The use of synthetic drugs like Bath Salts is a popular and growing trend for teenagers and young adults. As such, bath salt drug stories, with both tragic and happy endings for those who receive treatment, are frequently told by parents of adolescents who are using this drug type or by the individuals battling addiction themselves. To a large degree, most teenagers convince themselves that if they are not consuming drugs by sticking a needle in their arm and not engaging in petty crimes to support their drug use, they don’t really have an addiction problem.
This was the case for Jeff whose drug use had reached levels that necessitated a family intervention. According to Jeff, his drug use began at the early age of twelve in what he describes as a desperate attempt to find a solution to a persistent feeling of self-hatred. Eventually, Jeff became heavily addicted to opiates before graduating high school, and according to him, using became the only way he knew how to function. After years of suffering and, as it is for so many people that give up on their ability to ever get clean, drug treatment changed the trajectory of Jeff’s life. “One of the most meaningful concepts I learned in treatment was that hurt people, hurt people. It was not until I accepted this truth that I could move forward and believe that I deserved to live” Jeff said. Over the last two decades, Bath Salts abuse has been steadily increasing.
This drug is designed to mimic the effects of drugs like MDMA (Molly, Ecstasy) or methamphetamine. However, it is comprised of a random combination of synthetic chemicals that are similar to amphetamines. As a means of skirting the law, the ingredients used to produce Bath Salts are a mix of legal and illegal substances. Depending on where you happen to be, Bath Salts are also known by various names including but not limited to:
Studies show, Bath Salts are highly hallucinogenic and potentially lethal and in many cases easy to procure. Since 2012 the Drug Abuse Prevention Act has made the purchase, possession and use of chemicals such as Mephedrone, MDPV, Methylone that are common ingredients in Bath Salts products illegal. Those chemicals are classified as schedule 1 substances with a high potential for abuse. However, as much as 26 ingredients used alternately in the making of this drug.
News coverage about bath salts range from bizarre reactions to the drug such as users eating the flesh of others to violence and psychotic behavior. A common evidence of someone on Bath Salts is a deranged or zombie like appearance.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are various effective treatment interventions for bath salts addiction. The most common methods include medically supervised detoxification, and a comprehensive rehabilitation program that may include inpatient or outpatient treatment. Relapse prevention education and training is also an integral component of the recovery process for any form of addiction and just as important for those addicted to or habitual users of Bath Salts. Despite its misleading name, Bath Salts is not the same product that is used to scent your bath water. It is a highly toxic drug that has the ability to cause severe paranoia, vicious behavior, convulsions and dangerous psychotic episodes.
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