Bath salts or synthetic cathinones are drugs composed of one or more man-made chemicals related to cathinone, a stimulant found in the “khat” plant, a native of Southern Arabia and East Africa. Much higher in potency than its natural counterpart, bath salts are popularly marketed as herbs, jewelry cleanser, phone screen cleaner, and plant food to evade the law.

Similar in chemical composition to amphetamines, methamphetamines and ecstasy, bath salts are available as a brown or white crystalline powder. Also known as “Vanilla Sky”, “Bloom”, “Scarface”, “Flakka”, and “White Lightening”, these can be snorted, swallowed, inhaled or injected, with snorting and injecting being the most harmful.

The use of bath salts is relatively recent in the American drug scene with the first reported use appearing in 2009. As it increases the body temperature causing people to remove their clothes, it is used to lace club drugs like ecstasy and majorly consumed at raves and other social parties and gatherings.

Bath salts are extremely dangerous as they are a motley of harmful chemicals. As there is no set formula to produce these, the product varies from manufacturer to manufacturer in terms of potency, texture and expected effects.

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Symptoms of Bath Salts Use

Use of bath salts can result in unpredictable results because of extreme intoxication and dangerous health effects. It has known to cause behavioral changes like being psychotic, aggressive, and violent. Paranoid delusions and extreme agitation and energy is also common. Bath salts also raise the blood pressure and the heart rate. Other common symptoms of its use include:

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

Effects of Bath Salts Use

Bath salts, when consumed, have the power to control the brain to such an extent that is can cause drug-induced psychosis. Combined with extreme dehydration and sleep deprivation, such side effects present serious danger to users and people around them. Past studies have suggested that bath salts have the same effects as that of cocaine use, albeit 10 times stronger.

An individual who consumes a large quantity of bath salts in one go or over a short period of time, may develop serious side effects. Conversely, chronic use of the drug causes intense cravings. However, all these effects can be avoided if an individual addicted to bath salts undergoes a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program at a credible behavioral health center.

Withdrawal Symptoms of Bath Salts

When a short- or long-term user of bath salts abstains from using the drug, they may experience severe withdrawal symptoms. Some common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Extreme agitation
  • Disturbed sleep patterns

Treatment of Bath Salt Abuse

Invictus Health Group has partnered with addiction treatment centers whom provide treatment for bath salts targeting both the physical as well as psychological dependence to the drug. Their team of medical experts customize the treatment program for each individual outlining evidence-based treatment modalities best suited for them.

Before any addiction treatment program is undertaken, it is important that the body is rid of the accumulated toxins through a detox. Detox at Invictus Health Group is done through our partners and under the close supervision of their medical team to ensure patient safety and effective management of withdrawal symptoms.

In case, the patient also suffers from drug-induced psychosis, they are treated for both the mental disorder and the addiction simultaneously. Based on their physical and mental condition, a personalized treatment plan for a patient at Invictus Health Group’s partnering behavioral health center may include any or all of the following:

  • Brain wellness
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Family, group, and individual and peer-to-peer counseling and therapy

Why Choose Invictus Health Group?

Invictus Health Group is an established name in the field of treatment services for mental illnesses, addiction, co-occurring disorders, and behavioral conditions. We are known for partnering with treatment center whom offer superior treatment and patient services for all kinds of drug recovery programs. Other reasons for choosing the Invictus Health Group include:

  • Personalized treatment plan
  • Acceptance of major insurance plans
  • Research-backed holistic treatment modalities
  • Comfortable, modern, and large patient accommodations

Substance abuse is a complex brain disease, the treatment of which requires a multi-faceted approach. For more information about our drug addiction treatment programs, talk to our admission specialist available 24/7 on our helpline 866-548-0190. You can also chat online with a representative for further assistance.

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