Did you know that bath salts are purchased and consumed illegally every day, even though they are associated with several health risks? When abused, users are at risk of severe consequences, including death. This drug is not a water-soluble mineral like Epsom salts: the name “bath salts” is a term given to disguise its true identity from authorities.
It’s no surprise that bath salts are commonly abused drugs because of their addictive properties. They are often compared to drugs like amphetamines, MDMA, and cocaine since the main ingredient, synthetic cathinones, shares similar effects to these other drugs.
If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you or a loved one has fallen victim to addiction. Bath salt abuse continues to be a recurring issue among all addiction-prone individuals. At New Life House we provide young men with the tools and resources needed to achieve sobriety. We are a sober living facility based in California ready to lend a helping hand to you and your family. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help.
What are Bath Salts?
Bath salts have several names – psychoactive drugs, PABS, and monkey dust (common name in the United Kingdom). No matter the name they’re given, they are dangerous drugs and should be treated as such. While the name sounds appropriate for a bathing product, the drug’s name is misleading. Therefore, it’s important not to confuse bath salts with Epsom salts.
Like we mentioned earlier, this drug contains synthetic cathinone, an amphetamine–like stimulant that derives from the Khat plant. Other ingredients include methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) methylone, and mephedrone. Later in this guide, we’ll cover the effects of these substances and why they are harmful.
If you suspect that your son is an addict of this drug, give New Life House a call to learn more about how we can help.
How are Bath Salts Used?
Unfortunately, when using a substance that’s highly addictive like bath salts, it’s very difficult for abusers to get clean. Users develop a need for this drug and when they try and stop, their body experiences withdrawal symptoms difficult to overcome.
Bath salts are used to receive an instant high or rush similar to methamphetamine. Moreover, there are several different ways one can use this drug.
It can be taken:
If you believe your loved one is misusing bath salts through any of these intake methods, call us today for immediate help.
Where Are They Sold?
Bath salts used to be sold in smoke shops and even gas stations. They were also quickly accessible over the internet, meaning that absolutely anyone can get their hands on them. Though they were once labeled as “not for human consumption” many individuals didn’t listen to these advisories. For this reason, the sale or consumption of bath salts is now illegal.
Does this mean people have stopped abusing this drug? Absolutely not. Unfortunately, just like other drugs, bath salts continue to be purchased illegally under different product names like phone cleaner, plant feeder, or insect repellent. Getting a hold of this drug is not as easy as it once was, but it is still possible.
What Makes Cathinones Addictive?
Cathinones are the active ingredient within bath salts that make this drug so appealing to users despite their severe side effects. This is a new drug, meaning that long-term effects are still being researched. Despite the lack of information, some people continue to use this addictive substance.
What we do know is that cathinone is a chemical with a very high potential for abuse because of how addictive it is. Upon use, users will receive a euphoric effect that may be enjoyable at the time, but comes attached with negative side effects including:
- Increased wakefulness
- Increased heart rate
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure
- Excess sweating
- Violent behavior
- Reduced appetite
- Suicidal thoughts
Higher doses of this substance leads to seriously dangerous behavior. This alone should be sufficient reason to stay away from bath salts. The problem is that this ingredient is so addictive that once someone tries it, it’s difficult to give up.
If you or a loved one have fallen victim to this drug, get in touch with us today. We are here to help you get your life back and stay clean.
Synthetic Cathinones Commonly Found in Bath Salts
Bath salts contain different ingredients. There are countless variations of this drug, however, these drugs all contain synthetic cathinones. These human made stimulants come from the Khat plant which is grown in East Africa as well as Southern Arabia. Users will chew the leaves for a stimulation effect.
Then, of course, we have the fully synthetic versions of cathinone. These are so much stronger than the naturally grown product and in many cases, very dangerous.
Here is a list of the most common synthetic cathinones found in bath salts:
All of these substances can be damaging to one’s health and can lead to addiction. It’s never too late to reach out for help. Give New Life House a call today.
Why Do People Start Abusing Bath Salts?
Just like any other drug, bath salts are addictive…so why do people abuse them? The short answer is they enjoy the instant high received and are very easy to consume. Another large reason is users don’t fully understand (or believe) the side effects associated with bath salts. There isn’t much research released on them yet, which means its a new drug and information regarding side effects hasn’t been vetted completely.
Moreover, it is very easy for people to get a hold of this drug illegally. They are usually sold in the form of powder, white or brown. It will also come in different product names or brand names like Cloud Nine, Meow Meow, or Snow Leopard.
