'Synthetic highs' now officially illegal

There is no one cure for those who will be suffering the withdrawal symptoms after the banning of synthetic highs takes affect as of today, there is however a responsibility on family and close friends of those who will be on the road to recovery to stay close and keep an eye on them. This is the key recommendation from one of Aucklands largest drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres.

It's doors open as usual for many of the stores who would usually stock synthetic highs, but shops are shut off to the sale of the highly processed cannabin which was banned as of today. Therefore drug and addiction counsellors and drug rehabilitation experts are preparing for an influx of those accessing their services

“The most common stuff is feeling disorientated, feeling irritable, towards aggression sometimes, hot and cold flashes, sweating a lot and a reduction in appetite” says Ben Birks

However Drug rehabilitation counsellor Ben Birks, whose been working with young addicts for over 10 years, says that although it’s an important part, his work is only part of the journey to recover.

Birks says it’s the first two weeks that are the hardest and for loved ones to be close by and keep the sufferer to a routine, and be quick to identify signs.

If you have concern for a member of your family or a friend who is displaying symptoms during the recovery process or simply want more information on addiction, contact your GP and they will put you in touch with an addiction support provider in your area.