Mephedrone is not a very well known drug, and has only been classed as an illegal Class B substance since 2010, despite it being readily available online where it can be purchased as a fertiliser for plants. Like amphetamines and common 'party' drugs like ecstasy, mephedrone is a stimulant drug that gives the user a 'high', resulting in behaviour and feelings such as excessive confidence, greater energy, euphoric sensations and being very talkative. It can take the form of a pill for swallowing, or a powder which is most commonly snorted or swallowed with water. It is most frequently taken by younger people.
Worryingly, there are no physical signs to look out for that indicate that a user is addicted to mephedrone, but, like all other drugs, excessive use can spiral to an addiction that takes over both emotionally and psychologically. Repeated abuse of the drug can lead to fitting, hallucinations, aggressive behaviour, a lack of focus or difficulty concentrating, paranoia and in some cases, fatality.
If you or if you think someone you love might have an addiction to mephedrone, we can help at our rehab centre at Step 1 Recovery. We have a compassionate approach to mephedrone addiction treatment that involves mindfulness and holistic therapies, and can help you or a family member to recover and live a life that no longer involves drugs.
When we first begin to work with you we will discuss your mephedrone addiction in detail to determine its severity, as many users can become dependent on the drug. We will focus on the way the drug makes you feel, and the way it has affected your health, personal life and job. You will be assigned a therapist who can give you 24/7 support and talk you through your bespoke treatment plan. If you have had previous drug addiction treatment, we will discuss this and how you found the process, and also talk about any occasions when you have visited a doctor and tried to get help through a NHS route. If you inject mephedrone, we will also discuss the possibility of you contracting HIV from needle use/shared needles.
It is important to remember that you may suffer withdrawal symptoms when entering a mephedrone rehabilitation programme with us that requires a total detox. Mephedrone is a powerful drug that can become highly addictive. It has been known for users to take part in ‘fiending’, in which large amounts of the drug are taken over and over again until the user no longer has a supply. Because the drug causes chemical changes within your brain to a state where it can no longer function properly without it, it is important to focus on withdrawing the amount you are taking slowly to ensure that the side effects you may experience from withdrawal are minimal and do not cause distress.
Withdrawal symptoms include weakness, headaches, nausea, lack of appetite, stomach pain, feeling cold and feeling irritable. You may also have trouble sleeping. Such withdrawal symptoms may also last for a longer period of time due to the way mephedrone interacts with the brain. For this reason, a full detox can take longer than six weeks, depending on the individual. But with the right team behind you and support, this is a journey that you can be successful in completing, no matter now long it takes you. At Step 1 Recovery, we are here to help you succeed and beat your cravings so you stay clean.
When you stay with us at our retreat in Alicante, we will be understanding and sympathetic and will ensure that you receive the best treatment, whether you are staying for a short time or a good few weeks. Our staff will make sure that you always feel safe, secure and healthy. We will discuss detox therapies and psychotherapy, so that you can change your attitude towards mephedrone for good.
You may need additional medication to successfully complete a mephedrone detox. It is important to realise that support from loved ones is vital during this period, and you may want them to visit you during your stay with us in order to have family speech therapy. This is where we get you together with your loved ones and talk about your addiction as a group, covering your triggers and feelings, and how your drug usage affects your family. As well as a psychotherapist and counsellor working with you on your journey, you may also find that you need medicines to help prevent issues with sleeping, anxiety or panic attacks, or to help you manage your cravings.
We want your mephedrone rehabilitation to be as comfortable and enriching as possible. Our professional team are very experienced in planning detoxes that help and support those that want to emancipate themselves from mephedrone addiction. We can give you effective guidance through a bespoke programme that focuses on healing your body, mind and soul with holistic practices, helping you to walk away from drug abuse for good.
We are based in the sunny Costa Brava – a relaxing haven in Alicante where spending time in a warm and nourishing climate can work wonders on both mind and spirit. Our stunning retreat at the La Paz centre has been designed to give you the very best in luxurious comfort while you recover in the Spanish sunshine. We encourage mindfulness activities such as meditation, counselling and yoga to re-adjust your mindset and help you focus on relaxation and recuperation.
Our well qualified, helpful and supportive staff are why we have been able to successfully cure so many people of their mephedrone addiction to live a drug-free life. All of our staff members are deeply passionate and committed in supporting their clients at all times. We select our team for their experience and dedication to addiction therapy, as well as their sympathetic and positive approach to getting you back to being yourself. Call today to find out how we can help you or someone you love with a determined or suspected mephedrone addiction.
Our multi-disciplined team are all industry-leading experts in their individual fields. They are dedicated to providing you with treatment, support, and care around the clock, for as long as you need it.
Pharmacist, Head nurse
Certified Counsellor and Hypnotherapist
Admissions Manager & Life Coach
MSc Clinical Psychology
Personal Assistant to General Manager