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How A Better Today Recovery Services Treats Bath Salt Addiction

There are two categories of bath salts. One category makes baths healing and more enjoyable. The other is what is taken to get high. The latter produces extreme feelings of euphoria, positive energy, alertness, aptitude in social situations, and increased sex drive.

A few years ago, Bath Salts came to mainstream attention when a man was caught on video eating the face of a homeless man in Miami. The police tried to stop him but were only able to do so after shooting him four times. This is a good example of what kind of psychosis the use of bath salts can bring on.

Cathinone is a natural substance found in khat, a native African plant. When one chews on its leaves, a mild sensation of tranquility is felt. Once the plant is harvested, the quality that creates the feeling of tranquility is quickly lost. Cathinones created in a lab by a chemist to imitate the khat plant are much stronger.

These are called synthetic cathinones, which includes bath salts, and they have been fatal for many drug abusers. Many users feel that taking Bath Salts is not dangerous because it is harvested from a plant. This confusion of information creates a false sense of security that makes Bath Salts even more dangerous.

Lowered inhibitions, elation, and positive sensations give way to paranoia, panic attacks, and agitation. This can occur with the first use or with prolonged use of the drug. Addiction treatment that is custom-made to address individual characteristics of the dependency, is recommended for the best chances at a successful long-term recovery.

Over 52% of teens who use bath salts also combine them with other drugs.

What is Bath Salts?

Bath salts are a synthetic stimulant developed by chemists to mimic the effects of MDMA and amphetamines. They are made up of a group of chemicals that powerfully enhance the euphoric and psychotic features of the designer drug.

Buying bath salts is usually less expensive than cocaine, MDMA and other similar drugs because of its simple chemical make-up and were even legal in the United States before the threat to public health and safety was realized. It is a Schedule I drug due to its powerfully addictive qualities.

Bath Salts, also known as Scarface, Ivory Wave, and Vanilla Sky, is white and brown crystals that are usually crushed and snorted. Some users smoke it or inject it after mixing it with liquid, and others put its powdered form into capsules for swallowing. Dosing can be complicated as every package varies in quality of the chemical mixture.

Drug & Alcohol Interventions for Bath Salt Addiction

Learning that someone you care about is abusing bath salts is alarming. Not only is it detrimental to their safety, but other areas in their life may also suffer due to the odd euphoria this drug produces. Hosting an intervention for a designer drug like this can be considered difficult. They might be in serious denial because they only abuse this substance as a way to ‘let loose’ or ‘have fun’.

Unfortunately, the chemicals that make-up bath salts are highly addictive and can result in a long-term addiction that could lead some to try experimenting with crystal meth. Despite these risks, it is often extremely difficult to convince someone that they truly have a problem with bath salts. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing an addiction to bath salts, A Better Today Recovery Services wants you to know that you do not have to try to solve this problem on your own. ABTRS can walk you through this process or provide you with an intervention guide with videos to help you host a successful intervention for bath salts.

Dangers of Designer Drugs: Do Bath Salts Really Make You Eat People?

Bath salts were fabricated to mimic the psychoactive effects of amphetamines while being undetectable in standard drug tests. This attempt resulted in a drug that has intense hallucinations, emotional instability, and can possess unbearable withdrawals.

For the first couple of hours, the feelings of euphoria and wakefulness are astounding. As a result, frightening hallucinations and paranoia that sometimes compels one to commit vicious acts of violence or to commit suicide can occur. Among the vicious acts that can be committed; eating human flesh is just one of the weirder behaviors that have occurred as a result of people ingesting bath salts.

Because this drug is made in underground labs by non-certified or unskilled chemists, the compounds and impurities in bath salts will vary and the ‘trip’ or euphoria from the substance will also be unpredictable.

Of the 500 metric tons of methamphetamine produced, only 4 tons is legally produced for legal medical use.

Common Behaviors Associated With Bath Salt Addiction

The Miami incident mentioned above was easily attributed to bath salts because it is known for episodes of violence and aggression that is uncharacteristic for the abuser. If your loved one is displaying violent acts of antagonism, get immediate help from your local police department. Bath salts bring about reckless, destructive behavior with no regard for personal safety or the safety of others.

Depression and suicidal thoughts are often part of the bath salts experience as well. They may develop on their own, or they may be the result of paranoia, hallucinations or psychosis.

Bath salts can give abusers the impression that they will never get out from under the influence of the drug, which increases paranoia. This often leads to clenching of the jaw and teeth grinding. Sleep becomes elusive but for those able to get there, nightmares often disrupt their rest.

