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Short and Long Term Dangers of Abusing Bath Salts

young man offering young girl a syringe for abusing bath saltsThe dangers of abusing bath salts are equally as serious as the risks presented by many other illegal drugs on the streets today.  Bath salts are a psychoactive substance that simulates the effects of other mood-altering drugs such as methamphetamine, ecstasy, or cocaine.  The product is synthetically produced and is chemically related to cathinone, which is derived from the khat plant grown in East Africa.  These synthetic counterparts of cathinone are much stronger than the original, natural product and can be dangerous.

Of course, bath salts should not be confused the products used for bathing, such as Epsom salts which have no mind-altering ingredients.  Illicit bath salts are usually sold in plastic or foil packages labeled “not for human consumption,” “plant food,” or “jewelry cleaner.”  Some of the street names used when acquiring the drug include:

  • Vanilla Sky
  • Bloom
  • Lunar Wave
  • Flakka
  • Scarface
  • White Lightning

Most people use bath salts by swallowing, snorting, smoking, or injecting the substance.  Regardless of the method of ingestion, the drug is potentially dangerous.

Short Term Effects of Abusing Bath Salts

Researchers are unsure about how bath salts affect a person’s brain.  However, they do know that the drug causes short-term effects such as anxiety, depression, and lowered inhibition.

One desired effect produced by abusing bath salts is the feeling of being highly energized.  Unfortunately, this effect also puts users at risk of increased heart rate and high blood pressure.  To put these energizing effects into perspective, imagine the effects of cocaine increased at least 10-times.

Some of the other commonly experienced short-term effects of bath salts include:

  • increased sex drive
  • feelings of sociability
  • delirium
  • paranoia
  • panic attacks

It is important to note that some users of bath salts also experience nausea, sweating, nosebleeds, dehydration, kidney failure, and the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue.

Long-Term Effects Can be Dangerous

The long-term effects of bath salts can include serious injury or death.  In many cases, severe side effects are the result of dangerously erratic behavior, psychoses, and mood disorders that lead to depression and suicide attempts.

Other common long-term effects include self-mutilation and delirium.  Death is also a possibility with long-term abuse of bath salts, especially when the drug is injected or snorted.

What Kind of Treatment is Available?

The best option for overcoming bath salts abuse is to seek help in an inpatient treatment facility.  In an inpatient setting, the secure environment prevents any drugs or alcohol from entering the facility.  Consequently, patients are able to focus on educatiing themselves about their addiction and developing the skills to avoid relapse.

Residential treatment is the optimal resource for overcoming an addiction of any type, including bath salts for other reasons as well.   For instance, recovering addicts benefit from the following program options:

  • group and individual counseling
  • nutritional guidance
  • secure, comforting environment
  • exercise and fitness routines
  • music and art therapy
  • massage, yoga, acupuncture, sauna
  • life skills training
  • aftercare programs

The important thing to note about inpatient treatment is that it consists of a comprehensive curriculum that seeks to heal the whole person, mentally, physically, and spiritually for lasting results.

If you are abusing bath salts and are ready to eliminate this dangerous habit from your life, please call our toll-free number now.  One of our representatives will be available to help you choose a treatment program best suited for your needs.



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