What is a Bath Salts Addiction?

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Abuse and Addiction to Bath Salts

On the street, bath salts addiction nothing to do with cleanliness. The recreational designer drug known as bath salts is part of a family of synthetic drugs with at least one man-made chemical related to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant found naturally in the Khat plant. Like amphetamines, bath salts increase the concentration of mono-amines, like dopamine, serotonin and nor-epinephrine. The chemical composition of the drug varies, with the most likely suspect methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV).

The dangerous drug, behind Bath Salts Addiction is also known as:

  • Blue Silk
  • Cloud Nine
  • Ivory Wave
  • Purple Wave
  • Red Dove
  • White Lightning
  • Zoom
bath salts addiction

Among other aliases, Bath Salts are illegal in the U.S. It was previously available for sale in convenience stores and head shops packaged in small foil packages labeled “bath salts, for a soothing bath, not for human consumption.” It is currently a serious and growing public health and safety issue.

While bath salts has no medicinal value, it does have a high potential for abuse, as evidenced by thousands of calls made to poison control centers, and alarming number of emergency room visits throughout the United States. Bath salts are toxic to the system and can cause serious mental and physical damage. Contact us today if you struggle with a bath salts addiction.

Signs and Symptoms of Bath Salts Abuse

Whether snorted, shot or mixed with food and drink, bath salts can cause:

  • Agitation
  • chest pains
  • chills
  • cold fingers
  • elevated body temperature
  • confusion
  • delusions
  • hallucinations
  • headaches
  • heart palpitations
  • high blood pressure
  • increased pulse
  • kidney pain
  • muscle tension
  • nausea
  • panic attacks
  • paranoia

Users also report a reduced need for food or sleep, and suicidal thoughts and behavior. The media has reported on the drug, citing a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, dehydration, an increased tolerance for pain, kidney failure, liver failure, and violent behavior as symptoms of use, featuring stories of self-destruction and harm following its consumption.

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Bath Salts Detox and Withdrawal

Those with a bath salts addiction need to detox at an inpatient or outpatient facility.

Withdrawal from bath salts includes a number of symptoms, including amnesia, anxiety, decreased memory, depression, fatigue, intense cravings, irritability, lack of concentration, nasal congestion, and poor quality of sleep.

The only bath salts you want to have in your life are those on the bathroom shelf, intended to sprinkle into the bathtub!

If you or a loved one start the recovery process today and enjoy life again – drug-free!