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A new drug is sweeping across the country and drug interventionists have never seen anything like it. Most commonly referred to as “flakka”, this cheap drug is one of the fastest growing illegal substances on the street this year. Officially known as alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP), flakka is a highly addictive stimulant known to cause hallucinations with bizarre and hyper-active behavior—often with superhuman strength.


Flakka symptoms are hard to ignore as it induces aggressive behavior and hallucinations among its users.  Individuals act in bizarre ways and seemingly lose touch with reality.  Though Flakka users tend to use small doses to experience strong highs, it is not too difficult for them to overdose or reach a psychotic state.

Without endangering one’s life, the best way to help a chronic Flakka user would be to get the individual to a treatment center as quickly as possible. When considering the symptoms of violent aggression Flakka users exhibit, it is best for family and loved ones to stay clear of the individual and call for emergency personnel.  Intoxicated Flakka users are a danger to themselves and those around them and it is best that the untrained not make an approach.  Certified interventionists are available to assist with any incident concerning drug intoxication—including Flakka.  Professionals first seek to calm the situation by subduing the intoxicated individual (sometimes physically) and getting them immediate medical treatment.

When the individual is in a clear state of mind, a proper invention is conducted with the individual’s intoxicated actions being brought to their attention.  The consequences of the individual’s destructive behavior are explained and treatment options are clearly outlined.  Not all drug abuse treatment centers are created equal and the match between the individual and the treatment center plays a significant role in the recovery process.  It is the goal of certified interventionists, like those of Universal Crisis Intervention, to guarantee full recovery from Flakka addiction by assigning patients to the treatment center that is right for them. Flakka abuse is an alarming public health concern and a fearful sight to the friends and family of known users.  Recovery is possible but it is crucial to have the trained and experienced support.

To learn more about Universal Crisis Intervention services, please call:

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