Bath Salts

“Flakka.” “Cloud nine.” “Vanilla sky.” Most popularly known as “bath salts,” a name that serves as a legal dodge, synthetic cathinones are a family of designer drug stimulants. Cathinone is a chemical found in the khat plant, used for centuries in East Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula as a stimulant. Part of an emerging class of drugs known as “new psychoactive substances,” bath salts have played a role in several high-profile news stories in recent years about bath salts drug abuse.

Often used by people not fully aware of what they’re taking, bath salts can ruin a life as thoroughly as any other addictive drug. Sovereign Health provides treatment for women dealing with bath salts drug abuse at our treatment facility in Chandler, Arizona.

Bath Salts Abuse

Until recently, bath salts existed in a legal grey zone similar to synthetic marijuana. Usually manufactured in overseas labs, bath salts are shipped to the United States for sale. Bath salts are still often sold with “not for human consumption” on their packaging as an attempt to skirt drug laws. Additionally, manufacturers and dealers often alter the chemical makeup of the drug in order to remain under the radar of law enforcement and customs.

The ever-changing chemical makeup of bath salts makes their effects completely unpredictable. One package of bath salts may act as a minor stimulant; another may be far more powerful than a similar dose of methamphetamine. Additionally, research on methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), the active ingredient in bath salts, has shown the chemical is more addictive than methamphetamine.

Bath salts’ reputation for causing severe reactions in their users – often referred to as “excited delirium” – has caused many users to give the drugs a wide berth. However, it’s possible to take bath salts unknowingly, as they’re often sold as more popular club drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and molly. This leaves users unprepared for bath salts’ powerful – and sometimes violent – effects.

Symptoms of Bath Salts Abuse

  • Agitation
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Nosebleeds

Red Flags of Bath Salts Abuse

  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme panic and agitation
  • Dangerously high body temperature
  • Pacing, uncontrolled body movement and self-harm

Bath Salts and the Body

Bath salts can be smoked, injected, snorted or swallowed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), researchers still don’t know how MDPV works on the brain. Synthetic cathinones are chemically similar to other illicit stimulants such as cocaine – a recent study found MDPV interacts with the brain similarly to cocaine, but is at least 10 times stronger.

It’s very hard to predict the exact effects a dose of bath salts is going to have – the drug’s changing chemical makeup makes predicting a user’s experience almost impossible. In general, bath salts drug abuse can bring euphoria and increased mental awareness and energy – however, those effects come at a price. According to NIDA, users also experience paranoia, wild emotional swings and even hallucinations.

Most infamously, some users experience what has become known as “excited delirium,” a somewhat controversial term which describes a variety of symptoms, including intense anxiety, aggressive behavior, psychosis and even superhuman strength. The term is not recognized by the American Medical Association or the American Psychological Association. Nevertheless, bath salts’ unpredictable effects present a unique risk to even one-time users.

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Getting Help for Addiction to Bath Salts

The cruel thing about club drugs is they can sneak up on users – a drug that’s only taken during parties, concerts or a night out doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that can turn into a life-consuming addiction, but it does. Sovereign Health provides expert bath salts treatment for women at our Chandler, Arizona, treatment facility.

Sovereign Health takes a holistic view of treatment – it’s not enough for us to simply treat bath salts symptoms. The complex mental health issues which so often drive substance abuse need treating as well. Our treatment facility in Chandler provides women a safe, comfortable place to work on and move past their problems.

Patients can make use of traditional, evidence-based therapy along with effective alternative therapies like art therapy and yoga during their stay with us. Psychotherapy methods like cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy help patients gain a greater understanding of themselves and their addiction, while yoga and meditation help patients find new ways of reducing stress.

Our patients are individuals – Sovereign provides expert treatment tailored for each patient’s specific needs, giving them the best possible chance at a full recovery.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health should be your first choice for treatment. Why?

  • Our Chandler facility is specifically for women
  • We’re fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s largest and oldest health care accreditation agency
  • We specialize in treating survivors of trauma and abuse

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