive and safe environment. Group therapy sessions provide forums in which clients are able to support and learn from one another, and are an important facet of the treatment we offer for an addiction to flakka. The following are among the variety of groups that may be provided during an individual’s time in rehab at Mirror Lake:
- Relapse prevention
- Gender-specific groups
- Living in Balance
- Recovery principles
Experiential therapy: We believe that a holistic approach is the best method for treating individuals who are battling an addiction to flakka. Part of our holistic approach to rehabilitation includes the use of experiential therapies in our programming. The following types of experiential therapy may be included in a client’s personalized treatment plan:
- Art therapy
ReNew Program: Our faith-based program, ReNew, is for those men and women who would like to have their faith incorporated into their treatment. This program is available to any Mirror Lake client, and allows participants to strengthen their faith through the following activities:
- Daily journaling
- Daily worship and prayer
- 12-Step meetings
- Meeting with chaplains
- Celebrate recovery meetings
- Bible study using Life Recovery Bible and workbook
During the admissions process, our staff will determine which of the above treatment methods will benefit you most, and will help you to meet your needs and goals. Throughout your time at our rehab center, treatment methods can be added if they will enhance your recovery process.
When you complete treatment at our rehab center, our dedicated staff will provide you with a detailed discharge plan that will outline the resources and additional treatment recommendations that will help you continue to be successful in your recovery from an addiction to flakka. We want nothing more than to see our clients reach their treatment goals, and to achieve a concerted effort to ensure that you will continue your recovery success long after leaving Mirror Lake.
At Mirror Lake, a new life, free from the grips of addiction, is on the horizon. To learn more about how our rehab center can help you or someone you care about, call us today.