Bath Salts Treatment Program

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Bath salts are synthetic drugs extracted from properties found in the khat plant. They acquired their street name because they are regularly marketed as bath salts, herbs or plant food, thereby allowing dealers to skirt the law.

These drugs are exceptionally dangerous because there is no single formula for producing them. They are a grab-bag of chemicals that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. As such, they can cause unpredictable reactions. Paranoid delusions and extreme agitation are not uncommon.

Sovereign Health provides drug abuse treatment programs for patients who abuse bath salts and other drugs. Our evidence-based and holistic programs target both the physical addiction and the psychological factors that fuel it.

What Are Bath Salts?

Bath salts are synthetic cathinones. The active ingredient, cathinone, occurs naturally in khat plants, but can be created chemically in a lab. Users inject, smoke, snort or swallow the drug.

Bath salts are similar in chemical structure to amphetamines, methamphetamines and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, also called ecstasy). The mild euphoria and stimulation people derive from chewing khat leaves has nothing in common with the intense high produced by the drug’s man-made version.

Bath salt drug abuse is relatively new to the American drug scene, having first made their appearance in 2009. Many popular club drugs such as MDMA are laced with synthetic cathinones to be consumed at raves and other social events. The drugs increase the body’s temperature, causing many users to remove their clothes. Individuals who die from taking club drugs succumb to extreme body and brain temperature as often as they do from overdosing.

In 2010, the year after bath salts made their debut on the American drug scene, poison centers fielded roughly 300 calls from users experiencing adverse reactions (tachycardia, hallucinations, paranoia); in 2011, the number of calls increased to over 5,000.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Effects of Bath Salts Abuse

Synthetic cathinones both energize and agitate the body. They raise heart rate and blood pressure. Other bath salts abuse symptoms include:

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased sex drive
  • Panic attacks
  • Extreme agitation coupled with violent behavior
  • Kidney failure
  • Degradation of muscle tissue

Bath salts have been popularly linked to gruesome stories in the media due to the power that the drug has over the brain. In addition to raging paranoia, drug-induced psychosis can result. Coupled with sleep deprivation and extreme dehydration, these side effects have the potential to present a serious danger to users and people around them.

One study suggests that the common active ingredient in bath salts can have effects similar to cocaine, only 10 times as powerful.

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A person who ingests too much of the drug at once or over a short period of time runs the risk of developing serious side effects. Chronic use of synthetic cathinones can create intense cravings. Bath salts symptoms of withdrawal include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Paranoia
  • Problems with sleeping
  • Extreme agitation
  • Nausea

Sovereign Health’s Bath Salts Treatment Program

Before progress can be made, the body must be rid of its toxins. We provide medically and nutritionally-assisted detox options under the supervision of medical personnel. Sovereign Health’s medical staff assiduously monitors a patient’s detox. Our vigilance guarantees the patient is safely weaned off drugs.

Sovereign Health’s drug addiction treatment program focuses on healing the body and resolving the underlying psychological factors that fuel addiction. All co-occurring behavioral health disorders must be addressed at once to ensure a lasting recovery from all of them.

During patient intake, Sovereign Health staff perform a thorough assessment. We create a custom treatment plan based on this assessment. Based on the patient’s needs, the treatment plan may include any of the following:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Brain wellness
  • Family, group and individual and peer-to-peer counseling and therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Yoga therapy
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Why Choose Sovereign Health for Bath Salt Abuse Treatment?

We are a national leader in behavioral health treatment offering superior treatment and patient service:

  • Joint Commission-accredited treatment
  • Evidence-based and holistic treatment modalities
  • Customized treatment plans
  • Continuing care for up to one year following successful completion of treatment
  • Facilities across the country
  • Comfortable patient accommodations
  • Most insurance accepted

Substance abuse is a complex disease. We treat all overt and underlying aspects of this disease. Only when all issues are addressed do patients have a realistic chance at living a life free of chemical dependence. Contact our 24/7 helpline to learn more.

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