WHAT ARE BATH SALTS?

When you hear the term bath salts, you might think of taking a bath among sudsy perfumed water. After all, that’s one of the definitions that can be found online for bath salts.

However, another definition states that bath salts are a type of synthetic drug with mood-altering and stimulant properties.

In fact, Drug Free.Org states that bath salts are more addictive than methamphetamine, while Narconon suggests that bath salts, in addition to their addictiveness, can also trigger intense cravings.

Most alcohol and drug treatment facilities fall under two categories: inpatient and outpatient.

BATH SALT INPATIENT REHAB

Much in the same way as Spice, Bath Salts are a newer drug that many do not have that much clinical experience with. Given this, we believe when recovering from Bath Salt addiction, that it is best that both the detox and rehabilitation process take place on an inpatient basis.

INPATIENT VISITATIONS

Inpatient visitations are very important for people who are recovering from substance abuse.

Visiting loved ones and friends who are in rehab reassures the patient that there are people out in the world who still care about them.

That said, there will be times in the rehab process when visitation will be restricted. During the initial bath salts detox, you likely won’t be allowed to visit.

Make careful note of how your loved one is doing in rehabilitation. If they are positive and upbeat, now might be a good time to stop by. Whereas, if the person in treatment is struggling with the recovery process, it may be best to wait.

Always check with the healthcare professional helping your loved one through their bath salts recovery before showing up for a visit.

BATH SALT OUTPATIENT REHAB

With so little knowledge of the drug, particularly its potency depending upon what Bath Salts are cut with, reaction from detoxification and rehabilitation can result in danger for the patient (outpatient in this case), and those around him/her.

This is why we suggest patients recovering from Bath Salt addiction detox and recover in one of our rehabilitation centers throughout Southern California and the Portland area.

THE PROCESS FOR BATH SALTS REHAB

The increased popularity of bath salts makes creating a custom rehab process much simpler.

We look into the history of your bath salts use to find the root cause, then, through group and individual counseling, we help you learn how to confront that cause.

We’ll also help you identify which aspects of your life could trigger a relapse.

We even help you figure out the common circumstances that cause people to run back to bath salts. Those circumstances are often events that involve people gathering together like birthdays and holidays. We help you find ways to navigate these situations without letting your sobriety slip.

Along with counseling to help with your mental and emotional wellbeing, our rehabilitation process will also address your physical health. We’ll help you start a low-impact exercise program, which includes activities like stretching and yoga.

Remember, bath salts rehabilitation is not just about getting a person off their substance of choice, but also about getting them back into physical shape. The biggest ways addiction effects a person physically are through injuries, illness, or drastic weight fluctuations.

Addiction attacks you mentally, emotionally and physically, so your treatment must also address all three areas.

THE LENGTH OF BATH SALT TREATMENT

Treatment for bath salts is more than just detox. This means after detoxification, you still need to build up your physical, mental, and emotional strength to withstand the next craving.

Building up your internal fortitude will include extended counseling to strengthen your resolve.

Because every situation is different, the treatment will vary in length from person to person. One person may require treatment for a month or more, but the next person may require only a few days.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF BATH SALTS?

The properties that make up today’s bath salts, were first synthesized in the 1920s, the most notable of which is mephedrone, a chemical similar to cathinone, which is a monoamine alkaloid found in the shrub Catha edulis, a flowering plant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Once chemicals such as mephedrone and cathinone were rediscovered, illicit drug producers touted them as part of the chemical makeup that produces bath salts.

Almost immediately within Europe, bath salts became the popular drug at parties and on dance floors. It also increased dramatically within the United States, where between 2009 and 2010, abuse of this drug jumped dramatically, as did visits to the emergency room.

Keep in mind that at this point, bath salts were still sold legally. They could be bought at gas stations or head shops, in which on occasion, the drug was actually sold as bath salts as well as other typical home products – all of this to keep the drug from being labeled illegal.

For persons under 21, bath salts were easier to get than alcohol and cigarettes.

Incidentally, on the street, bath salts also go by the names of:

  • Ivory Wave
  • Purple Wave
  • Red Dove
  • Blue Silk
  • Bloom
  • Cloud Nine
  • Ocean Snow
  • Lunar Wave
  • Vanilla Sky
  • White Lightning
  • Scar
  • Hurricane Charlie

HOW ARE BATH SALTS TAKEN?

Bath salts are usually snorted, though in some cases, people shoot the drug intravenously. In other cases, bath salts are mixed into food or they are taken orally.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SIDE EFFECTS OF BATH SALTS?

Unfortunately, bath salts have already been linked to an alarming number of ER visits across the country. Some of the symptoms of a bath salts overdose include:

  • Chest pains
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Delusions

ARE BATH SALTS ILLEGAL?

In October 2011, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed methylone, a powerful stimulant and psychoactive drug most notorious for its presence in bath salts, into its Schedule I of highly restricted drugs with no accepted medical use within the US.

THE DANGERS OF BATH SALTS

Both methylone and mephedrone can be found in bath salts.

Mephedrone is of particular concern because it presents a high risk for overdose.

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The chemicals act in the brain like stimulants (indeed they are sometimes touted as cocaine substitutes, as is the case with mephedrone); thus they present a high abuse and addiction liability.

It’s been reported that these products are responsible for intense cravings not unlike those experienced by methamphetamine users, and clinical reports from other countries appear to corroborate their addictiveness.

They can also confer a high risk for other medically adverse effects.

Some of these may be linked to the fact that, beyond their known psychoactive ingredients, the contents of “bath salts” are largely unknown or unexpected in their pharmacology.

This makes the practice of abusing them, by any route, that much more dangerous, and the toxicological breakdown of bath salts that much more of a wild goose chase as to what’s inside of the drug to begin with.

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PATIENT PRIVACY

Your Patient Health Information (PHI) will always remain safe and secure with our sobriety specialists.

Between the stress of withdrawals and confronting deep seeded issues in counseling, you don’t need the added anxiety of worrying about the security of your confidential information.

HOW ARE PAYMENTS HANDLED

If you stay with us for a long period of time, we bill bi-weekly. Otherwise it will be on a monthly basis.

We take the same care to keep your financial information private as we do to keep your Patient Health Information private. We don’t save your credit card information or any other financial records.

GOING AWAY FOR TREATMENT

Leaving town for treatment can often give you a clean slate that can be helpful in the recovery process. It can help you strip away the layers of familiarity to find a new way to function. In many cases, removing yourself from everything that’s familiar can set you up for success in your new sober life.

POST-REHABILITATION SUPPORT

Having a strong support group can greatly contribute to your long-term sobriety. To this end, continued support for those leaving a rehabilitation facility is highly recommended.

This type of continued support can often come from the network of relationships you develop while receiving treatment in a recovery center.

This social aspect of the rehab process can’t be overstated. Loneliness is a contributing factor for people who suffer substance abuse and/or relapse.

This makes a stay in a rehabilitation facility not just crucial for the detox phase of recovery, but also for improving social connections.

A loved one’s drug addiction can be devastating to all who are near, family and friends included. If you sense an addiction problem in yourself or a loved one, and you just don’t know how to remedy it, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.