Bath Salts Rehab Centers

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If you heard the term ‘bath salts,’ you might think of the little crystals you put into your bath that makes the water smell nice. However, bath salts is also the name of a synthetic cathinone, a human-made drug that is a synthetic version of the chemical cathinone. Cathinone is a drug similar to amphetamines. This chemical is a stimulant found in the khat plant, a shrub plant native to Africa and Arabia. Chewing the leaves give people a mild stimulant effect, but in its synthetic form, the high that is produced it is far more potent and deadly.

Bath salts are part of a group of drugs that are unregulated psychoactive substances. They’re often sold under names such as “bath salts,” “jewelry cleaner,” or “plant food,” or in drug paraphernalia stores under the names of “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” “Red Dove,” or “Blue Silk.” These drugs were created to mimic the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine. No one really knows what the chemical composition of these drugs are, but more often than not, they contain methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MPDV or ecstasy), mephedrone and pyrovalerone.

These drugs are still relatively new on the American drug scene, and so the short-term and long-term effects of them are still largely unknown. However, they’ve had an effect: In 2010, nearly 300 calls to the poison control were due to people suffering from the effects of bath salts abuse. By 2011, that number had risen to over 5,000. In 2011, nearly 23,000 emergency room visits were due to bath salts.

Effects of Bath Salts Abuse

Synthetic cathinones both energize and agitate the body, raising a person’s heart rate and blood pressure. Bath salts symptoms also include:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased sex drive
  • Panic attacks
  • Extreme agitation coupled with violent behavior
  • Kidney failure
  • Degradation of muscle tissue

Since bath salts raise people’s temperatures, they often take off their clothes while using them. Sometimes their temperatures rise so high, it can kill them.

Bath salts are still so new that it’s hard to determine if people can have an addiction to bath salts. People do tend to have intensive cravings for the drug, however. Some of the long-term or permanent effects of bath salts include:

  • Kidney damage and failure
  • Liver damage
  • Skeletal muscle tissue breakdown
  • Brain swelling or death
  • Death
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Bath Salts Treatment

On the surface, bath salts treatment seems easy: A person just has to stop using them. However, this is easier said than done, as stopping the use of any drug leads to withdrawal, the symptoms of which can be extremely painful and sometimes deadly. Any person who attempts to stop taking a drug often relapses due to withdrawal symptoms. That’s why health professionals discourage people from going “cold turkey” when trying to stop using drugs.

Some of the bath salts withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Paranoia
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Extreme agitation
  • Nausea

Stopping bath salts drug abuse should be performed with a physician’s help or at a drug rehab center. Oftentimes, this involves medical detox, where an individual lessens or stops using a drug while medical professionals treat their withdrawal symptoms. However, that is only the first step. An individual should then receive therapy and counseling to address the reasons they might have abused bath salts.

It’s important that when seeking treatment, a person gets a thorough medical exam that looks for any co-occurring disorders, such as a mental health illness, that could make them relapse. If a person has more than one illness, such as addiction and depression, this is called a dual diagnosis, and both need to be treated at the same time to ensure a long-lasting recovery.

Baths Salts Treatment Program at Sovereign Health of Florida

Sovereign Health of Florida offers bath salts treatment at both of Fort Myers and Pompano Beach location. The first step in our drug treatment program is to first determine if there are any underlying issues, such as a mental health disorder, that could be contributing to the addiction. We start with an intensive physical and psychological evaluation that not only looks at primary symptoms but any underlying ones as well. Since no two patients can receive the same treatment, we create customized treatment plans that work to help an individual regain control of their life and health.

Due to how toxic bath salts are on the body, patients must go through medical detox. Patients can get treatment at our Fort Myers treatment center. They may choose to stay in our residential facilities, where they can receive 24/7 hour medical and nonmedical care in an environment that promotes healing and recovery.

Once they finish detox, patients can continue their treatment with therapy and counseling at both of our Florida locations. Based on their treatment plan, this can involve individual therapy, group therapy, process groups, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and holistic therapies such as yoga or art therapy.

Once their initial treatment for bath salts drug abuse is finished, a person’s recovery is just beginning. Sovereign Health offers continuing care program that provides connections to 12-step meetings or educational events so our patients can continue to receive support after they leave our facilities.

For more information about the treatment programs at Sovereign Health, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

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