Mephedrone, also known as meow meow or M-cat, has been around for decades, and for many years it was a legal high. Mephedrone used to be sold openly online, often labelled as bath salts or fertiliser, and its effects are often compared to cocaine or ecstasy. It wasn’t until 2010, when there was a surge in popularity, that the Class B drug became illegal in the UK.
While it’s often associated with young people, there have been cases of mephedrone abuse from people in all walks of life, and that’s why our rehab centres now offer specialised treatment for those who want to stop using the drug.
What is mephedrone?
Mephedrone is one of many designer drugs that has become popular in recent years, especially in nightclubs, and it has a stimulant effect. Sometimes called drone or white magic, among many other street names, it’s a white or off-white powder that can be snorted or taken as a pill.
Many users describe the drug giving them a feeling of euphoria, with a burst of energy, greater confidence and feeling talkative. That’s why it’s often compared to ecstasy or cocaine, but as a stimulant drug, it can also have unpleasant side effects. That’s why many long-term users are seeking out mephedrone rehab to rid their lives of the drug.
The risks of mephedrone
Many people don’t know about the potential effects of mephedrone, from insomnia that lasts several days, to overheating and overstimulating your nervous system. This puts users at risk of damage to their heart or circulatory system which causes fits and overheating. It can also take a serious toll on the mental health of users, especially when used long-term, which is why it’s important to look at options such as mephedrone rehab for yourself or a loved one.
You can sometimes tell if someone is on mephedrone as they may be talkative, agitated or generally twitchy and seem overstimulated. However, it can be more difficult to know if the incident is a one-off or whether it’s a drug addiction. Over time, you may notice a loved one becoming more paranoid and aggressive, or suffering from worsening mental health, which may be the motivation to start looking at treatment options.
Can mephedrone rehab help with withdrawal?
People who require mephedrone rehab are often dependent on the drug. This means it’s important to offer them a personalised program for mephedrone withdrawal and detox, which can be the first step towards overcoming addiction. Whether the drug has been used for short or long periods, it can cause chemical changes in the brain, which means people can find it difficult to function without it.
While those who enter treatment will often have withdrawal symptoms, they’ll often find it easier to get through this difficult stage with help and support from professionals. Their treatment plan will usually involve a slow withdrawal from the drug, combined with therapy sessions and medical support to ensure the best chance of success. Withdrawal side effects can include nausea, headaches, irritability, stomach pains and weakness, so at this early stage, it’s much better to be taken care of in a secure environment.
Choosing the right clinic
When you get in touch with the Rehab Clinics Group, we can offer a choice of locations where treatment can take place. Our clinics include Cassiobury Court in Watford, which is close to London, the seaside Ocean Recovery Centre in Blackpool, and Step One Recovery on the Costa Brava in Spain. When you’re choosing a clinic, it can be tempting to pick one that’s close to home, but our experience has found that patients with an addiction to mephedrone often have a better chance of recovery when they’re away from the temptations and triggers of everyday life.
A frank discussion is important at the start of the process to determine what treatment plan would be suitable. You may refer yourself to our clinics, or sometimes it’s a loved one who is seeking help for a friend or family member. However you’ve found us, we’ll ensure you are assigned to a suitable therapist who’ll work on your plan for recovery, discussing any previous treatment, whether private or NHS, as well as your motivations and needs.
What to expect from mephedrone rehab
After you’ve had a clinical assessment, you can begin the rehab process. While detoxing, patients may need help with side effects from insomnia to anxiety, so there are recovery staff on hand 24/7 to ensure they get the best treatment in a supportive, safe environment. Talking about the issues is also a vital part of mephedrone rehab, so there will be sessions with qualified counsellors or psychotherapists who can help throughout the journey.
Family therapy can also be helpful during the process. That’s why we offer family speech sessions where you can discuss your feelings with those closest to you in an open and honest environment.
A comfortable, safe environment
Going into mephedrone rehab is a big step, and it’s normal for people to feel anxious. That’s why we’ve created a homely, welcoming environment in our clinics, where people can feel safe as they recover. With bespoke programmes that include holistic treatments such as mindfulness exercises, our aim is to maximise the chances of successful recovery. Our supportive staff have many years of experience helping people overcome addiction, and offer 24/7 support while you’re in the clinic, as well as a year of free aftercare.
Need help today
If you are considering mephedrone rehab, or are concerned about a loved one, then don’t hesitate to call today on 03301 596 494. The Rehab Clinics Group offers a tailored recovery action plan, with treatments to suit all budgets, so don’t delay getting help when you need it.