Bath Salts Use and Abuse
Bath salts are an emerging family of drugs containing man-made chemicals. The main ingredient is a synthetic version of the drug Cathinone, which contains stimulant-like properties. Cathinone comes from the leaves of a plant native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula that are said to have psychoactive effects. Bath Salts got its name because it was originally marketed as just that, and is often considered legal because it is not for human consumption. Bath Salts started with noticeable recognition over the internet, and thanks to widespread media attention popularity has increased dramatically.
Bath Salts normally come in the form of white crystal-like powder that resembles actual bathing products like Epsom Salt, and are sold in little plastic or foil packages that are often labeled “plant food” or “jewelry cleaner”. Bath salts can be extremely dangerous because there are many different forms of the drug made in order to be considered legal, even though most of the chemicals that are known in bath salts are illegal.
Health Effects of Bath Salts
Despite scientific research of the potential long term effects of bath salts, exposure to the drug is becoming extremely popular. Not only does this synthetic drug cause harm to your health, it could also put you in danger. Recent media attention about incidents involving people on bath salts were quite shocking. People using the drug are known to produce side effects of paranoia, irritability, hallucinations and delusions of super-human strength, and that’s being modest. In 2012, there were more than 2,000 calls to poison centers all over the country, regarding exposure to bath salts. Poison experts say that abusers of bath salts are among the worst cases they have seen.
How Teens Get Bath Salts
The sad truth is that it’s easier for teens to purchase the drug rather than alcohol, because of all the legal loopholes; but the drug seems to be most popular among people 20 to 29 years old. Just like all drugs, the reason behind a person’s drug abuse lies in themselves. If you suspect that your teen is experimenting with bath salts, do not wait to seek help. We provide a 32 bedroom, residential facility for teens specializing in all types of substance abuse and addiction.
Treatment for Teen Bath Salts Abuse
All addictions, including bath salts, require therapeutic treatment and at times, even psychological help; that’s what we’re here for. We understand what you are going through as a parent and we care about the future of your teen. Our gender based treatment program includes family therapy, music and art therapy, psychotherapy and recreational therapy. Along with the proper care from licensed, in-house therapists and a superior team of psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses, we are confident that our bath salts rehab can be a step in the right direction for you and your teen.