Bath Salts Abuse is a serious, dangerous problem. The fact that someone is using and abusing a dangerous, illegal substance, such as bath salts, indicates they need some form of drug rehab program.
At Inspire Malibu, we treat bath salt abuse from a clinical, psychological, behavioral prospective.
The first step is to conduct a thorough psychological evaluation and assessment. This information will help us determine the psychological make-up of the person and whether or not there are co-occurring conditions such as depression, bi-polar, anxiety, PTSD or ADHD which need to treated.
The chemicals in the family of drugs known as bath salts, while synthetic, are related to cathinone, a stimulant found naturally in the Kath plant. Cathinone has amphetamine-like symptoms, and the reports of high levels of intoxication and extremely negative health effects are making these drugs a major public safety issue. The synthetic chemical in bath salts has been found to produce euphoria, increased desire to socialize, and sometimes increased sex drive. Other users experience agitation, hallucinations, or paranoia – even to the point of displaying violent or psychotic behavior. Deaths have been reported from bath salt use, as well.
After bath salts came onto the market a few years ago, they gained in popularity in Europe and the United States as they were a legal way to get high. It was only in October of 2011 that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration put three synthetic cathinones under an emergency ban. In July of 2012, President Obama signed legislation permanently making two of the cathinones illegal: mephedrone and MDPV. While the new law prohibits any analogues that are “chemically similar” those who manufacture these compounds will likely respond to the ban by creating new compounds different enough to evade the ban. After all, when mephedrone was banned in the UK in 2010, a new chemical called naphydrone replaced it.
“Bath salts” came to national attention after a sensational story from Miami, Florida, when it was suspected that a man who attacked and chewed off the face of another man might have been abusing the “designer drug.” While later the suspect was cleared on suspicion of being high on bath salts, the extreme dangers of consuming this drug have been more and more of concern to the public, as it should be. Bath salts often contain methylenedioxypyrovalerone (or MDPV for short), a synthetic chemical, and a growing body of research in rodents shows that the compound is potentially even more dangerous than cocaine. A recent study showed that MDPV consumption produced rapid heart rate, hyperactivity, and increased blood pressure, all symptoms that carry a high amount of dangerous health risks to users of the drug.
Addiction, including addiction to designer drugs, is a medical condition with identifiable behavioral symptoms and patterns of behavior. At Inspire Malibu, one of the only non twelve-step, disease model, therapy-based treatment programs in the world, individuals addicted to alcohol, controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, and other drugs, as well as prescription drugs can find the help they need to overcome their condition and regain their life free of self-destructive behaviors. Inspire Malibu offers a detox program with full medical supervision, as well as a residential treatment program where patients can remain on-site for intensive care.
Poison control centers and emergency rooms are linking bath salts to an alarming surge in patient visits. Many people have needed medical attention after using the drug, suffering from cardiac symptoms including racing heart, chest pain, and high blood pressure, and psychiatric symptoms like panic attacks. Sometimes the effect is called “excited delirium,” which causes patients to ignore such things as extreme dehydration. Not only that, cathinone intoxication has been linked to breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, kidney failure, and even death.