Bath Salts Can Be Addictive
Are you using bath salts? Has it taken control of your life?
You CAN put an end to your suffering.
Medical treatment programs involve treating addiction symptoms while building the foundation for long-term recovery. If you are ready to leave addiction behind and get better, you can do so today. In this article, we review signs of a problem…and then outline the evidence based treatments for addiction. So, if you’re wondering what happens during rehab…we’ve got it covered. Read on for more, and then we invite your questions in the comments section at the end.
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Are your symptoms getting worse?
Chronic abuse of bath salts can lead to severe problems in your health and relationships. But it can also lead to more ordinary issues like loss of interest in old hobbies and once enjoyable activities. You may also experience troubles at work or school as a result of bath salts use. Close friends and family complaining because of the aggressive, moody, irritable, argumentative mood.
If you recognize any of the following:
- Developing symptoms of withdrawal such as depression or fatigue when you try to quit taking bath salts.
- Intense paranoid delusions, which may lead to aggressive or uncontrollable outbursts.
- Overheating and a need to remove clothes to ‘cool down’ as a result.
- Damage to the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, and brain.
- Social withdrawal and isolation from others who don’t enable bath salts use.
Addition is a medical condition. We understand this. It is not a moral failing. Feeling overcome by addiction does not make you a bad person. On the contrary, you may be very sick, and treatment can help you get better.
So, if you feel like your life has been thrown off course due to bath salts addiction, the first step to take is to make a decision. DECIDE to ask for help. Recovery can help you get back on track. You can turn your life around today.
Call for more treatment options.
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Are Bath Salts Addictive?
Bath salts are synthetic, ‘designer’ drugs that act as a stimulants on the central nervous system (CNS). These drugs produce comparable effects to amphetamines and MDMA. However, some say that bath salts are even more addictive than meth…meaning they are some of the most addictive psychoactive substances.
People take bath salts for the desired effects they can produce, such as:
- euphoria and a significant high
- increased social ability
- intense sexual drive
But, chasing these feelings can come with many undesired and dangerous effects, including:
- bizarre mood changes
- erratic or ‘zombie-like’ behavior
- violent and aggressive behavior
- suicidal thoughts
…and even death.
Once addiction to bath salts occurs, it is usually followed by prolonged or extreme use which can not only worse the primary effects of bath salt use but create dangerous new health risks. If you are not sure whether your drug use has gotten out of control, see if you find two or more of the following claims to be true for you.
- I need increasingly larger amounts of bath salts to feel the desired effect.
- I obsess over obtaining and using bath salts.
- I have tried to quit before, only to start using again when things get tough.
- I feel strong cravings for bath salts when I’m stressed out.
- I think my life would be better off if I didn’t use bath salts.
If you believe that you would be happier without bath salts…you are right! But, you don’t have to deal with addiction alone. Rehab placement specialists await your call us to help you decide on the right treatment options for you. We can help you get better.
Is rehab right for me?
It’s our opinion that rehab can work for anyone who is committed to getting better.
But, before you can set out on your journey of recovery you need to:
a) Break out of denial and accept that you have a problem with bath salts that requires professional medical assistance to be resolved.
b) Find the right treatment program that offers bath salts detox, therapy and counseling. Our hotline is a free and confidential line. We can help you today.
c) Commit to treatment and then follow through.
What happens during a stay in rehab? Basically, addiction treatment is completed in four steps.
STEP #1: EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT – Once you check into a rehab facility, the first step you go through will include a physical and psychological examination. During intake, you will be evaluated by a licensed practitioners that specialize in chemical addiction and substance abuse. The results from this assessment are then used to tailor-make a treatment program JUST FOR YOU and to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.
STEP #2: DETOX – During this stage, you will be supervised by medical professionals who provide round-the-clock support for withdrawal symptoms and address any complications that may arise. Doctors at a medical detoxification clinic may prescribe medications such as antipsychotic medications and/or benzodiazepines to help lessen some of the more serious withdrawal symptoms.
