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What Is Krokodil & Why Do People Use It?

Krokodil made its first appearance in Russia in 2002. This relatively new drug has since spread throughout that country and the first reports of it reaching the United States appeared in the press in 2013. There are a number of substances that are both addictive and have the potential to cause serious physical damage to the body, but this one is in a league all its own.

About Krokodil

What Is Krokodil - Why Do People Use It - The Dunes OPKrokodil is also known by its medical name, desomorphine. Users and sellers manufacture it at home by taking codeine and cooking it with gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), lighter fluid and other ingredients. The highly dangerous and toxic liquid is then injected directly into a vein.

A Krokodil high lasts from an hour-and-a half to two hours. Mixing up a batch of the drug takes about a half hour. Addicts don’t do much other than get the ingredients, cook up batches, inject it, and then repeat the process.

Side Effects Of Krokodil Use

Using this drug causes the skin to turn a scaly, green color around the area where it has been injected. It takes its name from the Russian word for “crocodile.”

With repeated use, an addict will see smelly, infected sores, as well as ruptured blood vessels. The skin and muscle tissue will rot from the inside out. In extreme cases, bones can be seen through gaping holes in the skin.

Krokodil use can also cause permanent brain damage, which will result in both spastic movements and speech impediments. When combined with the skin symptoms, this side effect has led some people to call it the “zombie drug.”

Some krokodil users think that they have the means to filter the harmful chemicals out of the mixture before injecting it, leaving it relatively “safe. “ This is not the case. Even trace amounts of these chemicals in the bloodstream can cause hazardous damage to the body.

After Knowing All This, Why Do People Still Use Krokodil?

The main reason an addict would turn to krokodil is that it is very cheap compared to heroin. The ingredients to make a batch of krokodil can be obtained very easily.

Unfortunately, like heroin, getting off krokodil is very difficult. Once the high ends after about two hours, painful withdrawal symptoms start. They can last over a month, unlike heroin, whose withdrawal symptoms last about seven days.

Drug Addiction Treatment In New York

The Dunes East Hampton Outpatient Rehab Program offers private and confidential drug treatment at our beautiful facilities. Each client’s treatment plan is customized to suit their individual needs and goals and include a number of effective therapy methods.

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How Do You Overcome Drug And Food Addiction?

Treating a substance abuse addiction with a food addiction eating disorder is unlike treating other forms of addictions, since total abstinence (from food) is not an option. Discover how to overcome drug addiction while changing your relationship with food!

How Do You Overcome A Substance Abuse Addiction And A Food Addiction?

How Do You Overcome Food Addiction - TheDunesOutpatientProgram Someone solely with a drug or alcohol addiction can be approached from the point of view that they can get free from the influence of the chemicals and then get help to deal with the root of the addiction.

It’s not that simple when the issue is also related to food, since everyone needs to eat, and no one can commit to a life of abstinence from this activity.

We help our clients learn to overcome their substance abuse addiction while also treating the secondary issue of an eating disorder to improve the quality of their lives and their health for the long-term.

First Step In Addiction Treatment: Assessment

No two clients that we see at The Dunes OP are alike, and this includes people seeking help for food addiction. The first step in determining how we can best help a client is to conduct an assessment. All of our outpatient treatment programs are customized to ensure that we meet each client’s specific needs.

Customized Treatment Plans

Once the assessment is complete, we can recommend a customized treatment plan to get at the underlying issues of both the drug addiction and the eating disorder (whether the eating disorder is food addiction, bulimia or anorexia).

We understand that a client who is in treatment for multiple addictions or disorders needs individualized care. We treat every one of our clients respectfully as a person and create customized treatment plans with multiple types of therapy, based on the client’s individual needs.

Treatment For Clients With A Secondary Eating Disorder

When our clients are receiving secondary help for food addiction and bulimia, they will need time to develop trust with their therapists and may not feel comfortable admitting how much they ate, when they last purged, or that they are still purging even after seeking treatment. They may be more likely to be able to open up to fellow peers in a group therapy session, which is less intimidating. At The Dunes, our clients receive individual and group counseling sessions as part of their treatment.

For clients who are looking for treatment for anorexia, they may tell their treatment team that they are eating more than they really are, especially if they are being treated on an outpatient basis. During a group therapy session where they are interacting with other clients who have or are experiencing similar challenges, a new client may be more likely to open up and share her experiences. If she feels accepted by the group, she will find it easier to talk to her treatment team in the same open manner.

Nutritional Counseling And Professional Chef

We always include nutritional counseling as part of our treatment plan to help our clients learn how to prepare healthy meals and why nutrition is so important for long-term recovery and sobriety. We also have a professional chef who works closely with our accredited Nutritionist and Dietician to provide local and fresh meals for our clients.

Overcoming any addiction takes time and commitment, but there is a brighter future waiting for those who are willing to take the first step and admit they need help.

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