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Bath salts are the most destructive substance on the list. These drugs are notoriously known for producing serious bath salt addiction and adverse side effect that may be seriously damaging from the first use.

Bath Salts are a synthetic type of cathinone, which is found in nature in the Khat plant.

Cathinone are like amphetamines, which is why the amphetamine and bath salts addiction processes are similar.

The addictive properties of bath salts can lead to users losing touch with reality and losing self-control.  A lot of Bath Salt users often experience prolonged periods of psychosis as well as detachment from reality.

The drug works on the neural pathways of the brain, altering how the brain works and leading to addiction.

Bath salt addiction and abuse can be devastating, but personalized addiction treatment programs are available and can get you started on the path to recovery.

A lot of people chews the leaves of the Khat plant and brew the leaves and stems in teas to achieve stimulant effects.

Synthetic cathinone which is referred to as bath salts, have much stronger effects than the stimulant cathinone (which is also considered to be a potentially dangerous drug).

Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV)

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that bath salts are designer drugs that are synthetically produced in private laboratories.

Their production is aimed at a particular target market that uses them for their psychoactive effects.

Effects of Bath Salts Abuse

Bath salts affect the central nervous system, resulting in massive increases of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.

This accounts for their psychoactive effects as well as a number of potential dangerous effects that happen as result of taking them.

A 2011 article published in the New England Journal of Medicine listed a number of effects associated with use of these substances:

  • Appetite loss
  • Insomnia
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased sweating
  • Increased body temperature
  • Hypertension
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tremors
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Respiratory distress
  • Potential strokes
  • Potential seizures
  • Brain swelling
  • Aggression
  • Anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Self-mutilation
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Delirium

Individuals who chronically use bath salts may demonstrate a number of cognitive issues, such as issues with attention and cognitive functioning.

A number of these effects are cardiovascular effects, seizures, and brain swelling.

Bath salt abuse can be fatal, and there have been fatalities associated with the use of these substances.

According to NIDA and other research sources

Users of bath salts are young adult males who are either in school or employed and who have a history of other stimulant use or polydrug abuse.

Physical Effects of Bath Salts Abuse

You may experience withdrawal symptoms from synthetic cathinone as a result of not using them can end these unpleasant symptoms by taking the drug.

This reinforces the behavior of taking the drug and strengthens the behavior of drug use and can lead to repeated bath salt abuse

Whenever people begin to experience cravings or withdrawal symptoms, they repeat this behavior.

Cravings and Withdrawal

Animal studies using rodents have found that the animals will self-administer synthetic cathinone.

Compared to how rodents compulsively self-administer      cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin on their own.

The observations from these findings suggest that chronic use of these drugs is associated with significant cravings for them.

Treatment for Bath Salts Abuse

The evaluation also looks for other triggers, such as stressful family situations and overwhelming schedules.

Identifying stressors and other conditions helps with the creation of a specialized treatment plan to fight bath salt addiction.

If you are ready to get help for yourself or for a loved one who is struggling with a bath salts addiction, it is time to pick up the phone.

When you call us, we can pair you with the best specialist for bath salts rehab program.

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