The Dangers Associated with Bath Salt Abuse

Signs & Symptoms

Being under the influence of bath salts is very apparent. The symptoms can be hallucinations, psychosis, and an increasingly violent tendency. Those who are under the influence will experience chest pains, rapid heartbeat, be easily irritated and sometimes suicidal. Users can also go into a homicidal rage, much like the individual in Florida mentioned previously.

One sure sign of addiction is withdrawals. Building up a tolerance to bath salts is much easier than reducing or stopping its use. The mind and body have adverse reactions that can be strong and uncomfortable. If the abuser has been considering recovery and is currently experiencing withdrawal symptoms, there’s no better time to check into a treatment center. The following cognitive symptoms may be indicative of withdrawal:

  • Hysteria
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Violent tendencies

Overdose

Bath salts usually come mixed with another substance and are varied in mixture with each package. These unknown variations make it impossible to dose the amount needed for the effect desired.

The symptoms for overdosing and withdrawals are remarkably similar. The body is reacting to extreme levels of the drug in both cases. The following symptoms can be present in an overdose:

  • Panic and anxiety attacks
  • Psychotic behavior
  • Violent Tendencies
  • Delirium
  • Stroke
  • Fever
  • Suicidal and Homicidal Ideation

Anyone experiencing a Bath Salt overdose should seek immediate emergency medical attention.

FAQ

What is Bath Salts?

Bath Salts is a catch-all term for synthetically created stimulants. They are made from derivatives of a chemical found in common retail products called Cathinone, a CNS stimulant. Other common chemicals found in Bath Salts include Mephedrone and MDPV (3-4 methylene-dioxypyrovalerone).

What is Bath Salts’ origin?

Most Bath Salts are manufactured in China and India, then distributed through the world. They are illegal in many countries around the world.

What are Bath Salts’ common street names?

Cloud Nine, Energy-1, Lunar Wave, Pure Ivory, Snow Leopard, Vanilla Sky, White Knight, Bliss, Drone, Ivory Wave, Ocean Burst, Stardust, White Lightning, Blue Silk, Meow Meow, Purple Wave, White Dove, Red Dove

How is Bath Salts abused?

Bath Salts can be taken orally, sniffed, snorted, smoked, or injected.

What is Bath Salts’ effects on the mind?

Bath Salts can cause depression, paranoia, insomnia, agitation, delusions, irritability, suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, seizures, reduced motor functions, impaired perception of reality, and a decreased ability to think clearly.

What is Bath Salts’ effects on the body?

As a CNS stimulant, Bath Salts can cause rapid heart rate, sweating, vomiting, nausea, nose bleeds, and chest pains.

What are Bath Salts’ overdose effects?

Since Bath Salts are such new drugs, not much is known about their overdose effects. An overdose is probably similar to an overdose of LSD, Khat, MDMA, Cocaine, and Amphetamine. Because there are many different chemicals in the production of Bath Salts, and the use may not show up on a drug screen, the medical community has a hard time discovering a patient has used Bath Salts.

Which drugs cause similar effects as Bath Salts?

Bath Salts share similar characteristics as LSD, Khat, MDMA, Cocaine, and Methamphetamine.

What are the withdrawal effects of Bath Salts?

The withdrawal effects of Bath Salts abuse include anxiety, irritability, depression, sweating, palpitations, tremors, diarrhea, heart attack, hallucinations, grand mal seizures, stroke, and delirium tremens.

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Providing Quality Treatment for Bath Salt Addictions

In addition to the adverse short-term effects, the body suffers long-term effects as well. Some of these include muscle damage, skin rashes, ongoing insomnia and paranoia, prolonged depression, and much more. Going into treatment puts a stop to this continuing destruction, and re-establishes the body and mind in healthy habits.

Treatment focuses on the things that motivated the addicted person before struggling with bath salts. Personal treatment designed by qualified professionals help identify the root of the problem. There may be a separate issue that facilitated the addiction to the drug that needs to be addressed. Undertaking the healing of both health issues decreases the chances for relapse.

Inpatient and outpatient treatment programs begin treatment with detox. Medical supervision of withdrawal symptoms helps keep the patient as comfortable and safe as possible during this transition. During treatment, cognitive therapy centers on healthy habits that will allow the patient to move forward in life without bath salts.

After treatment, recovery continues according to your aftercare plan. An aftercare plan is made while in treatment, to address foreseeable possibilities for relapse, and to establish boundaries to avoid it. This aftercare plan is a safety net for life outside of treatment.

The addicted brain can’t see life without the drug it’s addicted to. A bath salts-free lifestyle is attainable, and it can be happy and satisfying. Treatment encourages healing in relationships, physical activity, and goal setting. These components make a solid foundation for successful, long-term recovery.

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