Finally, this drug is difficult to detect in drug testing laboratories. For example, if an employer believes that an employee is using bath salts, they need to get in touch with a specific lab. Standard drug testing laboratories usually don’t run these examinations. The fact that this drug is hard to detect has become a leading reason of why people are drawn to it.
If you or a loved one needs help from bath salt addiction, don’t think twice and give us a call at (888) 357-7577.
What Are the Symptoms & Side Effects of Abusing Synthetic Cathinones?
Abusing synthetic cathinones can lead to several health complications including:
- Psychotic episodes
- Withdrawal symptoms
Users will experience agitation and paranoia when on this drug. Other common side effects include:
- Dangerous behavior
- Suicidal thoughts
What about long-term effects? Abusing this drug leads to:
- Kidney failure
- Damaged skeletal muscle tissue
Researchers haven’t determined exactly what the effects on the human brain are, however, bath salts are very similar to amphetamines and ecstasy.
When someone is under the influence of this drug they’ll experience these effects for up to 3 to 4 hours. The complete experience can last anywhere between 6-8 hours. In a lot of cases in the U.S. or the United Kingdom, when someone has used bath salts they commit acts they normally would not.
For instance, they may get extremely violent and hurt themselves or others around them. This is due to the paranoia and delusions associated with the drug. Though they may not wish to harm others, the consequences can be devastating.
Withdrawal symptoms are a clear sign that the user is addicted and should seek help immediately. If your son has fallen prey to bath salts give us a call at (888) 357-7577 to learn more about how you can help.
How Can I Tell if Someone is Addicted to Bath Salts?
There are a few ways you can tell if someone is addicted to bath salts:
- For starters, if your loved one isn’t acting like themselves this is the first sign.
- Perhaps they have experienced an increase in blood pressure, chest pains, or increased heart rate.
- Hallucinations are a severe effect of bath salts and a clear indication of addiction.
It’s important to look for these signs. Additional signs include:
- Reduced appetite
- Suicidal thoughts
It’s also very common for people who are using bath salts to tear off their clothes in an attempt to cool down. When they are under the influence of this drug it becomes very difficult to stop themselves or listen to the commands of others.
If your son is experiencing erratic behavior or not being themselves lately, try to find out what is going on. If you believe they’re fighting addiction, talk to them about their options. For more information or guidance, give us a call. We are here to help you and your family overcome addiction.
How Does Someone Detox from Bath Salts?
Detoxing one’s body from bath salts can take some time. Of course, it depends on how long and how much the individual has been using.
If someone is a regular user, their body will become accustomed to the drug and when they don’t have it, they’ll experience strong withdrawal symptoms. The first step to detoxifying the body from bath salts is stopping use for an extended period of time. It’s easier said than done because in this time period the individual will experience symptoms that range anywhere from feeling uncomfortable, to life-threatening events.
This is why it’s strongly encouraged to reach out for help when trying to overcome addiction and begin detox from bath salts.
Why is Drug Testing for Bath Salts Difficult?
Drug testing is a common way to know if an individual is using this substance. If results come up positive, individuals can lose their job and even face some legal complications.
Bath salts can be detected up to 48-72 hours after the last consumption (depending on the dosage ingested). However, not every drug-testing lab offers synthetic cathinone testing. Employers who need to administer a drug test for someone they believe is abusing this drug need to contact a laboratory that offers these tests, and these services aren’t always immediately available.
Drug testing for this substance is so difficult because this is a relatively new drug. Many standard drug tests have not yet been able to detect various ingredients or cathinones. There are testing laboratories who specialize in this type of testing.
Moreover, there are some factors that will influence drug testing. These include the following:
- The individual’s height and weight. Size is a determining factor of how long a drug stays in someone’s system.
- Another important factor to consider is the amount the user consumed. Higher dosages will remain in their system longer.
- If the user has a fast metabolism the drug will exit their bodies faster making it more difficult to be detected.
Usually if someone is a regular user of bath salts, friends and family will be able to tell. Their behavior is so erratic that it will be difficult to oversee or pass off. Contact us today to tell us about your specific situation with your loved one.
How Can New Life House Help?
If you suspect your son has fallen victim to this addictive drug, we encourage you to give us a call. New Life House can guide you through the process of getting them to sobriety.
When it comes down to addiction, uses need to take specific steps to get clean. We are here to walk you or your loved one through this recovery process. Contact us today to begin this journey at New Life House.
Don’t wait any longer and take action now. Postponing this process can lead to serious health issues including death. Call us today at (888) 357-7577 for more information. We look forward to meeting you!