Bath Salts, Flakka and The Zombie Drug

Bath salts, called “Flakka” or “The Zombie Drug” on the street, fall under the category of stimulants. Bath salts are known as synthetic cathinone’s, including methylone and mephedrone. While natural cathinone is mild, the synthetic variations can be very strong and have dangerous side effects. The term “bath salts” derives from the substance looking like literal bath salts, having the same granular crystal-like appearance. The psychoactive chemical compounds in bath salts may produce effects like those experienced from cocaine, methamphetamine or MDMA. They can be snorted, smoked, ingested or even injected. The misuse of bath salts begins to impact a person starting with the first time they take them, and it does not need to be used for a long period of time or in high doses before negative side effects occur since they are manufactured chemicals. People who use bath salts may begin demonstrating cognitive issues like shortened attention spans, or more serious issues like cardiovascular problems, seizures and brain swelling. Brain swelling, seizures, and respiratory problems will often cause irreparable damage to the brain. Recent studies suggested that the main chemical in bath salts, MDPV, is more addictive than meth. The adverse effects of MDPV can last for six to eight hours and can cause severe psychosis (think the man who ate another man’s face in Miami) and death.

Effects of using Bath Salts

How to know if someone is currently using bath salts: • Dilated pupils • Increased heart rate • Chest pain • Delusions or confusions • Lowered inhibition • Agitated or aggressive behavior • Reduced appetite Long-Term Effects of Bath Salts: The long-term effects of bath salts include many serious side effects that can result in serious injury or death. In addition to being addictive, bath salts can result in dangerously erratic behavior and, over time, contribute to the development of psychosis and mood disorders, depression, suicide attempts, and self-harming behaviors like cutting or burning oneself. • Liver failure • Kidney damage • Bone pain

Bath Salt Withdrawal

Withdrawal signs and symptoms vary depending on use and duration of use. The withdrawal from bath salts can be very difficult for some to deal with. There are mental and psychical withdrawal symptoms for bath salt users, these include: • Strong cravings to use • Depression • Hyperactivity • Insomnia and erratic sleep • Poor concentration • Tremors

Addicted to bath salts, Now What?

The best way to treat bath salt addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to bath salts learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to bath salts. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.

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