Bath Salts Rehab
Finding out about the specific drug you or a loved one is abusing is absolutely vital to determining the level of care needed at a bath salts rehab centre. Bath salts are classed as a “designer” drug, which are designed specifically to circumvent existing drug laws. It comes as a white to off-white powder, which can be taken in a variety of ways. The drug has come into the public spotlight through a reported user eating a man’s face, and this has sparked a new wave of concern about bath salts.
Bath salts can be taken by snorting, injecting or swallowing. Snorting the drug causes it to be absorbed through the nasal tissue, which gets it into the bloodstream quickly and causes a rapid onset of effects. Likewise, as injecting the drug provides a direct route to the bloodstream and even quicker effects. Swallowing the drug with food or drink means that it has to be digested, and the effects won’t take hold as quickly. Injecting is the most dangerous method of administration, because there is the additional risk of blood-borne viruses.
It’s important to remember that bath salts aren’t the same as the substances you would actually use in a bath. They are simply marketed as such to avoid drug laws. The drug is technically a cathinone, a class which includes mephedrone and MDPV. It is actually unknown what specific chemicals are included in bath salts, but it is assumed they are a mixture of cathinones. There are also no tests for the drug, so it is difficult to know when users are actually on it.
There are many different varieties of bath salts, and this makes it difficult to determine the effects and causes additional problems for drug rehab. Generally, the drugs will be marketed as similar to another drug, such as MDMA, crystal meth or LSD. In some cases, the drug can cause increased strength in the same way PCP can. Users are likely to experience increased talkativeness, euphoria and increased heart rate.
The negative effects of bath salts are much more clearly documented. Users can experience hallucinations, chest pain, agitation, paranoia and suicidal thoughts. Suicidal behaviour has been shown to persist even after the effects of the drug have worn off, which presents an additional risk for drug rehab facilities. There also have been links to psychosis, but bath salts haven’t been studied in sufficient detail to conclusively determine the risks.
There are also very few long-term studies into the effects of bath salts, so it is difficult to determine their potential for addiction. As with virtually all drugs, there is a risk of psychological dependence, but their physical addictiveness is hard to determine. The biggest risk is of acute toxicity, which is essentially overdosing on the drug to the extent that it becomes physically dangerous.
Drug rehab for bath salts will have to encompass most ordinary services. Counselling is the most important treatment, because it tackles the personality issues and the other psychological factors that drive individuals to drugs. Residential treatment may be necessary in extreme cases, particularly because of the risk of suicide. Until more research has been conducted on the drug, it will be difficult to determine the treatments specifically required.
If you or a loved one is abusing bath salts, we can help you find a suitable drug rehab centre for your needs. We have a detailed knowledge of the different centres in your local area, and can help you reach the right decision. We can explain the variety of drug rehab treatments to you, along with the different therapeutic models. If you are struggling to choose a drug rehab centre, we are here to help. Our advice is completely free, so pick up the phone and see what we can do for you.