STEP #3: THERAPY – In addition to providing a safe and drug-free environment, rehab programs focus the main work of treatment on psychotherapies. The idea is that addiction is usually rooted in trauma. Ot can also be blocked by unresolved beliefs you hold about yourself and the world. So, at the heart of rehab is talk therapy. Therapies that compliment this include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
Nutritional counseling and wellness activities
Relapse prevention training
…and other psychotherapies. Applied together, the right mix of therapies for you is used to help change negative thoughts, attitudes and behaviours that block recovery, and treat the root causes of your bath salts addiction problem.
STEP #4: AFTERCARE – Treatment programs for addiction often continue their help even after you leave their facilities. Aftercare plans consist of more autonomous activities to make sure you stay on the right course. Relapse prevention training is used to further avoid the risk of relapse and increase your chances of rehab success.
Now that you know what bath salts addiction treatment generally entails, you are better prepared for what you can expect. So, don’t wait any longer. Call our helpline for detox and rehabilitation help TODAY.
Fear of Bath Salt(s) Withdrawal?
Let’s be honest – withdrawal from bath salts is not pretty.
If you have attempted to cut back or completely stop taking bath salts…you have probably experienced the harsh, uncomfortable symptoms. These symptoms can include lower or higher intensity depending on many individual factors. Withdrawing from bath salts cold turkey can further aggravate your symptoms.
But, bath salt withdrawal symptoms can be treated medically! Medical detox can ease or lessen the intensity of:
- decreased memory
- inability to concentrate
- intense cravings
- insomnia or poor quality sleep
- nasal congestion
- violent behavior
There is no need to fear these symptoms. In fact, withdrawal doesn’t have to be dangerous and risky. When you go off the drug under medical care…it’s a different story. If you fear the excruciating effects, then it is best to undergo a program of medically supervised withdrawal.
CALL NOW and learn more about specific detoxification and withdrawal treatment programs for you.
Breaking Free of Bath Salts For Good
The BEST and SAFEST way to treat addiction is to find a reputable rehab treatment center that offers an individualized treatment plan for you. This treatment should take your needs, current condition, personal preferences and individual goals into account.
Q: Why are tailor-made programs best at treating bath salts addiction?
A: They treat the ‘whole’ person.
In this way, individualized programs best align with your physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, and spiritual needs for recovery.
Main Choices in Addiction Treatment
You choose the perfect mix of treatment settings, duration, and therapies after consultation with your addiction doctor or treatment provider. Here are the basic options you can usually choose from:
CHOICE 1: TREATMENT SETTING
Inpatient (residential) treatment programs offer structured therapy and 24/7 supervision by professionals trained in helping people overcome the physical and psychological implications of their problem. During the weeks and months of residential rehab you will continue to have guided management of symptoms while starting to build skills for long-term recovery. This type of rehab is ideal for people who need to change environment in order to remain sober, or who have tried to quit on their own and failed. Residential treatment is also recommended for people who experience severe addiction or addiction to multiple drugs.
Outpatient treatment centers are recommended for people with a high level of motivation and commitment to recovery. They also work for people who need to continue with their treatment program after the residential part of rehab is over. Bath salts can be extremely addictive and very hard to quit and not relapse, especially in severe cases. For this reason, outpatient rehab is rarely suggested as the first choice in treatment setting for bath salts addiction.
CHOICE 2: TREATMENT PROGRAM DURATION
Addiction treatment programs can last anywhere from 30 days, to 60, 90 and 120 days, or more if needed. Shorter stays at rehab promise less successful results in comparison to 60 and 90 day programs which allow more time for physical and psychological stabilization, therapy, and education. According to addiction treatment experts, it is usually in your best interest to invest as much time as possible in your rehab program, before stepping down to a less-restrictive level of care.
CHOICE 3: THERAPIES AND AMENITIES INCLUDED
Therapy is commonly called ‘the meat’ of addiction treatment programs. While most rehabs offer a base of behavioral, emotional and psychological therapies, reputable facilities will have these at the core of the program. These therapies help you work on behavioral conditioning and prepare you to live a sober life.
When evidence-based therapy protocols and alternative holistic options (yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage therapy, art therapy, animal therapy.) are applied together, they can maximize your chances of successful recovery and long-lasting sobriety.
