Bath salts are drugs with a chemical makeup related to cathinone, a stimulate found in the khat plant. The khat plant is a shrub, which is grown in East Africa and Southern Arabia and the leaves can be chewed on for a stimulant effect. Synthetic varieties of cathinone, such as bath salts, can be much stronger and very dangerous. Bath salts, not to be confused with Epsom salts, take the form of white crystals sold in small packages labeled “not for human consumption” and can also be labeled as “jewelry cleaner,” “screen cleaner,” “plant food,” etc. Bath salts can be found at convenience stores or be bought online. Bath salts, while they sound harmless, can actually bring about serious effects and consequences.
Bath Salts Effects
People can swallow, snort or smoke bath salts in order to get high. However, with that high follows serious side effects, such as:
- Panic attacks
- Increased sex drive
- Excited delirium (extreme agitation, violent behavior)
- Extreme paranoia
- Unreasonable distrust of others
Additionally, there are some serious health effects that can occur from abusing bath salts. The health side effects can include nosebleeds, nausea, sweating, dehydration, the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, kidney failure, and death. The worst side effects occur from snorting or via needle injection.
Are Bath Salts Addictive?
The short answer is yes. Due to the fact that bath salts have synthetic cathinones in them, they can make a person be dependent on bath salts and become addicted to them. Bath salts can trigger an intense craving for more bath salts in order to achieve the same effect. When a person comes off of bath salts, like any drug, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild or strong depending on how long the user had been abusing bath salts. The withdrawal symptoms for bath salts include:
- Problems sleeping
Treatment for Bath Salts
Anyone who finds themselves or a loved one addicted to bath salts can find treatment to become clean and sober. The first part of any drug rehabilitation program is a detoxification where the person will be able to rid the body of any residuals of the drug and other toxins. After the detox, each person may have a different treatment program depending on their specific needs. Treatment programs can include traditional medical treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, music therapy, aromatherapy, yoga, and much more.
Once a person has completed their treatment program, they will be able to create an aftercare program, which will include learning specific skills and tools in order to maintain their sobriety in the real world. These skills can include effective communication skills, employment coaching, money management, how to find new and healthy hobbies, and how to create a daily routine that will be focused on recovery and be beneficial towards long-term sobriety. As soon as an individual is back in the real world, they will still be connected to those who helped them in recovery, whether that be friends or support groups.
Getting Treatment for Bath Salts at Serenity
At Serenity Rehabilitation, we understand that not one type of treatment program fits each individual’s needs, which is why we’ve taken strides to cultivate the best and most effective rehabilitation program imaginable. Our founders have spent years researching addiction, detoxification, and rehabilitation to put together a rehab program that works for several people. The treatment programs at Serenity are evidence based, meaning patients are able to stay as long as needed until they are ready to re-enter society. If you or a loved one are struggling with a bath salts problem or addiction, call us at 1-855-218-2796 to speak with one of our advisors.