Bath salts are a relatively new drug on the black market. It is also known as synthetic cathinones. It is an amphetamine like drug that doctor’s speculate is more addictive than crystal meth or methamphetamines and may be harder to get off than heroin. Unfortunately, these are not the only dangers of bath salts.
Bath salts are made from a drug called khat that is a popular recreational drug in the middle eastern countries. This plant when in its raw form is not nearly as harmful as the refined version used in making bath salts.
Signs of Bath Salts Addiction
It is relatively easy to tell if someone is using bath salts. The signs are often unusual and bizarre to someone not on drugs. These signs are:
- Erratic often bizarre behavior
- Anxiety or the jitters
- Muscle twitches and generally twitchy behavior
- Insomnia or extreme difficulty sleeping
- Increased or erratic heart rate and blood pressure
- Impaired motor function and motor skills
- Panic attacks
- Thoughts of suicide
- Hallucinations and delusions including suicidal and homicidal fantasies
- Often violent behavior
- Self mutilation
- Loss of appetite
These signs of bath salts addiction are extremely dangerous and often can cause severe consequences. This was the case in the now joked about Miami Zombie attack that resulted in the death of at least one person. It was not funny to the person who died while on bath salts nor was it funny to the family of the person who was attacked. This incident serves as an example of exactly how dangerous this addiction can be.
Side Effects of Bath Salts Addiction
Other than the signs of addictions bath salts have some very dangers side effects. These side effects worsen as the addiction continues. These side effects are:
- Cardiovascular damage
- Increased risk of heart failure
- Increased risk of respiratory failure
- Mood disorders
- Loss of coordination sometimes resulting in permanent damage
- Severe depression and suicide
- Increased risk of psychotic and mood disorders
Each of these side effects can become permanent if enough of the bath salts are used long enough.
Treatment for Bath Salts Addiction
The most common forms of treatment for bath salts addiction is through counseling and inpatient or outpatient detoxification. If you attempt to detox on your own, you run a high risk of relapse and relapse related overdose.
Most treatment programs involve medications to control the symptoms of withdrawal and then a comprehensive counseling program. The medications can help with the physical symptoms but do not stop the cravings. It is extremely important to make sure that you detoxify in a safe place. During detoxification, you may experience worsening levels of delusions, hallucinations, and psychosis. These symptoms can make you a danger to yourself or others. It is extremely important to make sure that you are in a treatment center or other safe place for a bath salts detoxification and treatment.