Synthetic Bath Salt Abuse & Addiction
Bath salts are no longer only a harmless substance people add to their bath water for a soak in the tub. The term has become synonymous with a synthetic drug that can be dangerous or even deadly.
Because bath salts are a relatively recent addition to the drug scene, their actual composition remains a bit mysterious.
What authorities have found out, however, is that bath salt use is surging in popularity and resulting in dozens of trips to hospital emergency rooms across the nation. Blu By the Sea can help break the cycle of bath salt use and abuse while guiding people into a life of recovery.
Signs of Bath Salt Abuse
Although the exact composition of bath salts can vary, all varieties contain man-made drugs laced with stimulants. Bath salt users can swallow, snort or inject the drug, getting the same type of affects one gets from cocaine or methamphetamine use. These include:
- Restlessness and irritability
- Speaking rapidly or rambling
- Lack of appetite
- Weight loss
- Elevated heart rate and body temperature
- Extremely high blood pressure
- Chest pains
- Depression as the drug’s effects wear off and people come back to reality
- Extreme paranoia
- Suicidal thoughts
More Bath Salt Symptoms
Those who snort bath salts may experience congestion in or eventual damage to the nasal passages while those who inject the drug may show visible needle marks on their arms or other areas.
The emergency room visits from bath salts came largely from the seizures the drug induced. Bath salt use has also resulted in multiple deaths, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, with at least one of those deaths from suicide.
Because the drug is so new on the scene, extensive testing has not yet uncovered what the long-term effects of bath salt abuse may be. Bath salts not only affect the physical and mental well-being of the user, but they can also result in behavioral changes, especially if addiction begins to set in.
5 Signs of Bath Salt Addiction
- Fatigue or malaise: Those who abuse bath salts may lose all motivation and exhibit a lack of ambition or energy.
- Problems at work or school: Work or school performance can suffer, with missed days from calling in sick, shirking responsibilities and not living up to usual standards.
- Changes in relationships, privacy issues: People who suffer from addiction may become very secretive and constantly attempt to hide their drug abuse from others around them. Relationships can become strained or peter out altogether as the person prefers the drug over the company of family and friends.
- Change in appearance: A neglected appearance can be a sign of drug abuse or addiction, with the user failing to shower, wash their clothing, comb their hair or otherwise engage in basic hygiene.
- Change in spending habits: It typically takes a lot of money to keep up a drug habit, and those suffering from addiction may attempt to borrow or even steal money to buy drugs and feed their insatiable need for them. Expensive items are also at risk since the person can try to sell them to obtain more drug money.
How Blu By the Sea Can Help
Please contact Blu By the Sea today at 1 (850) 424-3252 to speak with one of our addiction specialists about our facility and our programs. We are trained in getting you and your loved ones the sobriety that is a must to continue down a positive life path. Don’t wait any longer, get help today.