When you hear the term bath salts it may conjure up visions of a warm, luxurious bath that will relax your body after a long, hard day at work. But in reality Bath Salts can do far more than rejuvenate the body. These salts contain man-made chemicals similar to amphetamines. This substance has been described by some as “fake cocaine” and can be consumed in a similar way, by snorting, injection, or even smoking.
It is similar to cocaine in the feelings of euphoria it induces. This euphoria is often followed by a series of negative experiences of paranoia, depression, agitation, and a strong desire for more. When you use these bath salts you’ll experience an extremely intense high, a burst of high energy, an elevated heart rate, excessive sweating, and insomnia which could last up to 8 hours for a single dose. If continued redosing occurs it could cause a bout of insomnia that could last for several days. If using bath salts is an addictive practice it could lead to serious kidney failure and even death in some cases.
Therefore it is imperative that if you or someone you care about is addicted to bath salts that you seek treatment immediately.
With prolonged use of bath salts the brain can be impaired in the same way it is affected by meth use. For that reason, many bath salt addicts will need to spend quite a bit of time in a treatment facility to deal with the lasting effects of addiction. This time will vary depending on your level of addiction. According to the National Institute of Health, the most successful programs for ridding oneself from bath salt addictions are those that last 30 days or longer. Some people have even had to stay in treatment centers for up to a year.
Choosing the Right Facility
When searching for the right treatment facility focus on choosing a program that will address all of your particular needs. There are many different options available for those with this type of addiction but each person is unique and will have his own set of problems. Look for a center that will address each of these problems as part of the total recovery program.
Your therapy will also be a major part of your recovery so don’t take it for granted. You want a facility that focuses on behavioral therapy through a combination of group and individual sessions so that you can learn how to function in the normal life setting without becoming dependent on drugs. These sessions will also teach you how to deal with stress or mental illness without responding to their triggers with drugs.
Ultimately, the more the treatment center offers you that can directly address your needs the higher your rate of success will be. Freeing yourself from bath salt addiction can be a difficult challenge to overcome but the consequences of failing to do so can be even more detrimental. If you are ready to rid yourself of this debilitating habit then begin by calling your primary care physician to get started on your recovery.