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What are Bath Salts and how is addiction treated?

What are Bath Salts and how is addiction treated?

Bath Salts have actually been around since the 1920s, but as far as drug addiction goes they haven’t really received much focus until recent years. It’s a cheap and easily accessible stimulant in the same genre as cocaine and amphetamines. Law enforcement has begun to react to sales, but the drug is still produced and abuse still on the rise.

Wait- what are bath salts?

Synthetic Cathinones such as methylone, mephedrone, and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) are commonly referred to by this street name due to the fact it’s often disguised as legitimate bath goods. It can also be passed off as ‘jewelry cleaner’, ‘plant food’ or ‘screen cleaner’. Street names include Bliss, Cloud Nine, Purple or Ivory Wave, and Vanilla Sky. They’re related to the cathinone that is derived naturally from the Khat plant, but while the natural drug is fairly mild the synthetic equivalents can have dangerous effects.

What do bath salts do?

Bath Salts are a stimulant class, and once we know less about then we would like. As per all stimulants, rewarding chemicals like dopamine and serotonin are released, leaving the user euphoric and excited. Much of the dangerous effects come from the substances bath salts are adulterated with.

Psychological and Physical effects include:

  • Euphoric feelings
  • Heightened Alertness
  • Delusion or confusion
  • Aggressive Behaviour
  • Sociability with lowered inhibition
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Dilated Pupils
  • Urge to eat and sleep
  • Chest and Kidney Pain

How do I know if abuse is occurring? What happens in withdrawal?

Over time, dangerous health risks can develop with bath salt usage. Users may experience kidney issues, including failure; the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue can occur, you may be dehydrated, feel paranoia or suicidal thoughts, or develop disturbed sleep and involuntary muscle movement.

During withdrawal, these highly addictive synthetic cathinone’s will create intense dependence and craving issues. Depression and anxiety along with fatigue despite insomnia are critical withdrawal symptoms. Memory and concentration will be reduced, and irritability increased. You may experience tremors.

How do we therapeutically treat bath salt addiction?

The first step of professional addiction treatment will be managing the physical symptoms of addiction, after which you will build the psychological tools to manage long term recovery.


Detox is likely to be required. You will safely manage the withdrawal, with the help of a medical team, by assisting with symptoms, providing medication to manage these symptoms and begin supportive nutrition while fully monitored medically.

Inpatient therapy

Once the physical symptoms of withdrawal are better managed, you will begin inpatient therapy to help with long term recovery. Your symptoms will still be medically managed, but now the real process of mental recovery will begin.

Residential services include:

  • Individual and group therapy
  • Supervised medical treatment and managing of cravings
  • Fitness and nutrition programs
  • Introduction to long-term support programs
  • Life Skill Development
  • Therapy for underlying mental illness.

 Later recovery

Ongoing clinical treatment will begin to encourage more autonomous treatment. The patient could graduate to an outpatient program, aftercare support groups/meetings and classes, sober housing and transitional programs, or enter a PHP [partial hospitalization program.

We at FACILITY NAME firmly believe overcoming any addiction is possible. With our restorative care, we will help you on the road to full recovery. Contact us today.

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