Bath salts are a term applied to a type of synthetic drugs that are devised by black market chemists with the intent of sidestepping current laws banning their use. They often provide users with a hallucinogenic and stimulant high but can ultimately put them in the hospital due to medical emergency, including overdose, or contribute to the development of an addiction. Often sold under names like Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave, and Bliss among many others, these drugs are the cause of thousands of poison control calls, emergency room visits and deaths, according to WebMD. Far from harmless, if your loved one is abusing these drugs, it’s a sign that treatment is necessary if they are unable to stop on their own. Contact us at Futures today and learn more about how our intensive, evidence-based program can help your loved one avoid the dangers that come with the use of bath salts.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that a study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, a chemical that is often found in bath salts, works by prolonging the effects of dopamine and norepinephrine. This occurs because the drug blocks the reuptake of these neurotransmitters after they have been released. The results include:
- Higher heart rate
- Higher blood pressure
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Erratic behavior
NIDA reports that, medically speaking, bath salts could be even more dangerous than cocaine based on these findings.
Though the constantly changing chemical makeup of bath salts is a calculated choice made by chemists who are trying to stay a step ahead of the law, the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act was passed in July of 2012. This law made it illegal to have, sell or use any form of bath salts, including MDPV and mephedrone – two of the most popular versions. In all, 26 chemicals are covered under the law, which means that some versions may still be technically legal. However, rarely does the buyer or the law enforcement professional know the exact chemical makeup of the substance when they see it, so often any brush with the law while in possession of the drug results in detainment, a report, or even arrest and conviction.
Bath Salts Addiction
One of the most deadly issues associated with bath salts use is the risk of addiction. Some people develop a dependence solely on these substances while others use the drug in combination with others. Whether it’s being high in general that is the allure or chasing the specific high provided by bath salts, addiction is devastating to the user and their loved ones, infecting every aspect of life. Even if unsure of what bath salts are or how to detect their use in their loved one, many family members notice certain changes when someone they care about develops an addiction. Among them are:
- Loss of longtime close relationships with friends and family members
- Inability to maintain a job or substandard work performance
- Increasingly erratic behavior while under the influence
- Financial difficulties
- Anger or irritation when asked about drug use
- Denial that there is any issue other than being tired, not feeling well, etc.
Can Treatment Help?
Despite the fact that bath salts are a relatively new addition to the drug scene, their use and abuse can be treated at a drug rehabilitation facility. Those who crave the drugs and are unable to stop using on their own will benefit from the therapeutic intervention provided by high-end treatment programs like the one we offer here at Futures. For more information, reach out today.