Bath Salts

A synthetic drug mix that first began in France in 1928 and 1929 has become a growing trend in the United States. Synthetic cathinones, more commonly known as “bath salts,” are chemically made from synthetic compounds: MDPV (3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone), mephedrone, pyrovalerone and methylone. These synthetic ingredients originate from natural ingredients called cathinones found in khat. Khat is a shrub that is grown in East Africa and the Middle East, and many people chew on the leaves to obtain a mild stimulating effect. Now this substance is the source of bath salts abuse and the serious consequences that come with it.

“Bath salts” are chemically similar to cocaine, amphetamines and Ecstasy. Synthetic cathinones are considered addictive, mind-stimulating psychoactive substances that are cheap substitutes for cocaine or Ecstasy, making bath salts abuse a growing problem among young people.

Synthetic cathinones appear as white or brown small crystals packed in small plastic or foil bags concealed with labels such as “laundry detergent,” “plant food” or “jewelry cleaner.” This synthetic, mind-altering drug can be bought online or even in drug paraphernalia shops. Often it is called other names such as: flakka, bloom, cloud nine, lunar wave, vanilla sky, white lightning and scarface. Cathinones can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed.

Bath Salts Symptoms

Bath salts drug abuse can produce the following effects:

  • Paranoia
  • Excitability
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased sociability
  • Increased sex drive
  • Panic attacks
  • Excited delirium
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Nosebleeds
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

Addiction to bath salts and bath salts abuse can result in very dangerous behavior and even can be deadly. Bath salts drug abuse and addiction hijack the brain, making it more difficult to obtain a euphoric state. After coming down from a high, it is typical for the individual to feel depressed and lonely, resulting in the strong urge to use again.

  • Withdrawal symptoms from bath salts include agitation, depression, anxiety, tremors, sleep disturbances and paranoia.

Bath Salts Treatment

Although there is no medication that can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms or treat this addiction, there are many psychotherapy techniques used to help with addiction management such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management and motivational enhancement therapy.

At Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, our multidisciplinary team of professionals is experienced in treating teens with substance abuse. Our addiction treatment programs are customized to fit the specific psychological and pharmacological needs of all patients to maximize their likelihood for a quick and lasting recovery.

We conduct thorough medical, psychological and psychiatric assessments so that we can diagnose and treat each condition that could be causing or fueling the addiction. We include evidence-based treatments in addition to family therapy, as parents and siblings play a vital role in a young person’s recovery. We also offer adjunct, alternative therapies, including equine therapy, art and music therapies, fitness and yoga, which have been shown to improve mental health and overall well-being.

To learn more about Sovereign Health’s adolescent bath salts treatment programs, please contact our admissions team toll-free at our 24/7 helpline.

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