Texas Academies Help Combat Rise of K2 Use Among Teens

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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Use of synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, has been on the rise in recent years. In some areas of Texas use has noticeably risen among teens, made worse by the mistaken belief that synthetic marijuana is safe. In May of this year, Texas experienced the reality of the K2 problem when over 100 people in five days were treated for K2 overdoses. The clinicians at our Academies in Texas have seen how K2 deeply affects the lives of teens and their families. The following information can help parents understand symptoms of K2 use.

Many of the indicators of K2 use are similar to indicators of other drug use, but here are some that are specific to synthetic marijuana:

Physical Symptoms:
• Restlessness/Anxiety
• Increased heart rate
• Confusion/Difficulty speaking clearly
• Agitation
• Vomiting
• Hallucinations

Lifestyle Changes:
• Smell of cinnamon or cloves
• Possession of coffee grinders
• Unknown packages arriving at the house for your child
• Foil packaging left behind

Sadly K2 has only grown in popularity among teens in Texas and the Phoenix House Academies in Texas are here to help. We have substance abuse help in residential and outpatient settings for 13 to 17-year-olds in Texas. With our master’s level clinicians, truly individualized programming, and public school-accredited courses built into our programming, we provide a safe environment for students to come and get the help that they need to succeed while continuing their education. Our programming recognizes that drug and alcohol use is not the only problem. We focus on family education, individual family counseling, and psychiatric evaluations throughout treatment.

Every day, Phoenix House Texas helps adolescents and adults who are suffering from addiction in Austin, Dallas, and Houston. Find out more about our programs and services, or call us today at: 888 671 9392.

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