REMEMBER: Using bath salts can quickly take away your focus from other enjoyable things in life and turn you towards obsessive drug seeking and compulsive using. If you have reached this point…it may be time to break free from addiction.
Looking for addiction treatment resources to help you quit bath salts? Call us for more information about rehab settings, treatment length options, and therapies used in bath salts recovery.
What happens when you call our hotline?
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When you CALL US, we’ll listen. Then, we’ll work to get you the help you need. You can talk openly and honestly about:
Your drug of choice.
How long you’ve been using.
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Other mental health issues you’re battling.
If you or your loved one is ready to get help for a bath salts addiction, call our treatment support hotline today. Let us help you take back your future.
What Types of Co-occurring Disorders Exist With Bath Salts?
It is important to determine if a preexisting mental condition influences substance abuse, or not.
Because both can be treated at the same time.
People tend to abuse bath salts to self-medicate and cope with underlying mental health issues, such as depression, for example. On the other hand, addiction to bath salts can worsen or lead to a number of psychiatric disorders. Other conditions that tend to occur at the same time as bath salts addiction include:
When your bath salts addiction is associated with a mental health problem or abuse of another psychoactive substance, then it is a part of a dual diagnosis and an appropriate treatment program is required.
Dual diagnosis treatment programs treat both the addiction and the mental health disorder in one setting. Integrated dual diagnosis treatment has proven effective for those suffering from co-occurring disorders. In addition, pharmacological treatment may be used under direct medical supervision and in conjunction to psychotherapy and behavioral therapies.
Call today to gain information and access to the right course of treatment, support network, and continued care you can manage your co-occurring conditions successfully.
How to Help a Loved one with Bath Salts Addiction
If a loved one is addicted to bath salts, chances are they are dealing with a number of physical, emotional, and mental issues. So, if you are thinking of approaching a bath salt addict, prepare yourself for ‘the talk.’ Stick to facts and observations. Ask if s/he wants help. Finally, consider the possibility of staging an intervention with the help of a licensed interventionist, and ask professionals for help.
NOTE: No one can be forced to go to rehab. The best outcomes in treatment occur when a person willingly enters rehab.
BOTTOM LINE: Your pleading, arguing, convincing, threatening, or bribing …will not work.
Instead, look into Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). During support therapies and sessions, you will learn the importance of maintain a positive relationship with your addicted love done. You will also practice new and positive ways to show support and encouragement instead of enabling addiction. Enabling = behaviors that you take that stop a loved one from taking accountability for their actions and may include:
- Paying for drugs.
- Making excuses for them (at work or school, in your community, or socially)
- Giving them rides to see their dealer and pick up drugs.
- Paying their rent or bills.
- Providing them with a place to live and food.
Want more tips? One of the best and quickest ways to get to accurate information and treatment program referrals is to call our addiction hotline. You can call NOW to assess and evaluate a loved one’s problem. Questions we typically ask include:
- Which substance/drug does the person abuse?
- What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
- How do they abuse bath salts (injecting, snorting, or ingesting)?
- How long do you suspect they have been using bath salts?
- How long they’ve been showing signs of addiction?
- How much can they afford to pay for treatment?
- Is insurance an option?
- Could you (and/or other close family members) help them out financially?
- Does the addicted individual suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders?
Once you get help for your loved one…it’s important to seek help for yourself too. Close friends and especially family members of addicts can be negatively impacted by this new dynamic. You can get support in navigating the difficulties that arise from a loved one’s addiction by engaging in:
- Family therapy
- Individual one-on-one therapy
- Support groups like Al-Anon or Nar-Anon
It is important to keep in mind that your loved one may be defensive about bath salts addiction. Even when they are in denial or refuse to get into rehab, the best thing you can do is continue to offer support and care on their journey to recovery. This works far better than arguing, persuading, and pushing them into treatment. You can additionally emphasize personal choice and control by saying things such as:
“It really is up to you to decide to make this change.”
“No one else can do it for you.”
“I cannot make you go to rehab, but I hope you’ll seek help soon.”
Ready to find your way to recovery? Start building a drug-free life today!
Reference Sources: NCBI: Synthetic Cathinones (“Bath Salts”)
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)