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Illegal bath salts have taken the nation by surprise causing an array of serious problems for users and for those indirectly impacted by these dangerous drugs. Children and teens who abuse bath salts have committed suicide, parents have lost their loved ones, and many have been injured or otherwise hurt by this substance. While bath salt addiction is a relatively new problem in treatment centers, professionals have found ways to treat the condition and help users to restore balance into their lives.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the use of bath salts can produce effects similar to opiates. Users often hallucinate, have suicidal thoughts, irrational behaviors and violent outbursts. The drug is found readily in many common household chemicals including:
- Fertilizer that is used for plants
- Solvents such as cleaners for televisions and phones
- Cleaners that are used for gold or silver jewelry
Types of Treatment
Bath salt addiction doesn’t have to be the end of a user’s life. Many different methods of treatment are available to make the process of recovering and restoring stability a more suitable, comfortable and effective outcome. The most common methods of treatment for this addiction, much like any other drug or alcohol addiction, include:
- Detox – a time and place set aside to allow for proper withdrawal and stabilization of all physical aspects of the drug use. Detox can help to restore the individual back to a health and stable physical state in preparation for counseling and therapy which can help to restore the psychological state.
- Residential treatment – a safe, controlled atmosphere for the user to live and receive help while undergoing counseling and therapy sessions that are focused on teaching coping mechanisms, reducing the risk of relapse and instilling continued abstinence into daily routines.
- Outpatient treatment – a controlled environment where the user can continue to receive help but will also live at home or in a sober house. Outpatient treatment provides continued counseling and therapy as well as random drug and alcohol screenings to ensure accountability and continued abstinence from bath salts and other drugs.
- Support – patients can find support through a number of different channels including groups such as NA, family and friends, peers in treatment and through their medical team.
Treatment is just the first step that you will take in ensuring your sobriety. Along the way, it will be up to you to remain in treatment, to stay focused and to take the necessary steps to remain sober.